Money Laundering Reporting Officer - UK



United Kingdom · Remote
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2024

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The UK Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) will be responsible for performing the role of nominated officer under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (“MLRs”) for CB Payments Ltd (CBPL), receiving internal suspicious activity reports (“SARs”) and submitting SARs to the NCA. In addition to Financial Crime, this role will be responsible for the Sanctions and Anti Bribery & Corruption (“ABC”) frameworks for the UK; working in global coordination with the BSA/AML Officer and other international MLROs. This position will also advise CBPL Senior Management of emerging financial crimes and sanctions compliance issues and consult and guide CBPL in the establishment of controls to mitigate risks. The UK MLRO will report to the Director, Head of UK Compliance.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Receive internal SARs relating to CBPL as nominated officer and determine, following internal investigation, whether they give rise to knowledge or suspicion or reasonable grounds for knowledge or suspicion that a person is engaged in money laundering or terrorist financing and submit SARs to the NCA as appropriate;
  • Maintain an internal reporting process for receiving internal Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs);
  • Overseeing CBPL’s sanctions framework including filing reports with the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI);
  • Establish and maintain the Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”), Counter-Terrorist Financing (“CTF”), and anti-proliferation financing (“PF”), collectively “Financial Crime” and Sanctions frameworks, including policies and procedures, reporting, record-keeping, risk assessment, management and control systems, to comply with the MLRs, UK sanctions laws, regulatory guidance and best practice;
  • Engage with global financial crimes and sanctions teams regarding group-wide risks and controls; and oversee activities of third parties providing related services;
  • Determine the level of resources required and manage the team to execute appropriate Financial Crime and Sanctions policies and procedures;
  • Ensure that Financial Crime requirements are considered as part of the development of new products, new business practices (including new delivery mechanisms) or new technology;
  • Report to the Board on a regular basis detailing the operational effectiveness of the systems and controls used to combat Financial Crime and enforce Sanctions;
  • Manage regulatory reviews, internal audit and external audits of the Financial Crime and Sanctions frameworks; oversee corrective action of any related compliance deficiencies;
  • Regularly review developments in applicable legislation and guidance (domestic and international where the business is involved) and advise stakeholders on required enhancements; ;
  • Administer and ensure that relevant staff, including the Board of Directors, are provided with Financial Crime and Sanctions training appropriate for their position (frequency and content) and that all new staff receive training within the specified period;
  • Become a subject matter expert in crypto investigations and crypto industry participants.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 10-15 years of experience in financial crimes compliance related functions, including previous experience as as a Nominated Officer, MLRO or Deputy MLRO
  • 5+ years managing a team
  • Thorough understanding of the MLRs, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Terrorism Act 2000 and UK Sanctions law
  • Experience in developing and administering internal controls and processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – English fluency required
  • Capacity to meet deadlines while maintaining quality standards and effective time management
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management, regulators and examiners
  • A passion for building a world class compliance program for the leading company in the crypto industry
  • Experience working autonomously in a fast paced environment
  • Passion for virtual currency
  • Proven decision making, deductive and investigative abilities with attention to detail and accuracy

Nice to haves:

  • A professional compliance, or financial qualification, and membership of a recognised professional body, would be advantageous but not a prerequisite.
  • Management experience in a matrixed environment
  • Experience working in the crypto space
  • ACAMS Certification (a plus)

Position ID: P29411

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