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Operational Risk Manager

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Job Title: Operational Risk Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Competitive Salary + Benefits
Contact Name: Ben Kinley
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Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

Operational Risk Manager sought to join a London based investment management firm.


The Company

The firm is an active investment management firm focused on delivering performance and client portfolio solutions through its investment management businesses.

The company's investment management businesses provide long-only, alternative and private markets products on a single and multi-manager basis, leveraging the firm's robust infrastructure to provide a diverse range of strategies across investment approaches, styles and asset classes. 

The original business was founded in the mid-1700s and as of 30 September, 2017 has over $103.5 billion funds under management were $103.5 billion.

The firm also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of literary prizes.


The Role

To work within the First Line of Defence to develop and embed the firm's risk management framework and promote Operational Risk management across the Group. This includes owning the day to day Operational Risk interface with the business for agreed areas covering functions from the Front Office through to Infrastructure and Corporate teams across the firm as a whole.

The role holder will be a primary contact for Operational Risk Management for their allocated areas and is expected to build and maintain relationships to achieve this. The role holder will also own the Fund Board Reporting Process to provide periodic updates to Fund Boards on key risk matters.

Exposure is wide across the business including senior stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities

  • Review, challenge, documentation and presentation of Risk & Control Self-Assessments (RCSA)

  • Ensure risk identification and mitigation by the First Line through management and review of the operational event reporting and KRI processes

  • Produce concise Management Information, materials and summaries covering significant risk issues for the Group's principal risk and governance committees.

  • Attend and present operational risk information at relevant risk and governance committees

  • Perform on-going due diligence on service providers

  • Act as a key liaison between the Business and Internal and External Audit

  • Assist in the maintenance and the enhancement of the Operational Risk System

  • Perform thematic risk reviews and projects to enhance business processes and the control framework as required

  • Perform policy updates and reviews as required

  • Ah-hoc duties and project work to support the wider Business Operational Risk team, Head of Business Operational Risk and Business as a whole


Technical Competencies

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience with 2years+ Operational Risk experience, preferably from an Asset Management/Financial Services background

  • Knowledge of operational risk methodologies, principles and internal controls 

  • Ability to produce and present high quality focused material for Group risk and governance committees and to senior management

  • Capable of managing multiple responsibilities, meeting tight deadlines and overcoming barriers to success, strong facilitation and negotiation skills; able to achieve success by influence

  • Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills​

  • Effective project management and implementation skills

  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels across the business

  • Ability to challenge business stakeholders objectively and effectively

  • Aptitude to break down complex issues into tasks and deal with them in a logical manner

This is an excellent opportunity to your build and develop Operational Risk skills within one of the world's leading alterative investment management firms and offers exposure to all areas of the business including senior stakeholders.

  • Key business principles distil and define key priorities, focus and culture:

  • Performance: First, foremost and always, they focus on achieving superior risk adjusted performance

  • Clients: Clients are at the heart of everything

  • Excellence: Good is not enough, the firm strives to be excellent in everything they do

  • Responsibility: Employees are expected to do the right thing and conduct business with the highest standards of integrity

  • Differentiation: The firm seeks to be differentiated and original in their thinking

  • Meritocracy: The firm prides itself in its ability to succeed through talent, commitment, diligence and teamwork



The company is committed to providing the best working environment possible for all its employees and, as such, they support professional training and development as well as requests for flexible or part-time working. 

They also support many charities and initiatives through the company trust which aims to create positive change by supporting charitable organisations that focus on raising levels of literacy and numeracy in the UK and by offering employees opportunities to invest their time and expertise in charitable initiatives. Employees are offered two 'ManKind' days of paid leave per year that can be used as part of the trust's community volunteering programme or in support of any other charity/not-for-profit organisation.

The firm offers a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical cover, discounted gym membership, on-site health assessments and on-site flu vaccinations. To support employees' extracurricular interests, they have a music room with a piano and guitars that can be booked by anyone, and also offer lessons on-site.

Employees receive a daily food allowance, which can be used in their state of the art staff restaurant. The restaurant has several theatre-style cooking stations, a sandwich bar and a coffee shop (all of which can cater to special dietary requirements), and free fruit is available from the kitchens on each floor.  They also have a subsidised in-house bar and an employee discount scheme with a wide range of discounts, all of which help to ensure that the firm is a great place to work.

In addition, the firm sponsors literary prizes and hosts several internal events with the authors to celebrate these awards. The prizes underscore the firm's charitable focus on literacy and education and together with the wider charitable activities of the Booker Prize Foundation, the prize plays an important role in promoting literary excellence on a global scale that the firm is honoured to support.

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