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MUFG Assistant Vice President, Sanctions Regulatory Change 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.




The Sanctions Program Team is responsible for the effective running of the Sanctions Program across all jurisdictions within EMEA. The team ensure the robust management of the broader Sanctions Control Framework, in support of this they provide oversight, SME knowledge and support to other Sanctions Teams.

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.

  • Providing 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.

  • Ensuring that our organisation conducts its business such that we protect our reputation, our business, and our customers within the regulatory and legal framework.

  • As part of a leading global financial group, MUFG is required to act with integrity and meet our corporate responsibilities in the fifty-plus countries and regions where we operate. Ensuring we have a comprehensive financial crime compliance program is one of our most important responsibilities. MUFG has established the Global Financial Crimes Division in New York, USA to lead the program and each region under this program has a Financial Crimes Office.

  • Financial Crimes Office EMEA (FCOE) is the regional office responsible for the establishment and maintenance of effective systems and controls to protect customers’ assets and to mitigate the risk that MUFG might be used to further financial crime in EMEA.

  • MUFG’s financial crime compliance framework includes control processes designed to help the Bank detect, deter, and prevent financial crime as well as assess and mitigate related risks (i.e., money laundering and terrorist financing risk, sanctions risk, and bribery and corruption risk) in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws, rules, regulations, supervisory guidance, and commensurate with the Bank’s risk profile and risk appetite.


  • Provide subject matter expertise on economic sanctions, in particular HMT, EU, and OFAC.

  • Maintain understanding of other autonomous sanctions regimes relevant to MUFG and the EMEA region (i.e. JMOF, MINEFI, SAMA, etc.)

  • Regulatory identification, impact assessment, and consultative support

  • Conduct continuous regulatory horizon scanning for sanctions and other restrictive economic measures.

  • Write summaries of relevant regulatory developments

  • Assess MUFG’s sanctions control framework against applicable regulations to identify areas for potential improvement or enhancement.

  • Keep abreast of regulatory developments

  • Engage with senior stakeholders in local, regional, and global teams.

  • Support other components of the sanctions team as appropriate.



  • A minimum of 2 years in a central sanctions function

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

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in policy management


Functional / Technical Competencies:


  • MS Office skills

  • 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 writing skills

  • 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

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills

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.

At MUFG, our colleagues are our greatest assets. Our Culture Principles provide a roadmap for how each of our colleagues must think and act to become more client-obsessed, inclusive and innovative. They reflect who we are, who we want to be and what we expect from one another. We are excited to see you take the next step in exploring a career with us and encourage you to spend more time reviewing them!

Our Culture Principles

  • Client Centric

  • People Focused

  • Listen Up. Speak Up.

  • Innovate & Simplify

  • Own & Execute