Director - Chief Operating Office

Date: 20-Nov-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Mizuho

We are recruiting for a Director for the Chief Operating office for a 12 month Fixed Term contract


Profile Summary

The European Corporate Finance Department (ECFD) is the coverage team for Mizuho’s European multi-national client base with over 120 front office staff located in seven European offices.
The Chief Operating Office within ECFD is responsible for the key central functions and support functions to the team including the provision and direction of strategic business planning and projects, business management, conduct risk framework management, financial reporting and analytics along with management of all internal functions and administrative activities including HR matters, performance management, learning and development, facilities planning, and coordination of systems development and support requirements. 
The Director within Chief Operating Office will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer, who with the ECFD General Manager is responsible for the management of key projects and delivery of strategic and operational plans for the ECFD business. 

Duties and Responsibilities

•    Working with the COO and senior management team of the business to drive the department’s strategic plan and communicate this across the department and wider Bank
•    Prepare high quality and engaging presentations to (or on behalf of) senior management to present the department’s strategy or project initiatives to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders 
•    Act as project manager and lead for the delivery of strategic projects, reporting into the COO and ECFD GM on progress. Managing the process, compliance, resources and stakeholder engagement for key ECFD-led initiatives and/or lead on delivery of broader strategic initiatives to the business  
•    Working extensively with the senior management team, key product partners, Europe Department and other corporate functions such as Compliance and Finance to ensure the optimum use of resources and prioritisation of initiatives
•    Support the COO and GM in overseeing the ongoing Conduct Risk Framework for the business
•    Maintain production and efficiency of headcount reporting and associated cost analysis 
•    Improve reporting and monitor efficiencies within ECFD to protect the brand and portfolio of ECFD at all times whilst driving improved ways of working
•    Support the COO in the negotiation of KPIs and other measurable targets on behalf of all business heads and agree a corporate mission for each financial year. Monitor and track performance throughout the fiscal year to ensure accurate evaluation of the division 
•    Management of headcount reporting and analysis, maintaining accurate records and forecasts of both FTE and cost, delivering reports monthly and ad-hoc analysis as required
•    Monitor controllable business costs, work with Finance to understand anomalies and trends

•    Monthly reporting to ECFD GM and senior leaders on conduct activity and strategy, cost, headcount and people reporting and continuous improvement initiative activity
•    Oversight of SMCR and Dual Hat activity on an annual basis with monthly reviews to ensure all senior coverage roles are appropriately certified 
•    Other duties as may be requested by COO as well as by GM of ECFD in support of ongoing business requirements
•    This role is a 12-month fixed term contract 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

•    Degree qualified or equivalent 
•    Minimum 7 years’ experience within the relationship management team of a large corporate financial function, or central support / COO department 
•    Strong decision-making and negotiation skills with ability to balance commerciality and professional judgement in providing value-add support to strategic activity and/or senior management decision-making 
•    Strong communication skills (written and oral) – evidence of managing and building collaborative relationships.  Ability to interact and influence a diverse range of stakeholders, including senior leaders.
•    Clear demonstration of using business acumen to understand and consider business issues and determine imperatives 
•    Evidence of managing continuous improvement activity; driving improvement to processes and ways of working to achieve more efficient outcomes for colleagues
•    Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel; ability to build and understand models for headcount, cost planning and other analytical purposes
•    Strong analytical skills to enable the interpretations and presentation of data, forming strategic conclusions and reporting outcomes and recommendations to senior management
•    Solid experience in using Microsoft PowerPoint to advanced level to build engaging strategic presentations for and on behalf of senior stakeholders
•    Experience in monitoring financial cost activity (monitoring, review, and driving cost reductions) as well as annual departmental budgeting 
•    Sound understanding of corporate credit analysis and portfolio monitoring within a corporate finance or coverage function 
•    Knowledge of the core European corporate and investment banking product suite including DCM, ECM, Trade, etc 
•    Experience in recruitment (interviewing, selection process and review) would be desirable. 


We champion a flexible work environment, as we understand the need for people to meet other commitments or simply strike a good work-life balance.  As such, we are happy to talk flexible working for this role such as reduced working hours.  The role will also include homeworking.

At Mizuho we are committed to supporting equality and diversity, and seek to create a workplace that is fully inclusive.  We welcome applications from all sections of the community that we operate in and from all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, beliefs, gender identities and disabilities.  

If you require more information about our equal opportunities policy or wish to discuss any accessibility requirements or reasonable adjustments please contact the recruitment team – and we will be happy to help. 




Mizuho Bank provides financial and strategic solutions for the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of international clients, focusing its efforts on serving major corporations, financial institutions, individuals and public sector entities. A relationship management approach to serving clients enables Mizuho Bank, together with group companies including Mizuho Trust & Banking and Mizuho Securities, to develop customised solutions in areas such as corporate, structured and project finance, transaction banking and risk management. 

With 81 offices outside Japan, Mizuho Bank offers both local experience and the ability to progress careers across its global business network. Mizuho Bank is a subsidiary of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc, one of the largest financial services companies in the world, with total assets of approximately US $1.8 trillion (as of March, 2016). Mizuho London Branch has over 850 employees, Mizuho Bank employs over 27,000 employees and is part of the Mizuho Financial 
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