• Allowance Analysis Lead

    Location US-CA-Pasadena
    Job ID
    2018-5977
    Category
    Accounting/Finance
    Position Type
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    For more than 40 years, East West Bank has served as a pathway to success. With over 130 locations across the U.S. and Greater China, we are the premier financial bridge between the East and West. Our teams of experienced, multi-cultural professionals help guide businesses and community members on both sides of the Pacific looking to explore new markets and create new opportunities. And our sustained growth and expertise in industries like real estate, entertainment and media, private equity and venture capital, high-tech and aviation help build sustainable businesses and expand our employees’ potential for career advancement.

     

    Headquartered in California, East West Bank (Nasdaq: EWBC) is a top performing commercial bank with an exclusive focus on the U.S. and Greater China markets. With assets of $38.1 billion, we’re ranked among the 30 largest banks in the United States and currently top 5 in “America’s 100 Best Banks” by Forbes, a list where we've consistently been in the top 15 since 2010. With a strong foundation, an enterprising spirit and a commitment to absolute integrity, East West Bank gives people the confidence to reach further.

     

    We are currently seeking a Allowance Analysis Lead. The Allowance Analysis Lead will manage the Allowance Analysis team of East West Bank’s Accounting Department. The position will also assist with special projects and initiatives of the Accounting Department, as needed.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the allowance for loan losses (“ALL”) process, including calculations, analysis, and documentation
    • Responsible for obtaining and reviewing loan charge-offs for appropriateness and accuracy
    • Responsible for reviewing impairment analysis on impaired loans and recommending loan charge-offs as necessary
    • Interact with the Bank’s lending officers, credit supervision department, and the credit-risk management department to ensure charge-offs are recorded timely and appropriate inputs are considered in loan valuations
    • Provide assistance in the review of banking regulatory reports, including the quarterly Call reports
    • Assist with researching and implementing regulatory and accounting standards relevant to ALLL
    • Perform ad-hoc financial analysis as required
    • Coordinate interim and annual audits with internal and external auditors and regulators
    • Supervise and provide assistance to allowance staff
    • Provide financial and analytical expertise to assist in building and improving quantitative models for credit-loss estimation models for the entire loan portfolio to support allowance for credit loss (including current expected credit loss preparation)
    • Identify or address potential process gaps or process improvements including data gaps in model, policy governance and other quantitative tools. Effectively challenge the methodology’s conceptual soundness, assumptions, and appropriateness
    • Assemble, compile, and analyze information, and resolve errors/inconsistencies in data from financial reporting systems
    • Work in collaboration with business groups to develop effective methodology to accurately represent the risks and estimates developed and provided by various business units
    • Documentation and communication of ALLL model performance for internal and external stakeholders
    • Develop presentations and written materials to convey the results of research and analysis projects to senior management and various risk committees
    • Make recommendations within the context of job responsibilities; offer guidance on matters of significance
    • Assist in cross training the ALLL team
    • Perform other assignments and special project analysis as requested by management
    • Assist with other ad-hoc or accounting projects as required

    Qualifications

    • Detail oriented individual with strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
    • At least 5 years of accounting or finance experience
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel required
    • Proficiency with Primatics EVOLV Platform preferred
    • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and concepts
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team
    • Bachelors degree required; degree in accounting or finance preferred
    • Advanced Degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Economics, Finance, Accounting or other quantitative disciplines preferred
    • Public accounting experience / CPA license preferred
    • Banking, credit risk or loan accounting experience preferred
    • Strong understanding of CECL, ALLL, credit risk, financial risk, operations risk and their processes preferred
    • Ability to establish and maintain an ALLL framework, a governance structure around the ALLL model, and a standardized ALLL reporting infrastructure that will become a repeatable process
    • Ability to communicate complex analytical issues in understandable terms appropriate for management interactions (regulators, vendors, executives, etc.)
    • Strong management skills and experience.
    • Demonstrate ability to successfully plan, develop, lead, and execute projects
    • Knowledge or interest in learning SQL desirable
    • Proficiently use Microsoft Office tools to prepare and present analysis results to the audience

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