Please note the below opening has 2 positions.
The World Bank Group (World Bank) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. The World Bank works in more than 100 developing economies to improve living standards and fight poverty. The World Bank uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. The World Bank is owned by 189 member countries whose views and interests are represented by a Board of Governors and a Washington DC-based Board of Directors. More than 190 countries participate in at least one of the five World Bank Group (“WBG”) institutions, each of which specializes in different aspects of development: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA) (IBRD and IDA together also referred to as the “World Bank” or the “Bank”), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Treasury is the Vice Presidency, reporting to the Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, performing treasury functions for the IBRD and IDA and, to varying degrees, for other members of the World Bank Group and other public sector investors. Its activities are organized and grouped into the following departments: Capital Markets & Investment Management, Client Asset Management and Advisory, and Treasury Operations.
Treasury (TRE) has been a large and significant player in the international financial markets for over seventy years and has achieved a global reputation as a prudent and innovative borrower, investor and risk manager. Treasury is responsible for: (i) managing approximately $195 billion in assets for the World Bank and other official sector investors; (ii) leading IBRD’s and IDA’s triple-A rated financing programs in international and domestic bond and derivative markets; (iii) conducting asset and liability management for IBRD’s and IDA’s balance sheets; (iv) overseeing the development and outreach related to the financing and hedging products the Bank provides for its developing-country clients; and (v) collaborating with the World Bank member countries to help build their capacity. Staff in Treasury regularly interact and collaborate with other Departments across the Bank and Finance Partners’ teams.
The Treasury Operations Department (TREOP) provides a full range of operational support for the Treasury’s asset management, capital markets and banking businesses. The Department is presently organized into three operational units: Asset and Liability Operations (TREAL), Cash and Banking Operations (TREBK) and Quantitative Solutions and Analytics (TREQA), and a Financial Technology coordination unit (TREFT).
Duties and Accountabilities:
The TRE Operations Chennai (TRECH) is an integral part of TRE and is responsible for a variety of duties providing vital support across its operational divisions. It works closely with the Headquarters in Washington D.C and another shared services center in Sofia, Bulgaria. Under the guidance and supervision of a Team Lead and/or Functional Lead, the incumbent will have responsibilities for specific individual tasks/projects as well
as for working as an integral part of the team in executing the Treasury Operation’s work program, while maintaining close relationships with the other Treasury departments.
Role 1: Banking Operations Team
The Treasury Banking Operations (TREBK) team ensures all World Bank payments, receipts, and FX related to corporate cash activity are processed and performs key reconciliation controls and reporting over cash transactions and investment portfolios. The unit consists of four teams responsible for coordinating to execute the work program: (1) cash planning and ensuring all FX conversions are executed to meet the Bank’s liquidity needs and processing payments and receipts for proper accounting; (2) managing bank accounts and relationships with all corporate banking counterparts: (3) performing controls to ensure the completeness, accuracy and validity of all cash and security positions, investigating and resolving differences with external records, and financial reporting of cash balances and external client reporting of investment holdings; and (4) managing the WBG’s SWIFT infrastructure and maintaining SSIs and key static data related to payment and receipt processing.
The role would be for TREBK’s sub-team responsible for performing controls that include the reconciliation and bookkeeping of the majority of all WBG bank accounts. In performing these functions, the team works closely with internal partners and market counterparts as well as external service providers such as technology vendors, banks, and paying agents. As and when required, the team is also expected to facilitate the implementation of new products, markets, and business-related technology solutions. The team also participates in capacity building for clients in its related areas of expertise.
The incumbent will be expected to perform some combination of the following functions:
• Perform timely and efficient processing and resolution of cash payment or receipt investigations cases that arise out of reconciliation breaks, or emails and SWIFT messages from clients, counterparties, business units and correspondent banks.
• Liaise with various teams across the Bank and with external banking partners to address payment issues, effect action and resolve cases.
• Identify trends and patterns, prepare commentaries on results / findings, and recommend solutions in a pro-active manner with regard to cash payment and receipt investigation.
• Investigate and report cash overdrafts and long balances in relation to external cash balances.
Client Reconciliation and Reporting:
• Perform daily cash reconciliation for cash flows (in several currencies) related to the asset management business i.e., money market transactions, repos, foreign exchange, buys and sells of fixed income, government and bond transactions and asset/mortgage-backed securities.
• Investigate reconciliation differences, performing analysis, posting necessary adjustments for resolution of any differences, preparing commentaries on results / findings, and recommending solutions in a proactive manner.
