Global Sanctions Product Compliance Lead

| Greater NYC Area | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $203,000-$258,000 Annually
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Global Sanctions Product Compliance Lead

We’re looking for a Global Sanctions Product Compliance Lead to join our growing FinCrime Product team.  Sanctions is a key function in our Global Product Compliance team.  This role is hands-on, a unique opportunity to have an impact on Wise’s mission, grow as a product and compliance leader, and help save millions of more people’s money while protecting Wise from compliance risks.  

Your mission: 

At Wise we believe that people who are closest to risks are the best placed to identify and address these. We are looking for a Sanctions expert to join the Wise Sanctions Product team, who will work with our product and compliance teams to ensure our sanctions controls are fit for purpose today and as we continue to scale.  This individual will lead a small but growing team across our Screening domain which also includes PEPs and Adverse Media. 

This is a first line Product Compliance team lead role, embedded in the Global Sanctions Product team. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an effective sanctions risk framework working closely with the Compliance Officers in our key markets. 
  • Implement a process to proactively identify thematic issues/ areas for improvement and ensure their remediation is prioritized in line with the risk they pose. 
  • Build a means to report issues, risks and opportunities for enhancement to senior management to give them confidence in our sanctions program
  • Collaborate with our in-house Sanctions Product and Engineering teams to strengthen controls
  • Data expert that can use data to determine control effectiveness, measure customer impact and articulate risk
  • Identify opportunities to improve the customer experience by improving our controls, operational processes, or removing controls in line with regulation and risk requirements. 
  • Create processes to demonstrate our product, compliance and operational effectiveness and structure
  • Represent Wise on discussions with Regulators, Bank Partners, and Auditors. 
  • Work with teams across Wise to ensure our sanctions program and controls are fit for purpose such as RFIs, Wise Platform, KYC and Payment operations. 


  • 10+ years experience in a sanctions advisory role within the financial services industry
  • An understanding of SWIFT payments,  cross border payments, card payments, prepaid access accounts and trade finance
  • Ability to drive projects with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities
  • Previous experience with senior management reporting
  • Strong subject matter expertise of OFAC financial sanctions regimes and regulations, knowledge of other markets is a plus. 
  • Organizational awareness including working knowledge or risks, products, processes, and controls
  • Experience managing a range of different stakeholders internally and externally
  • Excellent communication abilities, both written and oral
  • You have proven track record of taking ownership and responsibilities as well as being a great team-player
  • You are able to persevere in a fast paced environment

Key benefits: 
🚀  RSU’s in a rapidly growing company after a year with us
💻 Hybrid working model – A combination of work-from-home and from the office 
✈️  Wisers can work remotely for 90 days a year. By ‘remote’ we don’t just mean from home, but from wherever in the world you choose to
💪  An annual self-development budget
🩺  Medical, dental, & vision insurance – including HSA and FSA options
💝  Company-paid: Life Insurance, Short & Long-Term Disability, and an EAP program
☀️  25 days PTO, 15 sick days, 11 bank holidays, 5 compassionate leave days, 3 paid “Me” days and a paid volunteer day, annually
🏝️  A paid 6-week sabbatical leave after four years
👶🏼  18-weeks of paid parental leave, after a year with us
💰  401k with up to a 4% employer match
🏆 BuiltIn Award winner for Best Places to Work and Best Large Places to Work
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We’re people without borders — without judgment or prejudice, too. We want to work with the best people, no matter their background. So if you’re passionate about learning new things and keen to join our mission, you’ll fit right in.

Also, where and what you studied isn't important to us. If you’ve got great experience, the right skills for the role and you’re great at articulating your thinking, we’d like to hear from you.


Salary (annual)

$203,000$258,000 USD

We're people without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We believe teams are strongest when they are diverse, equitable and inclusive. We're proud to have a truly international team, and we celebrate our differences.

Every Wiser should feel that they can be themselves at work. Inclusive teams help us live our values and make sure every Wiser feels respected, empowered to share their contributions towards mission zero and able to progress in their careers.

Having diverse teams that reflect our diverse customer base helps us build a better product. We can be more creative and empathetic to our customer's needs and life experiences and makes sure we leave no-one behind on our journey to mission-zero.

If you want to find out more about what it's like to work at Wise visit Wise.Jobs.

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An Insider's view of WISE

What are some social events your company does?

We do socials in the office every week comprised of beers and wine and a variety of board and online games!
For more active folks, we have a running club and climbing club organized by our Wisers weekly!
Each quarter, our teams plan a social event - Bowling, laser tag and painting are just some of the fun events our teams have planned!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Wise, we work in independent, autonomous teams. Each team has a different way of working, so it is important to build relationships with other departments. For large projects reoccurring meetings are great to ensure collaboration. The key point is to document all the decisions taken and have detailed product and technical specifications in place



What are WISE Perks + Benefits

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Newbies at Wise are required to complete an unconscious bias training during their onboarding experience.
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Wise will provide you with paid short-term and long-term disability coverage.
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
If you’re a full-time employee, you’re eligible to enroll in insurance coverage within your first 30 days of employment
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Our assistance programme provides 24/7 expert guidance and specialist support on any issue, from everyday matters to more serious problems that affect our employee’s wellbeing.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
You can start saving towards your retirement with our 401(k) plan where Wise will match 100% of your contributions from 1-2% and 50% of your contributions from 3-6%.
Company equity
We offer everyone who works for us RSUs as we’re building Wise together and want you to share in the success of our $5 billion company on a mission.
Employee stock purchase plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
18 fully paid weeks of parental leave for birth or adoption, if you’ve been at Wise for 1+ year at the due date or adoption date. This applies regardless of gender.
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
36 days annual leave (holiday, paid time off) per year, including local public holidays
Paid volunteer time
Wise offers employees one day of PTO per year to use towards volunteering either as an individual or with your team!
To reward the time and effort you’ll put into Wise after 4 years working here, you’ll have the option to take 6-weeks paid time off and £1,000 financial support in addition to your annual leave.
Paid holidays
We offer all employees paid time off for public holidays
Paid sick days
You’ll receive 15 days of fully paid sick leave per year
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
When you’re craving a snack, you can also find a variety of treats and drinks in our kitchens. We also offer a weekly Team Lunch’s
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend

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