Head of Mortgage Credit - Private Banking (Ref. 1976)

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

  • Publication date:

    07 März 2023
  • Workload:

  • Contract:

    Unlimited employment
  • Language:

    English, German, French

Head of Mortgage Credit - Private Banking (Ref. 1976)

About us

As a leading sustainable private bank, we offer dynamic and personalized services in investment advisory and asset management for private and institutional clients. Our success depends on the enthusiasm and commitment of our employees and we value each person with their unique technical expertise, professional qualifications and social skills.

We are successfully operating for more than 180 years across 27 locations worldwide and offer our employees the chance to be a part of our success. Our employees are our most valuable asset, we are proud of our unique culture that fosters entrepreneurship and is fueled by a high team spirit and the positive attitude of each individual. Join our international team and be part of the next chapter of the J. Safra Sarasin Group. 

Your role

As Head of Mortgage Credit at Bank J. Safra Sarasin you are an experienced professional with a combination of commercial and residential real estate experience with a proven track record in managerial roles and provide excellent mortgage lending services to the Bank's front units while reporting to the Head Group Credit and the Group Credit Committee.

Your responsibilities

  • Lead and coordinate a wide mortgage portfolio, managing from owner-occupied residential properties to commercial real estate for the Swiss and international markets

  • Manage a team of experienced mortgage officers and coordinate all activities related to Mortgage lending, ranging from simple up to complex structures

  • Handle transactions from A to Z including initial screening, preparing credit risk analysis, structuring and execution including legal documentation in cooperation with Legal department and external lawyers, booking process and monitoring via annual reviews and covenant monitoring

  • Enable the structuring and timely completion of transactions in line with the risk appetite of the bank and ensure adequate monitoring and timely reviews of credit limits

  • Actively foster collaboration with other credit teams (Lombard lending, Monitoring and credit departments in other locations) as well as other departments (Legal, Compliance, Operations, Treasury etc.)

  • Update mortgage-related credit directives, keep abreast of related regulatory requirements and enhance processes and risk-mitigating controls accordingly

  • Support/participate in "change the bank" projects in collaboration with the Head Group Credit

Your profile

  • University degree in Business / Finance or comparable higher financial education

  • Minimum 10-15 years experience as a Credit professional including real estate financing in a Private Bank or in a Financial Institution. Ideally having covered several geographies/jurisdictions and covered medium to large commercial real estate transactions

  • Excellent analytical and technical skills combined with an ability to apply these in a practical and balanced manner

  • Experienced in managing and developing a motivated team

  • Well organized self-starter with the ability to prioritize and work independently and efficiently. Commitment and "Roll-up your sleeves" attitude are essential

  • Ability to engage with various stakeholders in Front Office and Management as well technical experts

  • Senior, engaged, flexible and open-minded personality who is able to successfully operate in a dynamic and fast-paced international environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Strong language skills in German and/or French

  • Ability to travel frequently between Geneva and Basel as there are team members in both offices; no remote working

Please note that only direct applications will be considered.


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