• Assist in the timely and accurate submission of monthly reconciliation reports comparing the World Bank’s Investments and Net Asset Value data against corresponding custodian records.
• Effectively support the daily and monthly reconciliations process of World Bank’s Investment Asset positions against corresponding custodian records.
• Support and maintain the static data and reporting templates in the World Bank’s securities reconciliation and client reporting system.
• Assist in the month-end close process for cash including preparation of reports and necessary adjustments needed to ensure accuracy of data and balances that are sent to general ledger system (SAP)
• Assist in the prompt delivery of daily, monthly, quarterly, and year-end deliverables and other ad- hoc reporting requirements for Treasury’s worldwide clients.
Role 2: Quantitative Solutions & Analytics Team
This team is the focal point of quantitative, analytical and reporting support for TRE’s fixed-income asset management business. It develops and implements quantitative models, financial solutions and portfolio analytics. The team also provides support in financial accounting, investment performance measurement, and investment guideline compliance monitoring for internal and external clients, as well as related capacity building for central banks, sovereign wealth and pension funds, office of debt management and strategic partners. The incumbent will be expected to perform some combination of the following functions:
• Prepare daily system-to-system reconciliations and controls reviews, investigate control breaks and communicate findings promptly to ensure proper follow-up and timely resolutions of any identified differences and exceptions.
• Prepare Monthly Investment Income Allocation, Trial Balance and Investment Holdings reports and monthly reconciliation of Investments and Net Asset Value per World Bank’s records to corresponding records of the Custodian.
• Assist in the production and distribution of investment reports and in resolving issues relating to accounting, pricing and valuation of fixed-income securities.
• Other ad hoc tasks as may be assigned.
As determined by management, depending on business needs:
• The work program is subject to change at any time and the candidate may be reassigned to another team.
• The candidate is expected to work Singapore / London shift and at times will be required to provide extended support to overlap with Washington DC.
• Candidate will be required to observe US Holiday calendar and might be required to work on designated holidays to meet reporting deadlines as per business needs.
• The position requires candidate to work from office in Chennai and comply with WBG’s return-to-office guidelines for staff.
• Bachelor’s degree in commerce, Accounting, Mathematics, Finance or Business Administration with at least 3 years of relevant professional experience. Candidates with post-graduate degrees in similar disciplines will have an advantage.
• Knowledge of and experience in financial instruments including fixed income securities like Mortgage-backed securities, fixed income derivatives products and with systems that support trading and reporting activities.
• Knowledge of the payments processing space, including SWIFT payments, ACH clearing, and cross- border payments. A strong understanding of the common issues encountered in payments processing, and future trends (particularly ISO 20022), and technology shaping the payments industry.
• Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including programming knowledge of Python, Power Query, Power Apps, and Macros will be a plus.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact tactfully with clients and/or business associates across all levels, while exercising sound judgement in handling confidential information.
• Demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly and effectively for maximum productivity.
• High level of initiative, self-confidence, and a self-starter; ability to apply a practical matured approach to problem solving with minimum supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to handle a variety of concurrent activities with excellent organization and time management skills, mature judgment, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure.
• Diplomacy and strong interpersonal skills with strong commitment to work in a respectful team oriented and multi-cultural work environment.
• Highest ethical standards.
• Financial Market Literacy – Can understand financial market processes; reads and analyzes financial reports and data such as holdings, valuation, performance, compliance, account reconciliations, position, margin, and settlement and risk reports.
• Client Services – Contributes successfully to on-site missions or workshops for Treasury clients.
• Process and Infrastructure Development – Makes recommendations to improve efficiency of the accounting, business risk or operations process.
• Operational Risk and Control – Understands the basic concepts of risk management and internal control frameworks.
• Treasury Operations – Adept or expert in processing a suite of transactions such as bonds, FX, or structured transactions, or managing country or transactional bank accounts and reference data.
• Client Orientation – Able to establish partnership based working relationships with internal/external clients. Demonstrates independence, initiative, and autonomy in addressing clients’ needs.
• Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed- upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Able to research and draft quality written materials or review adherence of written materials prepared by others to administrative requirements. Able to mentor and guide and organize learning activities within area of assigned responsibilities.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Able to use analytical, problem-solving skills and resourcefulness to make informed and practical decisions to carry out own work. Able to advice on information usage and storage, and policies in the area of assigned responsibilities.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.