IT Risk & Assurance Analyst

Posted 03/07/2024 by Omni RMS


IT Risk & Assurance Analyst

Business Area: IT

Place of Work: London

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

When you join USS, the size and scale of our pension scheme means you will have numerous opportunities to learn and develop your career. Given our size you'll have real autonomy and influence as you collaborate closely with a wide-ranging team of experts.

Our office is a vibrant place to work, and we offer flexibility of office/homeworking due to our hybrid model.

About the role

In your role as IT Risk & Assurance Analyst you will make a meaningful and valued contribution from the outset. This role will provide a great opportunity to implement and operate a 1st line assurance function, ensuring that there is increased oversight on demonstrating the effectiveness of the IT systems & controls.

Additionally, you will be responsible for identifying any control gaps and taking collective action to resolve, and with a focus on monitoring and evidencing these controls through reporting into various Committees and regulatory bodies.

What you will be doing

As a trusted part of the IT you will be responsible for:

  • Acting as the Risk Champion for ITFM
  • Acting as the single point of contact for the coordination of all Audits within IT, engaging with the appropriate IT functions to oversee the gathering of evidence
  • Tracking and reporting of IT Audit actions. This includes the EY audit that is conducted annually
  • Overseeing and coordinating of the IT Disaster Recovery plan, engaging with the appropriate IT resources and scheduling the tests with communication to the business
  • Ensuring IT recovery runbooks are documented and periodically reviewed
  • Ensuring that IT operational business continuity plans are documented and reviewed by IT Management
  • Policy Management – ensuring that IT Policies are reviewed and updated annually in line with review dates and ensuring key controls are accurately reflected within the policies
  • Ensuring documentation and evidencing of the IT Control framework, ensuring policies and procedures are documented and updated, and ensuring controls are reviewed as new technology is implemented
  • Establish a robust assurance framework that provides IT Management with the required comfort and oversight that IT controls are operating effectively and that we continue to operate within our risk appetite tolerance
  • Conducting independent testing and validation of key IT and Policy controls with appropriate evidencing and reporting to IT Management
  • IT Policies – undertaking testing and validation of the controls documented in the IT Policies. Maintaining the IT Policy control framework that has been developed, which details all of the controls stated within Policies, the reporting and evidence, the change management to any controls and procedures
  • Responsible for the production and oversight of regulatory reporting, including the annual AAF attestation, SMCR reporting to the USSIM COO, KRI assurance reporting, reporting to the BC&GCC Committee of the IT Controls
  • Independent assurance over IT teams’ procedures, controls and process maps
  • Responsible for drafting updates for various Committees such as Audit Committee, Pensions ExCo on IT Infrastructure and controls

About you

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they don't tick every box, if you're excited about working for us and have most of the skills or experience we're looking for, then please apply, regardless of whether you meet all the requirements outlined in this profile.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Analytical skills and ability to interpret data and present findings
  • Good relationship and stakeholder management skills, with focus on customer service and attention to detail
  • Experience in implementing and operating a risk or control framework would be desirable, together with testing the effectiveness of controls
  • Experience and demonstrate as working as part of a team
  • Experience of working with third party companies/suppliers
  • Strong communication skills (written, pictorial, presentational and verbal) including the ability to adapt communications to different audiences

Why join us?

How we will reward you

- Great starting salary

- Generous annual leave package

- Access to a high quality pension scheme provided through Universities Superannuation Scheme

- Supportive people policies (including enhanced occupational sickness pay and family friendly pay)

- Financial contributions towards your personal development to help you maintain your physical and mental wellbeing

- Access to a range of health and wellbeing services i.e., private healthcare, discounted gym membership

- Learning and development opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and talent

- Employee Volunteer Day’s to support the communities where you work and live

- Cycle to Work Scheme

Our culture and values

Our people are what makes us different. We work together to create a diverse and inclusive culture that embraces individuality, where people are welcomed and feel comfortable in the knowledge that they can be themselves. Our purpose firmly states the importance of members, putting them ‘front and centre’ of what we do. This is embedded through our values:

- Integrity

- Collaboration

- Excellence

About us

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) was established in 1974 as the principal pension scheme for universities and higher education institutions in the UK. We work with around 330 employers to help build a secure financial future for more than 528,000 members and their families. We are one of the largest pension schemes in the UK, with total assets of around £75.5bn (at 31 March 2023). To find out more, please visit the USS website.

USSL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to ensure our recruitment process is as flexible and inclusive as possible so we can attract diverse candidates and recruit the best talent.

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