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Compliance Advisor peer review, (international) governance and oversight in Amsterdam

At a... As Compliance Officer focusing on peer review, (international) governance and oversight, you are a keystone in securing effectiveness of the Compliance Function. You design and enhance the global peer review...


At a glance

As Compliance Officer focusing on peer review, (international) governance and oversight, you are a keystone in securing effectiveness of the Compliance Function. You design and enhance the global peer review programme and coordinate its implementation. You ensure a consistent Compliance governance and oversight in all parts of the Compliance organisation across the globe. Together with experienced peers in Compliance you identify areas for continuous improvement for the Compliance Function and ensure that these are followed-up. This brings a standardized way of working across the Compliance network, that meets internal and external standards and benefits from best practices.

You will work with a variety of experts in Compliance across the globe and you are part of the Compliance Operating Office. This gives you an excellent opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and expertise on all aspects of the Compliance Function and to contribute to change up close. Do you want to be part of this challenging environment? Tell us your story.

Your job

Compliance aims to protect the bank, its clients and its employees against compliance risks. This entails the risk of failure to comply with laws, regulations and self-regulatory standards, code of conduct or generally accepted market standards; the risk of financial and reputational damage arising from (financial) crime and misconduct and/or illegal behaviour of clients, the bank and/or her employees. Effective management of compliance risks is an interplay between culture, compliance program pillars and Compliance Function.

Your work is an essential building block for securing the effectiveness of the Compliance Function. Your primary responsibilities are to support the MT Compliance with quality assurance on Compliance Function effectiveness via the peer review programme, and with the Function’s governance and oversight. More specifically this involves:

  • Quality Assurance Peer Reviews
    Design, develop and coordinate execution by peer colleagues of an advanced quality assurance program for the Compliance Function to ensure a globally uniform, coherent design of the key building blocks of the Compliance Programme and consistent, high quality global implementation and execution thereof.
    Contribute to the execution of the Risk Self Assessment (RSA) for the Compliance Function.
    Advice team leads on follow-up of identified team specific or overall improvement areas. Guides (local) support from centrally available project and change management capacity
  • Governance and oversight 
    Contribute to the design and implementation of a robust (international and subsidiary) governance and oversight on the Compliance Function.
Your working environment

An effective compliance culture, programme and Compliance Function are essential for ABN AMRO’s license to operate. The Compliance Operating Office (COO) is accountable for the development and overall management of an operationally effective, high-quality Compliance Function and programme, and is the backbone of the function. The COO enforces universal, coherent global standards and processes for all distinguished building blocks of the Compliance Programme (such as policies, advisory, monitoring, reporting and annual planning, quality assurance), and has centralised global oversight on consistent, high quality execution thereof. The COO ensures the Compliance Programme is aligned with the bank’s 2nd Line of Defence risk framework, and actively engages with key stakeholders in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd LoD, as well as with external stakeholders including regulators.
The COO will have the task to bring the function to the next maturity level and ensure that the constantly evolving Compliance Function continues to keep up with regulatory expectations and emerging risks. The COO manages the change delivery with respect to the Compliance function.

Compliance is a global integrated function and maintains oversight of all countries in which ABN AMRO operates, including all subsidiaries (national and international). It has about 350 staff members across the globe.
The COO has three teams: Compliance Risk Management, Regulatory Oversight & Policies, and Planning, Oversight & MI. As Compliance Officer responsible for Compliance peer review, international governance and oversight you will be part of the team ‘Compliance Planning, Oversight & MI’ in the COO. This team has about 25 staff members. Three (senior) staff members will be dedicated to Compliance peer review, international governance and oversight. You will report directly to the Head Compliance Planning, Oversight & MI.

Due to the broad nature of your work and the close cooperation with Compliance’s senior management and colleagues across the globe, there is every opportunity to follow a steep learning curve with respect to understanding Compliance roles and responsibilities and operationalising the Compliance Function.

Your profile

As Compliance Officer responsible for the Compliance Function’s peer review, governance and oversight, you are at the centre of ensuring effective compliance. This requires that:

  • you have extensive knowledge of Compliance as a function and the aspects of an effective Compliance Function, Programme and governance
  • you have experience as Business Compliance Officer and, preferably with operating in an international context
  • you have good knowledge of regulatory requirements regarding the Compliance Function
  • you have an eye for detail and you are able to also take an helicopter view
  • you are able to translate and put theory into practice
  • you can work independently and organise your own work, and seek guidance and alignment where needed
  • you are an energetic, pro-active person and you can get things done from peers
  • you are constructive critical and collaborative in your professional interaction
  • you have knowledge of ABN AMRO's purpose, culture principles and strategy, and of the bank’s organisation and three lines of defence governance
  • you have at least six years of work experience, including three years within a financial institution and at least two years in Compliance
  • you have an academic work and thinking level
  • you are proficient in English and Dutch, both verbally and in writing
What we offer

You will have the opportunity to contribute to building effective compliance in ABN AMRO. You can broaden and deepen your knowledge on all key building blocks of the Compliance Function and you will build an extensive network of stakeholders in Compliance across the globe. This position is at function level 11 (Dutch CLA). After this position, there will be various career opportunities in Compliance as well as other parts of the bank. All this depends on your ambitions, interests, experience and what you manage to make of this role.

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