The Senior IT Risk Specialist provides advice on technology administration and application development to improve overall credit union performance and ensure the security of member, employee, and corporate assets. This role is accountable for developing the IT & Cyber Risk management framework, performing IT risk assessments, and recommending improvements to IT governance processes. The Senior IT Risk Specialist works closely with other risk leaders, technology leaders and other members of the FWCU team to ensure successful execution on the strategic plan; identifies technology and change management risks with the primary focus of improving overall financial and service performance through the design and implementation of mitigation strategies.
Here's What would be included as part of your typical day:
Technology Risk Management Framework: Develops the IT risk management framework in accordance with COBIT framework; monitors, updates, and implements the IT security control framework, technology risk assessments, security governance reviews and IT change management reviews.
Project Management: Develops and implements project risk assessments and project health checks to identify areas of vulnerability and risk to project completion. Provides recommendations to risk leaders on improvements to FWCU change management processes.
Business Continuity Plan: Works with other key FWCU risk leaders to implement and ensure integrated Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and alignment of risk management processes.
Risk Mitigation: Liaises with internal auditors and other corporate partners in the areas of internal control, fraud management, regulatory compliance and loss prevention; assesses key IT operational requirements and designs risk mitigation strategies to minimize losses due to unplanned disruptions.
Enterprise and Business Development: Ensures the safeguarding of the organization, its members reputation and assets by identifying and managing threats to the achievement of its business objectives; maintains and manages the business IT risk management plan for the credit union. Assesses exposures and ensures appropriate mitigation strategies are in place and current.
Why work for us?
Our employees give us a lot and we think it’s only right to give something back. We offer a total rewards package that includes:
A competitive base salary plus performance-based incentive compensation and annual merit pay increases
Flexible benefits as well as retirement benefits
Vacation time, a flexible “Day4U”, and the ability to purchase up to 5 additional flex days
Other financial perks such as waived or reduced financial service fees, reduced rates on personal loans, mortgages, and vehicle leases, and no-interest loans to buy computers or fitness equipment for home use
But most of all, we’re invested in our local communities. Our initiatives are far-reaching with a special focus on raising food, funds and awareness for our local food banks. We volunteer and employees can be provided with paid time off to volunteer their time to assist in serving an organization.
What’s your place in the First West story? Apply now and let’s find out together.
First West regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity & Inclusion
First West Credit Union is committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to create an inclusive, accessible environment for our candidates and employees that reflects the communities in which operate. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment or interview process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other types of accommodation), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Qualifications and Skills
5 years post designation qualification experience in progressively senior positions within the financial services industry or in an IT-risk focused role
Prior experience leading change and/or managing projects
Demonstrated knowledge of IT risk analysis, IT project management, IT vulnerability testing, control design, COBIT or ISO
Strong leadership skills , with the ability to influence others within the organization
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders
Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to develop creative options and recommendations to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.
Every organization has a story. Many are typical accounts of significant financial transactions, notable business acquisitions, facility openings, ribbon-cuttings and the like, generously sprinkled with the obligatory nods to navy-jacketed men and women.
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The genesis for First West’s story occurred several years ago around a kitchen table in Abbotsford when two golfing buddies, who were also CEOs of well-established credit unions, decided there had to be better ways for credit unions to grow and expand in their competitive industry than through traditional mergers. Such traditional mergers were usually an immediate plus for the financial statements but carried a tremendous cost to local brand awareness, local decision-making and local market focus.
Not long after, with only an idea and belief that things could be different and better, Valley First and Envision Financial began a journey together to draft the blueprint of a partnership that had the potential to achieve what was to that point only imagined. So the partnership began, with trying, learning, rethinking, recalibrating and on occasion, failing—but always believing. And the outcome was none other than we now call First West.
Chapter by chapter, scene by scene, the First West story continues to unfold, with our third and fourth partners now on the journey. Both Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings, along with their members, recognized the times and led with courage, weaving their hopes into the First West vision of what can be.
More than just a credit union and a partnership, First West is a concept and an idea—like the start of an adventure. It’s an experience certain to awaken the mind, heart and spirit to another way of doing financial services in Canada. And so First West’s story, our story, has in many ways just begun.