Risk Manager CV [Full Sample]

Here’s a full Risk Manager resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.

Writing an Risk Manager Resume

Follow the steps of our resume writing guide and you’ll have a killer CV in no time!

1. Resume Header

Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification number.

2.Breaking Down the Risk Manager Resume Sample

Here’s what an Executive Summary shouldn’t look like:

  • Risk Manager for 15 years in various areas of banking.
  • Managed risk for a $5B portfolio at JP Morgan without any defaults.
  • Knowledgeable about banking products like Trade Finance and Structured Finance.
  • Never had any regulatory violations at Standard Chartered Bank for 4 years.
  • Impressive leadership skill and work well in high-pressure situations. Willing to work long hours to meet goals.

Now look at Dylan’s:

  • Risk Manager with 15 years of global and regional experience in Operational Risk Management, Credit Risk, Compliance, Policy Interpretation and formulating risk frameworks for new products within the banking industry.
  • Achieved zero defaults (NPL) whilst managing risk for 5 billion USD portfolio in FI & Corporate Credit as Operational Risk Manager at JP Morgan.
  • Deep understanding of transactional banking products. Experience in Structures / Product Programs in Trade Finance, Structured Finance (Aircraft, Shipping), Fixed Income (Bonds), Rates and Currencies (Swaps, Options, CLN, CDS), Basel II (FSA).
  • Strong attention to detail in compliance policy interpretation. Ensured no regulatory violations of Basel II & Basel III over 4 year period at Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Exceptional leadership skills, strong in driving change, thrives in highly pressurised working environment and capable of working round-the-clock to meet organisational objectives.

The second one, right? But what makes it better?

It demonstrates:

  • It showcases Dylan’s clear career narrative, from his years of experience, to the industries he has expertise in Risk Management, and his knowledge of latest regulations.
  • A tailored Executive Summary with the right industry key phrases such as “Basel II”, “zero defaults (NPL)” and “Rates and Currencies (Swaps, Options, CLN, CDS).”
  • This tells recruiters that Dylan has customised his resume according to their exact Job Description, instead of just mass-sending an identical resume to all open Risk Manager roles. This reflects initiative, meticulousness and a keen desire for the role.

In contrast, the first Executive Summary is poorly-written and has no identifying details.

It has some metrics and big names, but they are not explained and utilised properly.

When writing your own resume, avoid writing a generic Executive Summary! Your resume features your own career – make it all about yourself and your strengths!

Writing an effective yet succinct Executive Summary is equally challenging. Don’t fret – we’re here to help you! Just send us your Resume for a free review – we’ll look through it and share our feedback – all at no cost!

3.Key Skills to include in an Risk Management Resume

Your Executive Summary might hook us, but we recruiters also want to see the specific skills you can bring to the table.

This section is your chance to list skills you are proficient in! Be mindful to include exact keywords used in the job description. This increases the chances of getting your Resume past ATS scanners (CV scanning software).

ResumeWriter Tip: Scan the job application and add the exact key phrases used in the description, into your resume.

Examples of Risk Manager Resume Key Skills:

  • Regulatory Controls & Compliance
  • Operational Risk Management
  • FI, FX, and Trading
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Basel II Risk Governance
  • Credit Portfolio Analytics
  • Attention to Detail
  • Problem Solving

4.Achievements and Work Experiences

Work Experiences

  • Managed a team of 50 people dealing with risks in global banking.
  • Talked with different departments to make sure policies followed local rules and helped the business.
  • Gave advice about RWA and credit risk for Solutions Structuring team deals made by colleagues, no matter where they’re from.
  • Made sure the bank followed Capital Regulatory Rules & Basel II / III regulations.
  • Made the bank use a new Operational Risk Framework everywhere, reducing risk in line with business plans.

Here’s how we improved his resume’s Work Experiences.

  • Lead team of 50 professionals in managing full spectrum of risks associated with global banking operations.
  • Liaise with other business areas globally including Treasury, Product Control, IT, Statutory Reporting, Operations and the Barclays Group Regulatory and Treasury to ensure policies satisfy local regulations while meeting business objectives.
  • Provide advice on RWA optimization and credit risk issues pertaining to Solutions Structuring team deals originated by colleagues, regardless of country of origination.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance to Capital Regulatory Rules & Basel II / III regulations.
  • Drove implementation of the bank’s new Operational Risk Framework across business and functions around the globe, reducing risk by 85% in line with overall business strategy.

