• Risk Partner at SWIFT

    Job Locations BE-Brussels area
    Job ID
    Risk management
  • Company & department description

    SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative providing the platform, messaging, standards and products & services to more than 11,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories. In 2018 SWIFT processed 7.8 billion FIN messages.

    Our employees are the foundation of this success. SWIFT has a unique corporate mindset, where diversity, personal development and networking are actively encouraged. And we think you'll like our office culture, built around the way we work to achieve a healthier work/life balance.  

    If you want to be part of our dynamic, multi-cultural institution with over 2800 employees of 75 nationalities, in 25+ offices worldwide, then explore the opportunities, rewards and internationally competitive packages that are waiting for you here at SWIFT.


    Your team


    The Risk Team at SWIFT (formally known as the CRO Office) is currently composed of 16 Risk Experts and Risk Partners. They focus on a wide range of operational, technological and strategic risks, and are responsible for implementing, managing, supporting and further evolving the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework across SWIFT. We have a multi-year strategy with a goal to further mature ERM at SWIFT and ensure that ERM is applied and recognized as enabler of business sustainability and growth. We are exposed to many different functions, locations and disciplines at SWIFT since risk assessments are conducted on different business initiatives, programmes/projects and a variety of other topics for which risk based decision support is required by the appropriate governance including the Executives and the Board. As part of SWIFT’s adoption of the Three Lines of Defence model, the Risk Team also assists SWIFT’s management in the implementation of the Internal Control Framework across SWIFT. The Risk Team works in an independent manner, using a common ERM methodology and tools, and collaborating with numerous stakeholders inside SWIFT.

    To strengthen our Risk Team, we are actively expanding the Risk Partners group.


    Your role

    In your role as Risk Partner you will extend the presence of the Risk Team within the business fostering management’s risk and internal control ownership. Acting as trusted partners of the executive and senior management, you support them in taking risk informed decisions by:

    • Representing the CRO Office towards SWIFT’s managers and contributing to shaping SWIFT’s risk profile by leveraging insights gathered during their activity;
    • Embedding the risk culture by providing advice, challenge and influencing in line with SWIFT’s Enterprise Risk Management framework;
    • Understanding the interdependencies between the objectives of the supported teams/divisions and SWIFT’s strategy
    • Driving complex risk assessment activities, facilitating the dedicated workshops, and supporting with the appropriate employment of the ERM framework, as well as the needed documentation and reporting;
    • Supporting the executive and senior managers in achieving their business objectives by, e.g.: identifying the areas where appropriate risk management tools and processes can and should be leveraged in the context of business-as-usual; embedding risk intelligence early on in projects/initiatives and in the decision making process; sharing best practices/knowledge;
    • Actively developing, broadening and deepening knowledge of the relevant product/ activities portfolio;
    • Supporting the executive and senior managers in fostering a risk aware culture, in embedding the risk management in their daily agenda to create a natural risk dialogue, and in implementing risk management processes in line SWIFT’s ERM quality standards;
    • Collaborating with the Risk Experts to translate industry risk management best practices into the SWIFT context with the aim to grow the knowledge in risk management processes, methodologies and tools deep and wide, to enable sustainable and well-integrated implementation of the ERM Framework across SWIFT.




    • Required qualifications, experience and competencies
    • University degree or equivalent by working experience;
    • >8 years of experience in operational risk management, security risk management or IT audit;
    • Understanding of and/or ability to learn quickly the broad spectrum of risks including strategic, legal/compliance, operational, reputation, financial;
    • An IT background, as well as experience with the SWIFT environment are a plus ;
    • Self-starter profile, an entrepreneur spirit, clear abilities to contribute in shaping the function;
    • Previous working experience in an international environment, comfortable to interact with executive and senior management;
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills (including listening and facilitation skills) to deal with a wide range of stakeholders;
    • Strong capability in managing evolving or competing priorities in a constructive manner;
    • Strong analytical and project management skills;
    • Pragmatic, able to deal with ambiguity, stress resilient;
    • Relationship builder and team player;
    • Fluent in English.




    What we offer

    Our headquarters in Belgium is located in the leafy suburb of La Hulpe on the outskirts of Brussels and we have offices in major capital cities. We offer a competitive salary and a generous range of benefits.

    Want to be part of our global family? Apply now!



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