Managing Director, Europe Crypto Operations (CEO)

Dublin

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About Kraken
Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency so that you and the rest of the world can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. In our first decade, Kraken has risen to become one of the largest, most successful and respected crypto exchanges on the planet. 
We are changing the way the world thinks about finance and our range of successful products are playing a critical role in the mainstream adoption of crypto assets. We continue to trail-blaze into new territory with the introduction of Kraken Bank, providing a more seamless integration between crypto and the traditional financial system. This makes us the first crypto company (ever) to be awarded a U.S. state banking charter. 
Our diverse group of 2,000+ Krakenites are distributed all over the world as part of our 'remote first' culture, united by a shared passion for delighting customers, upholding crypto values and achieving our meaningful mission. We attract people who push themselves to improve, are radically transparent and think differently in order to unlock their potential. 
Crypto is a rapidly evolving industry and we’re just getting started. We’re growing fast and you're invited to join the revolution!
About the Role
Kraken is a market leader in one of the most innovative and fast growing industries in Europe. We are expanding and innovating throughout all aspects of the company to support this rapid growth, and to ensure that we can effectively execute on our highly ambitious short-, medium- and long-term plans for regional product and market growth.
As the CEO of Europe Crypto Operations, you will report to Kraken’s Managing Director, EMEA and be responsible for overseeing licensed and regulated operating infrastructure that advances the expansion of Kraken’s many product offerings in the EU and greater Europe. You will serve a critical role on a team that is key to Kraken’s regional vision. You will be expected to operate effectively in a highly cross-functional context, working directly with Kraken executive leaders and global function heads. You will have a unique opportunity to drive initiatives that directly impact the company’s bottom line, helping the organization maintain hyper-growth in this incredibly exciting, innovative and expanding industry.
This role is local to Dublin, Ireland.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the profit & loss (“P&L”) of a regulated financial services entity and its operations.
  • Develop and implement Europe product and market strategies in concert with Kraken executive leadership.
  • Maintain and execute a regional business plan to maximise market share, client growth, product opportunities, and profitability. 
  • Build and manage a standalone operations team in conformity with all regulatory requirements, including compliance, finance, security/IT, and other operations functions.
  • Guide a regulated financial services business in preparing and completing regulatory examinations and audits.
  • Lead engagement with regional governments and regulators.
  • Drive relationships with regional financial institution partners, including domestic and international banks.

Requirements

  • Eligible to hold Pre-Approval Controlled Function roles (e.g., PCF-1, PCF-8) with the Central Bank of Ireland.
  • 14+ years of experience in general management and/or operations.
  • Strong, demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, crypto assets and blockchain technologies.
  • Proven experience in P&L management, either as CEO, COO, or head of a business unit, leading teams and businesses at scale.
  • Experience in operating a licensed financial service in a relevant industry; e.g., crypto/blockchain, fintech, financial services, or brokerage/exchange.
  • Prior experience owning relationships with financial regulators on behalf of commercial entities.
  • Qualified to serve on the boards of directors of Kraken regional subsidiaries, being in good standing with respective regulators and industry bodies.
  • Expertise in financial products and regulatory compliance, including AML, e-money, capital markets, and crypto regimes. 
  • Strong command of financial statements and fiduciary duties.
  • Analytical expertise and data-driven decisioning skills, mastery of financial models, projections, etc.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills; public relations experience preferred.

Preferred Expertise

  • Technical background in, or knowledge of, software/internet products & services, particularly in a product development context.
  • Post-merger integration (PMI) change management; EU-specific experience preferred.
We’re powered by people from around the world with their own unique and diverse experiences. We value all Krakenites and their talents, contributions, and perspectives, regardless of their background. 
As an equal opportunity employer we don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Whether that’s based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws. 
Check out all our open roles at https://www.kraken.com/careers.  
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