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Standard Chartered opens a new office in The Warsaw HUB

on 18 Aug 2020

On August 10, 2020, we opened new office space for our employees located on the top floors of one of the most state-of-the-art office complexes in Poland, The Warsaw Hub at Rondo Daszyńskiego. In total, it comprises almost 7,000 sq.m. of modern, functional and safe work space for a team consisting of up to 1,000 people.

On August 10, we gained access to the first two of the four floors scheduled to be opened this year. The next two will be ready before the end of September, and the opening ceremony is scheduled for early October. The fifth floor is scheduled to be opened next year. Since the registration of Standard Chartered in Poland in June 2018, the company’s headquarters have been located in the renovated interiors of a 1998 office building located at ul. Towarowa 25a.

The office used to date has served its purpose well as a temporary location, but it is time to move to the new headquarters. The new office not only offers higher functional standards, but it is also better suited to the profile of our business activities in Poland. Over the past two years we have created a team of over 600 seasoned experts in Warsaw who provide highly specialized services to other companies from the Standard Chartered Group. Many tasks performed by our employees are related to advanced technologies and processes, which corresponds to the nature of The Warsaw Hub complex.

Rowena Everson, Managing Director of Standard Chartered GBS Poland

“The Warsaw HUB is a state-of-the-art and at the same time the most functional building we have completed so far. It offers functionalities that are far beyond an ordinary office complex. When designing it, we wanted it to be a self-sufficient facility that includes all the functions and services necessary for the functioning of a modern business under one roof. We are very happy that these advantages have been recognized by a leading international bank, namely Standard Chartered, which decided that The Warsaw HUB will be the location of its Polish headquarters,” says Jarosław Zagórski, Commercial & Business Development Director at Ghelamco Poland.

Standard Chartered office in Warsaw reception area
Reception area of Standard Chartered office in Warsaw

Modern, inclusive and safe space

The new Standard Chartered office space was designed in accordance with the bank’s global standards by architects M Moser Associates, taking into account the elements emphasizing its location in Poland. A painting by Polish artist Marta Zawadzka adorns the reception area, and the colors used in other parts of the office refer to unique places in Poland, such as Słowiński National Park, Białowieża Forest, Green Lake and Paradise Cave. The most impressive local element of the bank’s new office is the spectacular panoramic view of Warsaw.

Modern office space in Standard Chartered Polish office
Modern office space in Standard Chartered

“Our priority was to develop office space in this modern building located in the city center that would simultaneously support more traditional and future-proof forms of work and be tailored to the needs of people with various levels of physical fitness and different working preferences. The headquarters of a company like ours should include spaces conducive to individual work, team work and generation of new ideas. Analyzing the results, I believe that this goal has been achieved. Nevertheless, the opinions of our employees who gradually and voluntarily return to work in the office after several months of remote work will be of key importance. During the pandemic, we took a number of measures to support our employees, e.g. by delivering additional equipment to their homes and enabling those who needed to work in the office to use space that is appropriately adapted to sanitary requirements. Our new office provides solutions designed and implemented by Ghelamco that additionally increase safety during the pandemic,” adds Rowena Everson.

Cafeteria in Standard Chartered Polish office, Warsaw
Cafeteria that can be used for carrying out events

Its superb location in the center of the developing business district, excellent transport links to other parts of the city, including its close proximity to the “Rondo Daszyńskiego” metro station as well as access to commercial and service facilities are additional assets that increase the attractiveness of the new office, and thus, enhance the attractiveness of Standard Chartered as an employer in the eyes of current and future employees.

“Our research indicates that the location and standard of office space still play a significant role in the expectations of Polish employees. The new headquarters of Standard Chartered meet the highest standards in this regard. The multi-level functional office in
The Warsaw Hub is located in the new business center of the capital, has direct access to the metro station and offers a wide range of services. Our client’s care for the comfort and satisfaction of its employees has always been and continues to be a top priority. We are glad that the bank entrusted us with conducting the entire process and appreciates our commitment to post-process care services,” says Karolina Dobrowolska, Senior Consultant at CBRE, the company representing Standard Chartered in the office space lease transaction.

Terrace on 30th floor of Standard Chartered Polish office in Warsaw
View from the terrace of the office located on the 30th floor of The Warsaw Hub

Standard Chartered in Poland is dynamically developing

In its Warsaw global business services center, the bank employs specialists in the fields of counteracting financial crime, cybersecurity, liquidity risk management, managing international HR projects and negotiating derivative contracts with corporate and institutional clients, and more. Existing teams are being expanded on an ongoing basis; we also continue to create new competence areas. In the recent months in Poland, Standard Chartered created teams responsible for:

  • data privacy,
  • advanced data analytics,
  • analysis of transactions and information flow in terms of fraud detection (Trade & Communication Surveillance),
  • education in the field of cybersecurity (Cyber Awareness),
  • cooperation between offensive and defensive areas of cybersecurity (Purple Team).

There are currently 80 active recruitment projects in Standard Chartered in Poland,
and the selection of candidates and onboarding process is carried out remotely to ensure the safety of all parties involved.