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Canada Life Limited
in Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 25 Nov 20
Canada Life Limited
in Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 25 Nov 20
Canada Life are currently recruiting for a Business Unit Risk Officer to join our Bristol team.

Job title: Business Unit Risk Officer – (sits within Insurance (Protection))

Location: Bristol

Job type: Permanent

Who we are

Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation. Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.  Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.


What we’re building 

We now need a Business Unit Risk Officer (Insurance - Protection) to support the transformation and the future growth of the business within the Risk & Compliance function. The Risk function (as a 2nd line of defence) will provide independent risk oversight and a governance framework for all risk related activities across Canada Life UK. In doing so, it will partner with the Business to understand their strategic objectives and offer practical and value-added risk insights in order to optimise both short and long term decisions taken by the Business.



Job summary

With direct guidance from the Risk Business Partner, provide the assigned business with expert and value-adding risk advice in a business focused and pragmatic way, facilitating effective and appropriate risk management across the business, encouraging an appropriate risk culture and delivering fair outcomes within risk appetite. Co-located in the 1st Line and working under the direction of the Risk Business Partner, act as a bridge and facilitate an effective and balanced relationship between the 1st Line Business and 2nd Line Risk Function. Using the framework, tools and training provided by the Risk Function, maintain an in-depth business insight and sufficient authority to support the assigned Business/Functional Unit on risk related matters, providing robust challenge and making a ‘value add’ contribution to both Lines 1 and 2.


What you’ll do


1. Advice and Oversight – Champion the 3 Lines of Defence model for risk management across the business and support the Risk Business Partner in providing independent risk oversight and governance to the 1st Line Business on risk-related activities and issues in respect of business as usual activities, as well as from forthcoming business changes/project (including product developments, new/amended business processes and IT systems). Work closely with the business to understand their strategic objectives, and, with guidance from the Risk Business Partner, provide practical risk insights and expertise to ensure business objectives are met and services are delivered to a high standard and all appropriate risk governance assessments completed

2. Risk and Control Self-Assessment (RCSA) - Responsible for supporting the 2nd Line of defence aspects of key risk identification, monitoring and reporting activities for the assigned business while providing comfort to the 1st Line Business that their Risk Profile is managed within agreed Risk Appetite limits and tolerances. This includes the following activities:
•Support the 1st Line Business by making sure that all material risks & key controls are recorded and assessed using a Risk System provided by the 2nd Line Risk Function. This should cover all risk categories (within CL UK’s Risk Universe), as well as emerging and reputational risks, and risks arising from change activities or key initiatives. Ensure risks outside tolerance and weak or deficient controls are managed appropriately, have documented action plans in place and appropriate governance as defined within supporting Standards.
•Ensure risk indicators (Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) and Risk Indicators (RIs)) and associated tolerances (to help monitor and manage 1st Line Business risks) are in place, agreed with 1st Line Business Management and the 2nd Line Risk Function, and maintained within the Risk System to ensure timely escalation and reporting (frequency varies from monthly to quarterly). Ensure monitoring of exposures against Level 1 to 3 risk limits (as appropriate) are in place and provide challenge on the 1st Line as to how these exposures are being managed, with support from the 2nd Line Risk Function as required. Provide confirmation that key risks identified in RCSA reporting are monitored through aligned KRIs and control assessments, ensuring that the business are guided and challenged on remedial activities and reporting/escalation processes.
•Support the 1st Line Business Unit in formally completing (every 6 months at a minimum) an RCSA report, signed-off by the 1st Line Business Management and the Risk Business Partner.
•Fostering a culture of awareness, openness and accountability, providing training as required, ensure the Risk Event Reporting process is easily available to the 1st Line Business. The recording, assessment and escalation of all potential or actual risk events should be managed in line with the Risk Event Standard

3. Risk Reviews/Deep Dives – Under the Risk Business Partner’s guidance support the preparation and delivery of the planned risk reviews, ensuring that 1st Line Business Management is appropriately engaged in the process. Provide information, as required, to planned Internal Audit Independent Assurance reviews.
4. Operational Risk Scenarios - Using tools and training provided by the 2nd Line Risk Function, ensure that an appropriate suite of severe yet plausible scenarios is maintained by the 1st Line Business and Management Actions are tracked as Action Plans.

5. Policy Management/Attestation –. Facilitate and manage the Business Unit annual attestation to applicable policy requirements by reviewing and challenging their responses and ensuring that policy gaps with respect to changes in the Business Unit’s profile/operations/strategy is communicated to the Policy Owner. Provide the Risk Business Partner with feedback/issues on compliance with any requirements, and formally report any known policy exceptions to the Policy Owner and Risk.

6. Governance - Provide updates and input, as required, to 2nd Line Risk Function reporting for CLUK Management and Board Committees. Maintain regular meetings (at least quarterly) with 1st Line Business Unit SMEs to review their RCSA. Attend relevant management and business working groups, as required, and participate in Business Unit Risk Officer Forums hosted by the Risk Function.

7. Monitoring - On a quarterly basis, as defined within the RCSA Template & BURO Standard, review the 1st Line Business Unit’s adherence to key process requirements and governance controls, escalating issues as required

8. Communication and Training – Support 1st Line Business Management by delivering ongoing risk training and education to staff, enabling the business to integrate the risk culture into their day-to-day work processes. Continue to strengthen and embed risk awareness across the 1st Line Business, and seek to reinforce knowledge where gaps are identified. Support the design and delivery of Risk Function training programmes (including online modules).

9. Skills and Knowledge - Develop and maintain a deep knowledge  of the Business Units’ products & services as well as comprehensive technical knowledge of risk governance practices and processes (as part of a wider enterprise risk management framework) and associated regulations.


Who you are


•Comprehensive knowledge of risk governance practices and processes, as part of a wider enterprise risk management framework and associated regulations, including Solvency II.
•Experience in overseeing the management of operational risks and the various approaches to monitor and report on operational risks.
•Experience of embedding and maintaining an enterprise risk management framework.
•Experience in managing and providing risk oversight activities at a business level.
•Ability to interpret the intended outcomes and drive pragmatic solutions/change by balancing regulatory requirements, cost/benefit, customer impact with business needs.
•Ability to present advice in a clear, timely and focused way.
•Ability to take a risk based approach to organising workloads for self to meet demanding and often changing priorities, ensuring that key deadlines are met.
•Robust analytical and report writing skills.
•Strong interpersonal, influencing and stakeholder management skills up to and including senior/executive management level.
•Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, Business Unit leadership teams and other governance functions.




Degree level qualification or recognised industry /professional qualification


What you’ll like about working here

As a Canada Life UK colleague, you’ll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You’ll also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.

Our focus is to have an engaged, committed and motivated work force, operating in a high performing and collaborative culture. We want to create an organisation that offers opportunities for all our people to develop their skills and talent, and build rewarding careers with us.


Diversity and inclusion

Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences.




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