Park Kue Hyun
HR - Private Banking
Born in New York, raised in both South Korea and the U.S., I am a by product of both cultures. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in South Korea, I traded fixed income in Chicago.
I was introduced to Standard Chartered and its International Graduate programme by a close friend, and I was immediately drawn to its unique footprint, diversity and the growth opportunities offered. And as I went through the selection process it became very clear to me that the Bank was fundamentally different from the ones that I had previously worked for in the U.S. Instead of the typical short high-pressure interviews, I was given opportunities to meet people who were genuinely interested in finding out what I could bring to the team and proud to be part of the success story. I signed on shortly after and it's been a fascinating journey in the last five years.
In my first two years, I was exposed to core areas of Human Resources (HR) under the graduate development framework. Even during this development phase, the Bank has let me explore interesting pieces of work, given me larger responsibilities and allowed me to play to my strengths. In other places, my counterparts would be more senior HR practitioners; here they let me run with it. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to leverage my cross functional background - I did a double major in Economics and Psychology - when I was assigned to lead the HR stream of a new securities company set up in South Korea. This was an invaluable experience as it gave me exposure to various touchpoints from regulatory licensing and recruitment, right through to the setting up of HR benefits and policies.
When I graduated from the programme, I was placed as a HR project manager in a task force team that was responsible for setting up a holding company structure to encompass various Standard Chartered entities in South Korea. The role was a natural progression from my earlier project experience and despite the challenges it was very rewarding to be part of a successful effort that had never been attempted by international banks. In the following year, I was sent on an assignment to Thailand to support the HR integration effort for one of the acquired entities in South East Asia. Thereafter, I moved to Singapore to take up the position of HR manager for Global Markets in Wholesale Banking. In my role today I help drive the people agenda for global business heads in Corporate Finance and Principal Finance.
When my day begins in Singapore, Beijing and South Korea are already ahead, and towards the end of my day, Mumbai and London are just starting out. In a global role you need to adjust to working with people across different time zones.
My day varies quite a bit as the team gets involved in people moves, senior hires, performance review and development, as well as other urgent requests from the businesses. Today I am focusing my efforts on closing out the Bank's mid-year process for the Corporate Finance and Principal Finance businesses, which means ensuring that critical promotions and salary fixes are correctly executed. Yesterday, I spent most of the day helping to close on a strategic hire for Corporate Finance. However this was the culmination of two weeks of hard work; we worked very closely with our senior stakeholders in the Bank to ensure we've made the right decision before inviting the candidate back to our office for the contract signing. This is important because the Bank believes in setting out clearly what we expect from our people and what we offer in return.
Since we operate out of Singapore, it's important to meet up with our key talents on the ground. I set aside time to travel to our key locations and talk to our people about their career plans, understand the challenges facing the business and listen to specific people needs that we can help to address in the future. At Standard Chartered we're serious about identifying and maximising the strengths of our talents so they can reach their potential.
I am a firm believer in taking risks on our people. If I see a keen interest and strong potential in our junior talents, I'll do my very best to find a right role for this person in the business. At the end of the day, I want to help people maximise their potential; it not only leads to better business performance but is also rewarding to see that you've made a difference in someone's life.
The Bank is growing at a phenomenal pace and with its unique focus in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and a commitment to providing people with international opportunities, I'm excited to see what my future at Standard Chartered will bring.
"Even during the development phase, the Bank has let me explore interesting pieces of work, given me larger responsibilities and allowed me to play to my strengths. In other places, my counterparts would be more senior HR practitioners; here they let me run with it."
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