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Branch Manager - Coast Region

Nairobi, Kenya
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Industry: Banking
Description: Absa Bank Limited (Absa) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited. Absa offers personal and business banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management as well as bancassurance. Barclays Africa Group Limited is 62.3% owned by Barclays Bank PLC and is listed on the JSE Limited. The Group is one of Africa’s major financial services providers offering personal and business banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management as well as bancassurance. The Group was formed through combining Absa Group Limited and Barclays’ African operations on 31 July 2013. Reflecting the enlarged group’s pan-African focus, the Group's name changed from Absa Group Limited, to Barclays Africa Group Limited on 2 August 2013. Registered head offices are in South Africa and the Group has majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana,Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, as well as bancassurance operations in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Barclays Bank Kenya and Barclays Bank Botswana continue to be listed on their respective stock exchanges.Barclays Bank PLC has operations in Egypt and Zimbabwe, which are part of the African business and continue to be run by Barclays Africa Group’s management
Job Description

Job Summary

  • To drive and deliver exceptional Retail and Business Banking performance, through powerful branch leadership, team development, excellent customer experience, and achievement of Operational & Controls rigor excellence in branches.
  • Provide powerful leadership in the branch to deliver exceptional branch business growth and profitability.
  • Drive implementation of business and service strategies, deliver Retail and Business Banking performance and growth targets in the branch. 
  • Maintain a high level of bank standards and management controls to achieve operational & control rigor excellence, through strict adherence to operations and compliance policies and guidelines. 
  • Establish a high-performance culture amongst the branch team.

Job Description

Key Accountabilities (Duties & Responsibilities) and approximate time split. 

Business Growth: Time Split 60%

    • Implement business strategic initiatives and create ownership of the branch performance targets. Agree on branch execution plans/strategies and ensure they are aligned to the Banks overall strategy- Growth, Transformation, and Returns.
    • Diligently monitor branch business performance and make adjustments to the execution strategies accordingly.
    • Manage branch portfolio risks in line with the bank’s portfolio appetite.
    • In conjunction with the regional manager and product development, conduct product reviews and product development through constant feedback from the market.
    • Collaborate and coordinate the development and implementation of sales initiatives with other business functions such as CIB, Asset Finance, Bancassurance, and Lead generation team to maximize cross-selling opportunities.
    • Conduct market intelligence to identify new market opportunities, customer trends, existing geographical strength, emerging government directives, and changes in policy by regulators.
    • Manage borrowing and non-borrowing accounts in the branch to enhance customer loyalty and retention.
    • Harness existing staff potential and create new competencies in order to achieve competitive advantage.
    • Lead the branch team to achieve its customer retention objectives, Transaction migrations from the counter to alternate channels, balance sheet growth goals, and acquisitions. Support will include Achieving branch sales targets as well as participating in and leading sales activations
    • Establish firm relationships with the Top 200 clients and business influencers in the local area.
    • Provide regular feedback to staff (individual/corporate) on performance (Sales, NPS, etc.).
    • Provide clear direction and guidance to branch staff on business objectives, translating and prioritizing them into business performance measures at the branch level.
    • Ensure proper controls, processes & procedures are adhered to at all times as per the laid down Absa bank policies.
    • At all times, ensure the branch is opened and closed as per the approved regulatory timelines. Operations staff are ready and equipped to serve customers. This includes opening and closing branch batches on the core banking system.
    • The branch must maintain the look and feel as per Absa bank standards.
    • Ensure that Absa Bank’s policies are adhered to at all times when handling different products and solutions. Ensure adherence to all KYC & AML processes with regards to New to Bank business and acceptable TAT/Accuracy is observed at all times.
    • Ensure all relevant system reports are printed, appropriately reviewed, signed off on a timely basis, and filed as per Absa Records Management policy.
    • Ensure you and your team remain alert to the risk of financial crime and assist in the Banks efforts in combating it by adhering to the key principles in relation to: positively identifying your customers, knowing your customer, reporting suspicions, obtaining correct supporting documents in regard to LCT/OTT/FX Trades, safeguarding records and not disclosing suspicions to customers.
    • In conjunction with the Branch Operation Lead - BOL, you are responsible for strict cost management in the branch by reviewing all service provider quotations before the work can proceed. In addition, BOL must conduct regular reviews of the following cost elements:
      • Branch expenditure.
      • Equipment maintenance.
      • Overtime approvals.
      • Stationery consumption, telephones, electricity, water, travel, etc.
      • Staff costs
      • Sundry losses
    • Ensure compliance with operational, Security, controls and process risks requirements to avoid losses and prevent fraud arising from operational lapses, and to protect Bank and customer assets.
    • Ensure that the branch achieves a minimum satisfactory audit rating through continuous assessment and prompt closure of all audit exceptions sighted.
    • Ensure that relevant approvals for all transactions are sorted at all times as guided in the laid down policies.

