Compliance Officer

Job title: Compliance Officer

Company: Essent Guaranty, Inc.

Job description: Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) is a Bermuda-based holding company (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Essent”) which serves the housing finance industry by offering private mortgage insurance, reinsurance, risk management products and title insurance and settlement services to mortgage lenders, borrowers, and investors to support homeownership. We are focused on managing risk and dedicated to serving as a strong and fair counterparty. As a company, we bring strong private capital and a commitment to risk management to the mortgage insurance industry.Title: Compliance OfficerLocation: Radnor, PA, or Charlotte, NCThe Compliance Officer (“CO”) is an officer-level position with broad responsibility for the day-to-day management of the compliance function relating to Essent’s title insurance businesses, supporting the design and execution of strategic and tactical programs while reducing and/or managing the risk of violating laws and regulations. Managing these risks is a critical issue for Essent since non-compliance can have significant consequences, including civil and criminal penalties, negative publicity, and loss of business.The CO reports to Essent’s SVP, Chief Legal Officer and directly manages compliance function personnel with dotted-line oversight of compliance functions for Essent’s lender and agency services, including all its regulated entities in the title agency and title insurance underwriting businesses. The CO has access to the Chairman and CEO and a reporting line to the Chairman of the Essent Group Audit Committee regarding the effectiveness of the compliance programs.The CO will have the responsibility to articulate business-line-wide compliance risks, the stature with which to communicate it and the means with which to monitor and implement compliance programs. The CO is responsible for identifying trends, implementing effective compliance programs, and providing the necessary information and reports to operational and executive management, the board of directors and board committees to enable effective oversight. The CO provides direction and guidance on development of internal control systems to meet business needs and fosters an environment for the identification and implementation of appropriate compliance, control practices, compliance testing, monitoring, and reporting.This position plays a critical role in managing risk, ensuring compliance, and supporting the company’s growth and profitability while maintaining risk centric policies and procedures.As a dynamic and resourceful professional, we will rely on you to perform the following duties:

  • Strong knowledge of applicable U.S., regulations and best control practices and a strong working knowledge of consumer protection issues affecting Essent’s title insurance businesses. The ability to apply this legal knowledge, business acumen, and risk management practices to develop appropriate policies, procedures and control environment designed to ensure that compliance activities across Essent continue to meet all regulatory requirements is essential.
  • Provide leadership and collaborate with business executives and managers, attorneys, compliance staff and supporting business unit staff in the proactive design and development of a system of internal controls – consistent with among other things, the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines definition of an effective compliance program. The TCO balances the inter-relationships of regulatory risks, business needs (including costs), and internal controls to maintain a strong control environment that educates and reduces instances of non-compliance.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Compliance Officer to ensure the development and delivery of compliance training programs for Essent’s title insurance businesses designed to maintain the competency of management, staff, and agents on the company’s compliance program.
  • Serve as one of Essent’s senior relationship managers with a variety of government officials, particularly state insurance regulators, and develop a continuing dialogue with such regulators to ensure that the company is viewed as a credible and reliable partner in identifying and reducing instances of non-compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Monitor business and organizational developments to anticipate compliance issues and ensure optimal integration of compliance considerations and controls in business planning processes. Recognize the key issues which applicable laws and regulations, such as insurance company laws, anti-corruption laws, and laws regarding consumer privacy and protection, create for Essent’s business units; propose alternatives and compliance solutions to permit continued long-term business growth; and ensure implementation of the appropriate compliance control programs. Communicate complex regulatory issues in a form designed to create an understanding of the applicability of major compliance issues to management and internal staff.
  • Provide constructive feedback on proposed legislative and regulatory actions, balancing public policy issues, business needs and appropriate controls. Develop and coordinate the strategies for responding to and supporting government inquiries, investigations, examinations, subpoenas and other legal process, and internal audit and examinations and other significant points of contact related to the conduct of Essent’s title insurance businesses in the market and other major compliance issues to ensure that Essent fulfills its commitments to regulators, shareholders, and the public.
  • Support the Chief Legal Officer in managing legal process and litigation affecting Essent’s title insurance businesses.
  • Actively participate in various internal committees as deemed necessary which may include Title Risk Committee, Title Claims Committee, Recoupment Committee, Operational Risk Committee, Policy Approval Committee, GRC Committee, Information Security Committee and Privacy Subcommittee.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree preferred, but knowledge of laws, regulations, and legislative and regulatory processes required.
  • 10+ years of corporate or law firm legal practice with experience representing financial services companies particularly insurance companies or insurance regulators required.
  • Title insurance experience and real estate transactional background required.
  • Experience as a litigator or in managing litigation preferred.
  • Experience with mortgage origination compliance preferred.
  • Knowledge of insurance regulatory compliance and analyzing and interpreting insurance laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of residential real estate law and the role of title insurance in particular.
  • Knowledge of key ethics and compliance policies, rules, regulations, and concepts.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service.
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data or processing information.
  • Skilled in negotiating with an ability to influence others.
  • Skilled in time management, prioritizing and managing changing priorities.
  • Skilled in policy and procedure reviews and development.
  • Skilled in interviewing and developing facts and impressions.
  • Skilled in establishing and communicating in difficult situations.
  • Skilled in oral and written communications.
  • Skilled in anticipating, identifying, analyzing, and resolving conflicts and problems.
  • Skilled in research and investigative techniques.
  • Skilled in effective presentation techniques.
  • Ability to think critically, analyze problems and data, and develop creative and practical solutions.
  • Ability to develop proactive, fair, and effective interview techniques.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, and timely investigation reports.
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment.
  • Ability to understand complex legal concepts and legal research.
  • Ability to explain legal topics in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, analytical, independent, credible, and persistent.
  • Ability to partner and interface with business leaders across all functional areas.
  • Ability to maintain credibility and objective perspective.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and capable of adapting and responding to changing situations in an agile environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and as an individual contributor.
  • Travels on company business as necessary. Estimate – 15%.

Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and disability benefits. We work to maintain a positive environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. Essent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Expected salary:

Location: Radnor, PA

Job date: Sat, 04 May 2024 01:39:01 GMT

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