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Data Controls & Attestation Manager

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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.

Position Summary

The role will report to the Head of Americas Data Governance & Independent Controls and will oversee the implementation and execution performance of the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Data Controls Framework and Standard, in order to mitigate risks along the data journeys relevant to the production of all the Bank’s Regulatory & Risk Reporting as well as Business Analytics needs.

The role requires providing robust evidence-based conclusions on risk exposure and insightful recommendations to continuously strengthen the effectiveness of the overall Bank’s data control environment. It is largely hands-on execution, while managing a small team of resources and coordinating with additional teams and stakeholders in multiple countries depending on the program. 

In this role you will:

  • Design and implement a training program for the stakeholder community on the various Data Control Assurance concepts and activities, which includes purpose, roles & responsibilities and beneficial outcomes.

  • Implement a formal risk assessment process, testing of control operational effectiveness, followed by monitoring and enforcing execution accountability. 

  • Be accountable for the data certification process which confirms adequate coverage and risk mitigation to determine if the data consumed is ‘fit for purpose’.

  • Provide SME advisory services to teams within the Bank that seek to establish or modify a Data Certification process.

  • Execution of the Bank’s Data Trace program, ensuring that it delivers on the annual objective as defined by the Chief Data Officer under the oversight of the Data Management Committee (“DMC”).

  • Manager will be responsible for maintaining knowledge on data governance, data management and data quality practices as well as the major US and EU regulatory developments. The position requires working in a virtual team and international environment as well as technical and operational teams. 

  • Develop a clear understanding of the Bank’s EDM Data Controls Framework & Standards, Information Architecture, data-relevant processes as well as functional lineage.

  • Working with stakeholders, execute & baseline a Risk Assessment for data capture, movement, transformation, aggregation, and manual adjustments, for all in-scope data programs.  A higher-level of scrutiny is required for Tactical Data Acquisitions.

  • Develop training material and train various control owners to ensure accountability, via sign-offs, for data quality and integrity along the data journey to final consumption.

  • Test Control effectiveness and report on Key Performance Indicators to provide rigorous evidence-based conclusions on risk exposure.

  • Propose enhancements to the Data Certification Framework to the Head of Enterprise Data Governance and carry out the agreed upon initiatives.

  • Contribute to the annual work-plan for Compliance Testing.

  • Deliver test results to 2nd Lines of Defense, Audit and Regulators as needed

  • Manage the Data Trace program focusing on the review of the reporting requirements as compared to the Group or Bank Data Trace Standards.

  • Contribute to definition of yearly work plan for the Independent Controls team based on a risk assessment across regulatory requirements applicable at the time of the definition of the work plan.

  • Maintain Trace Compliance Review function as well as procedures, standards, workflows, framework documents and other relevant pieces of documentation describing the operating model of the team.

  • Define, produce and monitor a set of Key Performance Indicators for both assessing coverage, effectiveness and workload.

  • Build awareness of actors in the responsibility framework regarding data and its lifecycle, illustrated by their understanding and control of the data they produce or aggregate, and their ability to meet specified deadlines.

  • Manage a small on-shore team of Data Trace & Control Effectiveness Testing Analysts, planning & prioritizing their activities and verifying their deliverables, while ensuring administrative requirements associated with managing the team are met.

  • Develop and maintain knowledge on the COSO Framework, BCBS 239 guidance as implemented in the Bank’s RaDAR program, so as to constantly adjust, as relevant, the team’s activities to the approach promoted by the Group

  • Develop and maintain an effective partnership with other units within EDM, IT support team servicing EDM and other Bank Stakeholders, including but not limited to Finance, Treasury, Risk, Capital Planning, etc.


  • 10 years of work experience in an audit, independent control or first line of control role

  • 2 - 3 years of line management experience preferably in an audit role

  • Understanding of information governance principles

  • Solid knowledge of financial industry and related products as well as understanding of the general structure of a financial institution

  • Develops open, considerate and effective relationships with customers, external contacts and primary data consumer senior leadership

  • Focused approach to problem solving which must include flexibility while maintaining keeping focus on priorities defined by overall impact

  • Has exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to handle complex projects in a multi-tasking environment and meet deadlines while delivering high quality results

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work with a distributed multinational and multicultural teams

  • Ability to prioritize and manage a variable workload

  • Effectively conveys the message in both written and verbal business discussions

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)


  • Bachelors Degree

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 RamonJob Type: Full-timeJob: Risk Management