Head of AML | Kraken | Remote (Ireland)

Head of AML | Kraken | Remote (Ireland)

Remote Ireland
Application ends: August 20, 2024
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Job Description

Building the Future of Crypto 

Our Krakenites are a world-class team with crypto conviction, united by our desire to discover and unlock the potential of crypto and blockchain technology.

What makes us different?

Kraken is a mission-focused company rooted in crypto values. As a Krakenite, you’ll join us on our mission to accelerate the global adoption of crypto, so that everyone can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. For over a decade, Kraken’s focus on our mission and crypto ethos has attracted many of the most talented crypto experts in the world.

Before you apply, please read the Kraken Culture page to learn more about our internal culture, values, and mission.

As a fully remote company, we have Krakenites in 60+ countries who speak over 50 languages. Krakenites are industry pioneers who develop premium crypto products for experienced traders, institutions, and newcomers to the space. Kraken is committed to industry-leading securitycrypto education, and world-class client support through our products like Kraken ProKraken NFT, and Kraken Futures.

Become a Krakenite and build the future of crypto!

Proof of work

The team

This role is based in Dublin. As the European Head of AML/CFT and the designated Head of AML (PCF-52 – Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing), you will have responsibility for the regulatory compliance of Kraken with all applicable requirements under Irish and European law. You will serve a lead role in a cross-functional team that ensures Kraken remains at all times in good regulatory standing in Europe.

The ideal candidate should have experience working in a crypto, fintech or exchange trading environment, with a deep understanding of requirements applicable to Kraken’s activity under the Payment Services Regulations, Electronic Money Regulations, and AML/CTF regulations relevant to crypto asset activities in Europe.

The opportunity

  • Act as a day-to-day contact for AML regulatory compliance matters for relevant Irish operations.
  • Oversee AML regulatory compliance for EU VASP registrations.
  • Be responsible for the ongoing AML compliance for both the Irish EMI  and VASP entity with all applicable regulatory requirements
  • Work closely with Kraken’s European Operations Leadership to ensure operational compliance requirements across the region are implemented.
  • Provide AML compliance expertise to Kraken’s European Leadership in relation to operational risks (including technology security risk, operational resilience and business continuity), conduct risks and prudential risks in order to build an effective compliance risk monitoring programme.
  • Monitor internal and external business, regulatory and technology environments to identify new or emerging compliance risks and verify remediation of issues as applicable.
  • Be responsible for the oversight of any relevant compliance regulatory reports, STRs/SARs, and other filings to be submitted to relevant regulatory authorities.
  • Develop and oversee the AML compliance monitoring programme, and maintain compliance policies and procedures.
  • Assess and oversee the implementation of new regulatory AML compliance requirements as they arise, assist with regulatory horizon scanning, and advise executive management accordingly.
  • Coordinate and liaise with Kraken Global Compliance to ensure alignment between global, regional and local compliance policies, procedures, and operations.
  • Support regional product development by advising on the AML compliance impact and requirements associated with localised product launches.
  • Build and manage AML compliance operations function as required to support operations under future regulatory registrations or licenses. 
  • Manage a team of local AMLO’s.

Skills you should HODL

  • 8+ years in a previous regulatory or compliance position at a fintech or financial firm, or regulatory institution.
  • Eligibility to be accepted for any necessary approvals under the CBI ‘Pre-Approved Controlled Functions’ regime for the relevant Irish entities in scope, as applicable.
  • Previous experience in filing regulatory reports and providing compliance oversight and be familiar with the process of on-site and thematic inspections conducted by CA’s ( i.e. CBI).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Irish/European crypto asset regulatory environment and any upstream regulations emerging from Europe in this regard including developments, and relevant registration and licensing requirements for crypto and adjacent financial services.
  • Familiar with anti-money laundering legislation, obligations and in particular 4th and 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive and any relevant and future EU/AML regulations.
  • Experience developing policies and procedures that ensure hyper-growth innovation is advanced compliantly.
  • An interest in the crypto space is essential.

Nice to have

  • J.D., L.L.M. or other advanced degree.
  • Demonstrable prior experience in relation to the regulation of crypto asset services in Ireland.
  • ​​Advanced professional certifications such as ‘CAMS’, ‘CFE’, etc.

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Kraken is powered by people from around the world and we celebrate all Krakenites for their diverse talents, backgrounds, contributions and unique perspectives. We hire strictly based on merit, meaning we seek out the candidates with the right abilities, knowledge, and skills considered the most suitable for the job. We encourage you to apply for roles where you don’t fully meet the listed requirements, especially if you’re passionate or knowledgable about crypto!

As an equal opportunity employer, we don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Whether that’s based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws. 

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