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Title:  Client Service Associate, Agriculture Banking - Listowel, Ontario




Requisition ID: 87227


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


Client Service Associate, Agriculture Banking


Contributes to the overall success of Commercial Banking in a defined market area in Canada ensuring specific individual goals, plans, initiatives are executed / delivered in support of the team’s business strategies and objectives.  Ensures all activities conducted are in compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures.

The position will sit in the Listowel, Ontario office location.


•    Champions a customer focused culture to deepen client relationships and leverage broader Bank relationships, systems and knowledge.

•    Working closely with (Sr) Client Relationship Managers, the CSA is responsible for providing the following services to a portfolio of existing and prospective clients:

 o    Onboarding: Supporting the collection of information directly from clients and from various sources necessary to assess the client’s risk profile in order to ensure the Bank meets its regulatory requirements related to KYC, AML, etc. This includes contacting clients, sourcing internal/external sources/web sites, documenting information in Know Your Client documentation in various formats such as the Client Profile Information documents and responding to various internal Compliance groups.

 o    Client servicing escalations: Help resolve service-related matters raised by the client directly to the (Sr) Client Relationship Manager. This responsibility does not replace the servicing provided through the Business Service Center and is typically credit in nature or day to day servicing.

 o    Credit related tasks: (a) Contact clients for financial reporting and spread Financial Statements, Projections and Borrowing bases, review results, escalate any signs of deterioration and update appropriate systems; (b) commence preparation of Credit Presentations; (c) assist with completion of conditions precedent, diligence and any other requirements necessary to obtain approvals (d) ensure client files are complete and appropriately documented in various systems (eg. SDR, e-tracker etc.) and (e) general support as necessary in the annual review process and other credit related situations needed to maintain portfolio quality.

 o    Fulfilment: Coordinating efforts with the client and various internal partners (eg. BSC, EDDU, CRA, GBM) to ensure loan funding and business account openings are fulfilled as per customer expectations.

•    Provide status information on the progress of various fulfilment, KYC, AML onboarding and service requests and ensure bottlenecks or delays are promptly escalated with a plan to resolve

•    Look for opportunities to make suggestions to continually improve processes and client satisfaction metrics. This may include actioning feedback received directly from clients or through client satisfaction vehicles such as the Pulse

•    Understand how the Bank’s risk appetite and risk culture should be considered in day-to-day activities and decisions.

•    Actively pursues effective and efficient operations of his/her respective areas in accordance with Scotiabank’s Values, its Code of Conduct and the Global Sales Principles, while ensuring the adequacy, adherence to and effectiveness of day-to-day business controls to meet obligations with respect to operational, compliance, AML/ATF/sanctions and conduct risk.

•    Champions a high-performance environment and contributes to an inclusive work environment.

The CSA will be responsible for supporting approximately 2-4 (Sr) Client Relationship Managers in the Growth or Core segments of Commercial Banking Distribution.

The clients being serviced are in Canada and generally within the same region although they could have operations across the country as well as in international locations. These clients will be both borrowing and non-borrowing.  Borrowing Clients typically have standard to moderately complex financial solutions.

Strong organizational skills are necessary to manage significant data from multiple sources and balance various tasks from client service administration to borrower reporting processing to credit related support.

The CSA will typically receive requests from the (Sr) Client Relationship Managers but may also at times be requested to support Directors and Vice Presidents in the Commercial Banking group.

The CSA will interact primarily with the following partners: Global Risk Management, the Business Service Center, Enhanced Due Diligence Unit CRA and Global Banking and Markets, but could include other partners as well as the Commercial Banking Executive Office.

The CSA will also interact with external parties such as Solicitors, Accountants, Professional Service Providers

The CSA continually works with clients providing service consistent with Scotia Service Standards, Complaint Resolution Standards and Procedures. The CSA looks for opportunities to promote the sale of bank product and services.

The environment is fast paced and demanding and will at times require priorities be re-adjusted to accommodate urgent requests.


  • College / University degree or equivalent work experience
  • Accounting / Finance background ideally suited for this role
  • 1 year of experience in the Agriculture sector preferred and /or exposure and knowledge of the Agriculture market


Skills/Work Experience:

•   Good knowledge of Financial Statements and Credit Analysis

  • Strong commitment to excellent client service and ability to work with clients to resolve issues in an amicable and prompt manner

•    Strong organizational skills to co-ordinate and prioritize a number of concurrent requests from different Relationship Managers

•    Strong interpersonal skills to obtain agreements within Commercial Banking and partners

•    Strong written and verbal skills with proven ability to engage stakeholders and clients

•    Strong knowledge of Onboarding, Know Your Customer, Anti Money Laundering processes

•    Good knowledge of credit structures and applicable risk management

•    Good knowledge of fulfilment processes and roles of partners

•    Good knowledge of Commercial Banking partners and their involvement in servicing clients. In particular knowledge of the Business Service Center, Enhanced Due Diligence Team and Cash Management teams is important

•    Good knowledge of the Commercial Banking Distribution structure as well as role of other groups within Commercial Banking (Roynat, Real Estate, Leasing etc)

•    Thorough knowledge of the applicable software and technology platforms for Commercial (e.g., Sales Force, Intralink, Lotus Notes)

•    Working knowledge of the features and benefits of Commercial products and services

•    Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

•    A high degree of flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of tasks

•    Strong commitment to accuracy, customer focus and results focus                                 


Location(s):  Canada : Ontario : Fergus || Canada : Ontario : Kitchener || Canada : Ontario : Listowel || Canada : Ontario : Palmerston || Canada : Ontario : St. Jacobs || Canada : Ontario : Walkerton || Canada : Ontario : Wingham 

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. Our employees are committed to a superior customer experience and use the Bank’s six guiding sales practice principles to ensure they act with honesty and integrity.


At Scotiabank, 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.