Vice President, Regional AML Systems Lead Vice President, Regional AML Systems Lead …

in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 28 May 20
in London, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 28 May 20
We are MUFG. 360 years of heritage. A world-class set of businesses. And more than 180,000 employees in 50 markets. It’s no surprise that MUFG has grown to become one of the top five banks in the world. Our services include commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. MUFG offers stability in an ever-changing market, providing services to high-profile clients worldwide. Our vision? To become the world’s most trusted financial group. You’ll help us achieve it.


In MUFG, we are committed to being the world’s most trusted financial group. As part of our commitment, in our Global Financial Crimes Division (GFCD), we are consolidating and improving key elements of our global financial crime detection and prevention operations by creating a network of Centres of Excellence (CoEs).

Our CoEs will enable us to increase and enhance the effectiveness of our operational financial crime prevention and detection expertise and oversight, by consolidating and focusing the knowledge, capabilities, insight and experience of our people along with refined and improved processes, training and technologies.

We want to work with ambitious, energetic, service-focused people with experience of working in Financial Crime, who are dedicated to protecting our customers – and the wider global economy, while developing world-class anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) skills and capabilities.

The Financial Crimes Office for EMEA (FCOE) in London is part of the Global Financial Crimes Division 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. 

This is a key role in the CoE Technology team that provides technical systems support and advice to the SME in the business and liaises with the Systems functions in EMEA and manages a small team that delivers AML system stewardship and change management.




As a member of the CoE Technology team, provide the following services to the FCOE department:

  • Contribute to the testing and monitoring of the activities of the firm’s customers and transactions to help minimise the risk that the group is used for financial crime
  • Support the delivery of system enhancements and upgrade projects 
  • Support tuning of existing systems and reduction of false positives in EMEA Financial Crime.


This role’s stakeholders are EMEA Technology, EMEA Operations and the SME teams in Sanctions and AML as well as the teams in the CoE and GFCD in New York.  It also includes the Securities business.

Financial Crime Office of EMEA Technology Team Key Responsibilities

The purpose of the role will be to ensure that all AML transaction monitoring and case management systems across the region, and associated work processes are working correctly i.e. as expected and appropriately. Responsibilities include managing systems post implementation, testing and support for system implementations and upgrades, effectiveness testing, assurance reviews and responding to ad hoc issues.

Additional responsibilities include driving forward the Global Tuning Programme for EMEA for all AML monitoring systems in the region and responding to ad hoc requests as required.

This role is as much about hands on technology as it is about supporting the wider team in building trust with key AML stakeholders and fostering engagement in AML technology change projects. 

In addition to the duties described above, you will contribute to the work of the Financial Crime Office of EMEA in any other ways reasonably expected, including memberships of projects and working groups and assisting with other priorities in the department or group as a whole. 

Key Responsibilities:

You are primarily responsible for:

  • Validating the effectiveness and accuracy of all AML systems used to prevent financial crime across the region.
  • Stress testing systems to ensure their effectiveness (including strategic business changes and new products); testing AML systems to ensure that parameters are working as expected and are effective.
  • Coordinating testing and tuning of AML systems across the region to ensure consistency of system performance for all EMEA branches.
  • Reporting and presenting to management on identified  risks and industry trends for enhancement
  • Taking a lead role in upgrading key AML systems, including design and implementation of User Acceptance Testing
  • Ensuring regional compliance with governance requirements as stated in the Global Technology Standard.



  • Minimum 6 years relevant experience in a financial services firm.


Functional / Technical Competencies:


  • Strong understanding of AML technology.
  • Broad understanding of financial crime systems and in banking, and a general understanding of the concepts of risk management and control, including indicators and alert management.
  • Strong conceptual understanding of testing and validation
  • Good understanding of EMEA wide AML requirements, banking products and the UK regulatory environment and strong knowledge of IT and systems.
  • Strong experience, interacting with stakeholders at a senior level
  • Strong experience in project management
    Education / Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience


  • 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
  • A creative and innovative approach to work
  • 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 pressured environment
  • Strong numerical skills
  • 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