This role will require the individual to be able to operate across a broad range of financial crime risks, including anti-money laundering, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, and anti-fraud.
The role of APAC regional head for the Financial Crime team will involve working closely with all of the firm's businesses and compliance generalists in each of the countries in which the firm has a significant presence in the Asia-Pacific region (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan).
The regional head will report into the Global Head of Financial Crime and the Regional Head of APAC Compliance and will be responsible for delivering, for the region, a financial crime strategy and framework in relation to all four financial crime risks articulated above, which is consistent with the global framework. Additionally, this role will need to coordinate with the global leads of each financial crime risk to implement specific strategies in the APAC region.
This role will provide an opportunity for the candidate to enhance the region’s global financial crime framework. Although the role is based in Hong Kong, the remit is regional and therefore the successful candidate would have to be prepared to travel across the region when the need arises in order to fulfil his or her responsibilities.
Work closely with the Global Head of Financial Crime and the APAC Head of Compliance and the relevant risk leads to enhance the global financial crime framework while representing the many complex jurisdictions in APAC.
Enhance all aspects of the framework including policy and procedure development, monitoring and testing platforms, training development and delivery, risk assessments and metrics reporting. Implement new or enhanced controls across multiple jurisdictions through effective and efficient communication.
Act as the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) in Hong Kong and be the responsible party for regulators on money laundering matters.
Provide clear technical advice, guidance and training on all four risk areas to members of the business while remaining commercially reasonable.
Design, develop and execute on a regional strategy for the Regional Head of Compliance in relation to financial crime matters and as part of the senior leadership team.
Prepare and present ad-hoc and regular reports for the Global Head of Financial Crime and the Regional Head of Compliance and, where required, governing boards and senior management. Form and maintain strong relationships with senior business stakeholders in the region. Experience, Skills & Knowledge Required:
Experience advising or working in an in-house compliance function with a focus on building proactive financial crime frameworks.
Experience investigating fraud, bribery and corruption across a number of processes and locations globally and managing these risks proactively, either as an employee at another firm or on behalf of a consultancy firm.
Experience implementing a consistent financial crime framework across different countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Experience working with asset management firms would be an advantage, but not essential. Proven track record of excellent communication and business partnership skills with senior and executive management.
Fluent written and spoken English. Mandarin or Cantonese language skills preferred. Language skills in one or more of the key Asia Pac markets advantageous.
Qualification in Law, Accounting, Commerce/Business or related discipline; recognised professional qualifications such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Association of Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) preferred.