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Head of Operational Risk and Internal Control

Company: Financial Institution (Antwerp)

Our client is a dynamic and strong financial institution.  To strengthen their Risk department, they are searching for a Head of Operational Risk and Internal Control.


As direct report to the Chief Risk Officer, you lead a team of 6-8 professionals to shape the operational risk and internal control function of the Bank.  You have a key role in the organisation, to reach their ambition of serving their clients with first-time-right processes.

Main tasks and responsibilities:
Manage the operational risk cycle, covering the identification and quantification of operational risk (including Business Continuity Management, Information Risk, Emerging Risk and Reputational Risk)
Stimulate the business to report incident and reduce fraud and reputational risk.
Provide guidance and support to the business concerning development action plans or mitigation measures.
Escalate significant risk events to senior management and ensure actions are taken to resolve and prevent reoccurrence.
Provide high quality operational risk data and reports to Senior Management, Operational Risk and other Governance Committees and the Board of Directors.

Further develop the Internal Control framework.
Screen the business processes deeply and challenge 1st line of defence to identify control objectives and key controls.
Manage the yearly internal Financial Control Program (SOX).

Raise risk awareness and embed a culture of risk management throughout the organisation.

Provide leadership and oversee the operational risk and internal control dimension of key business projects and initiatives.


Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering or related field.
At least 7 years of experience in operational risk, audit or internal control environment within financial services.
Strong team leadership, with experience of recruiting, managing, motivating and developing his / her team
Strategic thinker, who can maintain a helicopter view
Well organized, structured and pragmatic approach
Collaboration and influencing skills.  Good Stakeholder management is key, e.g. with business stakeholders, supervisors (ECB I NBB), Group, External Auditor, Audit Committee.
Very good communicator in Dutch and English


A job with high responsibility and visibility while offering you the chance to find a proper balance between private and professional life.  
A dynamic career policy and internal mobility opportunities that allow you to take control of your career.
A competitive remuneration package comprising a range of attractive benefits: company car, collective insurance, accident and hospitalisation cover, discounts on banking and insurance products, day nursery for children during the school holidays etc.

Are you interested or do you want more information, please contact Agnes Van Gerwen on 02/743 27 82 or agnes.vangerwen@meritselect.com

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