Commonwealth Financial Network

  • Chief Risk Officer

    Job Locations US-MA-Waltham
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Enterprise Risk Management
  • Overview

    Commonwealth Financial Network® is the largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer in the U.S., with offices in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. Since 1979, we’ve been helping our field force of independent financial professionals help investors pursue their financial goals. We do that by providing them with the technology, research, resources, and support that allow them to keep their focus on what’s most important: investors and their financial objectives.


    With that said, we are not your typical financial services firm. For starters, we’re a fast-growing company, and we think and have fun like a start-up. Conveniently located on the commuter rail near the intersection of Route 95 and the Mass Pike, we’re accessible from anywhere—and away from the congestion of a downtown commute.


    Commonwealth recognizes that our people are our greatest asset by investing in training and professional development. As a result, Commonwealth has been recognized 37 times (and counting) as one of the Best Places to Work by top publications in the region (Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune), as well as in the IT industry (Computerworld). With high marks in areas such as work environment, work/life balance, job satisfaction, and opportunities for advancement, Commonwealth is a place where you can thrive.


    Discover what it’s like to be psyched to come to work every day! We offer you:


    • A generous bonus plan
    • Stock options and use of vacation properties (Cape Cod, Lake Winnipesaukee, Sunday River, Key Biscayne, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic)
    • A more relaxed, “dress for your day” dress code
    • A free on-site fitness center
    • Ample opportunity to volunteer with and support local charities
    • A VTO (volunteer time off) day to use toward a cause that’s important to you
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Free breakfast on Fridays
    • A competitive benefits package—and much more

    About the Opportunity

    Commonwealth is looking to bring a diligent and dedicated chief risk officer into the organization, someone who will take a proactive and reasoned view to all areas of risk within the firm. You will play a critical role in policy- and decision-making, working closely with our Compliance, Internal Audit, Technology, Finance, Operations, and Information Security teams to set the strategic risk management vision for all to uphold. By ensuring that our risk management policies and strategies are in compliance with industry regulations and standards—and in alignment with our strategic vision—you will be protecting the integrity of our business decisions, practices, alliances, and more.
    If you think you have what it takes—including a keen sense of judgment, strong people and managerial skills, and exemplary leadership qualities—then let’s talk.


    • Collaborating with leaders in Compliance, Legal, Finance, Technology, Operations, Contract Management, and Information Security to develop, communicate, and maintain corporate policies and programs directed at mitigating risk
    • Chairing the firm’s Enterprise Risk Committee and effectively presenting, with credibility and presence, to the firm’s Executive team
    • Evaluating and articulating the firm’s evolving risk posture in clear and concise terms to senior management
    • Leading, managing, and developing the Enterprise Risk team, including Internal Audit
    • Managing and enhancing the processes, tools, and systems used to identify, assess, measure, manage, monitor, and report risks
    • Monitoring areas where risk is identified and working with all stakeholders to mitigate and eliminate risk
    • Partnering with the Technology and Operations teams to improve risk-monitoring tools and processes
    • Staying up to date on regulations and trends that affect our industry; performing risk analyses and providing early warnings to executive management
    • Refining risk-based measurement and reporting metrics and communicating vulnerability findings
    • Fostering a risk-aware culture within the firm


    • 10+ years of experience in risk management
    • Financial services experience, particularly in a Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer environment
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • A positive attitude; able to lead and motivate staff and work effectively with colleagues across the organization
    • A keen sense of judgment, as well as a thorough, analytical, and frank approach to decision-making
    • Demonstrated leadership skills; able to implement new processes with limited supervision
    • Experience presenting complex material in a clear way; identifying business tie-ins and requirements
    • Thorough knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer business
    • Able to work independently, set priorities, and deliver results
    • Strong project management and relationship management skills


    Have we piqued your curiosity? Can you see yourself thriving in this career opportunity as well as our Anything but Common® workplace culture? If so—and if your background and experience align with our needs—please do submit your application right away.


    Commonwealth Financial Network is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to a diverse workforce.



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