Compliance Officer - India



Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024

Company Description

Since 2011, Wise has had a clear mission: money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives, we’re the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders.

We’re just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until anyone, anywhere can send, spend and receive money wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Job Description

We’re looking for a Compliance Officer in India to strengthen our regional compliance team, which is in Mumbai, India.

You will work with a growing team of multidisciplinary specialists globally (Product, Treasury, Bank Product, Security, Financial Crime) to help build world-class products in India. You’ll also manage and strengthen the teams’ relationships with regulators and local authorities by being the Regulator’s point of contact, keeping everybody informed and protecting our most valuable asset – our customers.

Your mission:


  • Oversight of all regulatory developments in scope of Wise’s operations in India and work with internal teams for appropriate awareness of India regulatory framework requirements.
  • Build / Improve the Compliance Programme in line with our mission to be instant, convenient, transparent and eventually free.
  • Maintain our regulatory licence and applications in India, Regulatory liaison, reporting and filing,
  • Ensure appropriate training to the company senior management and the board of directors on the AML/CFT and other regulatory matters as applicable.
  • Setup and maintain Fincrime monthly review reports to ensure appropriate review of first line processes.
  • Own up Fincrime reporting processes and address regulatory queries and feedback and fin-crime escalations from Legal Enforcement Agencies in India..


  • Localising the compliance policies including AML policy and KYC/CDD guidelines and update as required pursuant to new developments in regulations.
  • Verify the existence of relevant controls related to the integrity and quality of the information transmitted to the FIU-India within the framework of the STR/SAR reports.
  • Report to the Board of Directors on the health of financial crime and regulatory compliance, and advise the board with any emerging issue within the compliance program.

Monitoring & Testing

  • Apply regular testing to assess money laundering and terrorist financing risk management and controls, as well as measures designed to reduce these risks.
  • Review & authorise relationships with high-risk customers as required.
  • Develop systems to track and monitor our regulatory and financial crime risks, compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Build trust with our regulator: manage and coordinate meaningful reporting internally and externally, respond to information requests, and proactively communicate product changes and notifiable events.

You shall act as an MLRO / P.O - FIU-India for the Wise entities in India and take up roles within the team on a regional level and contribute to the mission India and / or wider compliance global initiatives.

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Have a Global Impact. You'll be working with a global team, delivering regional changes that will drive a global impact for xMM of people around the world.
  • Work with a high level of autonomy. You'll join our autonomous team, take ownership on what you do and prioritising together what are the next steps you should focus to contribute to our Mission.
  • Get in action! You'll have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get real work done!
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of Wise’s business and the fintech world. Get to know many teams across the company as you liaise with them to help them understand the regulatory framework and bring together the information that our regulators need.
  • Help keep compliance right at the heart of our product developments and new initiatives by working with teams to educate on risk in your market.


A bit about you:

If you have a background in cross-border payments or other financial regulation regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), great communication and organisational skills, and tons of motivation, then this role could be perfect for you!

  • Theory. You are an expert in cross-border payments compliance and may have worked recently or is currently working directly with the Reserve Bank of India in various engagements.
  • Financial Crime (AML) and Regulatory Compliance knowledge. You have great knowledge and practice creating/implementing/improving compliance programmes including both, Financial Crime and Regulatory requirements, in a financial services company.
  • Practice. You have over 8 years demonstrable experience designing and challenging compliance related processes from 2nd Line of Defense, ideally across multiple products. You have thought deeply about the Wise mission and how it intersects with compliance.
  • Passion. You get a kick out of improving current practices and processes and can apply different compliance strategies to develop multiple compliance frameworks.
  • Get the job done. You have a sense of urgency and an ability to work well under pressure, prioritising, taking responsibility and working to tight deadlines.
  • Development. You’ve considered the challenges and development opportunities of working at a fast growing scale-up, is not afraid of being hands-on and are excited about working with FinTech or payments compliance.
  • Location and . Based out of Mumbai, must be willing to travel, subject to government regulations.

What we offer in return:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Generous Restrict Stock Units (RSU) from Wise (which is public in London Stock Exchange - LSE).
  • Paid Sabbatical: after 4 years at Wise, you’ll have the option to take a 6 weeks paid sabbatical and £1,000 financial support.
  • Yearly professional and development budget to invest in your career growth.
  • Flexible working hours and great work-life balance.
  • Numerous other great benefits in our Mumbai office

Additional Information

For everyone, everywhere. We're people building money without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We believe teams are strongest when they are diverse, equitable and inclusive.

We're proud to have a truly international team, and we celebrate our differences.
Inclusive teams help us live our values and make sure every Wiser feels respected, empowered to contribute towards our mission and able to progress in their careers.

If you want to find out more about what it's like to work at Wise visit Wise.Jobs.

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