Principal Corporate Fraud Investigator

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


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Position Summary

We are currently seeking qualified talent to be responsible for leading and coordinating and providing input for the strategic direction of fraud investigation, detection, prevention and loss mitigation activities involving employee fraud and misconduct. Serves as lead for the Bank's team of investigators in the timely investigation and resolution of sensitive internal employee investigations exposing the Bank to significant fraud risk and losses.

This role:

  • Ensures the Anti-Fraud Program is working effectively to report on the line of business risk posture and rein in excessive risks/risky activities.
  • Ensures Bank compliance with all applicable Operational Risk and Controls Department (ORC) and Anti-Fraud Program Office policies.
  • Counsels on the strategic direction, leads, develops, implements programs to detect, prevent and investigate internal fraud in order to minimize exposure to financial losses to include sensitive employee investigations of misconduct.
  • Serves as the principal lead in managing the Bank's internal employee investigations to ensure compliance with federal, state laws and regulatory guidelines, providing leadership and mentoring to others throughout all phases of investigations to include establishing investigative specific strategies, facilitating records and information technology reviews and interview approaches of investigation subjects and witnesses.
  • Ensures accuracy of reports of investigation as well as timely production of Suspicious Activity Reports and other appropriate law enforcement or regulatory agencies and assists in the preparation of quarterly, semi-annual and annual reporting to Board Committees of internal fraud risk with key risk indicators that monitor for potential and existing operational risk trends within the lines of business.
  • Liaises with key external stakeholders (i.e. federal, state and local law enforcement; state and local regulatory officials; and other financial institutions) to cultivate the exchange of investigative methods and identify investigative leads and emerging fraud trends.
  • Communicates with various business partners (i.e., senior management, internal audit, human resources, legal department, etc) the details of complex investigations.
  • Partners within ORC and various levels of management in creating timelines and root cause analysis to determine potential breakdowns of Bank controls and provides support for the remediation efforts and enhancements of the Bank's controls to minimize risk.
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    Required Experience
  • Requires mastery level of knowledge and skills of job and a broad understanding of other areas within the job function obtained through advanced education combined with experience.
  • Requires broad management knowledge to lead project teams in one department
  • Typically has advanced knowledge and skills within a specific technical or professional discipline with understanding of the impact of work on other areas of the organization.
  • Requires 12 or more years of fraud prevention, investigations and/or credit-related experience.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's Degree Business Management or Criminal Justice
  • Licenses & Certifications
  • Other: Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Skills
  • Mastery knowledge of investigative techniques, evidencegathering and interview skills.

  • Recognized both withinand outside the organization as thought leader in area of expertise.

  • Detailed analytical and research skills.
  • Expert problem solving skills and ability to make swift, sound judgement.
  • Recommends operational strategies and planswith direct impact on results

  • Provides leadership and direction through coaching, providing feedback and mentoring team members across the Bank and within area of expertise.
  • Problems and issues faced are often complex ,requiring broad-based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas ofthe organization.

  • Outstanding inter-personal skills to facilitate effective working relationships
  • Ability to adjust to a rapidly changing environment.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equalemployment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any statusprotected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Actionemployer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

    Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants withcriminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subjectto the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.

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