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Executive Head of Audit

Postuler REF: 060217

At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

BNP Paribas in the US –We continue to grow and strengthen our commitment to the US market. BNP Paribas’ Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) platform and Asset Management platform, along with our retail presence through Bank of the West, provide services to:

• Help businesses raise capital in the US and globally by leveraging an international network spanning 68 countries

• Offer consistent client service and innovative approaches for investment, hedging, and financing opportunities across asset classes and geographies, as well as research and market intelligence to help our clients make strategic decisions

• Support local communities by funding projects to improve technology, infrastructure, clean energy, and agriculture

• Help women entrepreneurs, start-up organizations, individuals, and families reach their goals through savings, community lending, and wealth management

• Support our clients’ transition to a lower carbon economy, and an increasingly sustainable business model through forward-looking financing and investing solutions

We are one of a few non-US banks to offer a full value chain for our clients, from trading to financing, and clearing and custody in the US with the international footprint and capacity to deliver both globally and locally. Leveraging the strength of our European roots, our network can support clients in virtually every region of the world, enabling more connectivity and efficiency wherever our clients conduct business.

Job Description Summary

Inspection Generale North America (IGNA) is the Bank's Internal Audit function. It independently assesses the effectiveness of the permanent control set-up of the first and second lines of defense to identify, measure, monitor, and control risks at Bank of the West (BOTW). The Internal Audit function reports to Bank of the West Board Examining & Audit Committee. It is also part of the internal audit North America combined operating model. Globally, it operates under the overall governance of BNP Paribas Group Inspection Generale.

The Audit Oversight Executive reports to the BOTW General Auditor who also serves as the General Auditor of BNP Paribas USA Inc., the holding company of BNP Paribas Group for its Retail (BOTW) and Wholesale activities in the U.S.  Based in California, the executive supports the General Auditor in the oversight of all audit activities as they pertain to Bank of the West (BOTW). The executive is responsible for the audit coverage of all Retail Banking activities either through direct or indirect supervision. Direct supervision includes the audit coverage of all Commercial, Retail and Consumer business lines, Operations and Corporate Functions, Compliance and BSA/AML, Information Technology and Credit risks. Indirect oversight applies to the areas placed under the North America Shared Services model, mostly relative to enterprise risk management areas, including Capital

Planning, Model Risk Management, ALM-Treasury, Corporate Governance and Cybersecurity.  In coordination with Group and the Professional Practices teams, the Audit Oversight Executive is also responsible for the maintenance of the Audit Universe and for the Risk Assessment of Audit Units under direct supervision.

The Audit Oversight Executive is responsible for auditing and managing audit delivery for the areas of assigned responsibilities, typically under the ultimate supervision of the General Auditor. Regularly called to act on behalf of the BOTW General Auditor, the Audit Oversight Executive also helps define and communicate the strategy of the Inspection function, leads projects transversal to the whole Inspection function, and represents Internal Audit to Regulatory Supervisors and Audit Committee.

The Audit Oversight Executive has strategic responsibilities and strong leadership skills to ensure appropriate staffing, organizational structures, and supporting processes for their area of responsibilities.

 Essential Job Functions

  • Help define and communicate the strategy of the function and assure that the various audit disciplines effectively support the strategy of the function.
  • Actively manages the objectives, including adherence to target Key Performance Indicators and audit standards by all the teams under direct oversight.
  • Attracts, retains, and develops necessary talent to achieve the objectives of the audit disciplines under direct responsibility.
  • Maintain effective communication while representing the function with key stakeholders, including Regulatory Supervisors, Audit Committee, entities of BNP Paribas North America, and Group Inspection Generale.
  • Exercise effective and constructive indirect oversight over the Audit Supervisors responsible for the audit coverage of areas place under the Shared Services model.
  • Leads various transversal projects to improve efficiencies.
  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and accurately using written and verbal communications with all levels of staff and management.
  • Seconds the General Auditor for audit supervision. 
  • Performs or supervises 2nd level of review and challenge over audit recommendation closure for complex issues, and over regulatory matters submitted to IG for validation.

Required Experience

  • Requires advanced business knowledge, general management and leadership capability to lead business or functional teams.
  • Typically has broader practical experience across multiple professional disciplines within the organization, combining theory, past practical experience and the organization’s business practices.
  • Requires 15 years minimum prior relevant experience.
  • Experince in Banking required

Education / Certifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in applicable / related fields
  • MBA desirable
  • CPA / CIA preferred


  • Primary focus of role is on day-to-day operational execution, although roles will also include contributing to strategic planning within area of expertise.
  • 20% Strategic/40% Tactical/40% Transactional.
  • Maintains current on industry developments affected areas of assigned responsibilities.
  • Demonstrable strengths in one or more of the following:
  • Bank Audit Activities.
  • Banking laws and regulations; region and branch banking operations; asset and liability management; treasury (including derivatives); lending (including evaluation of loan loss reserve, syndication desk, and other real estate owned); expenditures; deposits; PC and telephone banking (including FCC requirements); related systems; etc.
  • Credit and Counterparty Activities.
  • Commercial and industrial lending; commercial real estate; trade finance; consumer lending; financial statement analysis; loan underwriting and structure; valuation; highly-leverage transactions; accounting standards; Uniform Commercial Code; capital markets and other non-traditional credit areas including off-balance sheet credit risk; etc.
  • Enterprise Risk Management Activities.
  • Enterprise Risk Management practices for large, complex banking organizations (LCBOs); capital management and planning; stress testing; model risk governance and management; operational risk; financial reporting (including FDIC and state call reporting requirements, GAAP, and SEC requirements); budgeting; cost accounting (including transfer pricing and cost allocation); incentive programs; etc.
  • IT Audit Activities.
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements; application development and maintenance; computer operations; technical services; communications; information security (including system access control software, firewalls and encryption); end user computing (including Internet, local and wide area networks, client server technology, and PCs); contingency planning; operating systems (including associated program products); database structures and access methods; system analysis and design; programming and data extract languages and techniques; etc.
  • Trust Audit Activities.
  • Common law and trust regulations; account administration (including ERISA requirements); operations; investment management; mutual funds (including SEC requirements); real estate; trust tax; financial reporting (including FDIC and state call reporting requirements, GAAP, and SEC requirements); related systems; etc.
  • Technology Support.
  • Responsible for providing development and technical support on the key applications for the Inspection Group as well as acting as the primary technology liaison for the Inspection Group with the Bank and BNPP Inspection Generale (IG). The successful candidate will have a solid VBA development background, strong understanding of the Bank’s technical infrastructure, and a desire and aptitude to learn and deploy new technologies; etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.


Primary Location: United States-California-San FranciscoJob Type: Full-timeJob: Audit Reference: 060217