Risk & Controls Self-Testing Senior

Employer
Freddie Mac
Location
McLean, VA
Posted
Sep 15, 2017
Closes
Sep 30, 2017
Ref
7681BR
Function
Finance
Hours
Full Time
Position Overview
The Investments & Capital Markets (I&CM) Controls Self-Testing Senior will assist with 1st line of defense (LOD) control and compliance testing activities related to the I&CM business, reporting to the I&CM Controls Self-Testing Manager. The successful candidate will partner with business process owners in I&CM and Finance (Investments CFO) to conduct and assist with operational controls self-testing. This position requires attention to detail and well-developed organizational skills. The role will have regular interaction with I&CM personnel that are responsible for executing transactions related to mortgages, mortgage-backed securities, debt, derivatives and liquidity investments. The role will also regularly engage with I&CM personnel involved in managing day-to-day operational controls for capital markets technology, financial models and back office activities as well as Investments CFO personnel that perform analytics and reporting of I&CM activities. The position will also collaborate with colleagues in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance (2nd LOD) and Internal Audit (3rd LOD). Responsibilities include:
*Contribute to a team of experienced and junior staff that executes self-testing actives
*Perform I&CM self-testing per plan and complete follow-ups to ensure that they are completed timely and aligned with the corporate self-testing standard
*Prepare test reports that identify and communicate issues and recommendations for process and control improvements where necessary
*Assist with the development and maintenance of detailed procedures that document self-test plans and work papers
*Partnering with appropriate groups within I&CM and Investments CFO to ensure timely and appropriate corrective actions are implemented
*Providing senior management with timely status updates and communication of issues
*Assist with management reporting related to self-testing activities

Basic Requirements
*5 or more years of Audit and/or Risk Management experience within the financial services industry
*Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, related discipline or equivalent work experience
*Experience documenting business processes and functions
*Ability to analyze and assess the adequacy of operational controls and identify opportunities for process improvements and efficiency gains
*Solid understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and Risk and Control Self-Assessments (RCSA)
*Solid understanding of operational risk management and audit industry best practices

Preferred Skills
*CPA, CIA or other professional certification
*Public accounting or internal audit experience preferred
*Knowledge of secondary mortgage market and Freddie Mac’s business
*Understanding of capital markets trading, securitization, and/or middle and back office functions
*Excellent verbal and written communication skills
*Ability to think critically and logically
*Ability to develop effective relationships across the firm, including with senior leaders
*Proactive self-starter with good people skills and a strong work-ethic
*Proficiency in excel and powerpoint required

Closing Statement
Today, Freddie Mac makes home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Join our smart, creative and dedicated team and you’ll do important work for the housing finance system and make a difference in the lives of others. Freddie Mac is an equal opportunity and top diversity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.