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Jobs in City of London

Jobs in City of London


MLRO​

As mentioned in our article "5 Essential Points for Hiring a MLRO", the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MRLO) was always an important role, but has gained even more significance recently. The number and size of fines for anti-money laundering (AML) and financial crime compliance (FCC) breaches is increasing, and money launderers and criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to ramp up attacks on firms.


The MLRO is a senior figure who will represent your firm. This requires the FCA's 'fit and proper person' approval: CF11 under the outgoing regime, SMF17 under SMCR. This means that a good MLRO must behave in a way that is appropriate to their position.


Purpose of the role

The main focus of the MLRO role usually is to establish and effective compliance culture within a firm for fighting against money laundering, terrorist financial, and other forms of financial crime. Because of the role's high importance, a MLRO must build strong relationships with key stakeholders, senior management and a company's board to ensure they are fully aware of all anti-money laundering matters.

Key Requirements

  • The MLRO's knowledge must include the technical side of reporting and record-keeping requirements like Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) suspicious transaction and order reports (STORs) and National Crime Agency suspicious activity reports (SARs).

  • A new MLRO needs sufficient experience to overhaul protocols and procedures to reduce the risk of breaches and avoid fines.

  • They must also know how to manage a team. That includes knowing how to delegate and how to develop talented subordinates.

  • Money launderers are always seeking new channels to exploit. An MLRO must not just know launderers’ latest methods, but have a keen sense of what might be a new ruse. That said, they must be pragmatic and keep a sense of proportion. They should not immediately ‘red flag’ every little thing.

Usual Responsibilities

  • Comply at all times with the Statements and Code of Practice for Approved Persons

  • Implement Anti-Money Laundering and counter-terrorist financing policies aligned with evolving regulatory obligations

  • Oversee all aspects of Financial Crime related regulation, policies, procedures and controls

  • Daily management of all financial crime prevention efforts. This implies providing updates, escalating issues and highlighting areas of interest to key stakeholders

  • Establish and maintain appropriate risk-based monitoring processes

  • Oversight of AML/KYC and CDD policies and procedures . Review client files to assess whether they are in line with regulatory requirements

  • Provide support, guidance and training for team members to enhance their knowledge financial crime related matters

  • Manage and mentor AML teams

  • Keep up to date with statutory and regulatory developments in AML.

  • Take charge of anti-money laundering training to ensure everyone in the firm receives appropriate training which meets regulatory requirements

City of London

​London has been known as one of the world’s foremost financial hubs. London’s largest industry is finance, and the city contributes to about a quarter of the UK’s GDP.

People come from all over the world to do business in London. But London isn’t all business. It has a vibrant music scene, art scene and nightlife. It’s also a global centre for tertiary education. If you are a food lover, you’ll be pleased to know that London has a diverse and exciting food scene, from street markets to Michelin-starred restaurants.

If you prefer to see the sights, go and see Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the British Museum, the West End, Tower Bridge, the Tate Modern, Big Ben, the London Eye or The National History Museum.

Getting around

The city of London is known for its extensive public transport system, which includes buses, trains, the famous tube, the overground, DLR, and so on. Getting around the city is incredibly easy, especially when equipped with the right Transport apps, such as Google Maps or Citymapper. Financial services firms are typically located in the heart of London, mostly in two neighbourhoods: Canary Wharf and “The City”, at Bank Station. No matter where you are based in the city or in its outskirts, getting to work