Head of Technology, Change & IT Risk

We are now recruiting a Head of Technology, Change & IT Risk. This is a new position to take responsibility for the leadership, innovation, and management necessary to identify, evaluate, and monitor technology, change and IT risks across the AJ Bell Group.

The successful candidate will act as a Risk SME to advise and oversee the business to enable compliance with the Group Risk Management Policy, in regard to Technology, Change and IT Risk.  You’ll manage and advise on improvements to risk management practices and associated changes, liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

AJ Bell is a dynamic and growth-oriented business, you will work with an experienced and ambitious team, who are passionate about delivering the Group’s purpose to help people invest.

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Undertakes ongoing risk assessments to determine current and horizon risks, relevant to technology, change and IT risk, with stakeholder engagement to initiate any necessary control improvements. 
  • Work closely with the CTO, COO, CISO and stakeholders to provide guidance, oversight and challenge to the technology, change and IT risk and control environment with focus on strategic delivery and development. Including owning the development of enterprise-wide assurance activity of technology, change and IT risk agendas.
  • Work with the CTO, COO, CISO and Executive Committee to provide guidance, oversight and challenge in the management of the technology, change and IT risk and controls.
  • Work with the relevant stakeholders and Data Owners in providing Second Line oversight of the data management and privacy environment across the Group.
  • Produce risk reporting that is tailored to the relevant audience and informs senior management of the most significant risks to the business; ensuring business areas understand the risks impacting their areas; and, ensuring individuals understand their own accountability for individual risks.
  • Input, complete and submit the relevant reports to: the business; Compliance team; CRO; ExCo; Executive Risk Committee; Risk and Compliance Committee; Board; and, other committees/bodies as required.
  • Ensure an appropriate and proportionate risk-aware culture is embedded throughout the Group, with relevant risk training developed and delivered.

What we’re looking for:

  • You’ll have proven risk management leadership experience, ideally within Financial Services
  • Strong technical knowledge across the technology, change and IT agendas, with data protection experience preferrable
  • Good knowledge of the UK regulatory regime and awareness of the wider EU regulatory framework
  • Good understanding of current and emerging technology, change and IT risks facing Financial Services organisations
  • Proven ability to build and lead strong and effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to raise and escalate risks and provide firm challenge at relevant levels
  • Relevant professional qualifications in Technology & Risk, such as CISM, CISSP, CCSP, ITIL
  • Strong analytical mind-set to gather, analyse, evaluate and present information
  • Influencing and persuasion skills and ability to challenge at all levels
  • Objective and determined, highly organised and methodical
  • A sound understanding of best market practice risk management
  • Ability to lead and coach skills in risk management techniques.

About us:

AJ Bell is one of the fastest-growing investment platform businesses in the UK, with over 432,000 customers using our award-winning platform propositions to manage assets totalling more than £68.7billion. Having listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2018, AJ Bell is now a FTSE 250 company. 

Headquartered in Manchester with offices in Central London and Bristol, we now have more than 1000 employees and have been listed as one of the Best Companies ‘Top 100 Companies to Work For’ for four consecutive years.

AJ Bell is built on a set of guiding principles that define the way we do business.   These principles inform everything we do, creating a culture in which we strive to think like our customers, make investing easier and lead our markets.  

In return you can expect:

  • A competitive salary, to reflect experience
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme
  • Hybrid working policy - ask the recruitment team for more information
  • 27 days holiday increasing up to 30 days with service, plus bank holidays
  • Holiday buy/sell scheme
  • Buy As You Earn share scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • On-site parking (Manchester site)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity scheme with length of service
  • Free gym
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Employee assistance helpline
  • Season ticket purchase portal
  • Bike loan
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