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Director IT Infrastructure and Architecture Risk Lead Operational Risk Management

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Fannie Mae

Reston, VA

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Director IT Infrastructure and Architecture Risk Lead (Operational Risk Management)


Asset Management

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Are you interested in helping solve today's most critical housing challenges? In simplest terms, Fannie Mae serves the people who house America. We work at the heart of housing by providing reliable, affordable mortgage financing in all markets at all times, buying loans that banks and other lenders originate, so they can fund new loans. This gives more people the opportunity to buy, refinance, or rent homes and apartments. Creating these opportunities is what drives the people who work at Fannie Mae.

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The IT Infrastructure and Architecture Risk Lead is a leadership position reporting directly to the Head of Technology Risk in the Operational Risk Management (ORM) division. This position will constitute the core of the independent 2nd line oversight of all IT infrastructure and architecture risks for Fannie Mae. This position will identify, assess, measure and monitor the company's IT architecture and application development risk as well as coordinate with both ORM functional groups (e.g., ORM Governance, ORM Risk Analytics, etc) and Enterprise Risk Management Functions to delivery against the risk agenda.

Responsibilities include:


Conduct 2nd line of defense oversight activities associated with IT infrastructure and architecture risk, including hardware asset management, infrastructure control testing design, infrastructure change management, infrastructure resilience, cloud-based infrastructure, infrastructure technology service providers, and mobile/end-user technology. Ensure there is a defined enterprise architecture standard for infrastructure. Oversee enforcement of any IT infrastructure and architecture risk policies (e.g., capacity planning policy or standards that applies to shared and distributed environments, networks, storage, database management) and participate in policy exception and material risk acceptance decisions Confer with counterparts at regulatory agencies to understand the agency/s concerns, implement new risk management regulatory requirements and drive any risk management regulatory remediation efforts related to IT infrastructure and architecture risk Serve as a liaison for internal and external auditors for any IT infrastructure and architecture related 2nd line risk management activities

Risk Oversight

Lead the definition of risk strategy and appetite for IT infrastructure and architecture in partnership with counterparts in the 1st line of defense Oversee and independently challenge any IT infrastructure and architecture risk identification and assessment outputs from the 1st line of defense Participate and provide independent subject matter expertise in IT infrastructure and architecture specific scenario analysis Conduct targeted independent assessments of the company's IT infrastructure and architecture risks based on external insights, thematic reviews if required Provide robust and continuous monitoring of technical monitoring capabilities, capacity issues, technology obsolescence, etc. Ensure any IT infrastructure and architecture related issues are appropriately identified, tracked and remediated as well as opine on remediation plans and outputs Sets requirements for IT infrastructure and architecture risk reports, monitor adherence to thresholds and escalate breaches to the appropriate governance bodies Review first line risk reports and challenge conclusions and business decisions from a IT infrastructure and architecture risk perspective Act as the point-of-contact/advisor for the businesses for any IT infrastructure and architecture risk management oversight related questions and issues

Risk Measurement

Drive technology risk quantification and predictive analytics and champion continuous enhancement to tools such as risk appetite, scenario analysis, operational risk models and developing out key risk indicators


Drive for operational and technical excellence, including implementing options to reduce cost and risk simultaneously (e.g., lean & quality management)


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent required


10 years of related experience


10 -15 years of experience preferred Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred in IT/IS/Computer Science Mortgage experience a plus Experience in risk quantification methodologies Relevant work within a top financial services, capital markets, insurance, or regulatory organization in a architecture or application development capacity Demonstrated ability to function in this role in a large and complex organization. Demonstrated strong leadership, planning and managerial skills, with long-term potential to contribute broadly at the executive level. Strong project management skills. Empowers others, builds confidence, and demonstrates a positive and energizing style Excellent communication, relationship management and interpersonal skills CISA, CISSP, CRISC and/or OpenFAIR certifications preferred.


Leads Through Change

Thinks through proposed changes and all their implications before reacting

Collaborates Across Boundaries

Effective communicator that builds and maintains strong relationships with business partners Challenges silo thinking by seeking expertise and working with others outside own area or outside the organization Shares information and includes others in planning and executing work that involves their group

Acts with Courage and Integrity

Continually raises the bar and challenges the status quo Does not compromise values or standards when making tough or unpopular decisions

Builds and Applies Our Talent

Recognizes performance and delivers clear, timely, and constructive feedback to team members

Balances Competing Priorities

Doesn't sacrifice quality, efficiency, or reliability to quickly fix a problem Balances innovation with the introduction of new risks Recognizes point of diminishing returns; doesn't waste resources to achieve perfection

Delivers Results

Sets challenging yet realistic goals and pursues results with a sense of urgency Holds self and others accountable for achieving results, even under difficult circumstances Creates detailed strategic and tactical plans that clearly articulate goal and metrics, and executes against them Effectively resolves problems; doesn't accept superficial answers or solutions

Creates Competitive Advantage

Understands and anticipates the needs of our customers and stakeholders and consistently does what is best to deliver value Simplifies and standardizes processes, constantly looking for ways to improve operational effectiveness


As a condition of employment with Fannie Mae, any successful job applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and to successfully complete a background investigation, which may also include a credit check for positions in some areas of our business.

Fannie Mae is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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We serve the people who house America. We are a leading source of financing for mortgage lenders, providing access to affordable mortgage financing in all markets at all times. Our financing makes sustainable homeownership and workforce rental housing a reality for millions of Americans. We listen to our customers and partners to understand their needs, putting them at the center of everything we do. We apply our experience and expertise to deliver innovative, smart solutions to help our customers succeed. We also help make possible the popular 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, which provides homeowners with stable, predictable mortgage payments over the life of the loan. Our tools and resources help homebuyers, homeowners, and renters understand their housing options. - See more at:

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