Enterprise Risk Manager

Date: May 15, 2019

Location: Saudi Arabia

Company: King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level, merit-based research University dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research. The University acts as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and in the world. Research at KAUST strives to enhance the welfare of society through focusing on four areas of global significance: food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and located on the shores of the Red Sea, KAUST attracts top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations currently represented on campus.


The University brings people together who want to create impact beyond their own achievements within a growing institution. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are people of the world who uphold the University’s values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity and openness. KAUST has exceptional standards for community residences and recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural community environment that can be enjoyed by all, along with ample opportunities to balance work and life. Expatriate employees enjoy exceptional packages, including tax-free salaries, relocation allowances, provided on-campus and fully furnished accommodation and other additional incentives.

Key Responsibilities:


The position’s primary goal will be to ensure that a robust management structure and process are in place to facilitate effective management of risk throughout the University. This involves leading, maintaining and maturing all aspects of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program and working with all stakeholders to ensure that the ERM Program is implemented effectively across the University.


They will:

  • Lead the implementation of the University’s ERM Program
  • Provide overall governance and direction setting of the Program on an ongoing basis
  • Align the Program with international standards and best practices
  • Drive compliance with evolving regulatory requirements and industry standards ERM as required
  • Enhance the Program in line with the set direction and evolving University requirements
  • Drive the change and embed ERM into the University Culture
  • Design and deliver training and awareness programs
  • Lead the risk management process across the University to facilitate identification, assessment, treatment, monitoring and communication of key risks on a continuous basis
  • Provide leadership and advice to assist other departments with risk management process
  • Manage and coordinate the efforts of risk owners in relation to risk management process
  • Establish and strengthen relationships and integrate with key partners across the University for maturing the Program
  • Develop executive reports and presentations as necessary
  • Evaluate and enhance ERM governance documents periodically to align with evolving requirements
  • Evaluate and enhance all ERM documentation, formats and templates as necessary
  • Track the implementation of the ERM Program, develop and record status and prepare management reports as necessary
  • Manage an ERM specialist
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Manager


Skills Required


  • Excellent Project/Program Management skills - demonstrable track record successfully managing projects at the highest technical and tactical levels, coordinating multi-discipline projects
  • Excellent analytical skills and understanding of processes, risks and controls
  • Exceptional risks and issues management, change control
  • Good communicator
  • Excellent command of English (verbal/written)
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate and influence decision-making with senior management
  • Ability to work with a global team
  • Energetic, Self-starter, Flexible and Goal-oriented
  • Business minded, well-organized team worker with strong problem solving and leadership skills


Key Requirements:


  • Minimum 8+ years’ of relevant experience in leading Enterprise Risk Management initiatives
  • Proven experience in ERM topics driving the need for strategically influencing senior business leaders, facilitating decision making and managing cross-functional teams in multi-cultural environment
  • Experience within a tertiary institution or other large organization
  • Experience within research oriented higher education institutions is preferred


Desired Qualifications:  


  • Related industry certification with a recognized institution



  • Bachelor’s degree. MBA or Master’s degree equivalent preferred.