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MUFG Union Bank EMEA Head of Sanctions Advisory - VP - 12m FTC 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.




Driving the implementation of MUFG Bank’s financial crimes risk appetite, policies and standards by managing and providing an approachable sanctions advisory hub to the EMEA region for all sanctions queries, ensuring advice is clear, informative and consistent.


  • Managing the Sanctions Advisory team, monitoring case and query volumes and planning for future case volumes based on previous trends.

  • Draft, review and approve Sanctions Policy documents for the EMEA region.

  • Present key Management Information as well as sanctions regulatory updates at monthly forums, including some external panels and groups.

  • Provide timely and consistent sanctions advice to key stakeholders regarding potential transactions

  • Conduct risk assessments on proposed transactions

  • Evaluate and provide advice regarding sanctions clauses in contractual agreements

  • Review sanction alerts identified during Know Your Customer (KYC) onboarding and periodical review

  • Liaise with key stakeholders to perform Customer Due Diligence when a sanctions nexus is identified

  • Review, assess and approve New Product Approvals in the EMEA region from a sanctions perspective

  • Assist GFCD in the collection of customer information pertaining to sanctions data



  • Proven experience in and understanding of Sanctions

  • Proven experience in managing a team

  • Strong knowledge of and experience in banking


Functional / Technical Competencies:


  • MS Office skills

  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail

  • A good understanding of Banking and Investment products

  • Good understanding of financial crime risk (AML and ABC) in banking

  • An excellent 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 written communication skills

  • Strong financial sanctions knowledge in particular OFAC, EU and UK regulations

  • Strong relationship building and management skills

Education / Qualifications:


  • Degree

  • Relevant Qualification


  • Excellent communication skills

  • 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

  • A creative and innovative approach to work

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Works collaboratively with immediate colleagues, other teams in Financial Crime, across ECOD and the Bank and escalates appropriately

  • 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


The role holder will be assessed in accordance with their employing entity’s performance framework and process with relevant input obtained from the dual hatting entity as relevant.

As duties and responsibilities change, the job description will be reviewed and emended in consultation with the role holder. The role holder will carry out other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the role as requested by their line manager or Department Head.


  • The role holder will have responsibilities for both MUFG Bank and MUFG Securities EMEA plc.

  • The role holder will be required to perform their duties and responsibilities on an entity neutral basis, without favour.

  • The role holder is required to follow regulatory requirements applicable to ensure each business is appropriately supported and to maintain the legal entity integrity of each of MUFG Bank and MUS.

  • Working terms are dictated by functional mandates, the terms of the Dual-Hat Arrangement Agreement in place between MUFG Bank and MUFG Securities EMEA plc and any other relevant agreements entered into between MUFG Bank and MUFG Securities EMEA plc.

  • The role holder will have responsibility for identifying and resolving where there may be a difference or conflict in needs between MUFG Bank and MUFG Securities EMEA plc, escalating to their manager where required.

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.