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Compliance and Operational Risk Manager

Pennington, New Jersey;

Job Description:

The Compliance and Operational Risk (C&OR) Manager is responsible for engaging in activities to provide independent compliance and operational risk oversight of Front Line Unit or Control Function (“FLU/CF”) performance and any related third party/vendor relationships in alignment with the Global Compliance - Enterprise Policy, the Operational Risk Management - Enterprise Policy (collectively “the Policies”) and the Compliance and Operational Risk Management (“CORM”) Program and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). As a member of an FLU or CF C&OR officer team, the C&OR Manager is accountable for proactive identification, management and escalation of compliance and operational risks through the execution of some or all of the below identified activities. This role exercises judgment and influence, and may constructively challenge FLU and CF leaders to support the CORM Program objectives, balancing business strategy with appropriate controls.

The C&OR Manager proactively engages with other C&OR officers, including horizontal coverage owners and Enterprise Areas of Coverage (“EAC”), to provide comprehensive oversight of FLU/CF activities. This role develops and maintains a global coverage plan which defines the scope and risk-based focus of the second line’s risk management activities. The C&OR Manager prepares materials for C&OR regulatory exams/audits/inquiries and may provide consultation to business leaders in preparation for FLU/CF regulatory exams/audits/inquiries.

The C&OR Manager plans, drives and reviews team deliverables to support consistent quality of activities, processes and outputs. This role may contribute as a manager responsible for providing leadership direction to attract, assess, develop, motivate and retain a team, or may act as an individual contributor.


The C&OR Manager contributes to the requirements of the CORM Program requirements including, but not limited to the following activities:

• Produces and/or oversees the development of independent risk management reporting for respective area(s) of coverage as input governance and management routines
• Provides subject matter expertise to assist the FLU/CF in establishing an annual learning plan, may be accountable for developing and delivering training content
• Develops and maintains C&OR-owned policies and standards and/or provides oversight of FLU/CF-owned policies, standards and procedures to ensure regulatory and operational risk requirements are appropriately addressed, inclusive of conduct risk as applicable
• Monitors the regulatory environment to identify regulatory changes applicable to area(s) of coverage, advises business leaders on those changes, directs the appropriate areas to implement or amend policies, standards, procedures and/or processes to address regulatory requirements, and challenges the implementation plan as needed; maintains a comprehensive regulatory inventory
• Identifies, aggregates, reports, escalates, inspects and challenges remediation plans, and performs thematic analysis on FLU/CF-owned issues and control enhancements
• Ensures C&OR “owned” issues and control enhancements are identified and addressed appropriately and timely
• Contributes to or leads development of risk coverage plans, executes and / or oversees execution of independent risk monitoring, testing and risk assessments, communicates results
• Reviews and challenges the FLU/CF process, risk, control (PRC) inventory and FLU/CF Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA)
• Reviews and challenges internal and external operational loss events, including development of remediation plans to strengthen controls, and approves where appropriate
• Participates in Scenario Analysis activities for coverage areas and challenges as appropriate
• Ensures metrics are designed to measure key risks and control performance, monitors and reports on metric performance and breach remediation

This role will support the Institutional Retirement & Benefit Services and Solutions (IRBS) group, which is responsible for developing and maintaining a suite of institutional retirement and benefits products and services to Merrill and Private Bank clients. Key product offerings include: Defined Contribution proprietary recordkeeping platform, Defined Benefit (DB) plans, Institutional Trust & Custody, Equity Award Plans, Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans, Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) plans and Health Benefit Solutions (health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements and flexible spending accounts). In addition, IRBS offers 3(31) and 3(38) investment advisory programs for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. IRBS product offerings have to comply with numerous Laws, Rules and Regulations, which are covered by various regulators including the SEC, FINRA, DOL, IRS, OCC and state regulators.

