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Compliance Specialist - Japan – Tokyo

We’re looking for a Compliance Specialist to join our growing Japan team to be based in Tokyo. We launched TransferWise in Japan in 2016 and since then our small but mighty team have been taking things from strength to strength. But there’s still heaps of potential to grow and many problems to solve.

The role is a unique opportunity to ensure that our compliance program in Japan runs smoothly and therefore help millions more customers save money by using TransferWise. The key areas of this role are to provide consistency of the Compliance program, with a focus on financial crime, between Japan and global compliance operations, while also ensuring that the Japan entity is meeting its obligations by communicating with our local regulators.

Your mission:

  • Review our compliance operations program to assess compliance with Japanese regulations
  • Ensure that the Japanese framework remains up to date with applicable laws/ statutes, which will include the review of policies and procedures
  • Develop and deliver internal compliance training programs and develop the local knowledge of all teams
  • Communicate regularly with our local regulator in Japanese (KLFB) to ensure everything is up to date and maintain a positive relationship
  • Inherit and evolve current local compliance program process, reporting, escalation and system design
  • Mentor compliance operations teams in Europe and Asia in order to support a robust global compliance regime
  • Liaise with local legal offices and challenge local regulations by looking at different angles to make our service better for our customers
  • Assess and provide support to product and operations teams on new regulatory models

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Train and educate local and cross regional teams on Japanese compliance and be responsible for championing a healthy compliance culture
  • Play an integral and integrated part of the Japan product team and have a direct and positive impact on our customers and mission
  • Travel to work with teams in other offices as well as to meet various partners and regulators when needed

A bit about you:

  • You’ll have solid experience in a compliance department of a Japanese financial institution
  • You’ll have excellent knowledge of of regulations such as “Payment Services Act”
  • You’ll be fluent in Japanese and English
  • You’re a great relationship builder with non-compliance teams, like operations or product
  • You’ll have a clear understanding of relevant Japanese legal and regulatory framework for fund transfer service businesses, including Fraud/AML requirements

Some extra knowledge that would be awesome:

  • You might have knowledge of the 外為法、国調法、犯収法 regulation.

Some of your benefits:

  • Competitive package including salary and stock options
  • Health insurance and a flexible work culture
  • A company holiday in Europe
  • Many social events, including team lunches on Friday

A bit about TransferWise:

Since 2011, we’ve had a clear mission: money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives, we’re the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders.

We’re just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until anyone, anywhere can send, spend and receive money wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Our People:

At TransferWise, you’ll be joining a movement of people who believe in a better, fairer, more transparent way of moving money around the world. You’ll collaborate to do your best work and take on problems that no one has looked at before.

If you’re keen to learn, grow, try new things and aren’t afraid of a bold plan, you’ll fit right in.

How we work:

At TransferWise our strategy emerges from the collective brainpower of all our people, who are organised in dozens of independent, autonomous teams. Teams stay closest to our customers, so they choose what problems to solve and where to spend the most time.

You’ll experience radical levels of ownership and empowerment within your role. Plus the opportunity to see the direct impact of your work on our customers.



Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

At TransferWise we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form, or drop us an email at adjustments@transferwise.com. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.

Please don’t send anything to the adjustments address if you’re a recruiter, or if you’re making a speculative application. We do work with recruiters from time to time – but only through LinkedIn. And we only accept job applications when a position is actually open. So you’re better off just checking the recruitment pages regularly.