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Head of Operational Risk - Banking

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Salary: 55,000 AED + Bonus

Barclay Simpson are currently working with a large well established regional bank to recruit an experienced Operational Risk SM to manage their established Dubai based function. This role will be permanently based in Dubai.


Due to an internal promotion, this Regional bank is seeking a Senior Manager level operational risk specialist to join the Dubai based team.  This is a 2nd line of defence role which focuses on enhancement of the risk framework across the MENA region.  Those applying must have experience of developing and implementing operational risk frameworks within a retail banking environment


  • Development of the operational risk framework across MENA     
  • Provide a robust 2nd line of defence challenge to ensure the wider effective identification and management of operational risk and control weakness
  • Review/evaluate the operational risks of new products and material chance projects
  • Provide operational risk subject matter expertise
  • Ensure the business and support functions understand the operational risk framework and challenge them effectively
  • Supervise more junior members of the team




  • 10+ years’ experience in Operational Risk related role with at least half of that in a supervisory capacity
  • Hands-on experience and understanding of an Operational Risk Management framework
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to think critically and logically; creative problem solving and excellent decision-making skills