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Head Islamic Banking Credit

National Bank
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Director Credit the role holder will be responsible for credit approvals for Islamic Banking business loans through analysis of credit applications in accordance with the Bank’s lending policies, Shariah law, CBK Prudential Guidelines and best practice to achieve quality growth in the retail asset book in line with the strategic plans.
Position requirements:
Qualifications, Experience, Skills & Personal Attributes:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science or related fields from a recognized institution.
  • Certified Public Accountant ( CPA- K) or its equivalent
  • Eight (8) years’ experience in Credit function out of which 5 years should be at Head or senior management level handling Islamic Banking in a financial institution.
  • Business acumen/ commercial awareness; ability to thoroughly and independently assess business strategies, alignment and implementation plans.
  • Leading teams; capable of empowering and leading teams to meet Bank goals
  • Leading change; proven change management capability to drive and align teams to strategy.
  • Innovation; able to keep up with trends of meeting the demands of internal and external customers and controls thereof.
  • Collaboration; forms business partnerships that help drive the Bank’s agenda.
  • Multi-tasking; able to manage several concurrent assignments and prioritize demands
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to keep pace with latest industry trends
  • Excellent communication skills; articulate in communicating to both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Analytical; capable of managing numerous information sources and providing data analysis reports to multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven planning, organization and execution skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Excellent decision-making and leadership capabilities
  • Customer and Stake holder management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and within strict deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial/Commercial mind-set
  • Computer Literacy


  • Evaluate and approve shariah compliant credit proposals (new, renewals, one offs, permanent, amendments, cancellations, etc.) received from Islamic Banking department in line with specific credit guidelines as set within existing policy/manual/product documents, understanding of market, industry, economic factors, financial statements, etc., and recommending those beyond DLA  for consideration
  • Verify & analyze credit information, documentation such as bank statements, financials, etc. provided by RMs/Customers, and seek clarification, if needed from other sources, liaise with RM for queries, additional information / documents, business recommendations for deviations, if needed.
  • Visit clients/Centers/Branches, independently or with RMs/Manager as part of the evaluation of credit proposals for better understanding of the client, business and market
  • Review on a periodic basis, a sample of credit decisions made by Credit authority holders within the unit
  • Attend to Audit requirements and provide responses to audit remarks/ensure rectification thereof in respect of Personal Credit Department
  • Monitor Islamic Banking portfolio for renewals, limits dropping, early vintage performance, migration and PAR
  • Monitor compliance with TAT and other service level agreements 
  • Support creation of New Policy and Manuals, continuous streamline and update of existing Credit Policies and Manual
  • Support creation and update of new and existing product standards and guidelines for the Personal product programs
  • Manage and oversee team performance through performance planning, coaching and performance tools availed by the Bank to maintain a high performance culture
  • Motivate and inspire the team by providing information and tools needed to carry out their jobs and meet customer expectations.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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