Senior Compliance Associate, Ireland


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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 one of the world's largest, most successful bitcoin exchanges and we're growing faster than ever. Our range of successful products are playing an important role in the mainstream adoption of crypto assets.   We attract people who constantly push themselves to think differently and chart exciting new paths in a rapidly growing industry. 
We are looking for a Senior Compliance Associate to join our PIL (Payward Ireland Ltd.) Compliance team. In this role, you will be responsible for supporting the Head of Compliance for Payward Ireland Ltd. in ensuring strict compliance with applicable EU and domestic regulatory requirements and Entity Compliance policies and procedures.
You should be able to demonstrate ability to thoughtfully analyze policy matters and complex and nuanced topics. The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and should be able to clearly clarify how relevant EU /Domestic Regulations together with the company compliance policies apply, while helping to drive compliant solutions. 
This role is preferred based out of Dublin, but can be Remote for highly-qualified candidates.


  • Report to the Head of Compliance to implement Kraken’s compliance policies for Payward 
  • Ireland Ltd. 
  • Assist the Head of Compliance in executing the Compliance Plan for the entity
  • Assist in monitoring and testing processes
  • Represent the company as a professional AML/CTF compliance expert with all parties, internal and external
  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) and provide support for Client Engagement teams on Compliance related issues for the entity
  • Manage various inboxes and provide timely responses to all stakeholders
  • Ensure adequate and timely responses to all law enforcement inquiries
  • Ability to review, analyze, and document findings of transaction monitoring alerts
  • Consistently make appropriate decisions regarding potential OFAC matches with accurate documentation of analysis and escalation to appropriate parties when necessary
  • Perform due diligence/enhanced due diligence on customers, partners, vendors as required
  • Identify and develop workflow efficiencies
  • The right professional should have a good understanding of the following regulations/legislation/codes: European Union (Payment Services) Regulations 2018, (the PSR) The European Communities (Electronic Money) Regulations 2011 (as amended) (the EMR) - CJA (ML&TF) Act 2010 (as amended) and the Central Banks’ Consumer Code. 
  • Keep abreast and up to date on the latest trends and typologies in respect of Financial Crime matters - AML/CFT/Sanctions.
  • Be familiar with the process of on-site and thematic inspections conducted by CA’s ( i.e. CBI) 
  • Perform AML/CTF investigations as assigned
  • File Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) with FIU Ireland or equivalent authority as and when required


  • Three-year university degree or Industry Qualifications.
  • 5 plus years’ experience in a compliance role at a financial institution or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the EU/Domestic regulatory environment and specifically the Virtual Asset Activities Framework
  • CAMS certification preferred
  • Experience in the crypto asset space is preferred
  • Familiarity with anti-money laundering and know-your-customer best practices 
  • Impeccable communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to take ownership of work product and consistently deliver results
  • Adaptability to global business needs
  • Ability to work in a rapidly changing regulatory environment
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. 
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