Job Details

Job ID
Job Title
IT Risk & Control Lead
Position Type
Business Brand
PFG Corporate Services
PF Shared Services
Bradford / London
Up to £59,700 depending on location +Bonus +Benefits
About Us
About Us

PFG is a leading specialist bank for the millions of people in the UK who are not well served by mainstream lenders. As a business, our purpose is to help put people on a path to a better everyday life with our clear and responsible approach to lending; an approach built on over 141 years of experience.

PFG is a unified group made up of three brands: Vanquis (cards and loans), Moneybarn (vehicle finance) and Sunflower (loans). While they all offer different products and services, they each share the common purpose and customer-centric values at the heart of our group. We understand our customers are real people with real and varied life experiences, so everything we do from our products to our customer experience is designed with this in mind.
About the Role
About the Role

The routine management of 1st Line IT Risk and the utilisation of an effectively designed and operated IT Control Environment are key to ensuring the successful implementation if IT Strategy and the achievement of business goals. In this role you will lead a team of analysts responsible for the management of first line IT risk and the assessment of IT control effectiveness across the organisation. In doing this, you will act as an agent for change working with the Senior IT GRC manager and stakeholders across IT to improve the maturity of the Process, Risk & Control (FLPRC) Framework.

This role could be based in our Bradford, Petersfield or Chatham offices. We offer hybrid working in this role and would like you to attend the office 1-2 days per week.

Key Responsibilities
  • Ensure IT controls are effectively designed and operated.
  • Ensure first line IT risks are identified, assessed, measured and monitored.
  • Ensure that IT risk posture is understood and managed within appetite.
  • Manage IT Risk Control Self Assessment (RCSA's) cycles
  • Ensure accountable managers take appropriate action to mitigate risk & IT control findings
  • Provide specialist advice to drive continuous improvement through the analysis and evaluation of information
  • Validate and interpret complex risk, process and control data to confirm the factual accuracy of findings
  • Conduct extensive research to validate decisions on approach and alignment with expected regulation and industry good practice.
  • Monitor a range of IT-GRC KPIs, KRIs and metrics.
  • Translate complex data and activities into documentation understandable by none technical stakeholders
  • Monitor monthly Risk, Control & Performance management reports to support leadership decision making.
  • Manage a team of IT Risk & Control analysts including attendance, behaviours and regular wellbeing discussions.
Skills and Experience
About You

We would like you to have skills and experience in some of the following:

  • Recent IT Governance, Risk and Control experience in the finance sector
  • Extensive experience of risk mitigation methodologies and management.
  • Extensive IT control design and validation experience in an FCA regulated environment.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a small team of analysts
  • Extensive stakeholder engagement & collaboration including conflict resolution .
  • Able to influence and challenge constructively, particularly at Senior Manager level
  • Recent delivery of routine IT leadership management information reporting
  • Sound understanding of COBIT and other related industry standards, frameworks and improvement methodology’s (NIST, ISO, CMMi, Lean etc)
  • Analytical thinking with ability to interpret MI/BI and use it for sound decision making
  • Converting complex data into understandable concepts including process definition, improvement and implementation
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to influence, negotiate and constructively challenge
  • PC Literacy to include management level MS Office Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Proven ability to effectively plan and organise work effectively and prioritise deadlines whilst working at a fast pace
  • Able to work under own initiative, pay rigorous attention to detail and apply objectivity

Essential Qualifications
  • Relevant IT GRC, improvement and or quality Qualification e.g. COBIT, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA Lean

Desirable Qualifications
  • Related degree / qualification
  • Lean 6 sigma
  • ITIL Expert
  • Prince2 practitioner
  • CRISC, CISA, CISM qualification and certification.

The Benefits

The satisfaction of working for a successful and ethical business who are here to help people is a big benefit of joining us, but it is not the only one. We will invest in your development, giving you the support and training to become better and better at your job. We take the work/life balance seriously, with plenty of flexible working options. Working in a bright and refreshingly relaxed environment, you will find your opinions are valued and listened to.

On top of all this, we will give you a package including:
  • Competitive base salary and rewards
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement (increasing with length of service)
  • Pension Scheme
  • Extensive opportunities for personal and career development
  • Flexible and dynamic working policies

Inclusion & Diversity Statement

We know that by having a better, more inclusive culture and a diverse group of colleagues, we can support our customers and each other in the best way possible. We also believe this goes a long way to helping us live our purpose and defines why we are here in the first place: to help put people on a path to a better everyday life.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we want people to join us no matter how they identify, their sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age.

We want to attract and retain the best people. So, we make sure that, if people need it, they are given all the extra support and reasonable adjustments to take part in any part of our application or interview process. We have also got lots of colleagues who choose to work flexibly, so please feel free to talk to us about how you prefer to work at any time.

We think that if you can Be Yourself in the workplace, you will do your best work and enjoy being part of the team and as a business we get to benefit from that and to celebrate all the wonderful things that diversity brings.