Risk Management Professional

Risk management professionals seek to identify, analyze and document the risks associated with a company’s business operations, as well as monitor the effectiveness of risk management processes and implement needed changes. The risk management department focuses attention on companywide, operational, compliance, financial, technology and asset-related risks. 

Benefits of the CFE Credential 

Fraud risk affects all organizations. The CFE credential provides risk management professionals with the knowledge to detect and deter fraud by identifying unusual trends and fraud indicators in the organization’s processes and operations. Additionally, it ensures risk management professionals have the necessary tools to identify, assess, monitor and control fraud risk. Candidates who have earned their CFE credential are regarded as leading experts in the field, making them more preferential to many employers. 
 
The ACFE’s Global Salary Study found that CFEs earn a 34% income premium over their peers without the credential, which demonstrates the value employers place on the credential. The study also provides valuable information and comparisons helpful to all anti-fraud professionals in benchmarking their compensation levels and career growth. The training, fraud resources and continuing education provided by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) will help in any stage of your career path. Refer to the Compensation section below for more information about the compensation ranges for governance, risk and compliance professionals. 

Job Description 

Responsibilities for risk management professionals include: 

  • Establish and monitor key risk indicators, as well as implement corrective action plans to mitigate risks.
  • Analyze transactions, internal reports and financial information for potential fraud risks. 
  • Maintain reports of significant risks and recommendations. 
  • Create policies, procedures and control assessments in response to identified risks.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the company's internal control framework in addressing risks and accomplishing the company’s goals and objectives. 
  • Provide training and technical support to management and employees regarding risk management strategies and programs. 


The risk management function of a company can be associated with many different titles, some of which include: 

  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Risk Management Consultant
  • Risk Control Supervisor
  • Director of Corporate Risk Management
  • Chief Risk Officer 

Education 

A bachelor’s degree in risk management, finance, economics, business management, statistics, computer science and/or other related fields is usually required. One to two years of related experience is preferred. Professional certifications for risk management professionals include Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Risk Analyst (CRA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Professional Risk Manager (PRM) and/or Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

It is important to plan and conduct an honest self-assessment of your knowledge, skills and abilities. In particular, employers are looking for: 

Knowledge Skills   Abilities
Risk management Technical Interpersonal
Risk assessment  Decision-making Leadership
Internal controls Judgment Analytical
Corporate compliance Execution Written communication
Corporate governance Computer Verbal communication
Information systems security   Ability to problem solve
    Integrity
    Organization
    Attention to detail
    Timeliness
    Adaptability

Compensation 

Below are compensation ranges for governance, risk and compliance professionals taken from the 2020 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals

 

Risk Management compensation chart showing the difference in incomes between CFEs and Non-CFEs