Risk Partner

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication SCRL
Manassas, VA
May 19, 2017
May 22, 2017
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Company & department description:SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world's leading provider of secure financial messaging services. We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance. Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way. As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT's international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT's global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres. The Risk Team at SWIFT (formally known as the CRO Office) is responsible for implementing, managing, supporting and further evolving the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework across SWIFT. We have a multi-year strategy with a goal to further mature ERM at SWIFT and ensure that ERM is applied and recognized as enabler of business sustainability and growth. Given the importance of these strategic objectives, we intend to increase the footprint of the Risk Team, currently composed of 10 risk professionals. The Risk Team is exposed to many different areas, locations and disciplines at SWIFT since risk assessments are done on different business initiatives, programmes/projects and a variety of other topics for which risk based decision support is required by committees, managers, the executives and the Board. As part of the evolution of the Three Lines of Defence model, the Risk Team also assists SWIFTA cents € (TM) s management in the implementation of the Internal Control Framework across SWIFT. The Risk Team works in an independent manner, using a common ERM methodology and tools, and collaborating with numerous stakeholders inside SWIFT. The Risk Team is composed of Risk Experts and Risk Partners.Responsibilities:The Risk Experts are part of the Centre of Expertise and their role is to translate industry risk management best practices into the SWIFT context with the aim to grow the knowledge in risk management processes, methodologies and tools deep and wide, to enable sustainable and well-integrated implementation of the ERM Framework across SWIFT. They are responsible for:Driving complex risk assessment activities, using the ERM framework and tools in placeInteracting with (senior) managers, teams and staff across the organisation for the purpose of risk assessmentsFacilitating meetings and/or workshops as part of the risk assessment processDocumenting and tracking the results of the risk assessmentTranslating the risk assessment findings into reports and language that articulates the risk in a clear and effective manner for senior and executive management audiences, external stakeholders and the BoardWithin the parameters of the ERM framework, making judgment calls and applying neutrality on especially the rating of identified risks and the comparison with SWIFTA cents € (TM) s risk appetiteOwning and driving several A cents € oeimprovement / progress type initiativesA cents € from the ERM strategy and roadmap, in the area of culture / awareness, methodology, risk register, reporting etc.Overall contributing to the ERM framework, the evolving ERM strategy and the continuous improvement of practices and working methods by and within the CRO teamThe Risk Partners broaden the Risk Experts role by extending the presence of the Risk Team within the business thus fostering managementA cents € (TM) s involvement in risk and internal control ownership. They are expected to act as a Trusted Partners supporting the management in taking risk informed decisions by:Representing the CRO Office towards SWIFTA cents € (TM) s managers and contributing to shaping SWIFTA cents € (TM) s risk profile by leveraging insights gathered during their activityEmbedding the risk culture by providing advice, oversight, challenge and influencing in line with SWIFTA cents € (TM) s Enterprise Risk Management frameworkUnderstanding the interdependencies between the objectives of the supported teams/divisions and SWIFTA cents € (TM) s strategySupporting the senior managers in achieving their business objectives by, eg: identifying the areas where appropriate risk management tools and processes can be leveraged in the context of business-as-usual; embedding risk intelligence early on in projects/initiatives and in the decision making process; sharing best practices/knowledge from other relevant project/programs etc.Actively developing, broadening and deepening knowledge of the relevant product/ activities portfolioSupporting the senior managers in fostering a risk aware culture by implementing the ERM roadmap within the function, bringing the risk management on the agenda of the senior managers to create a natural risk dialogue, ensuring the execution of risk management processes in line with SWIFTA cents € (TM) s ERM quality standardsQualifications:Qualifications and competencies:A university degree or equivalent by working experience.Around 10 years of experience in risk management, project management, product management, audit or security is required.A self-starter profile with an entrepreneur spirit and clear abilities to contribute in shaping the functionAn IT and/or Operational background is a plus.Experience with the SWIFT environment would be considered as a real asset.Exposure to working internationally.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (including listening and facilitation skills) to deal with a wide range of stakeholdersGood influencing skillsUnderstanding and/or ability to learn quickly of the broad spectrum of risks including financial, legal / compliance, operational, reputation, strategic etc.Strong analytical skillsStrong project management skillsAbility to understand business and technological contexts of SWIFT products & services and ability to communicate about these in an effective mannerPragmatic and able to deal with ambiguityRelationship builder and team playerFluent in English We Offer: Competitive salary and bonus with exceptional benefits /100% company paid Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance 401(k) matchingExcellent training and career development opportunities Career Advancement 4 weeks paid vacation & 12 Holidays Casual/Professional Environment Company Functions & Community Outreach Programs SWIFT is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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