Head of Compliance



Brussels, Belgium
Posted on Friday, May 31, 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.

More about our mission.

Job Description

Since 2011, we’ve 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.

We’re looking for a Head of Compliance in Belgium to help build world class products in the EEA. Wise Europe is licensed as a payment institution in Belgium and passported throughout the EEA. You’ll help manage and strengthen the team’s relationships with regulators by having a clear overview of our regulatory requirements and how we meet them through our products, processes and controls. You’ll have ultimate responsibility for maintaining our Belgian regulatory authorisations and ensuring that these remain appropriate for our product offerings and features.

Your mission:

  • As Senior officer responsible for AML/CTF and effective leader responsible for compliance of Wise Europe, be accountable, for the build and execution of an effective and scalable Compliance oversight programme for Wise Europe.

  • Lead and inspire a team of Compliance professionals that oversees both regulatory and financial crime compliance.

  • Build trust with our regulators: as a senior leader you are responsible for overseeing the relationship with our regulator in Belgium and working with your team to develop an effective regulatory engagement plan that considers both the routine as well as the proactive engagement strategy that you design.

  • Comfortably engage in the details of projects and be able to provide technical compliance support across your immediate team and the region, being able to step in and do the job if needed.

  • Manage the relationship with Wise Europe’s Board with regards to Compliance matters, by being able to speak to the detail of projects and cases.

  • Collaborate with our Internal Audit function, to ensure that our assurance processes are aligned and appropriate.

  • Own, maintain and update existing Belgium compliance frameworks, policies and documentation and build these out to support new products or existing product feature changes

  • Monitor our regulatory and financial crime risk, and be able to develop response plans where needed.

  • Build out and strengthen our existing control framework through implementing clear and auditable processes that are consistent with regional requirements.

  • Take on and own new challenges that arise in any area of the compliance programme on a project basis. Take a problem-solving approach, whether designing a new process to be implemented or driving an effort for multiple teams to work together to meet new regulatory requirements.

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of Wise’s business and 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 by managing our compliance obligations wise the NBB, managing regulatory change, driving second line monitoring and oversight, and providing assurance to Group SLT, Wise Europe Board and Group Board; but also by ensuring new initiatives are compliantly launched. .

A bit about you:

Our ideal candidate will have a background in managing compliance with financial regulation, great communication and organisational skills, tons of motivation and positivity. More specifically, we’re looking for someone who can demonstrate they have these attributes:

  • Theory. You are an expert in regulatory and fincrime compliance (or both) having a background in Financial Regulation and a thorough knowledge of regulations in Belgium.

  • Practice. You have worked in a Financial Regulation advisory role or in a Compliance team and have dealt with regulators on a regular basis. You have demonstrable experience designing and challenging processes, ideally across multiple products. You have experience in dealing with regulatory audits, FIU reporting, suspicious transaction monitoring etc. You understand how to build and maintain a good working relationship with regulators, policymakers etc.

  • Passion. You get a kick out of improving current practices and processes and have the drive to apply different compliance strategies to develop multiple compliance frameworks. You have thought deeply about the Wise mission and how it intersects with compliance.

  • Get the job done. You are a problem-solver. You have a sense of urgency and an ability to work well under pressure, prioritising, taking responsibility and working to tight deadlines.

  • Communication. You’re a strong relationship builder across all levels of the business and externally. You lead by example and can demonstrate the Wise values in all your actions.

  • Development. You’ve considered the challenges and development opportunities of working at a fast growing scale-up and are looking to get into FinTech or payments compliance.

What we offer in return:

  • Competitive base salary - 11,000-13,200 EUR Monthly

  • Generous stock options package

We’re people without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We want to work with the best people, no matter their background. So if you’re passionate about learning new things and keen to join our mission, you’ll fit right in.

Also, where and what you studied isn't important to us. If you’ve got great experience, the right skills for the role and you’re great at articulating your thinking, we’d like to hear from you.

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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