Head of Operational Risk

Location Malta
Discipline: Compliance
Contact name: Francesca Buhagiar

Contact email: [email protected]
Job ref: 15756
Published: about 1 year ago
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Head of Operational Risk to join an established financial services company. 

Duties include: 
  • Heading the Operational Risk Management function of the Group and of its entities
  • Responsible for leading and driving the team to further strengthen the operational risk management framework of the Group 
  • Owning and driving the process of embedding the Operational Risk framework throughout the business areas of the Group
  • Organise and facilitate workshops across the Group and its Entities for mapping of key business processes, the identification and assessment of inherent business risks and controls
  • Take a lead role in the completion of the annual Risk and Control Self Assessment (RCSA) exercise of the Group 
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to the RCSA process to support the maintenance of a robust control environment across the Group 
  • Monitor progress of action plans to improve the risk and control environment arising from risk assessments, risk monitoring, internal and external audits and regulatory inspections across the Group and its Entities
  • Ensure business continuity plans remain fit for purpose and organise tests to ensure the control environment is appropriate
  • Conduct business impact analysis and risk assessment 
  • Review and assess potential risks associated with new products 
  • Develop and establish Key Risk Indicators
  • Overseeing all Operational risks including management information, key risks and trends, reporting to the CRO, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and regulatory bodies of the Group and its Entities
  • Producing scheduled and ad hoc risk reports to specific stakeholders and present the information where required
  • Leading the yearly Internal Control Report process 
  • Owning all Operational Risk policies within the Group 
  • Ensuring oversight of risk controls are in place and are available to all interested parties in the Group
  • Ensuring effectiveness of major incident recovery and testing is undertaken periodically within the Group and its Entities
  • Leading operational risk awareness programmes 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent by experience
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in the area of operational risk management in a financial institution
  • Proven experience in setting up risk assessment methodologies and in performing and/or facilitating RCSAs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: be able to work in a team environment, but also be comfortable with working independently, with a good deal of autonomy and self-initiative
  • Demonstrate personal integrity, honesty, reliability, respect and commitment
  • Willing to travel occasionally within Europe
An attractive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.