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Head of Group Finance Operational Risk & Assurance

QBE Insurance Group Limited
Sydney, Australia
Closing date
Apr 21, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Primary Details
Time Type: Full time

Worker Type: Employee

  • Location: Sydney
  • Type: Permanent, full time

The opportunity

Based in Sydney and reporting to the Deputy Group Finance Chief Operating Officer, this role will take global accountability for leading the Finance Operational Risk and Controls Assurance function. This includes team management, program delivery, work quality, and stakeholder reporting of the Finance Controls Assurance team (FCA).

The FCA team undertake internal control testing primarily for the purpose of providing controls assurance to Group and Divisional stakeholders on the adequate design, operation and effectiveness of financial accounting and reporting controls.

Your new role

In this role you will:
  • Manage the Operational Risk & Assurance team alongside formulating and driving Operational Risk & Assurance strategic objectives and goals.
  • Effectively coordinate the three lines of defense assurance and manage day-to-day relationships between the Operational Risk & Assurance team, Risk and Internal Audit, whilst also supporting external audit efforts.
  • Develop and maintain an active understanding of QBE, its divisional finance operations, strategic finance projects and the role of controls assurance in QBE.
  • Provide strategic direction and advice on the financial controls assurance function.
  • Work with finance teams to update controls in response to emerging regulatory or reporting issues.
  • Be a subject matter expert on financial assurance, including remaining current on all regulatory, standard and compliance obligations.
  • Ensure QBE Group Business Continuity Management policy is implemented for Group Finance (and dependent processes within Divisions), working closely with Head of Group Financial Risk & Governance as well as the Divisional teams,
  • Develop and deliver the annual control assurance in line with assurance methodology and professional standards.
  • Regular and relevant reporting to Divisional Finance Leaders and the Group Finance management team on results of ICA, trends, systemic issues and material exposures.

This role will require:
  • Strategic direction and advice on the financial controls assurance work
  • Key stakeholder management, including with QBE finance leaders
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with technology vendors used for assurance work
  • Collaboration with Risk and Internal Audit teams
  • Contribute as a key member of the Group Finance team
  • Strong team management including skills development and career pathways of the team
  • Continual improvement and innovation

Please note that for the successful candidate, this process will include a phone screen with our Talent Acquisition team, 2/3 interviews (either face to face or online via Teams) and background checks.

About you
  • Significant experience in a similar role, preferably within a large financial services or accounting organisation
  • Strong understanding of risk and internal control concepts, in particular relating to controls assurance processes.
  • Understanding of accounting and audit standards, governance frameworks and risk assessment practices.
  • Strong leader, with ability to lead global teams and work with global stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders to remediate control gaps and issues. Must be able to collaborate effectively, persuade others and obtain management buy-in for constructive change.
  • Preference for candidates with working knowledge of assurance technology, e.g. WDesk.

About QBE

We can never really predict what's around the corner, but at QBE we're asking the right questions to enable a more resilient future - helping those around us build strength and embrace change to their advantage.

We're an international insurer that's building momentum towards realising our vision of becoming the most consistent and innovative risk partner.

And our people will be at the centre of our success. We're proud to work together, and encourage each other enable resilience for our customers, our environment, our economies and our communities.

With more than more than 13,000 people working across 27 countries, we're big enough to make a real impact, but small enough to provide a friendly workplace, where people are down-to-earth, passionate and kind.

We believe this is our moment - what if it was yours too? Your career at QBE - let's make it happen!


We offer a range of benefits to help provide holistic support for your work life, whatever your circumstances. As a QBE employee you will have access to and benefit from:
  • 'Hybrid Working' - a mix of working from home and in the office to enhance your work/life balance
  • Our 'Thriving at our Best' wellbeing program, including free holistic wellbeing coaching, nutritional, confidential counselling, financial and legal advice
  • 18 weeks' gender-equal flexible leave for all new parents, including paid super
  • The ability to maximise retirement savings through voluntary super contributions and company matching
  • Income protection insurance & reimbursed Death and Total Permanent Disability insurance premiums
  • Additional leave and support through QBE's Family Domestic Violence First Responder Network
  • Discounts on insurance products, car hire, hotels, goods and services including benefits through our various sports and arts sponsorship partners

Rewards & Recognition

We value our employee's experience with us and are proud to have been recognised for the following awards:
  • 2021 LinkedIn Top Employer & HRD Employer of Choice
  • 2020 Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion and Excellence Award for Best Health & Wellbeing at the Australian HR Awards
  • Gold Employer status for 4 years in a row 2019 - 2022 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) - the definitive national benchmark on LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion
  • Ranked 6th place in the AAGE Top Graduate Employers 2021 as voted by graduates
  • Top 20 Workplaces for Dads in 2019 and 2020 (HBF Direct Advice for Dads)
  • Family First accredited employer since 2021

APPLY NOW and let's make it happen!

Click APPLY to submit your application. Successful applicants will need to complete work rights, police and credit checks through our online provider as a condition of employment.

QBE recognise the value of diverse perspectives and experience. We are committed to an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected for who they are. If we can provide support with accessibility requirements and adjustments, alternative work arrangements or you would like to connect with one of our employee networks at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact us at

Application Close Date: 24/04/2024 11:59 PM

How to Apply:

To submit your application, click "Apply" and follow the step by step process.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

QBE is an equal opportunity employer and is required to comply with equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction it operates.

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