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MUFG Assistant Vice President, Sanctions Programs in London, United Kingdom

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The Financial Crimes Office for EMEA (FCOE) in London is part of the Global Financial Crimes Division (GFCD) headquartered in New York. It works to ensure that our organisation conducts its business such that we protect our reputation, our business, and our clients within the regulatory and legal framework. It is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of effective systems and controls to protect clients’ assets and to mitigate the risk that MUFG might be used to further financial crime.


Up to 3-5 (Contingent workers)


  • The Sanctions Program Team is responsible for the effective running of the Sanctions Program across all jurisdictions within EMEA.

  • This includes driving the implementation of MUFG Bank’s financial crimes risk appetite, policies and standards through working with Transformation and Technology partners, Country Compliance teams, Operations and Business stakeholders.

  • The role holder will:

  • Oversee contingent work force utilized to manage adhoc spikes of alerts. This will include day to day operationalization and quality control of the team and workload management.

  • Undertake detailed data analysis, including the identification, collection and migration of data to and from a range of systems.

  • Apply tools and techniques for data analysis and data visualisation (including use of business information tools) primarily through Microsoft Excel.

  • Summarise and present data and conclusions in the most appropriate format for users and make recommendations on the basis of analysis.

  • Be responsible for ‘Spike Analytics’ utilizing core banking systems and excel to identify data trends and enable the bulk closure of associated alerts

  • Provide support and logistical management to enable Sanctions Programs to deliver its book of work efficiently and effectively across the EMEA region with specific responsibility for the management of Sanctions-related projects.

  • Support the Spike team in the investigation and escalation of sanctions alerts as may be required

  • Drafting and writing reports, presentations, proposals and risk assessments to support the Sanctions Program. This will require a comprehensive understanding of Sanctions Risk and the ability to tailor materials and messages to relevant audiences. Including presenting to an EMEA wide Sanctions forum as well as senior Compliance stakeholders.

  • Support the Sanctions Program to drive compliance with MUFG’s global policies


  • Ongoing people management, coaching and development of direct report(s), including fulfilling recruitment requirements, ensuring the team have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

  • Provide SME input to key Sanctions-related projects to drive successful and timely completion of project deliverables.

  • Drafting and publishing reports, presentations, proposals, risk assessments and other materials required to support the integration of Global Policy, Standards, Procedures and operating manuals into BAU.

  • Data analysis and presentation

  • Stakeholder management

  • Input into the issue and incident management and support the provision and resolution of audit and testing, tracking issue owner’s progress and delivery.

  • Resolve issues identified via MUFG’s testing functions, audits, regulatory exams and quality assurance reviews.

  • Provide coverage to BAU List Management activities alongside the future implementation of new data lineage controls Review and assess New Product Approvals in the EMEA region from a sanctions risk perspective

  • Engage with senior stakeholders in the management of live incidents and emerging issues.

  • Contribute to the annual risk assessment process for Sanctions in EMEA.

  • Manage periodic regulatory reporting requirements.

  • Manage the functions SLA requirements ensuring the establishment of SLA’s where they are required to support processes and managing their annual review

  • The role will also provide transformation support for Sanctions related changes.



  • Proven experience in central compliance function, (Sanctions function preferred)

  • Experience with and strong knowledge of banking and associated systems and controls for financial crime

  • Proven experience of excel and data analytics

  • Fundamental experience of report writing experience



  • MS Office skills

  • Proficient user of excel

  • Skilled report writer

  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail

  • A good understanding of Banking and Investment products

  • Broad understanding of financial crime risk (Sanctions, AML and ABC)

  • A good understanding of the concepts of risk management and control

  • Manages priorities effectively and delivers efficiently

  • Proactively identifies and communicates improvements to process

Specific to role

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong financial sanctions knowledge in particular OFAC and EU regulations

  • Strong understanding of sanctions systems and controls

  • Strong relationship building and management skills

Education / Qualifications:


  • Degree

  • Relevant Qualification


  • Excellent communication skills

  • Results driven, with a strong sense of accountability

  • A proactive, motivated approach.

  • The ability to operate with urgency and prioritise work accordingly

  • Strong decision making skills, the ability to demonstrate sound judgement

  • A structured and logical approach to work

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • The ability to manage large workloads and tight deadlines

  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy

  • A calm approach, with the ability to perform well in a pressurised environment

We are open to considering flexible working requests in line with organisational requirements.

MUFG is committed to embracing diversity and building an inclusive culture where all employees are valued, respected and their opinions count. We support the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in recruitment and employment, and oppose all forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, race, gender reassignment, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnership.

We make our recruitment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner in accordance with our commitment to identifying the right skills for the right role and our obligations under the law.