Compliance Officer, UK

London

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 2,400+ 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
This role is based in London. As the designated Compliance Officer, you will have responsibility for the regulatory compliance of Kraken with all applicable requirements under UK law. You will serve a lead role in a cross-functional team that ensures Kraken remains at all times in good regulatory standing in the UK.The ideal candidate should have experience working in a fintech or exchange trading environment, with a deep understanding of requirements applicable to Kraken’s activity under the Payment Services Regulations, Electronic Money Regulations, and AML/CTF regulations relevant to crypto asset activities in the UK.
This role is based in the United Kingdom.

Responsibilities

  • Act as a day-to-day contact for regulatory compliance matters for relevant UK operations.
  • Be responsible for the ongoing compliance of the firm with all applicable regulatory requirements 
  • Work closely with Kraken’s UK Executive Leadership to ensure operational compliance requirements across the region are implemented.
  • Provide compliance expertise to Kraken’s UK Executive Leadership in relation to operational risks (including technology security risk, operational resilience and business continuity), conduct risks and prudential risks in order to build an effective compliance risk monitoring programme.
  • Monitor internal and external business, regulatory and technology environments to identify new or emerging compliance risks and verify remediation of issues as applicable.
  • Be responsible for the submission or, in some instances, the oversight of any relevant compliance regulatory reports, STRs/SARs, and other filings to be submitted to relevant regulatory authorities.
  • Develop and oversee the Compliance Monitoring Programme, and maintain compliance policies and procedures.
  • Assess and oversee the implementation of new regulatory compliance requirements as they arise, assist with regulatory horizon scanning, and advise executive management accordingly.
  • Coordinate and liaise with Kraken Global Compliance to ensure alignment between global, regional and local compliance policies, procedures, and operations.
  • Support regional product development by advising on the compliance impact and requirements associated with localised product launches.. 
  • Support regional marketing and brand development efforts by advising on the compliance impact and requirements associated with business and brand development, and advertising under applicable UK regulations. 
  • Build and manage a local compliance operations function as required to support operations under future regulatory registrations or licenses. 

Requirements

  • J.D., L.L.M. or other advanced degree is preferred.
  • ​​Advanced professional certifications such as "CAMS", "CFE", etc. are preferred.
  • Demonstrable prior experience in relation to the regulation of crypto asset services in the UK.
  • 8+ years in a previous regulatory or compliance position at a fintech or financial firm, or regulatory institution.
  • Eligibility to be accepted for any necessary approvals under the FCA ‘Approved Persons’ regime for the relevant UK entities in scope, as applicable.
  • Previous experience in filing regulatory reports and providing compliance oversight.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the UK crypto asset regulatory environment, developments, and relevant registration and licensing requirements for crypto and adjacent financial services.
  • Familiarity with anti-money laundering and know-your-customer best practices within UK regulations.
  • Experience developing policies and procedures that ensure hyper-growth innovation is advanced compliantly.
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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