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Model Validator - ABN AMRO Bank

Location: Amsterdam
Employment: Full-time

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Model Validator

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The Model Validator is a member the Valuation & Market Risk Model Validation team. The Model Validator performs high quality validations mainly in the Valuation & Market Risk domain. These validations contribute to identifying and mitigating the model risk at ABN AMRO in line with internal and external requirements and reflecting best market practices. 

The validator forms an independent opinion on matters such as the mathematical consistency of the model, its suitability for its intended use, the accuracy of the model and its proposed implementation. The findings of the validation are presented in a validation report. Such a report will typically contain a recommendation towards the risk committee mandated to grant model approvals, as well as proposals for mitigating action in case model deficiencies have been identified. 

You will work closely together with your colleagues within the team to perform the validations, they act as sparring partner, helping hand as well as reviewer of your work.

Working environment

The Model Risk Management department consists of four Model Validation teams and one Model Risk Management Office. Together these teams safeguard the Model Risk Management Framework of the bank. The Valuation & Market Risk Model team validates the models employed for managing the market and counterparty credit risk with the products and positions in the trading books of the ABN AMRO Bank. The scope of this validation team includes a variety of models ranging from valuation models for various interest rate products, to Value-at-Risk and XVA.

The validator in this team has a key role of:

  • assessing the quality of the data used for the development of the prototype model;
  • examining the correctness of the methodology and assumptions;
  • forming independent opinion on the model’s performance;
  • assessing the compliance of the model with respect to internal and external regulations;
  • checking the final implementation of the model in the production environment.

The team examines, verifies and challenges various modelling techniques scaling from logistic regressions and time-series analysis to Monte-Carlo simulations and machine learning techniques. The validators often employ those for building challenger models as an alternative to the methods proposed by Modelling. By analysing the key components of the model the validator identify issues, proposes improvement opportunities, identifies the model risk and shares the result with relevant parties. The team creates high quality validation reports and provides them to the senior management as well as to other key stakeholders. The Valuation & Market Risk Model Validation team has a mandate to escalate the issues to the CRO of the bank.

Your profile

  • University degree in a quantitative discipline, e.g. (financial) mathematics, (applied/theoretical) physics, econometrics or similar, at least at Master level. 
  • A PhD and/or additional qualification (e.g. FRM, CFA, CQF certificates, or second Master degree in economics, finance or similar) is appreciated, but not essential.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in a quantitative role in the financial industry (e.g. modeller, model validator, quantitative risk manager, quant developer, quantitative consultant) and/or in related area.
  • Full professional proficiency of English, both in writing and verbally
  • You work well in teams, have good communication skills and are capable to influence internal stakeholders.
  • You are goal oriented and risk aware.
  • A working knowledge of market risk or counterparty credit risk models is appreciated. 
  • Experience with modern programming languages, e.g. Python, MATLAB, C++ and their application in statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of ABN AMRO’s strategy and business, especially in relation to Global Markets and ALM/Treasury, is a plus.

We are offering

  • The opportunity to be the best you can be, work flexible hours and lots of room to grow both personally and professionally
  • The opportunity to pro-actively work on your vitality and fitness
  • A supplementary benefit budget of 11%, which you can spend on additional fringe benefits
  • A personal development budget of EUR 1.000 per year
  • An annual public transportation pass or travel budget, depending on the function
  • A solid pension plan


At ABN AMRO, we use our knowledge, expertise and network to help our clients within and outside the Netherlands achieve their goals based on responsible decisions. Our clients’ interests always come first. We want clients to understand our products, and we sometimes say ‘no’ if a product involves a risk that is too high for the client. Putting clients’ interests first also means communicating in plain language and crafting smart solutions that genuinely make a difference. That is our goal.

We are ongoing recruiting highly skilled people who can reinforce our team. We are happy receiving your application if you think you meet the recruitment criteria. The interview process consists of multiple interviews in which we focus on your experience, skills and knowledge. Besides that we are also interested to learn more about you; what thrives you, what do you consider as your qualities and area(s) of development. Please get in touch with Fons Vrouenraths (fons.vrouenraths@nl.abnamro.com, Team Lead) in case you like to learn more.

Equal opportunities for all

The success of our organisation depends on the quality of our people and the ideas that they have. Truly surprising insights and innovative solutions for our clients result from an interplay of cultures, knowledge and experience. Diversity is therefore extremely important to our organisation. To ensure that everyone at ABN AMRO can develop their talents, we encourage an inclusive culture in which all colleagues feel engaged and appreciated.



Information and application:


Please send your application for Model Validator at ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam including your CV via our website.

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Job posted

21 april 2021
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More information:

Please get in touch with Fons Vrouenraths (fons.vrouenraths@nl.abnamro.com, Team Lead) in case you like to learn more.

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