Group Internal Control Manager

Location 75-PARIS, France
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Risk Management
Apply before 09/30/2017
You will join the Group Internal Control management team within the central Risk Management function of the AXA Group.
Group Risk Management develops the risk framework in terms of limits/thresholds (financial, insurance and operational risks), standards, minimum requirements or processes, and oversees the operating entities’ adherence to the framework, supported by the local risk management teams. Risk management is coordinating the second line of defence. 
Primary mission:
Within the Group Internal Control team, you will be responsible for designing the global internal control framework, providing support to 1st line managers to define the approach to describe and operate controls, performing some 2nd line control activities and reporting on the Global control framework to the Group management.
The Global internal control framework should improve management understanding of risks faced, reduce operational risks allowing for targeted actions to mitigate risks in line with the risk appetite framework.   
It will ensure ultimately that in each entity key internal controls are implemented, documented, assessed and monitored in front of material risks with clear management accountabilities and a second line function in charge of validation and review of this internal control framework.
In this context, the objectives of the Group internal control Managers are the following: 
  • Provide Group and local managers with the relevant Internal Control methodological support.
  • Ensure internal control deliverables are consistent within AXA Organization and at the required level of quality through Quality assurance process.
  • Ensure appropriate level of communication is maintained in Internal control organization to maintain alignment with Global defined framework.
  • Deliver adequate and global reporting on Internal Control framework and control deficiencies to ensure appropriate escalation and adequate action plan. 
Key accountabilities
Contribute to the design and roll-out of the Group internal control framework and to the integration of internal control in the Group and local business processes, on a risk-based approach
  • Define methodological principles with regards to ensure that key internal controls are defined, implemented, documented, assessed and monitored in front of material risks
  • Ensure the roll out of these methodologies within the entities
  • Ensure consistency of local practices with Group requirements
  • Document and explain Group methodology it is understood and agreed by control functions, auditors and regulators
  • Ensure control framework reporting is global, consistent and efficient
  • Contribute to the definition of a quality assurance framework and programme on internal control 
Project management
  • Organize and prioritize the implementation of the internal control framework, including reporting tool, across the entities
  • Oversee the production of local entities deliverables and reporting in line with Group deadlines and Group methodology
  • Follow-up on action plans
  • Liaise with the IT team in the design and operation of the internal control reporting tool
Training and Development
  • Develop adequate training material on the internal control objectives, approach and methodology
  • Provide support to Group and local managers when required
  • Serve as a key contact between the central team and the lines of business, the internal control officers in subsidiaries, Internal Audit, external auditors, Compliance, and Regulators to address internal control issues as needed.

Technical and professional skills:
  • in-depth knowledge of control framework for insurance or financial services environment (internal control, audit, operational risk …)
  • knowledge in life or non-life insurance business processes
  • Project management capacities
  • Ability to design, implement and operate a Group wide reporting process
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Fluent French recommended
Soft skills and competencies:
  • Demonstrate high reliability, quality and timeliness of deliverables
  • Ability to interact with senior management and multiple stakeholders, including regulators.
  • Appetence to work within an international and intercultural environment
  • Proficient writing and delivery of presentations, documentations
  • Organizational skills
  • Strong communication, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Leadership ability in a team-oriented and collaborative environment
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including Group and subsidiaries’ management, business experts, control function representatives, …
Background and experience:
  • 7 to 10 years of audit or risk management experience with emphasis on operational risks and internal controls; ideally in insurance, banking or asset management; or business experience in insurance with audit or control background
  • ability to lead projects of cross-department and cross-countries teams

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