    The second Work Experience example provided a clear view on the candidate’s current role as it talked about the size of the team and primary responsibilities.

    It demonstrates Dylan’s strong communication, coordination, and management skills.

    Specific traits are clearly identified. This makes it easier for us to identify if the candidate has the required skills for the role.

    Unlike the first example that doesn’t provide any metrics or details about their roles and responsibilities.

5. Key Achievements

  • SConsistently rolled out new risk management frameworks as per assigned schedules. Attained all management KPIs for 6 consecutive quarters.
  • Executed RWA-efficient structuring of over 700 transactions in line with Basel rules, the largest of which was USD $1 billion.
  • Combined Basel compliance and structuring expertise to facilitate transactions with P&L exceeding USD $600 million. Transactions cleared internal Return on Capital hurdle rate, and enabled the bank to win the mandate by providing finer client pricing.
  • Performed critical analysis of operational risk management at the bank’s operations hub in Chennai, India. Personally analysed and identified gaps, working with local teams to fix these gaps.
  • Achieved zero NPL on 5 billion USD worth of loans through tight control over covenants, comparing time series development and developing regional and global benchmarks to identify impact on Portfolio Risk parameters.

Include projects which you have led or worked on, together with their resulting tangible business benefits.

If you have questions about your Resume, or would like a second opinion, don’t hesitate to reach out! Just send us your CV, and we’ll get back to you!

About the Risk Manager Role

Risk managers play an important role within an organization, especially in companies that handle financial and/or private information such as banks and insurance companies. Any form of accidents or data loss can result in dire situations which can lead to the downfall of the company.

While the functions of risk managers may not be exceptionally noticeable in everyday operations, they are the ones who work hard to identify and mitigate any sorts of risks that may possess a threat to smooth business operations. With all sorts of hacking techniques and global uncertainties out in the world today, the demand for risk managers only seems to increase as companies pull all stops to ensure they are guarded from all kinds of risk.

In this post, we will show you how you can tailor your resume to reflect not only your experience, but also include the necessary skill sets such as leadership and problem-solving skills to impress your potential employers to score your risk management dream job.

Key Pointers Hiring Managers Look for in Risk Manager Resumes

  • Strong Foundation in Risk Management: Employers will be looking for your experience in managing risk and how you handle and resolve issues in crisis situations. Citing examples of past achievements will help you drive the message that you have got what it takes to take on the position.
  • Leadership Skills: It is important to be proactive and take the initiative when managing risks. How you manage to lead your team to instill the culture of proactive risk management and effectively execute risk procedures can play a huge part in avoiding crisis situations.
  • Analysis and Problem-Solving Skills: Disasters can sometimes hit at the least expected times without warning. In such situations, possessing exceptional analysis and problem-solving skills to find the root cause of the problem and resolve the issue in the shortest time possible would serve as important assets.
  • Share some of the risk governance and/or business improvements you have established or further developed to reduce risk occurrences and streamline processes in crisis situations.
  • Talk about some successful risk management cases you have worked with to give the hiring company a good feel of your capabilities. Make sure to share the results of the projects you’ve managed.

Risk Management Job Opportunities

  • Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
  • Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Singapore to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.

Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter

Before You Go… Common Questions about Risk Manager Resumes

How do you describe risk management on a resume?

Risk Management, as the title suggests, involves strategising and implementing risk assessment within an organisation. This is usually done by looking at the historical data and deciding on improvements that can be recommended moving forward.

What are the duties of a Risk Manager?

Meeting compliance requirements is one of the main duties of a risk management professional. They also need to be able to communicate the risk policies within an organisation, making sure that everyone is aware of the standards needed.

What are risk management skills?

A risk manager needs to be able to perform a variety of different skills. This includes credit risk management and the analytics skills needed to analyse data on a regular basis.

Be sure to download this resume sample, which uses our tested-and-proven resume writing techniques, as a guide for your own CV. Best part is, this sample is available for free 🙂

And before you start sending out applications, send us your resume for a free CV feedback analysis from our team. We’ll review your CV in detail, share personalised feedback on its strengths and weaknesses, and show you how you can improve it.

Harry Suresh
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