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Senior Manager, Model Validation

Toronto, ON
Full Time
2 days ago

Requisition ID: 107475

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Job Summary:
The Global Model Risk Managament area provides independent and consistent model validation and approval across various risk types, including market risk, retail/non-retail credit risk, operational risk, capital models and other key risk/financial models.
The senior manager provides support to Director in the validation of domestic and international retail/non-retail credit adjudication and behavior models, as well as credit loss forecasting models for provisioning purposes. This position entitles activities  related to  model validation work  to establish overall soundness of the credit risk measurement, delivery of  various ad-hoc validation assignments, collaboration with the model development teams and business lines, and communicating results to model owners  ensuring compliance with internal framework and regulatory requirements. The senior manager also planifies the work plan and manages the resources in order to deliver validation projects under the agreed timeline. He/she also communicates and negotiates with the different counterparties regarding issues identified during the validation.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Validate retail scoring (adjudication/behaviour) models and non-retail adjudication Models.
  • Validate IFRS-9 provisioning models for retail and non-retail credit portfolios.
  • Validate strategy models.
  • For the model being validated, review the methodology implemented for reasonableness and applicability, analyze the quality of the model's input data, review the architecture of the software application implementing the model, perform quantitative tests and qualitative assessments of the model, execute independent calculations, and analyze/interpret model output.
  • Based on the results of model validation, recommend improvements to the model or the model development process and identify material improvement opportunities in the models being validated.
  • Manages a team of managers and distributes workload in order to meet project timelines.
  • Responsible for completing draft reports and submission of all necessary documentation related to validation assignments to Director; ensure accuracy and completeness of archived information and related documentation to allow independent third party review of the validation work performed.
  • Establish communication with model owner/developers to understand model rationale and issues; mantain relationship with key contacts as identified for each validation.
  • Communicate findings from validation work to stakeholders.
  • Maintain collaborative relationship with clients
  • Provide support to Senior manager to respond to ad hoc, regulatory and audit requests.
  • Recomend and enforce improvements to tests/methods in order to fulfill  internal validation needs and to align (if applicable) with industry practices
  • Comply with internal policies, procedures and regulatory requirements where applicable.
  • Keep abreast of industry and regulatory developments and evolving expectations.
Job Requirements:
  • 5+ year of experience in the development and/or validation of risk and/or financial models.
  • Exposure or experience in other risk functions such as credit risk, market risk, or operational risk management also desirable. 
  • Spanish is a strong asset
Required Functional (Technical) Competencies:         
  • Sound understanding of various modelling techniques and comfortable to conduct various testing
  • Strong knowledge of statistical techniques and proven ability to employ these to analyze large sets of data; ability to effectively utilize relational database and SQL queries for data analysis.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Hands on programming skills, particularly staistical and database modeling tools (SAS, R, MATLAB, Access/VBA or similar). Ability to adapt to various programming languages and environments. Advanced SAS proficiency would be preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial risk management, especially issues and techniques pertaining to credit risk management - including their practical implications and limitations is desirable.
  • Have a native-speaker level Spanish fluency to deal with stakeholders in Spanish-speaking countries
Behavioural Competencies:            
  • Ability to manage efficiently multiple priorities in order to deliver work assignments within agreed timelines
  • Attention to details, independence, and ability to effectively collaborate with model owner/sponsor counterparts and in teamwork.
  • Effective presentation and communication skills; Strong written communication skill is essential.
  • Consensus-building ability.
  • Flexibility and creativity in problem solving
  • Ability to coach other managers and provide constructive feedback for the professional development of the team members he/she manages
  • Engineering, computer science, Statistics, Maths or a quantitative discipline which includes rigorous exposure to statistical knowledge and techniques; applications from candidates who have just completed their degrees, or are about to do so, are welcome.
  • Any other industry certification or creditials will be asset (e.g., CFA, FRM)
Location(s):  Canada : Ontario : Toronto 

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