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Senior Director, Model Validation

Equitable Bank, 30 St. Clair Ave West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Req #814
Friday, October 18, 2019

Canada's Challenger Bank™

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Job Title:             Senior Director, Model Validation      

Department:      Quality Assurance - Credit Risk

Reports To:         Vice President, Credit Risk


Purpose of Job


The Senior Director, Model Validation (“SDMV”) reports to the Vice President, Credit Risk and is the leader of all aspects of Model Validation activities within the Bank. The SDMV is responsible for the development of strategies to validate all models applied in production on an enterprise-wide basis, and in executing on the required validation procedures. The SDMV will also be responsible to ensuring model risk be appropriately managed according to the Bank’s Model Risk Policy and Framework and comply with regulatory requirements. This includes (not limited) the models for credit risk management (such as AIRB and IFRS 9), ICAAP and asset liability management. The SDMV is responsible to manage individuals within the Model Validation team and to ensure that adequate resources are available to support the Bank’s validation efforts.


The incumbent will be instrumental in fostering the relationship with Model Development teams, including validation of model framework, assumptions, data; benchmarking; providing analysis, findings, recommendation and conclusion; documentation of the items above in the Model Validation report.


Main Activities:


Model Validation

  • Leader of the Model Validation team, responsible to engage and oversee the model validation and vetting activities of the bank, including the identification of key resources required to operationalize strategic plans to develop and maintain an effective Model Validation function at the Bank.
  • Actively contribute to the Model Risk Management framework development, including the maintenance of the Model Risk Corporate Policy and key supporting documents such as Model Risk Assessment Template; make recommendations or enhancements where required in order to adhere to regulatory standards and expectations on an ongoing basis. 
  • Lead the development, implementation and maintenance of the model inventory; ensure that documentation and monitoring procedures are in place to maintain the model inventory to industry standards.
  • Educate, influence and hold accountable key stakeholders to manage model risk according to the Bank’s Model Risk Corporate Policy and relevant OSFI guidelines (for example, E-23 Model Risk Management Guidance)
  • Develop necessary model validation procedures for Model Validation such as Model Validation Report Templates; ensure that key stakeholders also establish and document their model development procedures where applicable.
  • Provide input and recommendations to senior management on model risk management to minimize potential audit or regulatory issues that may arise. Address Internal/External and Regulatory requests and answer their questions on an ongoing basis
  • Establish a framework to validate and monitor all existing and future AIRB model implementations including UAT, master scales, prototypes etc.
  • Propose a vetting/validation strategy and plan for each vetting/validation project.
  • Assess the appropriateness and construction of models with respect to their current or planned use and determine the level of model risk associated with the model, its assumptions, mathematical implementation, the underlying data and its system implementation.
  • Provide appropriate model risk assessments consistent with the model’s risk content and intended usage.
  • Produce validation reports according to the policy and format including identification of model limitations, weaknesses, conditions for model use and level of model risk.
  • Ensure key information such as model review dates, conditions and triggers are captured accurately in the model risk management system.
  • Provide regular project status updates to Senior Management for tracking and monitoring validation projects.
  • Provide technical input to model developers and/or risk management groups in the development of models while also managing the feedback effectively to ensure that Model Validation independence will not be compromised. 

    Team Management


    • Identify and make recommendations on staffing resource requirements needed to adequately execute on key strategic objectives of the group.
    • Develop team members to enhance their Model Validation skills through strong communication and sharing of knowledge of models and validation projects and processes.
    • Provide timely and effective feedback to staff; identify knowledge or experience gaps in team members and identify appropriate training opportunities or external courses in order to improve staff effectiveness.



    Internal Stakeholders

    • Manage stakeholder relationships to ensure model validation findings and recommendations are appropriately informed by business purpose and context.
    • Set expectations, obtain and provide information on models, and communicate model risk issues and suggestions during the validation process; ensure that model stakeholders are compliant with model controls.
    • Ensure that model stakeholders are aware of Model Risk issues and limitations identified during model validation.
    • Escalate difficult or complex project-related client issues to VP, Credit Risk or other Sr Management where appropriate.  
    • Where appropriate, collaborate with key internal stakeholders to address findings from Internal Audit or external stakeholders as they pertain to Model Validation activities; create actions plans where appropriate to address the findings and ensure models are compliant with regulatory standards.             



    Knowledge/Skill Requirements:


    • Master degree or Ph.D degree in Math, Math Finance, Statistics, Engineering, Finance, Economics or equivalent quantitative background.
    • Fifteen years or more experience of quantitative modeling in the financial industry.
    • Expert knowledge and/or broad experience in Retail, Commercial and Corporate Credit Risk modeling, Asset-Liability Management modeling, ICAAP, AIRB or IFRS 9 models.
    • Expert knowledge of model risk management and governance.
    • Expert level knowledge of risk management principles and practices.
    • Experience in at least two of programming languages/tools preferred. This may include Python, R, SAS, C++, C#, Java and Matlab. 
    • Developed project management and time management skills.
    • Strong technical documentation and report writing skills.
    • Solid and proven communication skills.

    Equitable Bank is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. All candidates considered for hire must successfully pass a criminal background check and credit check to qualify for hire. While we appreciate your interest in applying, an Equitable recruiter will only contact leading candidates whose skills and qualifications closely match the requirements of the position.

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    • Pay Type Salary
    • Equitable Bank, 30 St. Clair Ave West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada