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Senior Risk Specialist - 2 yr FTC



Zurich Insurance Plc is looking for a Senior Risk Manager to join a strong team of risk professionals to foster a strong risk culture and embed a sustainable and effective risk management framework within the ZIP Head Office and its Branches. 

Your Role

As a Senior Risk Manager your main responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:


Embed the ZIP Risk Management Framework

  • Facilitate and monitor implementation of the ZIP Risk Management Framework (inc. Group Risk Management Framework) 
  • Facilitate effective monitoring of business area, business unit or function risk exposures against risk tolerance. 
  • Conduct risk assessments sessions (insurance and/or operational risk) with business area or function to contribute to a complete view of the relevant key risks.
  • Apply a forward-looking approach to risk types within remit enabling continuous increase of ZIP’s overall maturity.
  • Develop and enhance risk policies, frameworks, tools, and best practices within area of remit.


Develop Risk Insights 

  • Perform analytical activities and compile high-quality risk reports for decision taking by management.
  • Conduct analysis for early identification of business area, business unit or function risks and issues. Ensure remediation actions are defined and monitored.
  • Act as business partner to management of assigned area within business unit, business area or function providing challenge and risk insights in support of achieving business objectives. 



  • Partner with and advise business partners and other key stakeholders on risk and controls of risk types within remit
  • Advise and support business partners as part of ongoing, high impact transformation activities on risk types within remit
  • Advise management on risk-related standards/regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure strong position of risk management with management in the business unit, business area or function.
  • Provide consistent, reliable, and timely risk information to relevant decision-making bodies.

Business Accountabilities

Business Accountabilities

  • Enable effective governance and monitoring by implementing and enabling risk-based approach for the areas within the remit
  • Enhance business relationships by engaging with relevant experts to support and ensure ZIP applies a holistic and risk integrated approach to the areas within the remit


Performance Management Accountabilities

  • Model behaviors that demonstrate commitment to corporate values. Drive philosophy for performance management into the organization.
  • Resolve significant business issues by creating teams of appropriate internal stakeholders 
  • Take action to manage own personal development and encourage others to do the same


Risk Types

  • Insurance Risk and Operational Risk 


Business Partners

  • Group Risk Management, Branch CROs and Functional leaders (as required)


Culture and Awareness

  • Provide risk training and ensure risk culture messaging is well understood and embedded within the business.  
  • Provide advice, direction and enhance awareness on specific risk matters. 

Your Skills and Experience

As a Senior Risk Manager your skills and qualifications will include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and 10 or more years of experience in related field
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) and 10 or more years of experience in related field (Preferred)
  • Relevant Risk Management Qualifications (not compulsory)
  • Relevant risk management experience on strategic, tactical, and operational levels
  • Excellent stakeholder communication experience
  • Excellent understanding of operations within large organizations
  • Experienced with project management 
  • Experience of influencing and directing multi-functional teams in a global environment

Additional Information

Primary work location is IFSC. Position is Dublin-based but occasional travel may be required to other Zurich locations.

If you value an exciting and varied working environment and meet the above requirements, then our recruiter is looking forward to receiving your application by clicking on the button “Apply online”.


Who we are 

Zurich is one of Ireland's leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford. 

Zurich is a strong brand. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Our 55,000 employees worldwide form the basis of our success, helping our customers in 210 countries and territories to understand and protect themselves from risk. In order to deliver our services, we offer a competitive compensation package and interesting opportunities for further training & development. As a Zurich employee you benefit from a multitude of advantages as well as a strong culture, characterized by acceptance, diversity and team spirit. 

At Zurich we are an equal opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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