What does a Senior Risk Analyst do?

A risk analyst evaluates financial documents, economic conditions and potential clients to help companies determine the level of risk involved in making a particular business decision. They typically work for banks and insurance companies, though any company handling large amounts of money may choose to hire a risk analyst. You can get a job as a risk analyst after college, provided that you have the relevant experience and internship credit, and can progress to higher levels of management throughout your career.

Risk analysts must have a bachelor's degree in statistics, economics, finance or another business-related degree. They should be able to use software programs, including Excel, and complete extensive research to evaluate business decisions. In certain cases, risk analysts may be required to travel to clients' locations for their work, depending on the type of company for which they work.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Risk Analyst jobs?
  • Analyze data to better understand potential risks, concerns and outcomes of decisions
  • Aggregate data from multiple sources to provide a comprehensive assessment
  • Create reports, summaries, presentations and process documents to display results
  • Collaborate with other team members to effectively analyze and present data
  • Develop systems and processes for gathering and storing data for future analytic projects
  • Conduct research into potential clients and understand the risks of accepting each one
  • Identify economic and financial trends that may present a risk to the company
  • Monitor internal and external data points that may affect the risk level of a decision
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Risk Analyst jobs?
  • One to five years of experience as an analyst in a similar company or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet daily deadlines for projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to inform managers and other stakeholders of results
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access, Visio and other analysis programs
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programs at the same time to complete work
  • Critical thinking skills with the ability to independently solve problems with data
  • Quantitative and analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to understand new analytical concepts
  • Basic knowledge of programming languages, such as SQL and Python
  • Presentation skills, including public speaking and presentation creation using PowerPoint or a similar program
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Senior Risk Analyst make near United States?

$141,904 /yr
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Senior Risk Analyst Career Path

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Read what Senior Risk Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
West Bromwich Building SocietyWest Bromwich Building Society
Risk Analyst
Mar 29, 2023

“Not great for long term there is no career growth unless you have contacts above to help get the role.”

Betsson GroupBetsson Group
Customer Risk Analyst
Oct 18, 2023

“Very good if you are happy with what you do and are not seeking career growth.”

Open Financial TechnologiesOpen Financial Technologies
Risk Analyst
Oct 23, 2023

“It is a great place to start your career and gaining knowledge on the industry.”

Risk Analyst
Jul 8, 2023

“The absence of equal opportunities for career growth and professional development further compounded the sense of injustice within the organization.”

Senior Risk Analyst
Apr 6, 2023

“toxic culture one of the most bizarre experiences in my career alarmingly high turnover rate in the department.”

Senior Information Security Risk Analyst
May 10, 2022

“Salary may not be as good as market value specially in the information security industry for a regular analyst role.”

Lobel Financial CorpLobel Financial Corp
Risk Analyst
Aug 12, 2022

“It is difficult to work with the current manager and I would suggest to avoid this department”

Funding CircleFunding Circle
Risk Analyst
Aug 6, 2022

“Comp was low but the HR Rep in my exit interview seemed shocked I said this so mighy be fixed for new hires.”

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When working as a Senior Risk Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Writing SQL, Risk Assessments, CISSP CISM, Audit, and Frameworks.

The most similar professions to Senior Risk Analyst are:
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Controller

The most common qualifications to become a Senior Risk Analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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