Manager, Risk Management – Posting 1533

Posted:January 6, 2014
Location:Toronto
Salary:Not disclosed

This position has been filled.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire might have a whole new meaning for many Torontonians after the Christmas ice storm. Chestnuts were probably only a few of the things that were roasted or toasted in a fireplace or on the barbeque….

However you were affected by the storm, you can’t help but think about the odds of a weather event like this happening again. But how does the average citizen prepare for such massive storms? Do you get a generator? Or will a working flashlight suffice? Do you prune your trees or just hope it never happens again?

This is risk management at its most basic level but for most businesses, risk management is central to long term organizational success.omponent of a pon

Our client’s been thinking about this for some time and is ready to increase their efforts. They are a large Canadian public company with substantial business operations around the globe and they are looking for a Manager of Risk Management to lead the charge within their main global business. Until recently, this function has been headed up off-shore but the time has come to bring it into the business and into the corporate head office.

This is a newly created role that will report into a talented and accomplished CFO. At this point it’s a very hands-on position with no reports – just the responsibility for identifying potential risks and engaging people across the organization in discussions about how to manage these risks. It’s anything from bribery to health and safety and all that lies between.

The criteria:

  • an accounting or business designation, preferably a CPA, CA, CPA CMA or MBA
  • masterful business relationship-building skills
  • tact, intelligence and the ability to influence and the common sense and maturity to know when to back off and try another day
  • ability to keep going in the face of push back by those in the organization who will not easily see the value of the role

The successful candidate is likely to come from a Big Four accounting firm or another large professional organization and may have only had peripheral experience with this type of work. But, they are smart, accomplished and viewed by their colleagues and superiors as someone to watch….star potential, so to speak.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and hard working finance/business professional. Strong business acumen and the ability to think and excel under pressure will ensure the candidate’s immediate and long term success within the organization.

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