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Assistant Manager – Financial Crime (AML, Sanction, ABC)

Date: May 27, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

We are seeking an Assistant Manager to join our award winning, exciting and fast-paced financial services (FS) financial crime team in London.

We deliver a large range of projects both on a proactive and reactive basis in the areas of AML, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery and Corruption (AB&C) and Market Abuse. We have great relationships with a large range of UK and international FS clients ranging from global banks to boutique investment houses.

The Role

The successful individual will support the delivery of a range of financial crime projects. Each project will generally incorporate a review and assessment of the current state of compliance, discussing matters directly with the client, proposing and delivering solutions and providing oral presentations.

A core part of the role will also include leveraging your industry contacts, skills and experience to contribute to winning work and knowledge sharing and practice development across the team.

Our projects are often global and you are likely to work with colleagues from other KPMG member firms and from a variety of departments and backgrounds which also presents the opportunity to travel.


As an Assistant Manager, you will be expected to use your industry experience and expertise to formulate comprehensive and well considered solutions to clients’ challenges. All candidates are expected to show the following:

• Leading and developing strong relationships with senior client contacts across the FS

• Leveraging your technical knowledge, experience and contacts to manage the
development of proposals and help in generating new business for the firm;

• Managing the risk and commercial aspects involved in the delivery of projects including
budgets, planning and project governance; and

• Managing and mentoring junior colleagues from diverse backgrounds during projects
and as part of the KPMG appraisal process.

The Person

We are looking for individuals who has experience in at least two of the following three areas: AML, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery and Corruption (AB&C). The specific areas of technical expertise are set out in the Person specification, below.

We would prefer candidate who have experience in delivering financial crime internal audits, including planning the work, executing the review and managing the reporting process including engagement with business stakeholders through to closure. The individual needs to have experience of internal audit methodologies and delivering workpapers that support the conclusions reached within the audit.
In order to be considered for the role, you must be able to clearly demonstrate which of technical capabilities you have and describe how your past experience demonstrates your level of skill.

Technical expertise

• Held a role in the FS industry in which the experience outlined above has been

• Relationships with prospective clients;

• Proven track record in producing detailed, concise written reports to senior
stakeholders; and

• Substantial technical knowledge of the UK regulatory requirements and market practice
over a number of the following activities:

• Target Operating Model design and implementation;
• Review and completion of financial crime risk assessments;
• Review and assessment of policies and procedures, systems and controls;
• Delivery of specific training;
• Preparing clients for regulatory visits;
• Managing regulatory enquiries, skilled person reviews and enforcement action; and
• AML remediation activity.

• Target Operating Model design and implementation;
• Sanctions screening requirements, processes and technology;
• Review and completion of sanctions risk assessments;
• Sanctions look-backs and investigations; and
• Review and assessment of sanctions controls

• ABC Target Operating Model design and implementation;
• Strong legislative and regulatory ABC knowledge and experience in ABC policy writing;
• Providing Financial Crime AB&C advice in the assessment of risks;
• Review and completion of ABC risk assessments, controls and ABC
• Experience in providing ABC advice, awareness or training;
• Experience in managing policies, processes and procedures regarding anti-tax
evasion – Corporate Criminal Offences; (preferable)

Qualification & Skills:

Soft skills / values
• Confidence to be able to quickly establish credibility with clients;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills that can be tailored to a variety of
• Proven ability to work with diverse teams drawn from various parts of KPMG and
• Proven track record of people management and leadership skills – be able to manage
teams and projects with demanding stakeholders and multiple workstreams;
• Experienced in understanding and mitigating the risks and financials associated with
client engagements;
• Excellent analytical skills and problem solving, self-motivation and possess an
enquiring mind;
• A high degree of integrity and the drive and willingness to succeed; and
• Strong team ethos and ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure.

Education and training

• Education to degree level or equivalent experience; and
• Financial crime and/or relevant professional qualification is desirable.

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