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Operational Risk Manager

Apply REF: 049092

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

We are currently seeking qualified talent to be responsible for managing and executing the Operational Risk Independent Testing Program for BOW in in the 2nd Line of Defense to validate the control environment for the Bank.  This includes direct management of a testing team, ensuring all phases of testing are completed and timely, development and maintenance of the Annual Schedule, formal and informal reporting, tracking of identified issues, and management of policies/standards to be aligned to Group.


This role:

  • Manages the day to day execution of operational risk testing processes, tools, and controls

  • Conducts quality assurance reviews to evaluate testing teams’ adherence to procedures.

  • Develops and execute targeted testing activities and ensures activities are performed accurately, thoroughly, and in accordance with operational risk testing standard requirements, and/or industry best practices.

  • Monitors remediation status and influence decisions and actions where appropriate

  • Provides training and oversight for testing team.


Other Job Duties

  • Designs and develop testing strategies and methodologies to assess the effectiveness of the bank’s practices used to validate the control environment across all lines of business and corporate staff groups.

  • Reviews new and pending policies; which have potential impact on the testing program

  • Support other areas in Operational Risk to support  initiatives and projects aligned to larger risk strategies

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Requires broad management experience to lead teams. Typically has mastery level knowledge and skills within a specific technical or professional discipline with broad understanding of other areas within the job function.

  • Requires minimum 5 - 10 years of directly related experience in risk management and/or auditing operations in a financial, banking institution, or regulatory agency.

  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills for collaboration/coordination/liaison functions.

  • Strong oral and written skills for composing and editing of reports and presentations.

  • Strong knowledge of Banking Operational Risk Policies.

  • Analytical, forward, and critical thinker; ability to prioritize, create order, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Education

  • Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Master's Degree Preferred


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word and Power Point)

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: 049092