Financial Crime Analyst
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire / £40000 - £50000
£40000 - £50000
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Financial Crime Analyst
Up to £50,000
This is an amazing opportunity to work for one of the Top UK Banks that prides itself on how they value work and work-life balance. This opportunity will allow you to develop your knowledge and work with top colleagues with strong backgrounds in financial crime.
As a Financial Crime Analyst, you will be working within a team to:
- Implementing, designing, and supporting clients and their financial crime projects
- Using your knowledge of financial crime to plan processes, manage control changes
- Delivering and implementing financial crime projects
- Improving financial crime systems
- Pulling financial crime data for the 2LOD to run analytics.
Your skills and experience
For you to be successful as a Financial Crime Analyst, you will need:
- Experience working within the second line of defense within financial crime projects
- Experience working on financial crime projects
- Understanding of financial crime regulations and policy
- Experience implementing financial crime systems
- Experience using SAS, SQL, or Python in financial crime
Up to £50,000 + competitive benefits
HOW TO APPLY
Please register your interest by sending your CV to Sean Tunley via
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A non-stop process
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