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Team Lead - Corporate Compliance



United States · Europe · United Kingdom
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

Building the Future of Crypto

Our Krakenites are a world-class team with crypto conviction, united by our desire to discover and unlock the potential of crypto and blockchain technology.

What makes us different?

Kraken is a mission-focused company rooted in crypto values. As a Krakenite, you’ll join us on our mission to accelerate the global adoption of crypto, so that everyone can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. For over a decade, Kraken’s focus on our mission and crypto ethos has attracted many of the most talented crypto experts in the world.

Before you apply, please read the Kraken Culture page to learn more about our internal culture, values, and mission.

As a fully remote company, we have Krakenites in 60+ countries who speak over 50 languages. Krakenites are industry pioneers who develop premium crypto products for experienced traders, institutions, and newcomers to the space. Kraken is committed to industry-leading security, crypto education, and world-class client support through our products like Kraken Pro, Kraken NFT, and Kraken Futures.

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The team

Our global Compliance team is redefining how compliance should be done - we challenge the norms and practices of the incumbent industry participants to identify ways to make Compliance at Kraken a competitive advantage. Our teams navigate the regulatory uncertainty and changing policy positions of global regulators and governments to help chart a path that ensures Kraken is successful in a truly dynamic industry.

In this role, you will be the driving force that spearheads collaboration between the Global Compliance team and our regional partners to enhance our ability to provide transparency into our programs while focusing on developments that are highly scalable and highly effective. You will work closely with each of our global functional teams, along with our Regional Compliance teams. You will work closely with internal stakeholders to assess and enhance our compliance controls, policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate will be a crypto-native compliance professional with experience building a Monitoring Program (Quality Assurance and Testing) for a financial services company. This role also requires a deep understanding of the crypto regulations, risk assessment methodologies and the ability to collaborate across various departments. The ideal candidate has strong leadership skills and the ability to drive a culture of compliance within an organization. Advanced knowledge of the crypto industry and experience using blockchain monitoring tools is desired.

The opportunity

  • Lead and manage the compliance monitoring team

  • Provide leadership and guidance to a team of compliance monitoring and testing professionals

  • Foster a culture of compliance, accountability and continuous improvement within the team

  • Develop, implement, and update a Monitoring Program (QA and Testing) for a global crypto exchange

  • Build procedures and implement QA for all lines of businesses (LOBs) and across various regional entities

  • Develop different testing methodologies and reporting for global and regional businesses to support management oversight

  • Management of the day-to-day operations of the QA program, including the maintenance of various procedures, tools and templates

  • Work cross functionally to develop workpapers and reporting structure to understand the effectiveness of the program, identify potential issues, and develop action plans

  • Support a strong compliance culture by identifying measures and monitoring adherence with applicable laws, regulations and rules that govern our business

  • Provide assistance including researching and root cause analysis of compliance related findings.

  • Conduct periodic reviews of key compliance controls and processes

  • Future responsibilities will include development and management of the day-to-day operations for a new Compliance Testing function. The role will include executing compliance testing procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of controls related to AML, KYC and other regulatory requirements

  • Produce deliverables identifying developments and opportunities for further building Kraken’s compliance program

  • Advise on and recommend improvements on business process, policy, and procedure, self-testing, or other controls based on observations during testing

  • Providing engagement reviews of compliance staff assisting with their reviews to facilitate growth and development of more junior staff members

  • Monitor changes in crypto regulations and recommend timely updates to internal policies and procedures

  • Compile and analyze monitoring and testing results and prepare comprehensive reports for senior management and regulatory authorities

  • Owning and driving key organizational projects from beginning to end

Skills you should HODL

  • 4-8 years of prior experience in the financial industry; primarily with experience in a BSA/AML Testing function

  • Advanced knowledge of core AML compliance functions. (KYC, Transaction Monitoring, etc)

  • Experience with blockchain monitoring tools

  • Deep interest in / knowledge of the regulatory landscape as it relates to the crypto industry

  • Resourceful and inquisitive mindset with an ability to analyze structured and unstructured data from disparate sources and develop conclusions

  • Trustworthiness and ability to maintain confidential information

  • Ability to take ownership of your work product and consistently deliver results in a face-paced work environment

  • Eye for presentation design and attention to detail. Comfort with a high level of context switching

Nice to have

  • Minimum bachelor's degree; J.D., L.L.M., M.B.A. or other advanced degree

  • Crypto experience or prior experience with regulators


Kraken is powered by people from around the world and we celebrate all Krakenites for their diverse talents, backgrounds, contributions and unique perspectives. We hire strictly based on merit, meaning we seek out the candidates with the right abilities, knowledge, and skills considered the most suitable for the job. We encourage you to apply for roles where you don't fully meet the listed requirements, especially if you're passionate or knowledgable about crypto!

As an equal opportunity employer, we don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Whether that’s based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws.

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