Every organization needs a qualified risk management specialist to help it with coming up with a sound risk management program to establish and implement in-house. However, what are the qualifications one seeks in a risk management specialist?
Inasmuch as risk management is a blanket term that covers many sub-disciplines, the first step is always breaking down what you need a risk management specialist for. If you are in the field of debt and equity transactions, then the person you are looking for should have a strong background in debt and equity investments. If you require a risk management specialist to help you discern which insurance policies are necessary to provide adequate coverage for your organization and its members, you need someone who has a great deal of training and experience in risk management when it comes to insurance coverage instead.
The next step is trying to determine how this risk management specialist can help your organization. For example, perhaps your organization has had risk management implemented piecemeal throughout the scattered divisions of your organization. In that case, you need a risk management specialist who knows how to tie all those loose ends together so that you end up with an integrated and holistic risk management approach that will help every part of the organization prepare for and address risk when it happens. If your organization has never had risk management solutions created, even customized for each division, then your risk management specialist might need the help of organization members to pool together ideas on how a risk management program can be created for the whole organization. Otherwise, you might need to hire an entire team of risk management specialists for the job.
A risk management specialist, however, will always need input from the organization members – because it is those who daily work for the organization who best know what they face both now and in the future.