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Title:  Bilingual (French/English) Collections Advisor - Ottawa, ON - Permanent

 

 

 

Requisition ID: 62319

Join the Global Community of Scotiabankers to help customers become better off.

When you join our Customer Contact Centre, you’re joining an internationally recognized, award-winning workplace that has been 186 years in the making, and poised to deliver superior customer care in the future! You’re positioning yourself to build a career with a respected financial institution that is Canada’s most international bank. You’re ready to enjoy and support a corporate culture built around recognition and rewards, diversity and inclusion, and the core values of respect, integrity, passion and accountability.

Your opportunities for professional growth will be supported by banking leaders focused on long-term success. You’ll apply the skills gained from these mentors when you work on Bank initiatives that make a difference in our communities and with customers across the country. From day one on the job, you’ll enjoy a comprehensive suite of customizable benefits, including an Incentive Plan, Pension, Employee Share Ownership and Group RSPs, as well as free employee banking, wellness programs, and employee discount programs.

Career, culture, progression. You’ll find it all here. Apply today.

 

Job Purpose:

 

The Collections Advisor is responsible for maximizing collection of overdue payments from customers while minimizing collection costs and loan losses on individually assigned accounts.  This role conducts timely and effective collection follow-up on assigned loans in varying stages of arrears and, on accounts where a potential risk to the Bank is evident. 

 

Key Accountabilities:

 

  1. Customer Fulfillment/Experience - Ensure the delivery of customer service fosters overall customer and business line/department satisfaction by:
    • Providing human, straightforward, and knowledgeable service through daily interactions to create a relationship of mutual trust and confidence with customers and fellow employees;
    • Understanding the customers’ circumstances and matching appropriate solutions through sound knowledge of collection practices, policies and procedures;
    • Addressing and resolving customer concerns, inquiries, issues or complaints on loan contracts in arrears;
    • Being upfront with customers when the Bank cannot provide the solution they seek, offering an explanation as to why and suggesting alternatives;
    • Preparing correspondence including demand letters in a manner that reflects Bank policies and guidelines while conveying a tone that protects integrity of the customer;
    • Escalating more serious situations/problems to the Team Lead or Manager, Front End Collections, as required for speedy and equitable resolution.
  2. Business Plan Execution – Supports Bank’s business plans, and business objectives for the department by:
    • Primary emphasis on rehabilitating accounts and retaining sound, profitable business for the Bank by acting in a timely manner to identify the risk associated with all assigned accounts and executing prompt action to minimize loss and secure the Bank’s position;
    • Evaluating the client’s current financial situation and apply solid credit knowledge combined with creativity and ingenuity in the management of problem accounts while obtaining customer cooperation and protecting the Bank’s interests;
    • Discussing contractual loan payment arrangements with customers before offering revised or reduced payments, terms and conditions;
    • Negotiating alternate payment arrangements including token or reduced payment amounts from customers and accurately communicating the revised terms and conditions of the loan;
    • Evaluating the ability to make negotiated payments and assessing the source of funds for payment;
    • Recommending or taking action to ensure past customer commitments have been met including resolving persistent payment problems;
    • Makes sound decisions on accepting, rejecting or offering amended payment terms and settlements while conforming to Bank policies and procedures.
  3. Operational Efficiencies and Compliance – Drive operational effectiveness activities and compliance by:
    • Reporting and escalating any unusual occurrences or fraudulent activities evidenced through customer conversations and/or payment verification directly to the Team Lead, Manager or Director, Front End Collections ;
    • Conducting timely and constructive collection activity by telephone, letter, text message, e-mail, or other appropriate means;
    • Effectively and efficiently using the automated call distribution and outbound predictive dialer systems;
    • Utilizing the collection system to facilitate communication within the department, among team members and/or referral of the account to the Team Lead or Manager, Front End Collections;
    • Completing updates to all appropriate Bank systems ;
    • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the Bank and Customer information as set out in Scotiabank’s Privacy Code;
    • Adhering to regulatory and Internal Bank guidelines as required and maintaining awareness throughout the year, ensuring compliance to AML (Anti-Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer) and Privacy policies.
  4. Team Membership – Contribute to the effective functioning of the team by:
    • Assisting with the training of new team members (delegating, reviewing work preparation) or the monitoring of cross-training initiatives within the department;
    • Actively participating and contributing to coaching sessions, touch base and team meetings;
    • Acquiring and maintaining a good knowledge of the department functions, processes and operating procedures;
    • Fostering a performance oriented culture of open and honest communication;
    • Developing and executing a meaningful personal development plan.

 

Education/Work Experience:

 

Post-secondary education, with minimum 1 year of experience in the collection of delinquent or overdue accounts in the financial services industry or experience collecting on delinquent accounts is preferred. In addition,

Branch working experience and bilingualism is considered an asset;

  • Ability to deal effectively with Branch and/or customer inquiries, concerns or complaints and provide prompt   and accurate resolution to complete satisfaction of all involved parties;
  • Experience with Microsoft operating systems including Word, Excel, Outlook and the Internet;
  • Sound knowledge of the Bank’s Retail products, services and operating/collections systems;
  • An understanding of predictive dialer equipment and payment collection systems is an asset.

 

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Location(s):  Canada : Ontario : Ottawa

As Canada's International Bank, we are a diverse and global team. We speak more than 100 languages with backgrounds from more than 120 countries. We value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Bank, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know. If you require technical assistance please click here. Candidates must apply directly online to be considered for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Scotiabank; however, only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


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