Risk Management Officer

Compliance and Risk – Compliance and Risk /
Full-time /
Reporting to the Chief Compliance Officer, the Risk Officer provides support in the function of Risk Management by advising the SFS Board and SFS Senior Management on any potential risks that may threaten the operations of the Financial Services (Payment Institution). The Risk Officer will identify, assess threats and come up with preventive measures and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks. He or she will be responsible for managing the risk to the SFS employees, customers, reputation, assets and interests of stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

    • Risk identification at the process (PDE, Operations, Finance, Compliance & AML, Security, Partnerships /PSEE) and entity level (Spendesk Financial Services)
    • Conducts regular risk assessments either through a team of risk management experts or personally on site (France, UK, Germany)
    • Manages and prepares all documentation related to risk assessments and reviews of standard operating procedures
    • Support the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) in the overall effective and proactive management of risk and controls to ensure quality of internal control system of Spendesk Financial Services (SFS)
    • Work closely with SFS stakeholders to ensure existing Risk Management Framework is regularly updated and maintained, and policies, procedures, and processes alignment with Risk Management guidelines.
    •  Drive, discuss and challenge when necessary risk assessment and adequacy of controls performed by stakeholders and CCO whilst building strong and constructive relationships with stakeholders.
    • Conduct periodic review on level of compliance with Risk Management guidelines as well as provide independent view to SFS Risk Management on the results of controls performed and assessment, recommendations for improvement and major risks and concerns
    • Design and implement technology risk metrics to highlight the risk exposure of SFS buisness operations (AML, Anti-Fraud, Data, Technology, PSEE, Accounting, Regulatory Reporting, Customer Duty, Change, …).
    • Promote awareness of risk among Spendesk Financial Services but also Spendesk Group (SAS) stakeholders and senior management and conduct training programs on trisks trends to strengthen risk culture
    • Independently review and enhance the quality of SFS management oversight on risk topics
    • Evaluate the gravity of each risk by considering its consequences
    • Develop risk management controls and systems
    • Design processes to eliminate or mitigate potential risks
    • Create contingency plans to manage crises
    • Evaluate existing policies and procedures to find weaknesses
    • Delivers regular risk analysis reports to SFS Senior Management complete with actionable plans for avoiding or preventing potential threats at all levels
    • Help implement solutions and plans
    • Evaluate employees’ risk awareness and train them when necessary
    • Prepare a risk-management budget
    • Work with the Risk champions in the various units to prepare risk registers and internal & external audits.
    • Develop and maintain the SFS wide risk register

Who we are looking for

    • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational and conflict management skill
    • Excellent Analytical and Investigative skills
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken (French & English)
    • Ability to pay strong attention to detail and organization
    • Must be both a problem solver and a risk taker
    • Proficient with risk management, auditing techniques, and accounting standards and principles
    • Excellent IT skills and conversant with auditing information systems
    • Understanding of various payment products and risk and compliance issues related to payments including fraud prevention and Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
    • Open to change as the team continually adopts strategy to meet evolving regulatory and controls landscape.
    • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and influencing skills required to drive active and robust stakeholder engagement.
    • Good integrity, motivated and able to provide an independent opinion to functional line
    • Very good understanding of regulatory requirements (Banque de France / ACPR), such as DORA, DSP2, DSP3, AML Regulatory (The 6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, …), Report on Internal Control (Arrêté du 3 Nov. 2014)
    • Autonomous, delivery-focused focused and able to work in a fast-paced environment and tight deadlines without compromising attention to details whilst being capable of elaborating synthesis.
    • Candidate is required to liaise with French-speaking stakeholders. Knowledge of French is essential.