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First Line Assurance Executive, Retail


Reporting to the First Line Assurance Manager the First Line Assurance Executive will be responsible for completing ongoing risk based assurance testing and providing assurance to the Financial Services Director and the Retail Management Team that all controls are operating effectively and efficiently. You will also be responsible for providing support to the Product Managers in the identification, assessment and monitoring of all product risks and identifying and implementing enhancements to Procedures and Controls to mitigate identified Risks. 

Key responsibilities/accountabilities include:

  • Managing the activity of the Assurance Team to successfully complete ongoing risk based assurance testing and provide risk support to Product Managers
  • Supporting the Business in the identification and assessment of all Compliance Risks and Operational Risks and supporting Controls through bi-annual Risk workshops
  • Ensuring a robust fit for purpose Compliance and Operational Risk Register is compiled and maintained across the full ambit of Financial Services Products
  • Completing all Assurance Testing activities to agreed timelines to provide assurance to Senior Management
  • Reporting on the results of Assurance Testing activities to the relevant members of Management and Governance Fora and contributing to the enhancement of the relevant business controls based on the results
  • Contributing to the development of a risk based Assurance Testing Programme and complete independent Risk Based Assurance Testing in respect of:
    • The Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) processes, at account opening across all Financial Services products
    • The AML/CFT Transactions Monitoring processes
    • The Financial Sanctions Screening process
    • The Suspicious Transactions Reporting process
    • Pricing by (i) product, and (ii) customer, including all signage and documentation
    • Supporting the Risk Officer in co-ordinating the completion of the annual Business Risk Assessment
  • Completing Assurance Testing of compliance with the documented New Product Policy and Procedures requirements on a regular basis
  • Reviewing, on a regular basis, compliance with the Operating Level Agreements (OLAs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) of key Outsource Partners
  • Assisting the Business in identifying and implementing enhanced Procedures and Controls to manage and mitigate the key identified Compliance and Operational Risks
  • Providing detailed Management Information, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), to Senior Management on a monthly basis
  • Monitoring risk management activities to inform/identify the priorities for assurance testing
  • Evaluating the outputs of Second Line of Defence (SLOD) Assurance activities and Third Line of Defence (TLOD) Audit activities
  • Tracking the implementation of all SLOD Assurance and TLOD Audit recommendations and supporting the Business in implementing appropriate changes in Procedures and Controls.

Person Specification

You will have experience working in a similar role (e.g. Assurance or Audit) for a minimum of 2-3 years. Preferably you will have a relevant qualification in business, accounting, finance or risk management. You will also have strong quantitative, problem solving and analytical skills and strong risk awareness with experience in enforcing compliance with policies and procedures.

Critical Competencies

  • Communication skills
  • Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Attention to Detail
  • Planning and Organising

To Apply:

Please send your CV to with the job title in the subject line by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 13th May 2020.

About the Benefits

In addition to a highly competitive remuneration package as an An Post employee you will have access to a wide range of benefits including:
An Post Company Medical Scheme
Market leading Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
On site gym, fitness classes and shower facilities
Secure on-site bicycle parking
Cycle to Work Scheme
Tax Saver Travel Pass
City centre location in walking distance to all major transport services

About An Post

An Post is one of Ireland’s leading organisations, offering financial and postal services as well being a trusted gateway to government services. We are transforming from the old world of traditional letters and cash to the new digital world of e-commerce parcels and financial services.  The An Post Corporate Centre supports and drives the bold strategic moves we’re taking as a sustainable, profitable business in the digital world.

Sustainability at our core:

An Post’s core purpose — to act for the common good, improving the lives of people in Ireland, now and for generations to come — puts Sustainability at the centre of everything we do.  The five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals most relevant to the postal sector guide our strategy and every aspect of our business and behaviour:
Decent Work
Sustainable Cities & Communities
Climate Action
Innovation & Partnerships
Responsible Consumption & Production

Diversity and Inclusion also inform the An Post strategy, continuously evolving to reflect our customers, our employees and the communities we serve
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