[SCB] Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - Digital Sustainability Venture, SC Ventures

Location: Singapore
Contact email: careersrise@bcg.com
Job ref: 2225
Published: 16 days ago
Startdate: 28 May 2024 - 28 May 2024

About SC Ventures

SC Ventures is Standard Chartered’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm. We were established to reinvent banking, as the significant technological disruptions to the industry was impacting its ability to serve clients and customers, in the ways they needed to be served.

We are a unique ecosystem of innovators, banking experts, business builders and partners who are focused on rewiring the DNA in banking and bringing breakthrough ideas to scale, together.

We are building ecosystems around four high conviction themes: Online Economy & Lifestyle, SMEs & World Trade, Digital Assets, and Sustainability & Inclusion.

We are a global team of "Members" (excluding individual ventures), including dedicated colleagues from the Group's support functions, based in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and the United Arab Emirates.

Job Summary

Standard Chartered and a large European utility company with significant presence in carbon credit space have launched a Digital Sustainability Venture focused on dramatically increasing the quantum of funds flowing into conservation projects by re-inventing the process of identification, due diligence and implementation of carbon credit sustainability projects.
The venture is looking for a for a hands-on Chief Technology Officer (CTO) who can work with dynamic group of stakeholders to build and maintain the digital sustainability platform for carbon credit projects using cutting edge technology. 

The CTO will own the solution design, build, integration and operationalisation of the multi-market SaaS platform that supports the funding of carbon credit projects by using in-house technology as well leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain technology and satellite imagery. 
The candidate needs to be an experienced technology leader and an engineer who is well versed in the implementation of robust technology and cyber security practices, full-stack technology, cloud infrastructure and has experience managing a team across multiple jurisdictions. 

The role is based in Singapore. 

Key Responsibilities


  • Work with Venture Lead (CEO), Product Owners, and partners to lead technology build, evaluate technology trade-offs, oversee vendor engineering engagements, and deliver features and capabilities aligned to the business model to build on the minimum viable product (MVP) to successful global rollout.

  • Head of Technology will discuss with partners, fintechs, co-creation clients, and business to expand the offering of the venture.

  • Co-ordinate, question and interrogate technology opportunities with engineering team and innovate to sustain a competitive advantage. 

  • Employ a managerial mindset that seeks to optimise the business outcome for the Venture while establishing sound governance, internal process, adherence to policies and processes. This role requires close coordination with the SC Ventures CTO.

  • Thought leadership and demonstrable subject matter expertise on use of machine learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), APIs, Data Analytics, cyber security, DevSecOps and similar technology applications.

  • Develop and implement distributed ledger solutions leveraging subject matter expertise in blockchain technology.

  • Establish sound technology operation covering incident management, problem management, service levels (SLAs) and business continuity processes.

People and Talent 
•    Lead hiring of engineers and evaluation of selected vendors
•    Nurture and build strong talent pipeline for ensuring continuity
•    Lead by example and build the appropriate culture and values
•    Exemplify key values of client obsession, fairness, diversity and inclusion
•    Create a motivational and challenging environment in the team which is conducive to creativity and delivery of the strategy

•    Act and escalate quickly when any risk and control weakness become apparent and ensure they are addressed within an appropriate timeframe and escalated through the relevant committees. 
•    Collaborate with other companies, industry consortia, and regulatory bodies to advance the development, adoption, and interoperability of technology, specifically block chain
•    Work with multiple stakeholders to establish applicable risk / control framework to ensure that the Group’s ability to remain within risk appetite is not materially threatened. 
•    Familiarise self with governance structures and mandatory bank processes.

Regulatory & Business Conduct 
•    Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group’s Values and Code of Conduct. 
•    Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
•    Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.

Key Stakeholders
•    Venture: Venture Management Team (CEO, CPO, CRO), Board of Directors 
•    SC Ventures:  Head of Technology, Risk SMEs – Technology, ICS, Compliance and Operational Risk  
•    Ecosystem partners (Carbon Credit Project Owners,  Buyers of Carbon Credits)
•    External Investors 

Technical Skills

•    Current and on-going mastery in writing and reviewing code 
•    Overseeing scrum teams, engineers, and ensuring reliable delivery of sprints, change management of features and bug fixes, and backlog
•    Ability to wear multiple hats such as individual contributor, team lead, solution architect, facilitator. 
•    Expert knowledge of mainstream cloud provider (eg AWS / firebase), Cloud-native services, and elastic infrastructure.
•    Expert background in Javascript/Typescript technology stack, NodeJS, Next.js and NestJS, distributed systems, authentication mechanisms, asynchronous event processing, message queues, and architecture patterns.
•    Knowledgeable on modern object orientated programming practices including entity frameworks, dynamic reflection, and reusable interfaces. 
•    Familiarity with 3rd party system integrations via APIs (HTTP/REST)
•    Familiar with OWASP, secure by design, secure coding practices, code scanning, unit testing, dependency management (deprecation, vulnerabilities, licensing)
•    Familiarity with DevOps, Infrastructure-as-Code including continuous integration, delivery, deployment and assurance. 
•    Experience in front-end React and JavaScript/Typescript presentation frameworks
•    Experience with operating highly-available production financial systems 
•    Familiarity with SQL & NoSQL databases, DNS, service discovery, and related infrastructure components
•    Hands on experience on blockchain protocols, consensus, wallet and key management, and higher order principles (tokens, ERC, NFTs)
•    Beneficial is knowledge of the FinTech ecosystem for Digital Payments, eKYC & AML, Data, and ESG platforms.

•    Motivated to address the impact of innovation technology in Financial Services
•    Up-to-date with latest DLT and blockchain developments 
•    Experience and familiarity with ESG and carbon credits

Personal Capabilities
•    Imaginative and creative approach to how we do work 
•    Curiosity about new technologies, workflows, and products
•    Ability to see things from multiple perspectives, as well as an inquisitive nature 
•    Tireless work ethic and enthusiasm to execute and get things done
•    Professional mannerism

•   Write and supervise the writing of code
•   Give clear directives and instruction to a small team of developers (offshore and onshore) for the effective and timely delivery of work
•     Have expertise and professional experience in software development and deep understanding of technology delivery.
•    Experience in operating within Agile delivery processes to minimise time to market and maximise the client value of technology delivery.
•    Familiarity with ESG and carbon credit ecosystems (sources, data formats, pricing, trading) is desirable. 
•    Must have built and managed a team of developers, architects, and other technical experts, and have provided mentorship and guidance to team members
•    Participate with financial service providers in establishing new integrations for accounts receivable, accounts payable and working capital related data exchange.
•    Demonstrable engagement experience with relevant Risk Officers to develop a mature IT delivery organization aligned with Technology and Information and Cyber Security (ICS) expectations
•    Advantageous to have experience in ITIL and ISO27001.