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AML/ CDD Specialist

Reference: 19342


Belfast, County Antrim


£40000 - £40000

Job Type


Date Posted

02 December, 2021

AML / CDD Specialist

Abacus Careers are pleased to be recruiting for an AML/ CDD Specialist on behalf of a global alternative investment firm for their Belfast office. This role has come around due to continued growth after the successful acquisition of several investment banking businesses across Europe.

You will be joining a company with low staff turnover, emphasis on personal development, and strong plans to continue being a leader in their industry. Unlike a lot of global firms, you won’t just be another number, you will be joining a company where your input is valued.

This is a senior role within the team so my client is looking for leading AML/ KYC/ CDD individuals who have experience of checking complex files, you will also have experience of communication with shareholders.

Benefits/ Salary

Attractive depending on experience, gym subsidy, private medical, pension, hybrid role for the foreseeable, realistic progression opportunities  

Key Duties

  • Oversight of the on-boarding and refresh process from end to end in relation to financial crime mitigation and control.
  • Reviewing and approving client account files at all risk levels prepared by other team members at both onboarding and refresh.
  • Identifying gaps in CDD file documentation and ensuring this is gathered.
  • Ensuring that each client file has an accurate risk ranking.
  • Ensuring that client file records are maintained accurately and completely.
  • Preparing Client Escalations Forms for high-risk clients.
  • Providing guidance to team members on completing the CDD process and the necessary information and documentation to obtain.
  • Managing relevant CDD registers including the counterparty database, the client parties database and the CDD refresh timetable.
  • Managing the CDD refresh process to ensure that files are reviewed on a timely basis.
  • Undertaking daily ongoing screening for adverse media, PEPs and sanctions.
  • Providing accurate and regular management information on CDD approvals and refresh.
  • Escalating concerns and suspicions arising during the course of the CDD process to the MLRO.
  • Undertaking certain financial crime monitoring and surveillance tasks as necessary.
  • Responsible for performing Communicate regularly with managers, salespeople, and other designated contacts within the organisation.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A relevant university degree in finance, economics, or related discipline, or recognised professional or equivalent qualification.
  • 3+ years’ experience in CDD processes and controls including review of accounts at all risk levels, for example, complex organisation structures, hedge funds, trusts, SPVs and partnership.
  • AML Trade Surveillance Experience
  • Working knowledge of:
  • Relevant UK legislation and regulations
  • BSA/AML Regulation, OFAC and USA Patriot Act of 2001;
  • CIP, KYC and client onboarding documentation.
    • Individual must be dependable, responsible, motivated and demonstrate the ability to be successful with minimal supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to succeed during challenging circumstances, including strict deadlines and technical issues and maintain composure under pressure.
    • Candidate must possess strong customer relationship skills.
    • Experience of communicating and providing key metrics to senior management.
    • Ability to update policies and procedures.
    • Must possess problem solving ability, strong computer and communication skills.

Next Steps:

Please contact Nicky Strutt at Abacus Careers for a further chat 

Next Steps:
Please submit your application or speak to a specialist consultant from the Abacus team on 0044 (0) 28 9031 3157 for a confidential discussion. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 4 business hours.
The team at Abacus manages a range of permanent and contract positions throughout Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. If you are experienced and/or professionally qualified we can support your job search.
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