Professional Consulting - Toronto

Our Client in the Banking and Finance Industry is seeking a Model Risk Specialist for their Downtown Toronto office. This is a 12 months contract to start, possible extension OR Permanency
The role of this position is to assist to facilitate enterprise-wide management of model risk by improving the transparency and understanding of models required for validation, products to which the models are applied, and the application of the models, so that the Bank is not subject to unjustified, undue and unidentified risks due to the use of these models. In particular, this role is to provide model risk validation services according to MV validation process, Model Risk Corporate Standard, Model Risk Guidelines and principles. Herein validation includes validation of models and assumptions, benchmarking, providing analysis and recommendations and documentation of the items above.

Team and collaborative environment

EVP (Employee Value proposition):
Great experience with retail risk Model Great opportunity to learn about Credit Rist

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (but are not limited to):
A.   Model Validation Projects (90%)
This role is mainly to follow bank’s validation standards to conduct validation on pricing and risk models of Insurance, Re-insurance products. This role is also required to validate data quality. Model validation includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

• Develop proposed validation strategy and plan for approval by Director or Project Manager to ensure appropriate type and level of validation of risk models is carried out.
• Conduct assigned model risk validation activities, individually for less complex projects or under guidance of Project Manager or Director, MV, according to the MV validation process, standards, guidelines and principles. Validation activities include (but are not limit to) testing of models, justification of model assumptions, benchmarking, comparison of results to model developer results, quantification of model risks, validation of models, documentation of validation findings/conclusions, and communication with model developers/model owners/model users.
• Produce the validation report according to standards and format including identification of model deficiencies/weaknesses, conditions for model use, recommendations for model use, and Level of Model Error Potential and Model Risk Impact. 
• Ensure effective two-way communication with the Model Owners/Developers/Users set expectations, obtain and provide information on models, and communicate model risk issues and suggestions during the validation process.
• Ensure key information such as model review dates, conditions, and triggers is entered into the validation database for follow-up and the database is kept up to date to reflect changing circumstances.
• Provide regular project status updates to Project Manager or Director, MV for tracking and monitoring validation projects.

B.  Technical Input (5%)
• Provide technical input to model developers and/or risk management groups in the development of models to proactively assist the Business resolve model risk issues.
• Share knowledge of models and validation projects with other vetters to ensure transfer of knowledge across MV.

C.  Client Relationship Management (5%)
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with the LoB client, LoB Risk Management group, and T&O to understand and complete the validation request.
• Escalate difficult or complex project-related client issues and conflicts to Director or Project Manager, MV to ensure resolution.

• Must be able to learn new platforms and models quickly for the different models being validated, including the replication of complex model calculations from first principles.
• Must be able to clearly communicate complex results to others through written model validation reports and interaction with model owners.
• Some programming skills and hands-on experience on tools used in the company: SAS, SQL, Python/R, AXIS, Access, Excel and VBA are considered an asset.

• 1 or more years quantitative insurance risk management, model development or validation within the financial services industry
• Expert knowledge of risk management in specific areas will be an asset.
• General knowledge of banking/insurance industry.
• Recent experience working in a bank

• Excellent written and oral communication

• Master’s in a quantitative field such as Actuarial Science, Math, Statistics, Computational Finance or Engineering.
• The FSA, FCIA designations are considered an asset.

To Apply, Please send your resume to:

Position Type Contract
Application Deadline February 1, 2019
Experience Required 4 years
Job Duration 1 year
Education Required Bachelors