Required Skills:

◾7+ years in compliance and operational risk (or relevant business experience)
◾Strong Business Acumen
◾Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
◾Ability to work under pressure and meet various competing requirements
◾Ability to garner collaborative buy-in from business partners and horizontal control functions

Job Band:

H4

Shift: 

1st shift (United States of America)

Hours Per Week:

40

Weekly Schedule:

Referral Bonus Amount:

0

Job Description:

The Compliance and Operational Risk (C&OR) Manager is responsible for engaging in activities to provide independent compliance and operational risk oversight of Front Line Unit or Control Function (“FLU/CF”) performance and any related third party/vendor relationships in alignment with the Global Compliance - Enterprise Policy, the Operational Risk Management - Enterprise Policy (collectively “the Policies”) and the Compliance and Operational Risk Management (“CORM”) Program and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). As a member of an FLU or CF C&OR officer team, the C&OR Manager is accountable for proactive identification, management and escalation of compliance and operational risks through the execution of some or all of the below identified activities. This role exercises judgment and influence, and may constructively challenge FLU and CF leaders to support the CORM Program objectives, balancing business strategy with appropriate controls.

The C&OR Manager proactively engages with other C&OR officers, including horizontal coverage owners and Enterprise Areas of Coverage (“EAC”), to provide comprehensive oversight of FLU/CF activities. This role develops and maintains a global coverage plan which defines the scope and risk-based focus of the second line’s risk management activities. The C&OR Manager prepares materials for C&OR regulatory exams/audits/inquiries and may provide consultation to business leaders in preparation for FLU/CF regulatory exams/audits/inquiries.

The C&OR Manager plans, drives and reviews team deliverables to support consistent quality of activities, processes and outputs. This role may contribute as a manager responsible for providing leadership direction to attract, assess, develop, motivate and retain a team, or may act as an individual contributor.


The C&OR Manager contributes to the requirements of the CORM Program requirements including, but not limited to the following activities:

• Produces and/or oversees the development of independent risk management reporting for respective area(s) of coverage as input governance and management routines
• Provides subject matter expertise to assist the FLU/CF in establishing an annual learning plan, may be accountable for developing and delivering training content
• Develops and maintains C&OR-owned policies and standards and/or provides oversight of FLU/CF-owned policies, standards and procedures to ensure regulatory and operational risk requirements are appropriately addressed, inclusive of conduct risk as applicable
• Monitors the regulatory environment to identify regulatory changes applicable to area(s) of coverage, advises business leaders on those changes, directs the appropriate areas to implement or amend policies, standards, procedures and/or processes to address regulatory requirements, and challenges the implementation plan as needed; maintains a comprehensive regulatory inventory
• Identifies, aggregates, reports, escalates, inspects and challenges remediation plans, and performs thematic analysis on FLU/CF-owned issues and control enhancements
• Ensures C&OR “owned” issues and control enhancements are identified and addressed appropriately and timely
• Contributes to or leads development of risk coverage plans, executes and / or oversees execution of independent risk monitoring, testing and risk assessments, communicates results
• Reviews and challenges the FLU/CF process, risk, control (PRC) inventory and FLU/CF Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA)
• Reviews and challenges internal and external operational loss events, including development of remediation plans to strengthen controls, and approves where appropriate
• Participates in Scenario Analysis activities for coverage areas and challenges as appropriate
• Ensures metrics are designed to measure key risks and control performance, monitors and reports on metric performance and breach remediation

This role will support the Institutional Retirement & Benefit Services and Solutions (IRBS) group, which is responsible for developing and maintaining a suite of institutional retirement and benefits products and services to Merrill and Private Bank clients. Key product offerings include: Defined Contribution proprietary recordkeeping platform, Defined Benefit (DB) plans, Institutional Trust & Custody, Equity Award Plans, Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans, Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) plans and Health Benefit Solutions (health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements and flexible spending accounts). In addition, IRBS offers 3(31) and 3(38) investment advisory programs for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. IRBS product offerings have to comply with numerous Laws, Rules and Regulations, which are covered by various regulators including the SEC, FINRA, DOL, IRS, OCC and state regulators.

Required Skills:

◾7+ years in compliance and operational risk (or relevant business experience)
◾Strong Business Acumen
◾Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
◾Ability to work under pressure and meet various competing requirements
◾Ability to garner collaborative buy-in from business partners and horizontal control functions

Shift:

1st shift (United States of America)

Hours Per Week: 

40

Learn more about this role

Full time

JR-21064551

Band: H4

Manages People: No

Travel: Yes, 5% of the time

Manager:

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Maki Acedera

Referral Bonus:

0