Matt Sofianos

  • SMCR Specialist
  • London
  • Updated 2 years ago

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Curriculum Vitae

Matt Sofianos


EMEA HR Lead for the Senior Managers & Certification Regime. 2nd line of defence, partnering with the HR, Legal Compliance, Chief Administration and Audit teams to ensure robust controls are in place in an evolving regulatory environment. Providing subject matter expertise, supporting the HR function and facilitating continuous process improvement from both technical and operational perspectives. A trusted advisor, able to establish credibility with senior stakeholders.  Data privacy specialist, focused on GDPR.  Prior experience in HR information systems, HR management reporting, employee benefits, corporate wellbeing and payroll.   

Key Skills      

Experience of SMCR, GDPR, MiFID II in the financial services industry.
Aptitude for process and technology. 
Communication skills – ability to embed knowledge within the organisation.     
Cross functional approach – partnering with stakeholders from diverse lines of business.
Holistic approach – appreciating how business functions interact and fit together.   
Self educating – always seeking to enhance organisational and industry knowledge.
Analytical and personable.
Project oriented – enjoying challenge.


Education                                          BSc Hons – Sociology, 2ii

                                                         AAT Payroll Administration, NVQ Levels II and III

                                                              CISI Introduction to Securities and Investments

Career History

Vice President – HR Governance & Internal Control        BNY Mellon                       Jan 17 – Present


Key Duties


Management of the regulatory requirements of the HR function in line with regulatory bodies;   
Financial Conduct Authority
National Bank of Belgium
Central Bank of Ireland
Management of HR Fitness & Propriety criteria as applicable to the Certified and Senior Manager (SMF) populations.
Regulatory support for the HR SMF, maintaining all HR SMCR governance documentation as defined : SMF control schedule, Management board reports; Semi-annual attestation.
Supporting the Compliance department in the lodging of Senior Manager Applications
SMF Handovers
Reconciling SMF Job Descriptions with Statements of responsibilities
Background screening
Secretary for the Code of Conduct, Fitness & Propriety review panel
FCA Code of Conduct breach reporting (Rep008)
Oversight of HR Audit actions, ownership of SMCR Audit actions
Annual Recertification process
Creation and maintenance of SMCR End to End procedures
Oversight of Regulatory References
Key advisor on technology supporting the SMCR framework, recommending and implementing system improvements where applicable;
HR system
Performance management system
Mandatory Training platform 

Key Projects

Embedding enhanced accountability model through the systemisation of matrix management
Key player in the implementation of the corporate regulatory compliance database
Delivery of HR tutorials using Brainshark;
Data classification and Privacy  
Recruitment for SMCR
SMCR on-boarding advisor to the group solo regulated firms

Career break Aug 15 – Nov 16


During this period I relocated with my family to Malta, supporting my partner in her secondment.

While taking a career break, I maintained the household and taught guitar privately. 



Vice President – Human Resources                         Pershing Ltd                       Jan 15 – Aug 15

Assistant Vice President – Human Resources      Pershing Ltd                       July 11 – Dec 14

Compensation Analyst                                                  Pershing Ltd                       Nov 06 – July 11


Key Duties

HR Reporting – Headcount (Actual vs. Forecast), Overtime expenditure & trends, Salary variance, Absence, Turnover, Salary quartile analysis, Org chart.
Responsibility for data classification and security within HR team.
Report design – providing new metrics to meet business needs.  
Subject matter expert in the following areas;
Payroll / Employee benefits  / Technical issues.  
PeopleSoft HR and Oracle Payroll systems. Escalation point for user issues.
Employee benefits – eg. Pension, Healthcare, Life assurance, Income protection, Flex benefits.
Regular auditing to ensure integrity of data transferred from Taleo to PeopleSoft.
Corporate communications / presentations – policy updates, best HR practises. 
Chairing monthly service calls with key providers. Driving queries and outsourced service issues to resolution.
Member of company Data Privacy Board.   
Continual review and development of HR policies.
Design, development and content review of HR section of company Intranet.
Key Projects

Mandatory video training session on email security
PeopleSoft Self Service Development
Employee Engagement – design of engagement initiatives in response to survey feedback.
Organisational modelling – span of control reduction.
Migration of legacy payroll to parent company payroll – Responsible for integrity and reconciliation of data migrated. Key adviser and trainer on new payroll system.
Set up of salary sacrifice Car Parking scheme.
Overtime cost modelling.
Payroll Consultant (Temp)                                                         

                                                                BHP Billiton                       Sept 06 – Nov06                                                                                                                                Red  Bull                              Jul 06 – Sept 06                                                                                                                 KPMG                                   May 06 – Jul 06

Pre Sales Consultant                      Symatrix                              Mar 05 – May 06                                               

Expat Payroll Consultant              Logicacmg                           Apr 04 – Mar 05               

Senior Payroll Administrator      Domestic and General  Sept 02 – Apr 04

Payroll Team Leader                      Office Angels Ltd             Feb 02 – Sept 02                                                              

Payroll Clerk                                      Tesco Stores Ltd              Aug 97 – Aug 99                                               

References available on request.

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