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Director, Head of Operational Risk and Chief Auditor

Russell Investments

Russell Investments

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2024

Business Unit:

Compliance, Risk and Internal Audit

Job Description:

Russell Investments is seeking a dynamic leader for the role of Global Head of Operational Risk and Chief Auditor. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their ability to balance risk oversight and audit independence. This position will report to the Chief Legal Officer and plays a critical role in safeguarding the organization by proactively managing operational risks, promoting resilience, ensuring adherence to risk related standards, and leading the independent internal audit function.

Salary Range: $200,000 to $235,000

Specific compensation will be based on candidate’s experience, skills, qualifications, commercial considerations, and other job-related factors permitted by law. At Russell Investments, salary is just one part of our compensation package. Our total rewards approach includes an annual performance bonus (subject to eligibility criteria) in addition to participation in our competitive benefits programs including healthcare, retirement, vacation, and wellbeing programs.

Your Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of senior risk professionals responsible for the independent operational risk management program at Russell Investments.
  • Lead and manage a team of internal auditors to develop and implement a risk-based audit plan.
  • Drive programs such as the Vendor Risk Management, Insurance, Operational Resiliency, and governance oversight.
  • Oversee the Global Management Oversight Due Diligence team at Russell Investments.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of business strategy, the customer base, products, and services as well as relevant industry issues, frameworks, and emerging risks for the business.
  • Balance strategic initiatives with tactical relationship management to effectively navigate both long-term vision and day-to-day operational demands.
  • Oversee the execution of risk frameworks within Russell Investments at the corporate and regional levels in accordance with ISO 31000.
  • Drive the risk and control culture of the organization through application of the risk management process.
  • Direct initiatives to proactively identify, escalate and solve complex risk and control issues as well as potential conflicts in a timely manner.
  • Navigate regulatory requirements and external expectations for programs led.
  • Partner with senior leaders to enable risk informed key business and strategy decisions.
  • Support and challenge the First Line using influencing and negotiating skills to identify, assess and control emerging risks prior to material P&L impact.
  • Align audit activities with the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Report Audit findings to the Boards as required.
  • Provide objective insights to senior leadership.

Your Expertise:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Accounting; MBA, CPA, desired.
  • 15+ years of experience in the finance industry.
  • Strong understanding of risk management frameworks and best practices.
  • Experience presenting to both internal and external boards and committees.
  • Demonstrated initiative to work independently and engage, undirected, in execution of responsibilities while collaborating with a global team.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and implement change across direct areas of responsibility, including collaborating with stakeholders within and beyond the function.
  • Demonstrate a curiosity and openness to learn from experiences and setbacks.
  • Create a culture of excellence and high performance through vision and example.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Russell Investments is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all associates and employment applicants regardless of race, religion, ancestry, creed, color, gender (including gender identity which refers to a person's actual or perceived sex, and includes self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not different from that traditionally associated with a person's biological sex), age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, past or present unemployment status , or any other characteristic protected by law.