MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The Intermediate Holding Company (“IHC”) program structured at the U.S. level across poles of activities of BNP Paribas provides guidance, supports the analysis, impact assessment and drives adjustments of the U.S. platform’s operating model due to the drastic changes introduced by the Enhanced Prudential Standards (“EPS”) for Foreign Banking Organizations (“FBOs”) finalized by the Federal Reserve in February 2014, implementing Section 165 of U.S. Dodd-Frank Act.
As 2nd Line of Defense function and delegated by the IHC Audit Committee and management, IHC Finance Control Group (“FCG”) is responsible for assessing an Internal Control for Financial Reporting (“ICFR”) process at the IHC level as well as for those entities which are consolidated under the IHC. Main aspects of the program are:
• Perform risk identification and assessment over financial statements and ICFR
• Conduct walkthrough, tests of design and tests of operating effectiveness over in-scope process and controls
• Assess and communicate to relevant parties control exceptions and deficiencies identified during the testing
• Collect the relevant data and prepare presentation material to various committees, including management and Board committees
The IHC and CIB FCGs dedicated to US regulatory control requirements are responsible for assessing the design and operating effectiveness of ICFR framework at the IHC and CIB level on an annual program life-cycle.
IHC FCG is also responsible for managing the coordination amongst Wholesale and Retail FCGs, including teams in US, Montreal, and Mumbai, as well as other operational control units within the IHC. Coordination tasks include, but are not limited to: obtaining and analyzing status updates of various business-as-usual and special projects, following up on required deliverables, and compiling various datasets into presentation format.
Additionally, on a periodic basis, IHC FCG is responsible for preparing reports/material for various management and Board committees to provide updates and results of control programs. Preparation of material requires close coordination with other teams in different locations, presentation skills, and understanding of various topics to be discussed in these meetings.
Operationally, and as a coordinator, for all aspects of control programs managed by FCGs, key duties / elements of the work include:
• Contributing to tests of controls over entities’ governance environment (e.g., entity-level controls);
• Understanding various control topics and issues reported by FCGs from different business lines and locations;
• Collecting and analyzing the status of various work proactively and in a timely manner;
• Creating, maintaining, and providing effective status update templates across all teams and programs for internal reporting; and
• Creating/updating presentation material for various management and Board committees.
For these aspects, the position should provide detailed knowledge and relevant experience in assessment of ICFR at the financial institutions and also will be responsible to understand the organizational difference between CIB and retail banking in order to prepare meaningful analysis to management and committee members.
TRAINING AND OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related discipline (with concentrations in financial/regulatory audit – preferred);
• 5 – 7 years of experience in external audit of corporate banking and capital markets in a main audit firm (or equivalent in consulting) under FDICIA and/or SOX control environment, or in an internal control team of an international financial institution;
• CPA or equivalent preferred; and
• Project management experience in Finance related workflow and engagements
ESSENTIAL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
• Very good understanding or knowledge of COSO framework and internal control requirements under SOX (or equivalent regulatory framework); and
• Skillsets and experience in Finance related project management
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English language; including PowerPoint presentation using statistical illustrations);
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio);
• Ability to adhere to strict project and production deadlines, showing strong planning and organization skills;
• Rigorous, self-disciplined, paying attention to detail;
• Committed to maintain strong control environment;
• Capacity to interact with people in different areas, building strong and reliable business relationship;
• Solid understanding of financial instruments and developed skills in analysis of business supporting processes from financial reporting control perspective; and
• Experience working in Microsoft Access (preferred).
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Equity and diversity are at the core of our recruitment policy because we believe that they foster creativity and efficiency which in turn increase performance and productivity. We strive to reflect the society we live in, while keeping with the image of our clients.
We pride ourselves in applying non-discrimination rules to all our recruitments.
We will only contact the candidates selected who meet the job requirements in terms of training and experience.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 195,000 employees, including more than 148,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.
About BNP Paribas in Canada
In Canada, BNP Paribas is one of the dominant foreign banks in the country and is committed to building its platform even further. Since becoming the operational hub for the Group’s activities in North America in 2013, it has grown significantly to reach more than 700 employees and is expected to continue growing in the coming years. With the continued development of technology and financial fields, BNP Paribas Canada continues to attract experts with diverse backgrounds as well as young and ambitious talent from across the globe. With the international mobility and capacity that very few companies can offer, BNP Paribas prides itself in providing a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow.