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Head of Compliance & MLRO – Fintech Banking Start-up (Retail Banking Experience Required)

£ 100000 - £ 120000
Ref: 3453G3

UK & Ireland / Compliance (inc Conduct Risk/COBS) / Permanent


Our Client, a FinTech start-up business, are looking to appoint a new Compliance Officer & MLRO who will be SMF16 and SMF17 registered. As such, you will need to demonstrate the technical compliance ability and personal desire to step into this senior role and add value to the growth of a start-up business.  Reporting to the CRO, duties will include:

  • Full oversite and autonomous management of the Compliance & AML functions.
  • Advising the senior management team and more broadly the business on their existing and ongoing compliance obligations.
  • Ongoing close review of all legislative, regulatory and corporate governance developments or changes that might affect the company and its operations.
  • Overseeing the CDD/KYC/AML/CTF/ABC policies and procedures and act as Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO);
  • Work with the business to develop compliance procedures and controls, and provide commercially-orientated compliance advice;
  • Ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation;
  • Development, management and execution of the compliance monitoring programme;
  • Development and management of the risk management framework;
  • Sign off on financial promotions
  • Assist the business with the recruitment and take on of new staff, including pre -employment screening processes, and induction of new staff.

The successful candidate is likely to have gained at least five years senior level experience within the compliance function of another regulated financial services business, with at least two years gained in a retail banking environment.  While you will need strong knowledge of the FCA Rules including BCOBs and the Money Laundering section of the System &Controls Sourcebook, JMLSG and other relevant financial crime legislation, more important will be your drive to work with this exciting entrepreneurial FinTech start-up and to grow with them.

While the business is run by a group of very successful serial entrepreneurs and has very good financial backing, like any business in the start-up phase costs are a major factor, thus whilst my client is looking for an experienced and ambitious compliance officer they are restricted to a maximum base salary of £120K per annum.

That said, this is an excellent opportunity to join a very entrepreneurial business at an exciting time of their growth and development in a very visible and responsible role. Should you feel you have the experience and above average communication and technical skills to be success in this role, then please contact Gary Collins on 020 7562 7400 for a confidential discussion about this position or send your details to

Symes Collins – Part of the Compliance Recruitment Solutions Group

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