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Head of Financial Crime - MLRO

  • Location: Ireland
  • Salary: €120,000 - €145,000+
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Job reference: NM/173630
  • Sector: Banking , Asset Management/Funds
Job Description

My client is a leading Global Asset Manager looking to hire a Head of Financial Crime - MLRO for their Dublin office. This is an exciting time to join a well-established and growing team.  My client is globally recognized for its employee retention and employee satisfaction. The culture is highly professional, people-focused and value-driven. You will be responsible for managing 1 other person in the team locally, but would make part of the wider EMEA - Financial Crime team. 

Role Requirements: 

  • As Head of Financial Crime - MLRO - you will work closely with the EMEA Head of Financial Crime to enhance the framework in relation to managing the risks of money laundering sanctions, fraud and bribery and corruption  in Ireland - including writing and maintaining country specific policies and procedures, and undertaking relevant risk assessments. 
  • Coordinate with the Global Risk leads as necessary on the compliance risk framework priorities and oversee required regulatory change management processes for Ireland. 
  • Oversee relevant audits, regulatory visits and examinations regarding the four risks in Ireland. 
  • Produce regular management information for both the EMEA Head of Financial Crime and Irish boards and committees, including structured quarterly reporting and appropriate annual reports on the risk management framework. 
  • Provide clear technical advice, guidance, and training on all four risk areas to relevant members of the business both in Ireland and where relevant beyond, including Senior Management and Board members. 
  • Establish a monitoring program, for all relevant business areas, to ensure continues review and monitoring of the financial crime risks associated with Transfer Agents, Fund Distribution Partners and other internal and external delegates, including those related to Alternative funds activities in Ireland. 
  • Prepare and present ad-hoc and regular reports to fund boards and Senior Management, as well as the EMEA and Global Head of Financial Crime, and other senior members of Legal and Compliance. 

The Ideal Candidate/Experience Required: 

  • Must have 10+ years of experience in Financial Crime Compliance Risk Management at other financial institutions or consulting firms. 
  • Experience working as a Financial Crime specialist and MLRO in an Asset Management firm is a strong advantage but not essential. 
  • Recent experience of being and MLRO for Irish Domiciled Funds and other registerable Irish entities is highly advantageous. 
  • Considerable knowledge of Financial Crime Regulations, financial services and regulatory trends that impact the Asset Management Industry, its products and/or its underlying institutional and corporate client base. 
  • The successful candidate should be experience in policy and procedure writing and be confident in performing risk assessments and creating a monitoring program. 
  • A strong understanding of the requirements of an Ireland AML program and EU regulatory requirements, and the role of transfer agents, distributors and other third parties is necessary. 
  • Strong knowledge of AML/CTF and Sanctions; an understanding of Fraud, and Anti-Bribery and Corruption is a plus. 
  • Proven ability to enhance and manage a compliance program. 
  • Experience managing or participating in supervisory exams would be an advantage. 
  • Have a proactive approach to business issues, identifying areas of improvement and enhancement including the automation of processes.
  • Please note* Essential that candidates have local demonstrated knowledge of Irish Regulatory Requirements. 


This role offers: 

  • Seniority and visibility; this role will give the successful candidate the opportunity to shape the role according to the needs of the compliance framework, supporting a dynamic and growing global business. 
  • The Head of Financial Crime - MLRO will have the chance to collaborate with operations across Europe, and be part of the EMEA Financial Crime team. 
  • This role will have significant interaction with senior Business, Compliance and Legal stakeholders. 
  • Competitive Base salary and Benefits are on offer. 
  • Open-minded approach to flexible working - my client will be adoption a hybrid model, combined with some days in the office and others at home. 

Next Steps: 

If you would like to set up a confidential call to discuss this exciting and unique opportunity - please email me your CV to 

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