Risk Officer

The Kanoo Group

Manama, Bahrain

Ref: RP966-02

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Based in Bahrain, this is an exciting opportunity to join a well established Family Office as an investment Risk Officer. The Risk Officer will play an important role in providing risk advice in both the origination and deal execution phase as well as the asset management phase of investments in all investment categories. The risk management function is responsible for effective risk management policies, procedures and processes to identify, measure, manage and monitor all relevant risks: ensuring that the risk profile of investments is consistent with limits set; and reporting on those risks as appropriate.

Responsibilities and Duties:

• Develop a framework for risk identification, measurement and management of investments in OCIO mandates and alternative investments
• Provide risk advice to the investment team and investment committee in the origination phase of investments
• Contribute to the design of Risk Governance for Private Markets and Real Assets, as part of the wider Investment Risk Governance Framework
• Monitor the risk profile of investments during the asset management phase giving portfolio analysis including stress testing and scenario analysis
• Measuring, monitoring and assessing the risks within investment portfolios (e.g. volatility and VaR measures, portfolio biases, etc.) portfolio liquidity and portfolio leverage.
• Provide risk advice on new strategies and investment guidelines
• The setting of appropriate risk limits, monitoring of these limits and escalating issues as appropriate
• Develop strong and collaborative relationships with Investment Managers, and Operational Due Diligence team


The following work experience is required:

• Must have at least ten years work experience of which five years spent working in risk management
• Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to engage with diverse stakeholders including senior management, portfolio managers, and Family members
• Experience of working for a Family Investment Office
• Experience of working in the GCC / Middle East preferred

Educational Qualifications: The following qualifications are required:

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or risk management
• Master’s degree or recognised professional qualification in accounting, business administration, finance or risk management
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Work Environment:

• Based in Bahrain at the Head Office of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo
• Multi cultural
• Must be willing to travel as needed

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your updated CV online.

About the Company

Established in 1890, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (YBA Kanoo) started from a humble trading and shipping enterprise founded in Bahrain by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo. From Bahrain, the business spread to Saudi Arabia in the 1930s.

In 1967, Hamed Kanoo came from Saudi Arabia to the UAE to expand the family business. Having successfully established Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (YBA Kanoo)'s operations in Khafji in the Kingdom, the company asked him to replicate the same in UAE too. With only 5 people including him, Hamed Kanoo managed to put-up The Kanoo Group as a trade name in the UAE Map. At present, The Kanoo Group operates in UAE and Oman. Mishal Hamed Kanoo serves as the Chairman, with over 1,200 employees working for its divisions.

The Kanoo family remained true to their early values. This adherence to ethics and beliefs made them an essential component of the regional business life.

One of the first industries that Kanoo excelled at was shipping. No one could have predicted that it would challenge the monopoly of long established British companies and goes on to become the largest regional shipping agency in the Middle East. Kanoo Shipping is one of the founders of S5 Agency World Ltd. and was the first Arab shipping agency in the region in 1911. At present, Kanoo Shipping operates in 20 countries and in all principal ports and offshore tanker loading terminals around the Arabian Peninsula, including Iraq. It handles 11,000 port calls every year which covers all ports in the Suez to India range.

The historic rise of Kanoo Travel has proven similarly impressive. The group's interest in travel started in 1937 when the company used to provide refueling facilities for Imperial Airline sea-planes en route to India and Australia. In 1947, Kanoo Travel became the first IATA agency in the Gulf and became the very first travel company in the Middle East to receive the ISO certification in 1997.

The Group's another success story began in mid-1960s. Kanoo Machinery used to supply construction and material handling equipment in the region. At that time, the UAE was just setting up its oil and gas industry and developing its infrastructure. By providing the government and private sectors with world-class equipment and services, Kanoo Machinery helped lay down the foundations of the vital sectors of UAE's economy.

Today for over 130 years, the company is amongst the most diversified and highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and operates extensively throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Qatar. It has unremittingly grown its realm of businesses into various industries in shipping, travel, machinery, logistics, property, energy (oil & gas, power, water) industrial chemicals, training, joint ventures, retail, and commercial activities.

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