Internal Controls, Governance, Processes & Procedures; Time Split 15%

      • Ensure proper controls, processes & procedures are adhered to at all times as per the laid down Absa bank policies through the BOL.
      • At all times, through the BOL, ensure the branch is compliant with all regulatory requirements i.e. opened and closed within the approved regulatory timelines, all approved licenses are in place and up to date, etc.
      • Ensure that Absa Bank’s policies are adhered to at all times when handling different products and solutions. Ensure adherence to all KYC & AML processes with regards to New to Bank business and acceptable TAT/Accuracy is observed at all times.
      • Ensure all relevant system reports are printed, appropriately reviewed, signed off on a timely basis, and filed as per Absa Records Management policy.
      • Ensure you and your team remain alert to the risk of financial crime and assist in the Banks efforts in combating it by adhering to the key principles in relation to: positively identifying your customers, knowing your customer, reporting suspicions, obtaining correct supporting documents in regard to LCT/OTT/FX Trades, safeguarding records and not disclosing suspicions to customers.
      • Responsible for strict cost management in the branch by reviewing all service provider quotations before the work can proceed. In addition, BOL must conduct regular reviews of the following cost elements:
        • Branch expenditure.
        • Equipment maintenance.
        • Overtime approvals.
        • Stationery consumption, telephones, electricity, water, travel, etc.
        • Staff costs
        • Sundry losses
      • Ensure compliance with operational, Security, controls and process risks requirements to avoid losses and prevent fraud arising from operational lapses, and to protect Bank and customer assets.
      • Ensure that the branch achieves a minimum satisfactory audit rating through continuous assessment and prompt closure of all audit exceptions sighted.
      • Ensure that relevant approvals for all transactions are sorted at all times as guided in the laid down policies.
      • Ensure all fees and commissions due to the bank are collected.
      • Drive quality sales through actioning of unfunded accounts, uncollected credit cards, and delinquency.
      • Ensure Data privacy policies are adhered to at the branch at all times.

Customer Experience: Time split 15% 

        • The branch must maintain the look and feel as per Absa bank standards.
        • Ensure excellent customer experience is maintained at all times.
        • Ensure set TAT is achieved at all times.
        • Appraise and promptly act on customer issues /complaints escalating as necessary to ensure timely resolution.
        • Ensure set TAT in response to customer queries by phone, email, or by letters is strictly adhered to.
        • Ensure customer data is up to date.
        • Ensure branch NPS scores are maintained as per the set standards.
        • Coordinate branch initiatives aimed at gathering feedback from customers on service standards and advise leadership for improvements.
        • Provide leadership around customer experience at the branch.
        • Monitor the counter service to ensure customers are served within acceptable waiting time.

