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10 Jul 2024

Full-Time Operational Risk Specialist I (Req#2644)

Eastern Bank – Posted by Eastern Bank Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

This position supports the Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) Program and New Initiative Programs in Operational Risk Management (ORM). ORM sits within the Enterprise Risk Management Division. This position reports to the VP, Risk Manager I -Third Party Risk Management & New Initiatives managing the TPRM and New Initiative Programs under direction of the VP of Operational Risk Management.  The Operational Risk Specialist I is responsible for helping ensure compliance with the Third-Party Risk Management Program’s policies and procedures as well as all required regulatory requirements to help mitigate and monitor third party risk at the Bank. This includes risk management program development, executing TPRM program requirements including third party onboarding, risk assessments, and monitoring.  Support audits and exams, and independent third-party foreign vendor and other related third-party risk assessments and reporting.  This person will communicate internally with vendor owners and risk stakeholders to successfully manage due diligence and required vendor documentation and monitoring. The role also supports the ongoing risk assessments for New Initiatives, partnering with business partners and risk stakeholders to assess the new activities at the Bank in accordance with second line Policies and regulatory requirements.  This position will provide independent risk challenge to the business.

Assist in the execution of the second line of defense Third-Party Risk Management program including: 

  • Execute annual third-party monitoring and third-party risk assessments and support the identification, escalation, monitoring, and reporting of third-party risks
  • Analyze and execute annual third-party SOX/SOC reviews
  • Establish strong working relationship with third party owners, new initiative owners, and risk stakeholders
  • Facilitate New Initiatives in partnership with the business and ensure appropriate risk reviews are performed, change risk is assessed, captured, mitigated, and reported as appropriate
  • Support fostering a risk aware culture, including educating the business units on TPRM and New Initiatives
  • Identify and initiate improvements in programs, tools, and processes and ensure established processes meet program requirements, regulatory requirements, industry best practices, and organizational objectives
  • Support the completeness and accuracy of the third-party and new initiative records in Archer, the GRC tool.
  • Report on third party programs, new initiatives, and risks to appropriate risk committees
  • Create, manage, and monitor second line findings
  • Assist with ad hoc third-party reviews, audits, and exams
  • Stay current on industry developments related to Third Party Risk Management, New Initiative Risk assessments, and related regulatory guidance

There will be a significant amount of collaboration with other areas which will require strong organizational and communication skills.  A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is needed.  Program responsibilities are visible to management and the regulators. Problem solving, solution identification, and risk escalation will be a key component of the role.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • 2-4 years of related experience at a Financial Institution, Audit Firm, Regulatory entity, or Consulting Firm in the areas of operational risk, enterprise risk management, compliance, third party risk management, procurement, contracting, vendor management, or controls management.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Archer or other GRC experience preferred
  • Knowledge/foundation of bank’s operations and risk management programs preferred
  • Familiarity with technology, cyber, and SOC reports.
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work and learn independently
  • Responsible for reaching out to business units and other risk areas as directed to ensure timeliness and accuracy of assessments.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to apply risk management concepts to a business setting is preferred
  • Accountable for making fact-based recommendations for review/approval appropriate for their position and level
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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #RiskManagement and Banking. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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