American Express’ Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is responsible for the end-to-end suspicious activity reporting process, which entails monitoring for, investigating, and, when appropriate, reporting suspicious activity. As part of this process, the FIU relies on Global Financial Crime Compliance partners to develop and implement automated transaction monitoring rules, reports, and other processes designed to identify activity potentially indicative of criminal behavior. The FIU then investigates the potentially suspicious financial activity, and, when appropriate, files suspicious activity reports (SARs) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and/or refers matters to EMEA compliance partners (Market Compliance Officers - MCOs) for review and reporting. In addition, the FIU manages risk associated with politically exposed persons and persons and entities on core sanctions and risk lists through regular screening, and manages risk associated with improper payments that could be indicative of bribery, corruption, or other illicit activity by reviewing internal American Express payments and expenditures. The FIU performs a critical role in ensuring that American Express complies with all applicable local and international laws and regulations, including the Bank Secrecy Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and provides law enforcement with key information for the investigation and prosecution of money laundering and terrorist financing, credit card fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activity.
The successful candidate will support the enterprise by leading a team of Investigative Analysts in our new hub in Madrid (Spain) conducting investigations into potentially suspicious financial activity and a review of records, with a focus on driving performance and building a high-performing team. In addition, he or she will assist with project management and identifying enhancements to the FIU investigative process, which will include partnering with various teams and leaders within the GFCC and FIU. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills, time management skills, and the ability to effectively manage change.
Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.
CAMS certified or equivalent preferred
Bachelors/University degree or equivalent experience
6+ years of work experience as an AML Compliance Manager in a financial services institution or payment institution in any of the following areas is highly preferred: Anti-Money Laundering, Suspicious Activity Reporting, financial crime, KYC or enhanced due diligence, or law enforcement
Serving as a subject matter expert, and point of contact for globally dispersed FIU colleagues, on EMEA specific financial crime, sector, geopolitical or regulatory issues. Client Intelligence analysts must be proactive at maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the issues affecting their region
Demonstrating strategic thinking, implementing innovation and change, and ability to introduce and champion new processes
Leadership skills with experience managing a team, to drive performance by coaching and motivating people for success, identifying their strengths and opportunities
Handle sensitive information in a confidential and professional manner
Strives for excellence, and willing to take on additional responsibilities to produce outstanding work
Maintains a positive attitude regardless of the circumstances
Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Effective communication and excellent writing skills
Fluent in English and Spanish (spoken and written)
French, German, or Italian is a plus
A strong candidate will also be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; be an enthusiastic self-starter; and deadline-driven team player
Experienced leader, capable of assessing and developing top-talent preferred
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