Capacity Building & People Management; Time split 10% 

        • Build and develop a high performing and motivated staff team in the branch by creating a conducive work environment, teamwork, regular duty rotations, and effective succession opportunities to ensure maximum productivity.
        • Help in resource planning, setting performance objectives and measures of success for direct reports, and providing regular feedback on performance.
        • Provide leadership by constantly offering training and guidance on the colleague’s expectations. Adequate coaching and mentoring of branch staff.
        • Effectively manage, mobilize, and coordinate branch resources (Staff, equipment, safe environment, etc.) to achieve common goals.
        • Ensure the assigned e-learning and internal training activities for self and direct reports are undertaken within set timelines.
        • Determine and manage Training Needs Analysis and Succession plans for direct reports and ensure they do the same for all their staff.
        • Manage performance/disciplinary issues/grievances for branch staff.
        • Management of leave/sickness

Role/person specification

Preferred Qualification

        • A university degree in a relevant discipline or relevant experience to compensate, postgraduate qualifications will be an added advantage.

Preferred Experience

        • At least 5 years of Banking / Financial Services experience out of which at least 3 years in branch management with a good track record of performance.
        • Prior experience in the banking industry; including experience in supervisory or managerial positions.

Knowledge and Skills 

        • Strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively lead and motivate teams, collaborate with stakeholders, and drive change within the branch.
        • Strong leadership and Managerial Skills.
        • Demonstrate effective communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and the capacity to motivate and develop staff.
        • A solid understanding of financial products and services offered by the bank.
        • knowledgeable about lending procedures, investment options, regulatory compliance, risk management, and customer relationship management.
        • A solid track record of achieving sales targets, & the ability to drive sales and deliver excellent sales targets set by the bank.
        • A good understanding of banking regulations, compliance requirements, and risk management practices to ensure that the branch operates within legal and ethical boundaries.
        • Up-to-date knowledge of competitor and market activity in the local area
        • Detailed working knowledge of operational and credit risk policies and procedures for both Retail and Business Banking segments.

Ideal Job Competencies

Technical Competencies

          • Technology Skills - Knowledge of computerized banking applications and spreadsheets
          • Conceptual and analytical skills - Ability to quickly grasp and understand systems and keen to details.
          • Risk management - Ability to anticipate and mitigate risk by implementing appropriate risk management policies for the bank.
          • Compliance and Regulatory Framework - Top incision understanding of the regulatory issues, reporting, and operational requirements as provided by CBK, KBA, KRA, etc.
          • Basic Credit Skills - Good knowledge of personal and business credit underwriting and portfolio management.
          • Audit standards & Legislation - Good knowledge of International Accounting, and Audit Standards, and Legislation
          • Knowledge of Banking and Business Operations - Knowledge of all the Banks' operations and processes and excellent knowledge of bank policies and procedures to consistently achieve the required compliance standard.

Behavioral Competencies

          • Results and achievements oriented- Strives to achieve results, enjoys measuring others, being measured, and being judged on performance standards and those of others he/she leads to optimize employee productivity. Ability to effectively plan and monitor the branch performance using defined systems and processes.
          • Leadership and Management Skills - Ability to identify, nurture and grow talent for self and others. Capability to mentor and manage changes. Self-empowerment to enable the development of open communication. Teamwork and trust are needed to support performance and a customer service-oriented culture.
          • Communication & Interpersonal Skills - Well-developed oral and report-writing skills, ability to work with, coach, and mentor staff.
          • Negotiation & Selling Skills - Must be a good negotiator, particularly in changing behavior and work practices but always win/win. Negotiate with customers on product offerings to grow customer numbers/value and product uptake.
          • Human Resource Management Skills - Leadership skills, team building, and ability to train, develop, lead, and build motivated teams.
          • Personal Ethics - Must be honest, fair, just but firm with self, and of high integrity.
          • Relationship Management - Managing colleague and client relationships so as to ensure excellent customer experience leading to value add to the customer and increase in the Banks share of wallet.
          • Conscious of banks' reputation - Protect and enhance the banks' reputation.

Work Cycle and Impact:

        • In charge of branch strategic initiatives
        • Branch leave management.
        • Review and testing of offsite bank keys.
        • Management of E-Learning for self and other branch staff.
        • Ensure that Snap checks are undertaken strictly as per the laid down bank procedures (Monthly, quarterly, annually)
        • Routine testing of control application and effectiveness
Education: Degree, Diploma
Employment Type: Full Time
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Name: Hiring Kenya

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