Here’s Who The Best Banks are Hiring!

By Sharmila Valli Narayanan

Deva Murugan Nallathamby, Head of Human Resources at Standard Chartered’s Global Business Services centre in Kuala Lumpur, reveals what it takes to join this cutting-edge organisation.

“The hub in Malaysia houses the bank’s Global Collective Intelligence and Command Centre. This is a state-of-the-art technology centre that further enhances the Bank’s capability to provide its clients globally with more reliable and secure banking services,” says Deva Murugan Nallathamby, the Head of HR at Standard Chartered’s Global Business Services (GBS).

As the Global Business Services centre of Standard Chartered, the organisation provides support services to the Group’s businesses in 63 markets globally. The Malaysian centre is part of a larger network, which includes two other centres in China and India. Deva Murugan adds that the organisation has the distinction of being ‘the largest bank-owned software house in Malaysia’.

“What we want are exceptional people. Who we need are people who can thrive in an international environment as we work with colleagues from all over the world – in our Malaysia office we have 27 different nationalities!” he says.

He adds, “Are you excited about the latest technologies? Then you will fit in well in Standard Chartered. Our aim is to be the digital bank with a human touch and we are moving quickly in that direction. We are looking for talented individuals who want to pursue a career in banking.”

Employers are interested in critical thinking abilities.

“The candidate we look for is someone with whom we can co-create the future of banking. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills and fluency in English is a must to be successful in an international environment,” added Deva Murugan. “They must be able to think out of the box, thrive in a fast-paced work place, be willing to learn and have the ability to challenge things and put things in context.”

Deva Murugan advises fresh grads to not only look at their field of study when applying for jobs. Today’s working world is fluid - engineers are entering financial sectors and medical doctors are doing MBAs. “Employers are interested in critical thinking abilities,” reveals Deva Murugan. “Be confident. Don’t underestimate your capabilities but at the same time don’t go overboard selling yourself!”


1 It offers the widest range of opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds from financial crime surveillance to business analytics to cyber security.

2 It gives employees access to work in a global, corporate environment - working closely with some of the best minds not just in the country, but in the world.

3 This is a growing industry in Malaysia and the prospects are bright for a long-term career with great opportunities for progress.

4 GBS centres are at the forefront of the latest technology adoption. Employees have the chance to experience and use new technologies as trailblazers.

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