Assistant Vice President, Sanctions Program Assistant Vice President, Sanctions Program …

in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 08 Jul 20
in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 08 Jul 20
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with around 3,000 offices in more than 50 markets. The Group has over 180,000 employees, and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.


The Financial Crimes Office for EMEA (FCOE) in London is part of the Global Financial Crimes Division (GFCD) headquartered in New York. It works to ensure that our organisation conducts its business such that we protect our reputation, our business, and our clients within the regulatory and legal framework. It is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of effective systems and controls to protect clients’ assets and to mitigate the risk that MUFG might be used to further financial crime. 


  • The Sanctions Program Team are responsible for the effective running of the Sanctions Program across all jurisdictions within EMEA.
  • This includes driving the implementation of MUFG Bank’s financial crimes risk appetite, policies and standards through working with Transformation and Technology partners, Country Compliance teams, Operations and Business stakeholders.
  • The role holder will oversee incident management and support the provision and resolution of audit and testing, tracking issue owner’s progress and delivery.


  • Manage the roll out of Global Policy, Standards and Procedures
  • Resolve issues identified via MUFG’s testing functions, audits, regulatory exams and quality assurance reviews.
  • Review and assess New Product Approvals in the EMEA region from a sanctions risk perspective
  • Partner with the Technology function and provide SME input and oversight to the roll out of the systems and controls architecture.
  • Act as a gatekeeper and control the list management process for EMEA.
  • Manage the development of a Management Information suite for Sanctions, providing analysis of emerging risks and trends.
  • Engage with senior stakeholders in the management of live incidents and emerging issues. 
  • Oversee the annual risk assessment process for Sanctions in EMEA.
  • Manage the periodic regulatory reporting requirements.



  • A minimum of 2 years in a central sanctions function
  • A strong knowledge of banking and associated systems and controls for financial crime



Functional / Technical Competencies:


  • MS Office skills
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail
  • A good understanding of Banking and Investment products
  • Broad understanding of financial crime risk (Sanctions, AML and ABC)  
  • A good understanding of the concepts of risk management and control
  • Manages priorities effectively and delivers efficiently
  • Proactively identifies and communicates improvements to process

Specific to role

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong financial sanctions knowledge in particular OFAC and EU regulations
  • Strong understanding of sanctions systems and controls
  • Strong relationship building and management skills

Education / Qualifications:


  • Degree
  • Relevant Qualification


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Results driven, with a strong sense of accountability
  • A proactive, motivated approach.
  • The ability to operate with urgency and prioritise work accordingly
  • Strong decision making skills, the ability to demonstrate sound judgement
  • A structured and logical approach to work
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to manage large workloads and tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • A calm approach, with the ability to perform well in a pressurised environment
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills

MUFG, a global financial group is committed to embracing diversity and building an inclusive culture where all employees are valued, respected and their opinions count. We support the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in recruitment and employment, and oppose all forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, race, gender reassignment, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnership.

We make our recruitment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner in accordance with our commitment to identifying the right skills for the right role and our obligations under the law. We are open to considering flexible working requests in line with organisational requirements