Risk Governance Manager, UK

London, South East England

The Risk Governance Manager, UK will help with the UK Risk & Compliance function’s governance requirements. The role resides in the second line of defence and reports to the Director, Risk Management, UK.


Risk Management Policies

  • Ensuring that there is appropriate review, update and approval of UK/EMEA policies owned by UK Risk & Compliance (2LOD), ensuring these continue to meet business, stakeholder and regulatory expectations.
  • Helping to draft UK/EMEA policies where gaps are identified, socialising as appropriate internally and seeing through to committee approval and implementation, including liaising with SVB Group Risk where required.
  • Engaging with SVB Group Risk in respect of new policy development and/or amendments that require UK engagement, agreement and execution.

Risk Frameworks

  • Ensuring that there is appropriate review, update, maintenance and approval of risk management frameworks owned by UK Risk & Compliance (2LOD)
  • Drafting of frameworks where gaps are identified, socialising as appropriate internally and with SVB Group, seeing through to committee approval and implementation.
  • Managing the framework for internal controls testing (testing to be conducted by BRMs).
  • Maintaining the governance and associated processes for the SVB UK Risk Appetite and KRIs

Risk Reporting

  • Ensuring that the logistics of risk reporting are fit for purpose, aligning to committee schedules and business requirements.
  • Being the ‘custodian’ for UK Risk reporting into committees – ensuring that colleagues due to draft papers have appropriate notification and reviewing papers before they are submitted for committees.
  • Championing a program of works to ‘continuously improve/evolve’ risk reporting in order to enhance risk maturity and value-add hence enabling better strategic decision making and regulatory compliance.


  • Overseeing the governance related to risk event and incident management from a 2LOD perspective
  • Help draft papers required for senior management / committee reporting
  • Assisting Business Risk Managers, UK Risk and Compliance and wider parts of EMEA where appropriate and necessary
  • Helping to track and deliver progress against the Risk Management programme milestones
  • Keeping up to date with the internal audit function and coordinating any inputs needed from UK Risk
  • Ensuring that the UK Risk function is appropriately complying with regulations applicable to 2LOD risk teams and that the function operates suitable systems and controls.
  • Keeping up to date with industry developments and regulations relating to risk governance.
  • Liaise with the Group function as necessary, for example the ERM function.
  • Experience of working in a Risk function within UK financial services
  • Experience and qualifications relating to enterprise risk management is highly desirable
  • Experience of reporting tools
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • An ability to work independently in completing assigned duties
  • Strong planning, coordination and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • An ability to quickly gain a thorough knowledge of SVB’s bank operations and products
  • An interest in the technology sector and venture capital / private equity transactions