BNP Paribas Securities Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, is a leading global custodian and securities services provider backed by the strength of a universal bank. It provides integrated solutions to all participants in the investment cycle including the buy-side, sell-side, corporates and issuers.
The Client Services Management team is part of the global Client Development team responsible for all client management related activities (i.e. sales, client relationship management and client satisfaction) for the Securities Services business. Within this team, the Client Services Managers oversee the service delivery with an overall responsibility to ensure an optimised client experience.
The global Client Services Management team has the mission to implement a global service model and to ensure a consistent top-quality client experience worldwide. This team includes each local Client Services team and the Central team managing global tools and processes to facilitate their overall mission. The global Client Services team is responsible for service delivery oversight, client satisfaction, client communication, as well as managing relationships with the third party asset managers serving the business’ asset owner clients.
Oversight of client satisfaction includes monitoring that the services delivered are aligned with the service level agreements, managing regular client service reviews to ensure ongoing fulfilment of client expectations and working across the organisation to address any issues or queries escalated by the client. In addition, the Client Services Managers monitor the touch points of the client across the entire organisation to ensure that the client experience with BNP Paribas is optimised, always with a client focus approach.
Given the global nature of the business and clients, the Client Services Managers are expected to work jointly with all teams servicing the clients and also overseeing their activities across all locations.
Purpose of the position:
The Client Service Manager is responsible for ensuring overall satisfaction of their assigned client(s) across the full scope of services delivered by BNP Paribas Securities Services locally or globally.
The Client Service Manager pilots the client experience to achieve a desired level of service across the entire organisation. By understanding the client business and service expectations, the Client Service Manager translates this into service delivery requirements for each team responsible for the service delivery. The Client Service Manager ensures that all client touch-points across BNP Paribas Securities Services are optimised by ensuring each contact person understands the big picture of the client, what the client values and how each person’s role in impacts the client experience. The Client Service Manager should guide everyone to look at services from the clients’ point of view and empower everyone involved directly or indirectly with the client to take the actions required to ensure the best possible client experience.
The Client Service Manager also leads service reviews with the client. The aim is for the Client Service Manager to assess the on-going satisfaction of the client with the service delivered, to identify and to oversee actions to ensure continuous improvement of the client satisfaction.
For clients not covered by a Relationship Manager, the Client Services Manager is also responsible for the commercial activities for the client in terms of business development and revenue protection. This includes preparing response to RFPs, Business Acceptance Committees (BAC), pricing, contracts and credit line requests, in addition to KYC recertification, credit line monitoring, legal updates and billing.
The Client Service Manager should be seen as a “champion” of client focus and the optimal client experience leveraging the “Uplifting Service” principles.
Key Responsibilities of the role:
• Build client knowledge and trustful relationships
• Develop a strong contact network across the client organisation
• Understand the client strategy and requirements to enable BNP Paribas Securities Services to deliver on the promises to meet client needs
• Manage the operational contact between the client and the operational areas by ensuring a full understanding of the client’s needs and expectations across the organisation and providing clarity for the required actions to serve the client
• Oversee prompt resolution to clients complaints, and efficient response to requests
• Document, coordinate and oversee resolution of problems or issues by Client Delivery and affecting the quality of the service delivered and the overall client experience
• Facilitate across the organisation the resolution of escalated operational issues by establishing and overseeing a formal service governance framework
• Manage the formal complaints process according to the “Client Complaints Procedure”
• Monitor the service delivery quality delivered (based on operational KPIs) according to the Service Level Agreements
• Organise regular formal service performance reviews with clients according to strategic priorities and client needs, including preparation of the review (agreed agenda) and follow up on agreed action plans. This should be conducted according to global guidelines, including call memos, minutes and issues escalation measures
• Use issue logs, query database and client feedback to conduct reviews both internally and externally with the client
• collect client feedback via service review scorecards, client satisfaction surveys as well as feedback from the various teams in direct contact with the client
• Engage the IT and Operations local/global teams in the pursuit of service quality delivery and improvement
• Manage client reviews, audits and due diligence questionnaires and visits for existing clients, coordinating the various services and product areas according to strategic priorities and client needs
• Ensure clients receive appropriate market and service information by managing the distribution lists for updates and newsletters
• Ensure consistent messages are delivered to the client about business recovery incidents in accordance to issued guidelines
• Foster an aligned service delivery and communication approach to clients across services and product areas
• Initiate and regularly review Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Service Level Description (SLD) documents (and any other formal agreements referring to service requirements) based on the standard documents issued by Client Delivery
• Identify and coordinate service modifications in response to changes in the client needs by raising change projects (within existing service scope) via the Client change request process
• Participate in onboarding project governance managed by the Business Implementation team and act as sponsor if needed
• Respond to escalation by the client in the case of concerns with major projects, including onboarding
• Ensure proper coordination of relationships with third parties related to the client activity, including third party asset managers, auditors and external middle office service providers
• Refer identified business development opportunities to the Relationship Manager/Sales
• Contribute to product/service development initiatives
• Contribute to client strategy meetings with the Relationship Manager
• Contribute to the development of the BNP Paribas Securities Services brand and market reputation
• Identify, understand and communicate appropriate key management information / business metrics (based on the global standards) that will facilitate the client relationship
For clients not covered by a Relationship Manager, in addition to the Service Management responsibilities, commercial responsibilities :
- New business development and business at risk management
• Lead client relationship locally
• Protect revenues from related to existing business (without quantitative sales objectives)
• Coordinate response to client business requests, RFIs and RFPs, including pricing proposals in coordination with Client Lines and Market Specialist
Relationship Management duties
• Carry-out KYC recertification within the prescribed timeframe and continuous vigilance responsibility
• Support the credit process by providing direct input on the client entity’s activity and ensuring adequate credit lines are in place
• Follow client revenues by checking first invoice after implementation / repricing and by regularly reviewing revenue reports
• Lead renegotiation of contracts, including incremental legal provisions, and local agreements
• Manage repricing requests and provide budget inputs
Skills and Experience required
• Extensive experience in a role with a strong client management focus
• Proven track record of working within a client servicing environment
• Proven track record of working within a financial services operations environment
• Industry experience or professional qualifications relating to the financial markets, asset management or securities services
• Detailed knowledge of Securities Services products
• Competent strategic thinker with the ability to create and implement solutions
• Ability to foster and maintain strong networks internally and externally
• Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to develop strong working relationships
• Proven team working skills
• Demonstration of innovative/creative thinking, problem-solving and using own initiative
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Adaptability to changing environments
• Proven track record of delivering results
• Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work well under pressure
• Meticulous attention to detail
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