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Capital Planning Quality Assurance, Controls Senior Lead Analyst – SVP

Citi

This is a Contract position in Safety Harbor, FL posted July 29, 2021.

The Capital Planning team within Citi Treasury is responsible for all aspects of capital analysis, forecasting and planning for Citi, including providing programmatic leadership for the firm’s development of capital ratios; Risk Weighted Assets (RWA); CCAR capital plans; and Recovery & Resolution plans. The organization spans the full capital planning continuum, with the Head of Capital Planning reporting to the Citi Treasurer.

The Capital Planning team has created a dedicated Quality Assurance function, headed by a Managing Director, that articulates how and why Citi can take confidence in the outputs of its capital planning processes. This is an essential function to maintain the requisite level of transparency and accountability throughout the end-to-end capital planning process, which over time must be harmonized between all points of the stress continuum, from BAU (including spot RWA) to stress (CCAR) to severe stress (Recovery), to the ultimate resolution of the firm. The Capital Planning Quality Assurance (CPQA) function is responsible for the following key aspects of capital planning including:

  • Understanding, contextualizing, aggregating, synthesizing and reporting the key Assumptions, material model Limitations and Weaknesses (collectively, ALWs) across Citi’s capital planning processes, with a specific and immediate focus on spot RWA and CCAR

  • Executing quality assurance program that provides confidence in reported spot RWA as well as help identifying any data gaps that must be mitigated by compensating controls

  • Developing a control framework that requires consistent end-to-end controls from point of origin to spot RWA calculation and regulatory reporting Implementing and maintaining an end-to-end attestation framework that serves as evidence for execution of consistent set of controls

  • Establishing and maintaining issues and errors management framework and process that ensures that material issues related to spot RWA and CCAR are assessed, escalated, and mitigated in a timely manner.

  • As applicable, monitor and track the implementation of mitigating controls

This role will support the Controls Lead, who reports to Head of Control Frameworks within the CPQA team, to build out the control framework supporting the processes owned by Capital Planning. This framework will include a sustainable operating model that clarifies the roles & responsibilities of the central teams and workstreams utilized to deliver Citi’s Capital Planning results; the expectations for deployment of Citi’s risk & control tools to provide a comprehensive view of controls that currently exist in this space; and the provision of expert judgment to identify the controls that should exist, but currently do not, in the end-to-end spot RWA, CCAR and RRP calculation/reporting processes.

This role will play an integral part in implementing the plans necessary to close the gaps identified by the Consent Order planning efforts, and the firm-wide, cross-functional execution of those plans over a multi-year timeframe. This role will also partner with other members of the Capital Planning team to help design the monitoring process by which Capital Planning can gain comfort that the identified controls are performed at a level of quality that meets the firm’s standards.

This is a highly strategic “build the bank” role that will provide significant exposure to senior management and will partner extensively with colleagues across Finance/FRSS; the CCAR and RRP workstreams; 2nd line of defense functions including the Capital Planning Review Group; and front office business lines. Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and excellent interpersonal skills are required given the high level of interaction with senior managers, auditors and regulators.

Reporting Structure and Responsibilities

The Controls Group Senior Lead Analyst will have the following responsibilities:

  • Support the Controls Lead in designing target state control framework covering end-to-end spot RWA and CCAR processes

  • Deliver tactical solutions over a short-term horizon to remediate control gaps, both self-identified as well as those identified by auditors and regulators

  • Leverage business intelligence solutions (e.g., workflow tools, Tableau, Alteryx) to report, monitor and govern control effectiveness by implementing KRIs / KPIs

  • Enable continuous improvement by partnering with workstream leads and senior stakeholders to proactively design solutions for identified weaknesses or gaps in compensating controls

  • Develop a strong working relationship with process owners across the organization in support of their individual responsibilities and in support of creating a holistic framework in which the firm executes its collective capital planning responsibilities

  • Support development of materials for management discussions and other stakeholder forums

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree is required.

  • Minimum 7 years of proven experience in financial services industry or management consulting experience in capital management / Basel.

  • Exceptional communication skills, including well-developed verbal, written and presentation skills. Must be able to quickly create concise, informative executive summaries for internal and external stakeholders that convey a well-developed “story” and advocate for a well-reasoned point of view.

  • Creative skills necessary to craft persuasive, well-researched narratives for senior consumption.

  • Aptitude for translating strategy into execution in a complex and cross-functional organization.

  • Strong attention to detail with proven ability to distil complex ideas into simple stories.

  • Previous experience in Treasury, Finance Controllers or audit functions is preferred.

  • Prior experience in implementing large control programs is preferred.

  • Understanding of capital markets and/or institutional banking is preferred.

  • Strong audit / compliance instincts and ability to apply independent judgment to historical business practices, with a proven ability and willingness to challenge the status quo.

  • Experience with business intelligence tools like Tableau, Alteryx, Cognos strongly preferred.

  • A self-starter with ability to independently manage work.

  • Ability to gain consensus and agreement across disparate functions, products and geographies.

  • Must have ability to stay ahead in a constantly changing environment. Must be a change agent, ensuring others understand current direction.

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Finance

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Fin Solutions Dsgn & Implement

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