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Lead Risk Management Consultant

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What’s the role?

The Lead Risk Management Consultant serves as the key information risk advisor, working to optimize and balance risks and controls.

You will:

Manage information risk outcomes; develop and manage relationships with business leaders; ensure processes and controls are aligned with established information risk strategy, accountable for escalating information risk issues and balancing business needs with information risk implications, in an effort to foster a business environment that effectively manages information risk.

You will also resolve escalated information risk issues related to information protection policies, standards, processes and controls; manage overall results of multiple projects within the information risk program (including accountability for defining and managing scope, schedule, cost, and quality); communicate project status to stakeholders; ensure compliance with Company-approved risk management methodology.

  • Responsible for the advancement of the information risk strategy to foster a business environment that effectively manages information risk.
  • Communicates the information risk strategy with business clients, IS Dept, vendors, field and senior management to ensure a common understanding and acceptance.
  • Manages overall results of multiple projects including accountability for defining and managing scope, schedule, cost, and quality. Communicates project status to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Ensures compliance with company approved methodology and required deliverables and applies lessons learned throughout subsequent project phases.
  • Manages relationships with clients and gains broad knowledge of their business. Ensures expectations are managed and that clients gain a full understanding of information risks and the impact on their business.
  • Responsible for educating, mentoring, and guiding leaders across the company on information risk. Understands all implications of information risk and advises on appropriate investment decisions.
  • Accountable for the resolution of escalated information risk issues related to information protection policies, standards, processes and controls; information protection awareness and training program; noncompliance issues and security incidents in order to effectively balance the needs of the business with the associated risks.
  • Adopt and promote common NM enterprise-wide change process, methodology and language in application on projects.
  • Partnering with project and business leadership to identify the scope and impact of change within the context of the day-to-day experience of the end user.
  • Recommend and develop a change management strategy, and support the design and implement of actionable and targeted change plans within the required and optional organizational change discipline deliverables.
  • Actively and visibly educating, influencing, aligning, and coaching sponsors, frontline leaders, and project leaders to drive effective change, manage resistance, and optimize the success of the project. Educating and supporting stakeholders in the adoption of change.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in MIS, Business or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required.
  • Ten years of professional experience in information systems or systems audit.
  • Minimum of two years of experience leading complex projects or developing, influencing, and recommending business strategies.
  • Proven track record to independently identify and resolve critical and complex issues through effective problem solving skills.
  • Proven ability to maintain and strengthen relationships; ability to effectively influence and negotiate with internal and external partners; and proven organizational savvy with demonstrated tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong communication skills; ability to communicate in both business and technical terminology based on the situation and the audience.
  • Strong understanding of information risks and IT general controls. "
  • Strong ability to lead teams and build consensus around sophisticated technical and business decisions.
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant professional experience, with at least 2 years' experience leading large organizational change management efforts, change management planning, and/or integrating change with project, communication, and training plans.
  • An in-depth understanding of how people go through change and the change process.
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles and methodologies.

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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