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Financial Crime Systems Manager

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Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: England - Newcastle, England - Leeds, Scotland - Glasgow City Centre, UK
Categories: Compliance - Group Risk

Business Unit: Group Risk
Salary: £51,500 - circa £75,000 depending on experience
Location: UK based
Contract Type: Permanent

It’s an exciting time to be joining Risk as we’re growing, and transforming our team into one that is ready to meet the challenges of the future, setting us up to support our ambition to disrupt the status quo. What this means is ensuring we have the right skills, capability and capacity within Risk to manage the growth and digital ambitions expected of a Tier 1 bank and we’re on the lookout for like-minded individuals and innovators to help drive our strategy forward!

As Financial Crime Systems Manager you’ll be responsible for leading the optimisation of the performance of our Financial Crime systems. This will be achieved through configuration, tuning and performance monitoring and will ensure that effective assurance controls and governance are in place to strengthen our financial crime controls through the application of data analytics.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
• Design and implement solutions to meet current and emerging threats within the AML and Sanctions arena.
• Alignment of system settings to meet the Bank’s risk appetite.
• Manage data analytics environment and conduct data analytics to continually strengthen the financial crime control framework, proactively monitoring for changes in the operating environment.
• Work with our business stakeholders to ensure that business requirements are understood and defining how requirements can be met by system solutions.
• Conduct complex data analytics and produce informative and well-presented MI to identify new and emerging threats which will drive the Financial Crime agenda.
• Establish, execute and monitor assurance controls to ensure that the systems perform as expected and meet regulatory requirements.
• Own and actively manage the rules, configuration settings and watchlists to continually optimise the performance of the systems.
• Resolve system issues, through reporting and make recommendations for efficient resolution.
• Support in the design, development and execution of test plans for proposed system changes.
• Lead stakeholder on projects / change initiatives that impact the Financial Crime systems.
• Control and maintenance of the user administration functionality within the Financial Crime systems.
• Drive resource recommendations across the Financial Crime Systems team to support the strategy whilst achieving a cost/benefit balance.

To be brilliant you must have:
• Experience of working in an analytical role managing and analysing large quantities of complex data.
• Experience of managing financial crime defence systems across customer and payment screening, transaction monitoring and automated customer risk assessments.
• Proven and evidential statistical modelling/analytical techniques to drive risk strategy.
• Proven ability to analyse business issues through data and process analysis, identify root cause and implement appropriate solutions to address.
• Ability to influence and gain commitment from senior management and stakeholders across the business.
• SQL enhanced knowledge and practical experience.
• Strong facilitation, oral and written communication skills.

We’d love you to have…but not essential:
• Knowledge of Microsoft / NetReveal / Actimize Financial Crime systems.
• A numerical degree.
• A working knowledge of financial institutions, money laundering detection systems and techniques, ideally with experience of working in a retail bank.

We really need you to have the skills and experience listed in the “To be brilliant” section above, but the rest is just our wish list, so please don’t let that put you off applying, we’d love to hear from you!

RED HOT Rewards
• A generous holiday package and the option to buy more!
• Private Medical Insurance - with the option to extend to family members.
• Pension! A market leading pension – we’ll top up your contributions too.
• Flexible benefits – customise your rewards to work for you!

Inclusion at Virgin Money
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our friendly team at or

Point to note…
At the minute, depending on which team you are joining, lots of us are working from home. This is something that may change over time, and if so, we will come together in one of our hub locations, giving you the chance to meet your new colleagues in person. We will of course, make sure you have the IT equipment to access our systems and to interact digitally with your new team and colleagues, but we thought it best to let you know this in advance, so you can make sure you are set up to work safely and productively. If you have any questions on this let us know!

Now the legal bit…
If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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