EMEA Financial Crimes Compliance - ISG Advisory

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Morgan Stanley
  • 27 Sep 16

The EMEA Financial Crimes Group in London are currently seeking a high calibre individual with recent experience in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance to join the Institutional Securities Group (ISG) AML team which focusses on the anti-money laundering obligations associated with the Institutional Equity, Fixed Income, Commodities and Investment Banking Divisions for EMEA.

Company Profile

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.
As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career – a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

Department Profile

Professionals within Legal and Compliance provide a wide range of services to our business units. They might help to structure a complex and sensitive cross-border transaction; advise on a new product introduction; develop a training program or defuse an investor dispute. They preserve the firm's invaluable reputation for integrity and protect the firm from sanctions with policies and procedures that meet regulatory requirements around the world. They also strive to maintain cooperative relationships with governmental policy makers and the regulatory and self-regulatory agencies that govern the firm's businesses.

Team Profile

Global Financial Crimes (GFC) coordinates day-to-day implementation of the Firm’s enterprise-wide financial crime prevention efforts.  GFC includes several legal and compliance disciplines and has responsibility for governance, oversight and execution of the Firm’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Economic Sanctions, Anti-Corruption and Government.  GFC also develops and/or assists in the development of appropriate policies and procedures, including those designed to assist the business units to know their clients and conduct appropriate due diligence and to prevent, detect and report potentially suspicious activity.  GFC has dedicated coverage managers and teams of analysts who advise and counsel each business unit regarding its AML, economic sanctions and anti-corruption obligations and its particular clients and transactions.

The EMEA Financial Crimes Group is based in London with approximately 30 employees focused on the AML, sanctions and anti-corruption obligations associated with the Firm’s business in the region. It is led by the EMEA Head of Financial Crimes who reports to the EMEA Regional Head of Compliance and the Global Head of Financial Crimes.

The Institutional Securities Group (ISG) AML team is focused on the anti-money laundering obligations associated with the Institutional Equity, Fixed Income, Commodities and Investment Banking Divisions for EMEA. The team is responsible for implementing and executing the AML Program for ISG clients, including due diligence associated with new clients and accounts and for monitoring transactions for suspicious activity.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Staying abreast of Financial Crime related regulatory updates, enforcement actions and typologies. Challenge existing systems and processes, looking for enhancements and efficiencies where possible.
  • Using your extensive knowledge and experience in Financial Crime Compliance to act as an escalation point and mentor for junior members of the team, all of whom are engaged and keen to learn.
  • Rigorous oversight over the work of junior team members, ensuring that their work is accurate and is performed in a timely fashion and managing day-to-day prioritisation.
  • Assess the Financial Crime risk associated with potential and existing clients of the Firm via the enhanced due diligence process.  Act as an advisor to the Institutional Securities Group and Investment Management businesses regarding the enhanced due diligence process and any findings. You will also be expected to present findings of the enhanced due diligence performed by others to the MLRO or Deputy MLRO on a daily basis.
  • As a key Financial Crime Compliance advisor to the Institutional Securities Group you can expect regular interaction with senior stakeholders in the business unit.
  • Act as an escalation point for the KYC team Operations onboarding team to ensure that clients are on-boarded in a complete and efficient fashion.
  • Setting goals and objectives for direct reports as well as responsibility for ongoing professional development feedback and reviews.

Skills required

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

- Be degree educated or equivalent.
- Recent experience of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance or KYC Operations.

- Strong knowledge of Money Laundering Regulations in the UK; knowledge of requirements in other jurisdictions in which the Firm operates is also desirable.
- Experience in Know Your Customer requirements including customer identification program, customer due diligence and enhanced due diligence.
- Understanding of financial markets and products (in particular, Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities and Investment Banking/Capital Markets).

- Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail.
- Possess strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Previous experience of recommending and implementing enhancements to processes.
- Previous experience of providing staff with constructive feedback.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with colleagues across the Legal and Compliance Division (in UK, across the Firm's EMEA offices and in other regions), other Infrastructure and Control Functions (e.g. Operations).
- Possess strong analytical thinking and critical reasoning skills.
- Possess the ability to research and resolve issues independently while working across teams to acquire information.
- Have the ability to effectively handle a fast paced environment and work to tight deadlines; be able to re-prioritise work in response to changes in business needs, without compromising standards.
- Be able to recognize and escalate risks and issues appropriately.
- Be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Be able to handle highly confidential information with appropriate discretion.
- Have demonstrable good judgment (e.g. able to apply regulatory requirements to unique transaction/client situations).

- Certification as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist by ACAMS or equivalent AML certification/license – or certification within 15 months of hire.

Morgan Stanley is an equal opportunities employer. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can maximise their full potential. Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which we operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.