Special Projects Manager Junior

Employment contract:

Standard / Permanent


Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia





About BNP Paribas:

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 192,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

Business Overview:

The Hispanic Latin America region is a key market for BNP Paribas. While Brazil remains the largest economy in Latin America, other major countries in the region are also significant contributors for the business and for long standing relations with clients. For example, BNP Paribas has been uninterruptedly present in Colombia for more than 40 years.

BNP Paribas has a historical footprint in the Hispanic Latin America. The Bank has been in the region since 1914 and is now present in 5 countries with nearly 2000 employees between Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) and International Financial Services.

CIB in Hispanic Latin America has world-class teams of roughly 200 professionals spread among Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, thus ensuring an overall coverage of BNP Paribas’ client franchise in the region. All BNP Paribas’ business lines have operations in Hispanic Latin America and are structured in such a way as to provide their clients with the best combination of specialists according to sector, product or geographic region. In the context of growing globalization, they are able to accommodate their clients thanks to their powerful regional platforms:

  • In North America (essentially New York but also other hubs such as Houston and San Francisco) and Brazil (Sao Paulo) with a number of professionals covering Latin America.
  • In the whole of Europe with major hubs such as Paris, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, etc.
  • In Asia with a broad coverage of all major economies in the region.
  • In Colombia, BNP Paribas has presence through 5 entities representing the Group: the Rep. Office, the Corporación Financiera and a Trust company for the Corporate and Institutional Banking pole. As for International Financing Services, an insurance company (Cardif) and a Rep Office for Asset Management Services.  BNP Paribas is the European bank with the longest uninterrupted presence in the country.


Job Purpose:

The Special Projects Manager Junior (SPM Junior) for the COO Office Hispanic LatAm is a distinct transversal role for Hispanic LatAm, who coordinates local and regional projects across any business lines and supporting functions organizations in Hispanic LatAm. This role requires agility to refocus and prioritize a continuously evolving set of projects as the needs of the platform change.  The responsibilities listed below may not be exhaustive

In addition to local and regional projects, the SPM Junior is required to lead, represent and coordinate Hispanic LatAm in its participation to global projects.


Duties and Responsibilities

Drive and support priority projects for the Hispanic Latam COO office

§  Support COO office on priorities to be identified under the four pillars of Operational Excellence, including, but not limited to, project management, communications material development, and any additional transformation needs

§  Support the evolving needs and priorities of the COO office by structuring and executing projects and transitioning them to BAU where appropriate

§  Solicit inputs and participation from various stakeholders across the platform

§  Drive decision making and execution along project timelines

§  Develop communication materials and ensure appropriate stakeholder management in regard to projects

§  Support and, when required, lead talent initiatives that apply to the COO perimeter, which can include re-or upskilling, rising talent development, or facilitating mobility

§  Identify opportunities for enhancements and continuous improvement mechanisms wherever feasible

§  Design project’s business case: rationale, benefits, risks & dependencies, project costs, running costs, expected revenues and/or savings (if any)


Lead and deliver some of these projects

§  Act as project manager for transversal and regional transformation projects, understanding the overall project plan and timeframe, keeping to the defined schedule and using discretion to consider actionable next steps, monitoring and reporting of project health, issues and risks including escalation to sponsor and management

§  Prepare presentations and conduct project meetings / discussions with project sponsor and stakeholders, including problem solving

§  Drive consensus and coordination among a diverse group of stakeholders from different organizations across the bank as needed

§  Create and maintain project governance with senior management (i.e. charters, committees, roadmaps) and artifacts (i.e. process workflow, RACI, UAT test scenarios)

§  For his/her project scope, ensure individual deliverables are met with high quality

§  Be vigilant in identifying issues/inefficiencies/risks surrounding the project and continuously develop and propose strategies for improvement

§  As necessary, perform creative and effective market research and data analysis

§  As necessary, prepare and proactively participate in presentations and interviews


Maintain and support COO office governance, reporting, and documentation

§  Ensure adequate documentation of Hispanic Latam COO office governance and projects is up-to-date and traceable for future reference (Organization charts, committee’s structures and governance)

§  Support preparation of committees and management meetings as necessary

§  Monitor progress of key projects, initiatives on the platform, and ensure appropriate reporting to senior management


Candidates will be measured on the following four performance drivers, which will dictate how individual impact is considered on the LatAm platform:

1)     Results and Impact

§  Impacts division and influences peers and team

§  Demonstrates good judgement when making decisions of high complexity and impact

§  Relies on limited guidance for most complex decision making

§  Is responsible for driving outcomes which have meaningful effect on team or department


2)     Leadership and Collaboration

§  Creates trust with department leaders

§  Acts in leadership capacity for large projects, processes, or programs for a team


3)     Client, Customer and Stakeholder Focus

§  Able to build relationships with a mix of intermediate and senior colleagues or clients

§  Interacts regularly with management and department leaders

§  Demonstrates the ability to persuade and influence stakeholders at the team level


4)     Compliance Culture and Conduct

§  Takes full responsibility for personal actions and demonstrates courage in facing problems and conflicts

§  Perceived as a person of high moral character; upholds corporate values and displays high ethical standards


Minimum Required Qualifications

§  3-5 years of work experience as project or program manager or in a PMO in the Financial sector

§  Bachelor’s degree from accredited university

§  Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish

§  Ability to understand and summarize complex and/or technical issues

§  Positive, energetic, flexible and self-motivated team player with strong organizational skills

§  Work with and challenge all levels of the organization in a positive, constructive manner

§  Prioritization of tasks / organization and ability to multi-task

§  Engage with senior management at an appropriate level

§  Good understanding of Global Banking and Global Markets products suite

§  Good understanding of financial services supporting functions organizations

§  Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)


Preferred Qualifications

§  Background and knowledge of BNP Paribas Americas organization

§  Specific experience working in a certain department at BNP Paribas Americas

§  Knowledge of French is a plus

§  Experience in Multinational companies