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Independent Testing Specialist

  • Governance & Controls
  • Full time
  • R-368004

About the Role:

Wells Fargo is seeking an Independent Testing Specialist.

In this role, you will:

  • Participate in less complex development and design of methodologies and standards for review activities companywide in alignment with the risk management framework
  • Ensure effective and appropriate testing, validation, and documentation of review activities for risk programs, risks, and controls according to standards and other applicable policies within Independent Testing
  • Support and implement less complex initiatives with low to moderate risk and exercise independent judgment to guide risk reporting, escalation, and resolution
  • Present recommendations for resolving more complex situations and exercise independent judgment while developing expertise in risk management framework and the risk and control environment
  • Collaborate and consult with colleagues, internal partners and management

Required Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of Independent Testing experience, or equivalent demonstrated through one or a combination of the following: work experience, training, military experience, education

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of financial services industry: compliance, risk management, or auditing.
  • Relevant experience in risk management (includes external/internal audit, compliance, operational risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, market risk) or 4+ years of financial services industry experience.
  • Big four public accounting experience
  • Experience with COSO (or Sarbanes-Oxley, SOX) internal control testing
  • Strong knowledge of the COSO Framework and Risk & Control Self-Assessment (RCSA) programs
  • A BS/BA degree or higher in one or a combination of the following: Finance, Accounting, Analytics, or Reporting
  • A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent designation
  • Foundational understanding of Finance functions and related supervisory expectations for large financial institutions
  • Ability to take on a high level of responsibility, initiative, and accountability.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, achieve goals, and work under pressure in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and across all organizational levels, with flexibility, collaboration, and adaptability.
  • Specialized knowledge or prior regulatory compliance testing or review experience
  • Experience reviewing testing strategies and methodologies; evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of policies, procedures, processes, initiatives, products and internal controls; and identifying issues resulting from internal and/or external compliance examinations.
  • Experience creating, executing, and documenting compliance, control, and business process testing.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of Python or SAS programming and data manipulation using SQL
  • Knowledge of model design and performance, Good to have working experience on Toad, Python, VBA.
  • Strong critical thinking skills with ability to credibly challenge status quo.
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Strong relationship management skills: ability to negotiate difficult positions without harming relationships.

Job Expectations:

  • Serving in either a testing execution and/or lead capacity, participating in complex testing engagements in a matrixed environment, and communicating emerging risks to management.
  • Leading and supporting efforts to effectively challenge risks in the end-to-end reporting processes and evaluate controls designed to mitigate those risks.
  • Partnering with business partners to understand the environment and related initiatives to develop appropriate and complementary testing procedures.
  • Documenting test results and timely escalation of exceptions identified.
  • Providing credible challenge to the First Line Units as needed
  • Acting as a change agent for continual improvement of the control environment

Posting End Date: 

*Job posting may come down early due to volume of applicants.

We Value Diversity

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, individuals with disabilities, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

Employees support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit’s risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in US: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in Canada: Applications for employment are encouraged from all qualified candidates, including women, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available upon request in connection with the recruitment process.

Applicants with Disabilities

To request a medical accommodation during the application or interview process, visit Disability Inclusion at Wells Fargo.

Drug and Alcohol Policy


Wells Fargo maintains a drug free workplace.  Please see our Drug and Alcohol Policy to learn more.

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