Risk Officer Apprentice Homes and Communities Agency

This is fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual to join an exciting and growing Risk team and have the opportunity to work with experienced employees and develop your future career

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    31 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To play a key supporting role across the Risk directorate to support the effective and efficient delivery of various Risk activities.
  • To undertake day-to-day activities to support the Customer Due Diligence (CDD) team throughout the Know Your Customer (KYC) process. This will involve undertaking research and customer risk assessments using different systems and the reviews of KYC trackers.
  • Review and assess documentation to ensure that it complies with the Agency’s KYC policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that clear and comprehensive records are maintained to provide robust audit trails relating to KYC/CDD documentation, supporting appropriate and timely Management Information provision to Senior Management.
  • Participate in ad hoc compliance CDD/KYC projects.
  • Support the smooth administration and governance of the investment approval process within the Risk team. This will involve liaising with various stakeholders and maintaining accurate records and databases.
  • To deliver all work in response to Risk priorities, which may involve supporting and assisting in projects, supporting the introduction of new Risk initiatives as determined by the Senior Management Team; and to deliver any other duties which are commensurate with the post.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Strategic Thinker:

  • Considers and understands own role and contribution in delivering the HCA priorities and the bigger picture.
  • Looks for patterns and relationships across differing and varied sources; continually develops clear strategies and plans for the future

Creative Thinker:

  • Challenging the conventional way of doing things
  • Generates new ideas and commercial solutions in order to improve performance and delivery.

Analysis and Planning:

  • Thinks logically and analytically to get to the core of problems; manages and assimilates complex information resulting in effective decisions based on sound commercial knowledge and expertise.
  • Works quickly and accurately through the planning and prioritising of own workload.


  • Everyone in the HCA has the potential to lead.
  • Articulates the vision in a clear and transparent way; role models through being clearly visible as a leader.
  • Manages change effectively; develops and retains talented people through a clear focus on people development and knowledge management.
  • Promotes team working.
  • Everyone has the responsibility to take ownership of challenges and problems and seek to resolve them.

Networking and Influencing:

  • Proactively develops robust relationships with stakeholders and partners; creates and develops these relationships to increase and broaden spheres of own and HCA influence.
  • Shows sound emotional maturity which has a positive impact when working with stakeholders.


  • Communicates with others clearly, concisely, confidently, with consideration and respect in a way that engages the audience and achieves the desired result.

Focus on results:

  • Achieves results through a positive approach.
  • Focuses on goals and targets.
  • Looks critically at systems, policies, processes and procedures.
  • Is able to contextualise KOPs and use to drive successful outcomes and improvements.
  • Enables effective teamwork by encouraging the team to achieve more through combined efforts than by the sum of all their individual parts.
  • Ensures Performance Management processes are used to support and improve staff development, competency and results.

Personal qualities

  • Strong interest in Risk/Compliance and Financial Crime reporting.
  • Commitment to delivering excellent customer service.
  • Ability to respect confidentiality and work in accordance with data protection rules.
  • The successful candidate must be a Team Player with both an organised and flexible approach.
  • Good communication skills are essential as the role holder will be liaising with stakeholders on a daily basis both within Risk and the Investments team.
  • Good analytical skills.

Qualifications required

Minimum of five GSCEs (or equivalent) at C grade or higher including Maths and English

Future prospects

Potential to progress to a full time position on completion of a successful apprenticeship

Things to consider

The candidate’s position is subject to the successful completion of (CTC) security Checks Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

The Homes & Communities Agency is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The £3bn Home Building Fund administered by the Agency provides Government supported development and infrastructure finance to increase the number of new homes being built in England. The Risk Directorate plays a key role in supporting Investment teams fulfil the objectives of the Home Building Fund and other Programmes which provide funding to support residential development.


Homes and Communities Agency


Ground Floor


Marsham Street



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Training provider

With tailored training from FWD Training & Consultancy Ltd the successful candidate will be expected to study towards an appropriate Risk qualification resulting in the CISI accreditation, Combating Financial Crime (or similar). 

This is a fully supported apprenticeship under the Level 3 Compliance/Risk Officer Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Financial Services > Compliance / Risk Officer

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Fwd Training & Consultancy Ltd


Shane Reeves shane@fwdtraining.com

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2017