Associate

Date: 01-Jan-2023

Location: London, GB

Company: Mizuho

Who are we?

We are not your typical financial institution. It’s our people who make us a cut above. Here, every person is respected because of their differences, not in spite of them.

We pride ourselves on a culture of purpose, passion and compassion. At Mizuho, we provide the stability of an international industry leader with the career trajectory of a growing business. Our steady, strategic growth gives our people at all levels rewarding degrees of responsibility and a richer work experience than a boutique firm or an established giant could offer alone.

Working for Mizuho opens doors not just to a rewarding career with excellent prospects, but to lasting friendships with colleagues from diverse cultures. It’s the local expertise of our employees that makes our global network so powerful. By collaborating with colleagues and clients who have your same ambition, you can amplify your sphere of influence and base of knowledge as part of one of the largest—and growing—banks in the world.

What is the opportunity?

Mizuho Bank, London Branch (MHBK) forms part of the corporate banking arm of Mizuho Financial Group, with a primary focus on client facing lending and financing, and treasury activities.

The Compliance function is an independent function that identifies, assesses, advises on and monitors compliance risk – that is the risk of regulatory sanctions as a result of failure to comply with applicable regulations. The Compliance function exists to support the Branch by enabling it to conduct business lawfully, in accordance with regulatory requirements and with integrity. The main objective of the Compliance function is to provide an active advisory and monitoring service in relation to regulatory requirements, especially those of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

This role has important responsibilities in helping to ensure the Compliance Department effectively discharges its responsibilities, primarily in relation to overseeing and supporting the Bank’s arrangements to comply with financial crime and sanctions regulations.

What will you be doing?

The main duties and responsibilities of this role include the following:

  • To support the MLRO as the focal point within MHBK for the oversight of all activity relating to anti-money laundering and the mitigation of other financial crime risks, including but not limited to bribery and corruption and financial sanctions.
  • To work with the MLRO to design and implement anti-money laundering and other policies and procedures, which enable MHBK to comply with relevant legislation, regulation and guidance with respect to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing and other areas of financial crime.
  • To monitor compliance with MHBK’s anti-money laundering and other relevant financial crime risk management policies – this may include onboarding, screening and rolling reviews of clients, and the review of transaction monitoring and AML system alerts.
  • To assist the MLRO in taking reasonable steps to establish and maintain adequate arrangements for awareness and training of staff who handle, or are managerially responsible for the handling of, transactions which may involve money laundering or other financial crime risks.
  • To identify regulatory trends and developments relating to financial crime that may impact MHBK’s business and work with the MLRO to implement policy and control changes required.
  • To obtain and use national and international findings regarding inadequacies concerning the approach to money laundering of individual countries, the risk of certain types of business or other relevant information.
  • To assist the MLRO in making an annual report to the firm’s senior management in relation to anti-money laundering and other financial crime matters.
  • To assist the MLRO in the review and assessment of internal reports of suspicious activity from staff.
  • To assist in responding promptly to any reasonable request for information made by any regulatory or law enforcement agency.
  • To assist MHBK Compliance in overseeing the steps taken by MHBK EMEA offices to comply with their AML obligations.
  • To assist with other tasks as may be assigned from time-to-time.

What do you need to succeed?

  • Good experience in an anti-money laundering role.
  • Exposure to a range of capital markets/ investment banking products.
  • Experience in providing advice to the business on a range of issues and planning and executing compliance monitoring reviews, including the identification and reporting of issues
  • Good understanding of the FCA regime and financial services/ money laundering legislation and an ability to apply that knowledge.
  • An understanding of operational controls within the overall internal control structure of securities companies/ investment banks.
  • Working knowledge of the types of products traded by investment banks and their features and risks.
  • Graduate (or equivalent industry experience).
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively (written and oral) with stakeholders of differing levels of seniority.
  • Demonstrable awareness of current regulations/ regulatory developments and their application to the Bank’s business.

What Mizuho can offer you

Here at Mizuho, there are fantastic progression opportunities and clear paths to promotion. We will give you ample opportunity to affect change and to help grow our business.

In addition to the great opportunity outlined above we are also currently able to offer:

  • Competitive starting salary, plus discretionary bonus
  • Non-contributory pension
  • 25 days’ annual leave (increasing with service)
  • Core working hours*
  • Hybrid working - office and home based*
  • Virtual GP
  • Wellbeing benefits, including Mental Health Allies and First Aiders

*For applicable roles only

We champion a flexible work environment, as we understand the need for people to meet other commitments or simply strike a good work-life balance. As such, we are happy to talk flexible working for this role such as reduced working hours. The role will also include homeworking.

At Mizuho we are committed to supporting inclusion, equity and diversity, and seek to create a workplace that is fully inclusive. We welcome applications from all sections of the community that we operate in and from all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, beliefs, gender identities and disabilities.

If you require more information about our equal opportunities policy or wish to discuss any accessibility requirements or reasonable adjustments please contact the recruitment team – recruitment@mhcb.co.uk and we will be happy to help.