First-Line Risk Lead

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A Day In the Life

The First-line Risk Lead is a key ‘Line 1’ role supporting a number of BUs with their first line risk accountabilities. This will include (but not limited to):

  • Actively championing the enterprise risk framework within the BUs noted
  • Driving BUs’ compliance with the Risk Profiling Standard (incl. control uplift/attestations, implementation of actions and sharing of KRI data), Compliance Obligations Management Standard, Incident Management, Business Continuity and Third Party Risk Frameworks
  • Driving the reporting and monitoring of risks, ensuring issues are identified and working with the owners to develop mitigating strategies
  • Reviewing/maintaining BUs’ risk profile within the GRC system
  • Leading BAU/project/initiative risk assessments
  • Improving risk awareness and culture within supported BUs
  • Assisting with regulatory and internal audits
  • Working with the BU leadership team to increase risk maturity; and 
  • Providing challenge to proposed risk mitigation solutions to drive improvement around controls.


Key Accountabilities


  • Embedding risk discussions in recurring forums designed to increase maturity, ownership and understanding (e.g. BU LT meeting, town halls and others as appropriate)
  • Working with risk and control owners across BUs, reviewing open actions and working with the owners to address these in a timely fashion. Also ensuring that the reporting around these actions are updated regularly
  • Compiling and submitting RAS Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) to the GRC team for monitoring
  • Providing feedback on key enterprise risks every two months for ARC reporting in consultation with the Group Executive/SME; and


  • Reviewing BU risk profile (inclusive of compliance risks) and updating risks/causes/controls/actions as appropriate within the GRC System; and
  • Co-ordinating submission of KRIs for key risks in BU risk profiles.


  • Supporting and facilitating control attestation process within the BUs – including preparation to ensure all details are accurate, supporting colleagues to respond to their attestations and reviewing actions created as a result of ineffective controls
  • Critiquing and rationalising controls to focus on those that are key and enabling the Group Executives to sign off controls; and
  • Undertaking BU risk deep-dives in line with BU assurance plan.


  • Supporting the Group Executivess to conduct a review and update of policies each BU might own
  • Leading the annual formal review of the risk profile with the BU LT including preparing presentation materials and reflecting updates in the GRC System; and
  • Assisting each BU requirements of the business continuity management framework.


  • Supporting BU to respond to and manage any incidents that arise (including reporting through the GRC portal and management of associated actions)
  • Assisting BUs with requirements of the third-party risk management framework
  • Leading BAU and project/initiative risk assessments; and
  • Facilitating regulatory and internal audits as required.

Skills & Experience

  • Experienced in the application of 1st line risk management, compliance and internal audit frameworks (preferably for 4+ years)
  • Ability to deliver multiple initiatives/projects simultaneously and autonomously with a sense of urgency
  • Polished written and oral communicator across management and executive levels of the organisation
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite incl. Visio
  • Proficiency in using GRC systems; and 
  • Tertiary qualifications in commerce supported by appropriate post-graduate qualifications and/or industry accreditation/certification.
  • Experienced gained in a technology and data driven firm

Key Attributes


  • Initiative shown in making decisions in order to complete tasks


  • Co-operation with team members
  • Relationships with internal and external stakeholders


  • Taking on feedback and seeking self-improvement
  • Assist outside normal duties when needed
  • Adapting to change

Quality of Work

  • Attention to detail
  • Written/communication skills
  • Ability and expertise in getting things done


  • Open to challenge
  • Continues to 'get on with it' despite change and uncertainty

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