Group Governance and Risk Manager

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Full time
Permanent
Leeds/ Poland/ Czech /Romania
Competitive Salary

Your new purpose (in a nutshell)

To facilitate the effective operation and development of integrated governance and risk management processes across the Group, including the identification, assessment, ownership and management of risks, opportunities and issues. Partnering with the business risk owners, you will identify and advise on ways of improving the risk management and governance arrangements of the group whilst ensuring they remain fit for purpose to allow the Group strategy to be achieved without unnecessary bureaucracy.

What you will be required to deliver in your role:

• Collaborate with internal stakeholders to develop:
o A fit for purpose group wide Operational Governance Framework that provides clear responsibilities for managing the key group risks within defined risk appetite; and
o Risk reporting processes, tools and frameworks that deliver relevant and timely information to key stakeholders across the business and ultimately to the Group Board.
• Actively maintaining a good understanding of Group strategy and the external environment to ensure governance processes remain relevant and robust
• Working with the business to maintain an up to date Operational Governance Framework, including the supporting documentation
• Acting as a ‘critical friend’ in relevant governance committees and providing actionable insight to key stakeholders
• Constantly keeping abreast of developments in corporate governance requirements and risk management, communicating these appropriately and ensuring the Group apply relevant changes in a timely manner
• Advising management on the establishment of control self-assessment processes and other control mechanisms
• Consolidation of Group-wide reporting submissions into Group risk registers and preparation of group risk summaries and explanations; independently highlighting key areas of concern/changes and noted trends, providing challenge to risk owners as appropriate, monitoring action plan completion and performance against up to date risk appetite statements
• Timely preparation and presentation of papers for the Risk Advisory Group and Group Audit & Risk Committee/Group Board
• Building and maintaining engagement and collaboration with key internal business areas to assure timely delivery of risk information of consistent quality and partner with the business to identify emerging risk events, issues and control weaknesses across the business
• Actively champion a culture of risk awareness, risk management and proactively communicate the benefits of operating an adequate system of internal controls
• Provision of advice on development of risk and control monitoring processes
• Provision of induction training for new contributors to the risk management processes
• Preparation of risk related external reporting based upon approved internal risk reports i.e. Annual report, Fitch, EMTN prospectus and ad hoc requests such as licensing applications
• Working in conjunction with the internal audit team to contribute to audit strategy development and planning of a risk based internal audit plan.
• Providing ad hoc support as requested by the Group Head of Internal Audit

What skills will you have?

Qualifications:

• Educated to Degree level
• Preferably a Qualified Accountant – although alternative relevant qualifications will be considered
• Internal audit and/or risk management qualifications (desirable)


Skills:

• Very good presentation, written and spoken communication

• Excellent influencing skills

• Ability to establish credibility with senior people and influence governance and risk culture from the top down

• Good analytical and logical thinking in order to identify underlying drivers, root causes, develop conclusion and provide insight to senior leaders

• Strong focus on the timely delivery of high quality accurate information

• Creative thinking to develop efficient and impactful reports and processes

• Positive attitude to managing conflicting priorities, ambiguity and complex projects

• Ability to coach others, both within the Group Internal Audit team and within business management at all levels across the Group


Knowledge:

• A thorough knowledge of operational governance, prevailing UK corporate governance and current risk management methodologies

• Knowledge of financial products and digital lending (very desirable)


Experience:

• Experience in the development and implementation of new risk management processes, tools and reporting mechanisms

• Experience in providing support and advice to senior stakeholders in establishing relevant and effective operational governance structures and processes

• Experience of working in a complex international environment with remote team members and stakeholders


Please see the attached document for further information

Your application will be treated with absolute confidentiality.