Senior Risk Manager

Date: 18 Nov 2023

Location: London, GB, EC3M 7AF

Company: Walkers Global

Walkers is a leading international law and professional services firm providing legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital market participants and investment fund managers. With a global presence spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we advise on the jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.

Walkers treat everyone as the intelligent grown-ups they are. We take a grown-up approach to getting the job done – trusting and empowering our people to deliver consistently, and enabling them to succeed. Diversity is our secret weapon – it’s the sheer breadth of Walkers people that makes us who we are – gathered from across the globe and fluent in languages, jurisdictions and cultures that help us to mirror our clients and keep our own thinking in tune with the world we operate in.

Overview of role

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual looking for significant responsibility, to lead and drive key risk initiatives and projects impacting Walkers Group. This role will include line management responsibility, supervising a risk advisor. We are seeking an experienced individual with significant risk expertise to join the risk and compliance team. The successful candidate would need to be a proactive team player with excellent inter-personal skills and have the ability to build and foster a collaborative working relationships both within the team and across the wider Group.


The role will involve significant responsibility for the Group's risk management processes. The successful candidate will be required to lead on various projects and areas including but not limited to: data governance initiatives, business continuity planning, risk register development and reporting, breaches registers, policy and procedure review and maintenance and training. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of fostering a positive and proactive culture amongst the team and be able to advocate and embed best practice and promote that culture across the Group globally.


The candidate will be required to communicate with key stakeholders in the business, and be required to project manage risk projects and support the Head of Risk and Compliance on any risk issues that arise across the Group. The successful candidate will work with the Senior Business Acceptance Managers, Head of Risk and Compliance, Director of WPS Compliance and other senior members of the team to promote best practice across their region.


The successful applicant will work closely with the Head of Risk and Compliance and Director of WPS Compliance in managing regulatory requirements and projects. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the Senior Business Acceptance Managers on global projects and initiatives.


We are looking for candidates based in London, however the successful applicant will occasionally be required to travel to other offices when necessary.

Duties, Responsibilities & Person Specification

1. Leading on risk projects and ensuring the team is resolving incoming queries;

2. Leading on maintenance of the Groups BCP framework, policies, plans and testing methodologies, reporting to the BCP Committee and senior stakeholders as required;

3. Maintaining ongoing testing and development of the BCP framework, liaising with local offices and senior stakeholders across the Group in connection with this and providing regular updates to the Business Continuity Committee;

4. Maintaining and developing the Group's risk registers and breaches registers, liaising with relevant stakeholders across the Group in connection with this;

5. Producing risk reports as required;

6. Liaising with business services colleagues on cross-business services projects which require risk input, deputising for the Head of Risk and Compliance in chairing the Business Services Committee as required;

7. Provide practical and prompt advice and assistance to fee-earners and other professional staff in relation to regulatory risk or other risk matters;

8. Work closely with the Head of Risk and Compliance and other senior managers in embedding of risk policies, procedures, training and guidance to support the business;

9. Input into the continued development of a strong risk and compliance culture. This will include interfacing with the businesses to ensure that the implementation of new procedures are understood and followed;

10. Assist with the preparation for regulatory inspections and submissions; and

11. Assist the GC and Head of Risk and Compliance with regional and global risk and compliance projects as required and support and promote a positive and proactive risk management culture across the team and regions.

Education, Skills & Experience

• Graduate with solid experience in an international risk and compliance function role with a focus on risk, preferably in a law firm environment.

• Experience of business continuity, data governance and enterprise risk management in a law firm environment.

• Practical knowledge and experience of compliance and business acceptance (working knowledge of conflicts of interest, sanctions regimes, PEPs and other high risk categories; understanding of offshore structures, particularly in a funds context).

Walkers global is an equal opportunity employer. Equality and diversity are key to our global identity and an integral part of our goal to continue being an employer of choice. We are committed to a work environment that supports all individuals irrespective of gender, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. We make every effort to ensure that employment opportunities are open and accessible to all purely on the basis of personal ability.