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Sr Model Validation Analyst

Postuler REF: 048834

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Position Summary

Our Quantitative models support some of the most important processes and decisions at Bank of the West, including credit review, risk forecasting, asset/liability management, market risk management, and transaction monitoring for anti-money laundering. This position is in the Model Risk Management Group which manages the risk of adverse consequences due to incorrect or misused models. To manage this risk, the Bank needs to validate and periodically monitor over 100 models.  Model validation is responsible for reviewing and effectively challenging models including: empirical evidence for model development, model theory, model performance, underlying model assumptions and limitations. Model validators conduct testing and provide critical review of conceptual soundness and model performance.  Model validators write reports describing the results of validation and interface with internal stakeholders and regulators to communicate findings of model risk. 

In this role you will:

  • Identify sources of risk in models.  Conduct validations for quantitative and complex financial models.  Thoroughly and comprehensively review all model components and developmental evidences. Responsible for providing effective challenges to conceptual soundness of models and conducting quantitative analytics.
  • Present validation work through formal validation reports, as well as thorough presentations to model owners and senior management. Clearly and concisely document and communicate validation findings.
  • Present and effectively support findings to model developers, users and senior management. Develop and prioritize constructive recommendations for model changes or enhancements. Communicates data quality and completeness concerns to model owners.
  • Maintain detailed and comprehensive records of validation projects through work papers and other acceptable project artifacts.
  • Maintain accurate data in the bank’s model inventory.  Track and review model performance monitoring results.  Review evidences for closure of model validation findings.
  • Build strong working relationships with key model stakeholders, in particular model developers and users. Facilitate communication between model validation teams and other stakeholders, including model owners.

Other Job Duties

  • Work effectively as a team member with other quantitative analysts at the company, as well as with external consultants.
  • Keep abreast with developments in quantitative risk management and industry best practices in model validation.
  • Work effectively either independently or as part of a team.
  • Manage time and resources in a dynamic multi-task environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced knowledge of quantitative models obtained through advanced degree (PhD, MS, or MFE) and/or prior work experience.
  • Strong quantitative skills and practical experiences in areas such as financial theories, econometrics, statistics, hazard modeling and time series analysis.
  • Working knowledge of key interest rate and liquidity risk metrics such as NII, EVE,  liquidity gap, and FTP desirable
  • Working knowledge of trading products and their valuations.
  • Familiarity with model risk management and market risk management practices and applicable regulatory guidance.
  • Good writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Statistical skills and SAS experience a plus.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years prior relevant work experience.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Quantitative field or similar area of 
  • Master's Degree Quantitative field or MBA with quantitative focus
  • Experience with loss forecasting, stress testing, credit score cards, Basel II.
  • Strong quantitative skills in such areas as econometrics, statistics, hazard modeling, and time series analysis.
  • Experience working with large data sets.
  • SAS experience desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of bank products, processes and business practices.
  • Familiarity with leading model risk management practices and applicable regulatory guidance.
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: Risk Management Reference: 048834