Private Equity Risk Managers

Risk Manager Questions a Private Equity Venture

Risk managers identify, analyze, and mitigate risks to help their employer improve profitability and meet performance goals. At private equity firms, much of a risk manager’s focus is on two key financial parameters: the probability of losing capital and the uncertainty of returns. Risk managers are also known as risk officers and chief risk officers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chief Risk Officers, Risk Officers
Duties Identify, analyze, and mitigate risks to help their employer improve profitability and meet performance goals
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience At least five years in lower-level risk management or related positions in the private equity industry
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Managing Partner
  • Junior Partner/General Partner
  • Vice President/Chief Risk Officer
  • Risk Manager
  • Risk Management Assistant or Intern

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