Northern Trust

Resiliency Testing Director

Chicago, IL
23 Feb 2024
23 Mar 2024
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world’s most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

As Resiliency Testing Director for the Enterprise Risk organization, this role ispart of the second line of defense (2LOD) Global Non-Financial Risk (NFR) Organization. As a Resiliency Testing Director, you will be working closely with the Head of Operational Resilience, Head of Non-Financial Risk Testing and Risk Management, and the Global Head of Non-Financial Risk and Chief Information Risk Officer. In your role, you will lead the development of an enterprise-wide testing program, in partnership with a lead for 1LOD testing, and once program is fully implemented, take lead of the 2LOD testing program for NFR. You will also help define a clear, integrated vision and strategy for a ‘resilient Northern Trust’ across multiple dimensions, including operational resiliency, technological resiliency, organizational resiliency, and business resiliency. Last but not the least, given that we are a new team that lives Northern Trust’s values of cherishing and nourishing our diverse and inclusive culture, we welcome you to help us further define and grow our community.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of delivering complex change programs, leading diverse, cross-functional teams and building common vision between senior stakeholders across the organization.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the Testing Workstream as part of an enterprise-wide risk and control program transformation
  • Help shape the enterprise resiliency strategy to achieve our vision of being a true ‘all weather company’
  • Provide strategic guidance to Working Teams and Program Managers
  • Proactively manage dependencies, ‘reusable assets’, roadblocks, and learning points
  • Assume responsibility for the program’s people and vendors
  • Develop and control deadlines, budgets, and activities
  • Assess and report on program performance at various levels and support presentations on program results in various forums and committees
  • Help shape best practices, standards, and toolkit
  • Develop and implement monitoring, testing, and oversight framework(s) for testing programs
  • Develop and deliver testing training for the different programs for all LOD
  • Recruit and onboard resources to achieve the fully sustainable target state
  • Develop data and technology plan to support control automation across testing programs
  • Develop roadmap to support tech enablement for Testing programs
  • Develop and implement an integrated testing calendar across all 3LOD
  • Perform continuous monitoring with improvement planning
  • Collaborates with testing functions across all lines of defense

The successful candidate will benefit from having:

  • Proven experience leading one or more testing programs at a financial services organization, preferably a GSIB
  • Understanding of different testing types and competencies needed across non-financial risk programs to include business continuity, disaster recovery, risk control self-assessment control testing, stress testing, etc.
  • Strong problem-solving skills (e.g., ability to structure ambiguous problems and mobilize diverse teams to solve them; ability to lead the team to define the root cause of issues)
  • Strong analytical skills (e.g., financial analysis, budgeting, strategic planning)
  • Deep understanding of project management and portfolio management techniques and methods (i.e., what good looks like), change management principles, and how to build high-performing teams
  • At-scale project management experience across a portfolio of initiatives (e.g., defining objectives and success metrics, developing execution plans, identifying and managing dependencies, anticipating and resolving roadblocks, ensuring that the project teams stay on track, proactively managing dependencies and making purposeful trade-offs)
  • Experience in leading diverse, cross-functional teams to come up with the best solution, including coaching and building capabilities for high-quality execution
  • Ability to move people to act (e.g., convening, structuring, owning the agenda, and facilitating meetings and workshops to lead groups to agreement and commitment to execute)
  • Ability to establish trust-based relationships with stakeholders across enterprise, lead them towards common objectives, and managing upwards and downwards (e.g., experience with acting as a constructive conduit between business and non-business teams)
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all audiences, including senior leaders, in a structured manner, including on high-sensitivity topics (e.g., organizational structure, funding)
  • Ability to develop hypotheses and make quick decisions in a fail-fast supportive environment that fosters and encourages a continuous improvement mindset and execution

Nice to have:

  • Management consulting experience
  • Strategic planning experience
  • BSc/BA diploma in management or finance; Master’s degree is a big plus

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today.

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at

We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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