Compliance jobs in Europe
The financial services industry has seen many changes over the years with traditional firms being constantly challenged by the evolution of new trends and technologies.
The emergence of digital assets, fintechs and start ups has varied the scope of the once traditional compliance role, making it an increasingly interesting and competitive space to work in.
Every year, new regulations and rules are introduced, meaning compliance professionals must always be on top of the ever-changing sector to properly assess how any regulatory update can affect a business and its activities.
The person leading a compliance regulatory function will have to manage and support c-suite staff, internalise conflicts and exercise supreme judgement in balancing the need to allow its business to flourish in an increasingly complex regulatory environment, whilst avoiding the potentially devastating consequences of non-compliance.
Compliance teams can vary depending on the firm, and level of experience needed but can be comprised with the following:
Chief Operating Officer
Head of Legal and Compliance
Head of Compliance
Chief Compliance Officer
Monitoring, Testing & Surveillance
Main Key Duties
The key duties within a compliance role might change from one type of firm to another, however its core responsibilities will usually include, but not be limited to, the following:
Fostering an ethical culture at the firm
Avoiding fines and other penalties from the regulating body (FCA in the UK, SEC in the US)
Creating, monitoring and reporting on internal policies and processes: IT, Strategy, OH&S (Occupational, Health & Safety), KYC (Know Your Customer), PEP (Politically Exposed Person) and Sanctions
Legal research and anticipating future changes
Leveraging future changes in regulation
Reviewing marketing material and disclaimers
Training sessions to staff
Answering “can we do X?” questions from the C-Suite and front office
Conducting internal audits
Assisting with disciplinary proceedings
Reporting to the regulator
Making sure that advice considers business objectives
Prepare and file regulatory reports with the FCA
As the regulatory function continues to grow the compliance needs in firms have become more robust, meaning compliance professionals may require a niche set of skills.
To flourish within a compliance role these skills are required:
Broader Business Acumen (Product & Technology knowledge)
Interpersonal skills and communication
Attention to detail
Niche candidates and subject matter experts
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