Head, Local Corporate Coverage Unit at Citibank Nigeria Limited (CNL)

Job Title: Head, Local Corporate Coverage Unit | Citibank Nigeria Limited (CNL) | Job Req ID: 21340009
Location: Lagos
Employment type: Full time
Job Category: Institutional Banking
Job Family: Corporate Banking

Job Purpose

  • To manage a team of coverage bankers covering Citi’s client relationships across Top Tier Local Corporates in Nigeria.
  • To build a proprietary understanding of clients’ strategic priorities, financial needs and agenda; originating and assisting in the execution of innovative deal solutions with and through Citi team partners.
  • To build client loyalty by establishing a trusted advisor relationship, as the “first banker to call” who delivers high quality service, and consistently exceeds clients’ expectations.
  • To identify new opportunities to add new, and up-tier existing, client relationships in breadth and depth through clients’ changing needs; and deliver Citi’s strategic product capabilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage Local Corporate relationships and coverage team to deliver the revenue and expense plan.
  • Act as Citi’s and the client’s “value-added gateway”  by originating and delivering Citi’s products and services to Sponsors, CEO, CFO and Treasurer levels of clients.
  • Fully dimension the client’s wallet and identify/create opportunities for Citi to deliver, and understand clients’ business and manage the portfolio from end-to-end.
  • Partner with Risk Management team to understand, lead and manage the risk inherent in the client portfolio and in any deal solutions.
  • Ensure adherence to the credit and compliance process standards of the Bank.
  • Coach and train junior bankers to foster teamwork across the unit. 
  • Guide bankers in building and executing a relationship plan — including a deal solutions pipeline for each client that will secure optimum Return on Capital and performance across business and credit cycles, while setting and meeting Citi’s revenue, cross-sell and capital management objectives.
  • Liaise with relevant parts of the Citi network (locally and internationally), playing the team co-ordination role in developing and serving relationships, including implementation of specialist & Citi Senior calling plans.  
  • Stay informed on product knowledge/developments and deal replication ideas, introduce new opportunities to internal business partners so as to maximize Citi’s opportunity to deliver the best to our clients.
  • Maintain asset quality to avoid delinquent or impaired asset portfolio.

Business Relationships

  • Frequently interact with  Capital Markets, EAF, Markets and Corporate Finance teams to generate structured customer solutions.
  • Frequently interact with TTS to achieve high credit cross sell ratio by actively selling cash management, trade  and EB products.
  • Frequently interact with Risk and CRMS to maintain acceptable credit quality  of relationships in the portfolio
  • Frequently interact with Citiservice and O&T in general to deliver proactive customer service to Top Tier Local Corporates.


  • Frequently interact with all Top Tier Local Corporates Target Market prospects to generate incremental business for the bank.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • University Degree
  • A postgraduate degree and relevant professional qualifications is mandatory.
  • 15 years post-graduation experience out of which 12 years must have been in the banking industry and at least 2 years must have been on the Deputy General Manger grade.
  • Risk and Product Skillset (Capital Markets, Investment Banking)
  • Mandatory working experience in at least 3 major areas of banking operations.
  • Analytics –  Assimilating new information quickly and relating it to the needs of the client base
  • Organized and Proactive –  Identifying new business opportunities and making it happen
  • Verbal and Written Communication and Presentation skills – compelling client presentations, as well as communicating the detail of client relationship situations to internal contacts simply and succinctly

Required Knowledge:

  • Credit skills
  • Solid understanding of Corporate and Investment Banking products/solutions
  • Prior client relationship management experience and/or relevant product experience
  • Leadership and management strategies
  • Responsible for meeting a budget on a portfolio of clients
  • Fully conversant with Citi credit and compliance policies and practices

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including listening skills/temperament and cultural sensitivity.  Ability to lead persuasively and foster teamwork.
  • Able to build and sustain good personal contacts with client executives at varying levels of seniority, balancing client needs and Citi objectives/priorities. 
  • Innovative – willing to develop a detailed understanding of client issues/needs and develop ideas/solutions in response.
  • Strong work ethic; high energy levels; results oriented – a self-starter prepared to take the initiative to start topics and/or follow issues through, whilst exercising judgment as to when to seek assistance.
  • Networking – Maintaining close contact with coverage, product and risk specialists within Citi locally and internationally.
  • Natural Team Player – Having an adaptable/flexible approach; willing to work in a co-operative manner to fulfil client and internal requirements.

Thinking complexities:

  • Understanding the impact of constant regulatory changes on customers businesses and in converting them to business opportunities
  • Ability to optimally coordinate the activities of the different units within the bank in order to deliver quality service to the customer.
  • Designing strategies and products to enable Citibank stay ahead of competition
  • Ability to convince customers to adhere to high compliance/ethical standards of Citibank for transaction processing in a non-compliant environment.
  • Problem loan recognition capability.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified

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