Senior Exchange Controls Officer



Johannesburg, South Africa
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Company Description

Wise is a global technology company, building the best way to move and manage the world’s money. Min fees. Max ease. Full speed. Whether people and businesses are sending money to another country, spending abroad, or making and receiving international payments, Wise is on a mission to make their life easier and save them money. As part of our team, you will be helping us create an entirely new network for the world's money. For everyone, everywhere.

Job Description

As Wise continues to grow, we need to grow our finance and regulatory capabilities in South Africa and are looking for this role to:

  • Maintain and supervise all Exchange Control processes and practices to ensure the retention of Wise’s Authorised Dealer's License and to proactively identify and assist in the implementation of activities across the business to ensure effective Exchange Control compliance within the business, this includes:

  • Planning, co-coordinating and implementing Exchange Control strategy.

  • Managing the Exchange Control risks including identifying and mitigating Exchange Control regulatory risk issues as well as guiding the business and stakeholders on these matters..

  • Acting as an official point of contact on Exchange Control matters with the SARB Financial Surveillance Department attending to all inquiries.

  • Assisting the Reserve Bank in conducting audits and investigations for any non-compliance with their Rules and Regulation.

  • Providing Exchange Control training and awareness.

  • Planning, formulation and implementation of Exchange Control policies, framework, processes and procedures.

  • Supervising the effective day to day management over the reporting system and actioning of related reporting requirements.

  • Manage and report accurate regulatory returns to the local regulators.

  • Be the regional team’s (Expansion, Compliance, Product & People) main point of finance contact in ensuring that all new products, legislation etc are understood and finance is prepared for all changes, ensuring the customer product is understood and optimised for growth.

  • Work with finance teams (Finance Product team (software engineers) and Accounting to ensure systems, controls and processes are prepared for regional requirements, with clear definitions and change management.


A bit about you


  • Significant experience in interpreting and applying Exchange Control Rules and Regulations including reporting and related requirements.

  • Experience in a exchange controls role within a regulated environment, Fintech or Financial Services

  • Managed a complex stakeholder group internally and externally to the organisation

  • Communicated with internal or external stakeholders on a regular basis, submitting reports, clarifying requirements etc.

  • You are a self starter and can organise your own work (you’ll get a lot of support but soon you’ll be the expert here).

Type of person:

  • You have a passion for what we’re building at Wise and you will work on any financial requirements.

  • You are keen to roll up sleeves and get the job done, we all do our own Excel still

  • You are proactive and take the initiative to get things done.

  • You are humble, comfortable operating with a high level of uncertainty, can act independently, be decisive and take responsibility.

  • You are open to self-development, willing to gain experience, improve your skills and keen to learn new tricks.

  • You are detail oriented, with ability to deliver and communicate complex areas on time and succinctly.

  • You are able to work with multiple teams within and outside of finance as well as internationally on projects or ad hoc requests as required, with flexibility and a can do attitude.

  • You feel passionate using your skills and knowledge creating and improving the controls framework and internal processes.

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.

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