Sanctions Officer



Tokyo, Japan
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Job Description

Wise has already pioneered new ways for people to transfer money across borders and currencies. Our customers can also manage their hard-earned money with the world’s first platform to offer true multi-currency banking.

The Sanctions Investigations and Reporting team serves as the sanctions subject matter experts responsible for reviewing and investigating all potential violations of Japan, OFAC, E.U., UK and other sanctions programs processed through Wise. This includes: reviewing and giving final approval regarding escalated alerts on transactions and matches to Botsui, MOF, and METI, as well as, OFAC, E.U., UK and any other applicable lists and programs; reviewing and approving licensed transactions; reporting blocked property and rejected transactions to the respective regulatory agencies; investigation into potential circumvention attempts; advising teams on sanctions related issues and sanctions incidents; and coordinating with the Team Lead on ad-hoc sanctions projects, as appropriate.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Investigate and provide final decisioning on escalated sanctions cases for Level 3 review

  • Use investigative tools and web research to analyze vessel movements, beneficial ownership, and potential sanctions links to discount or identify potential sanctions concerns.

  • Prepare and review draft sanction fillings to Japan regulators. Additionally, file block and reject reports with HM Treasury, OFAC, EU and other jurisdictional regulatory agencies.

  • Report potential matches in person to the Japanese Boutsui center

  • Provide advice and subject matter expertise on sanctions related issues, acting as a point of escalation for teams within Wise

  • Help to facilitate governance over sanctions lists/screening framework

  • Identify sanctions compliance issues/concerns and make suggestions and/or take corrective action to implement solutions to improve controls/operations.

  • Assist in the review of sanctions related regulatory examination and internal audit deliverables.

  • Assist in the provision of sanctions related training for employees as needed.

  • Assist with drafting sanctions procedures

  • Support and provide guidance to the Japan sanctions analysts.


  • Minimum 2 years of sanctions experience

  • Proficient in reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.

  • Strong knowledge of Japan Sanction regulations (Foreign Exchange & Foreign Trade Act, Act on Prevention of Transfer of Criminal Proceeds, AML/CFT Guideline)

  • Knowledge of OFAC, UK and EU sanctions regulations.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple deliverables and a range of sanctions risk management responsibilities.

  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent research and analytical skills.

  • Conduct legal and investigative research utilizing open-source research systems.

  • An understanding of SWIFT payments, trade finance and cross border payments

  • Proven track record of taking ownership and responsibilities as well as being a great team-player

  • High ethical standards, respect for confidentiality and privacy.

  • You are able to persevere in a fast paced environment

What do we offer:

Key benefits:

  • Flexible working - whether it’s working from home, school plays or life admin we get that flexibility is essential and you’re trusted to do the right thing and be responsible

  • Paid annual holiday, sick days, parental leave and other leave opportunities

  • 6 weeks of paid sabbatical after 4 years at Wise on top of annual leave

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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