Operational Risk Manager – Internal Control


Robeco, a mid-sized global asset manager, offers a mix of investment solutions within a broad range of strategies to institutional and private investors worldwide. Robeco's head office is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Robeco was founded in 1929 in the Netherlands as Rotterdamsch Beleggings Consortium. Today, Robeco is the center of asset-management expertise for ORIX Corporation, Robeco's majority shareholder based in Tokyo, Japan.


The Operational Risk Management (ORM) department resides within the Risk Management Department that reports directly to the CFRO and acts independently of Robeco's commercial functions. ORM is responsible for the measurement and monitoring of non-financial risk. The ORM department currently employs 6 ambitious and highly skilled risk specialists. Team members have distinct areas of expertise and responsibility and are able to work independently. At the same time however the breadth of Robeco’s activities and the relatively small size of the team require teamwork with all team members functioning as each other’s backup.

A focus point of our Risk department is currently the evolution from operational risk to enterprise risk management, demanding a broader view on strategic, tactical and operational risks. We are looking for a risk manager with the ability to operate on (senior) management level, act as a sparring partner on key business topics with a strong focus on the internal control environment.

Furthermore we are looking for a hands on mentality and the ability to translate the strategic vision of the department into day to day action.

Robeco's departments, and ultimately the Executive Committee (ExCo), are responsible for managing risks resulting from their activities. ORM supports and facilitates the business in taking on this responsibility by a variety of activities:

  • Maintain and strengthen Robeco's internal control environment;
  • Develop policies and controls in order to manage, monitor and control risks, based on COSO/COBIT;
  • Advise and support management in identifying, measuring and mitigating risks and the monitoring of controls and key risk indicators;
  • Challenge business in their daily risk taking;
  • Initiate and facilitate periodical risk & control self-assessments on key processes;
  • Report findings to the various risk management committees;
  • Coordinate all in control statements like SOx 404 and ISAE 3402 related activities;
  • Monitor, analyse and report operational incidents. ORM performs root cause analyses on operational incidents that occur throughout Robeco and coordinates all internal and external reporting on operational incidents. ORM also monitors timely follow up on operational incidents;
  • Review of new product initiatives. 

In the execution of these activities ORM maintains strong relationships within the organization and cooperates with Compliance and Internal Audit.


Robeco FIRST
Weena 850
3014 DA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Job description

We are looking for a dedicated and professional Operational Risk Manager focussed on internal control to strengthen our Risk department. A professional with the ability to think in value chains and who has a cultural fit with Robeco; down to earth, hands on and open. We need a pro-active and convincing advisor and 'sparring partner' to senior management that is visible throughout the organization.

We are looking for a Risk management professional to support ORM with:

  • Preparation, maintenance and coordination for testing and review of internal controls / key controls (e.g. for Sox & ISAE 3402 reporting)
  • Work with external auditors to ensure successful audit cycles
  • In case of (ad hoc) issues, proactively engage with first line management and find solutions to mitigate these issues
  • Continues updates of the Robeco Control Framework; analyse, challenge and process impact of changes.

We offer:

  • A professional, dedicated and enthusiastic team in an international, dynamic and rapidly changing environment;
  • An environment that welcomes personal input and initiative with short reporting lines to senior management and the ExCo;


The candidate we are looking for to fulfil this position has the following qualities and skills:

  • An academic background;
  • Proven track record with relevant experience in internal control and/or auditing;
  • Team player;
  • Hands on and result oriented;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written, oral and presentational;
  • Solid analytical, negotiating and reporting abilities;
  • Organizational skills and ability to structure complex processes and projects;
  • Experience with SOx 404 and ISAE 3402 related activities.


Please send in your application and motivation quoting job vacancy number 441 to For more information about the position, please contact Jeroen van den Akker.

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
An assessment and integrity test may be used in the selection procedure.