GTO Trade Operations Advisor

Bank Of The West Industry , CA 91714

Posted 2 months ago

At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We're investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people's lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we're a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Job Description Summary

Responsible for leading and controlling trade transaction activities for an assigned/designated team(s). Acts as the operational expert and address operational issues to ensure they are resolved in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Essential Job Functions

  • Approves trade transactions based on increased delegated authority; serving as a control layer. During the review process: examines, verifies, and ensures that the documents are accurate and contain appropriate language (e.g. instructions,) and adhere to external regulatory guidelines. If appropriate makes amendments to language based on authority/discretion. Specifically: requirements applicable to international trade transactions under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules & Regulations, foreign trade practices and the associated legal requirements.

  • Analyzes workflow to enhance processes and customer service. Recommends and implements identified or developed efficiencies throughout the department.

  • Implements remedial corrective action on identified issues/actions to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Distributes/assigns incoming transactions and monitors all stages of transaction processing for Letters of Credits which include issuance, advising, amendments, negotiations (Examination of Documents), authorization to pay, transfers, confirmation and settlements /payments. Ensures that processes are completed accurately and timely.

  • Monitors, reviews and approves the preparation of all monetary/non-monetary entries adjustment and accounting and liability entries for settlement and payment of maturing banker's acceptances for accuracy and timeliness.

  • Handles investigations and provide resolution for trade issues moderately complex in nature for customer relationships of major importance.

  • Builds productive internal/external working relationships. Fosters functional teambuilding.

  • Prepares periodic reports for management and other as needed.

Other Job Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Experience

  • Requires advanced knowledge of job area typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.

  • May have practical knowledge of project management.

  • Requires 5 years minimum prior relevant experience.


  • High School Diploma or GED Required


  • In depth understanding and application of Trade rules, customs, and standard banking practices.

  • Complete understanding and knowledge of compliance procedures and regulatory requirements applicable to international trade transactions, foreign trade practices and the associated legal requirements.

  • Approve or escalate all compliance exceptions as needed.

  • Continuous training and application of all BSA/AML compliance requirements including BSA/AML Red Flags, Customer Due Diligence and Customer activity monitoring.

  • Good knowledge of trade operations systems.

  • Experience with customer service and dispute resolution.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.

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GTO Trade Operations Advisor

Bank Of The West