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Financial Crime Intelligence Unit Manager

Apply now Job no: 067689
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: England - Newcastle, Scotland - Glasgow City Centre, Remote - work from anywhere within the UK
Categories: Risk&Audit

Business Unit:  Group Risk
Salary: Up to CIRCA - £68,500 DOE
Contract Type: Permanent

Join Virgin Money as we transform 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 and turn traditional banking on its head. We’re on the lookout for like-minded individuals and innovators to help drive our strategy forward. We’re also transforming how we work, offering our colleagues more choice, control and flexibility to live and work how they choose with A Life More Virgin.

Here’s what it means for YOU:

  • 38.5 days annual leave for all colleagues (including bank holidays and pro rata if part-time)​
  • Five extra paid well-being days per year​
  • A 35-hour working week
  • 20 weeks paid, gender neutral family leave (52 weeks in total) for expectant parents and those looking to adopt
  • Market leading Pension & Private Medical Insurance
  • Flexible benefits including Cycle to Work, Wellness & Health Assessments and Critical Illness
  • Ability to work anywhere in the UK​ (where the role allows)

And you get these Red-Hot Rewards from day one!

As the manager within our brand-new Financial Crime Intelligence Unit, you’ll be a key member of the Financial Crime leadership team who will develop and maintain the Group’s Financial Crime industry intelligence and threat management framework.   This is an exciting role to help shape VMUK’s approach, presenting an opportunity to innovate to exploit internal and external intelligence to help mitigate the financial crime and fraud threat.   

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Develop the Financial Crime Intelligence strategy including a roadmap on how it will support and interact with business and functions across the Group.  
  • Identify the tools, data and environments required to develop an effective FIU function proportionate to VMUK.
  • Proactive threat detection, including use of contextual and network analytics.
  • Analysis and interpretation of internal intelligence including that generated from SARs and production orders to inform developments in systems and processes
  • Leveraging external intelligence from law enforcement, industry groups, publicly sourced intelligence to understand and support mitigation for exposure by VMUK
  • Participation in Public/ Private law enforcement initiatives and developing our proactive engagement around threat identification
  • Support the annual and periodic risk assessment process including the identification and evaluation of risks through quantitative analytics

To be brilliant you must have….

  • Practical experience  in a similar Financial Crime Intelligence unit covering AML, Sanctions and Fraud
  • Working knowledge of the financial crime and fraud risks and threats landscape
  • An established Financial Crime and Fraud industry contact network
  • Track record of internal and external stakeholder management e.g. Industry, Regulators, Government, Suppliers etc..
  • Practical and evidential experience of using SAS / SQL or equivalent analytical tools to develop data driven solutions.  The manager will be supported by technical resource for analytics.  
  • Previous leadership role with people management responsibilities

We’d love you to have….

  • Holder of relevant professional and/or financial services qualification e.g. Chartered Banker or Diploma/Advanced Certificate in AML or equivalent financial crime prevention qualification.
  • Knowledge of Financial Crime policy & procedures.

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!

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 careers team at

Now the legal bit…
Living A Life More Virgin allows our colleagues to be based anywhere in the UK (if the role allows it) but we will need to you to confirm you have the Right to Work in the UK.

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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