Country Compliance Head


We ask

  • An entrepreneurial attitude
  • A customer centric focus
  • Collaborative skills

We offer

  • Challenging work
  • Excellent secondary employment conditions
  • In charge of personal development


  • Building a future proof bank
  • A diverse and inclusive culture
  • Extensive internal career opportunities

Country Compliance Head

At a glance

The compliance function is a second line department within the 3 lines of defence model of ABN AMRO and centres on compliance risks. Its mission is to assist senior management in identifying, assessing and effectively managing the compliance risks of ABN AMRO. 


It has developed a risk-based approach designed to ensure that every reasonable measure (including policies, procedures, instructions, IT systems, monitoring methods, awareness and training activities, objective-setting, incentives, deterrent measures and sanctions) is taken in order to avoid or reduce the possibility of such compliance risks occurring and to minimise the damage if such a risk should nonetheless occur.


The department is responsible for all UK compliance matters on advice, policy, training, regulatory developments, and monitoring regarding both financial regulations and combatting financial crime. 

Your job

The CCH will enhance decision making across the UK Group by applying a combination of business knowledge and regulatory expertise. The CCH will be dedicated to doing this in a way that:

•    upholds the legal, regulatory and ethical standards of the firm;
•    fosters partnerships and collaboration throughout the firm;
•    develops a vision on compliance and compliancy;
•    takes a proactive approach in leading the implementation with regards to changes in relevant regulation, including awareness programmes where appropriate;
•    leads and develops the UK Compliance team;
•    heightens awareness of relevant regulatory issues;
•    delivers consistent guidance and innovative solutions;
•    promotes the business success and growth of the firm; 
•    augments the standing of the firm in the marketplace; and
•    works in collaboration with other CCHs and Head Office Compliance management.

The key requirements of the role are:

•    to provide senior management with a compliance framework which assists in the ongoing identification of emerging regulatory risks, assessment, mitigation and monitoring of all compliance risks;
•    to provide the business and support functions with a proactive, expert and effective regulatory compliance advisory service;
•    to work effectively at all levels across ABN AMRO to provide support and assistance;
•    to ensure that periodic Compliance monitoring is performed, documented and analysed, so that the follow up of any actual or potential issues can be undertaken;
•    to ensure that incidents, such as complaints and whistleblowing, are adequately investigated both independently and timeously;
•    to establish, implement and maintain adequate policies and procedures sufficient to achieve compliance with ABN AMRO’s obligations under relevant regulations and for countering the risk that the firm might be used to further financial crime;
•    to lead and manage the relationship with UK regulators in a transparent and proactive manner;
•    to provide periodic (quarterly) and other relevant reports/management information, including the annual Compliance Plan, to be presented to the UK Executive Committee and the Head of CB&WM Compliance at least on an annual basis;
•    on a systematic basis, together with business line management, identify and assess regulatory risks;
•    to lead the UK Compliance team and MLRO by example, setting objectives to fulfil the mission of the department and individual roles and responsibilities, fostering a collaborative team spirit and ensuring robust mechanisms are implemented to limit key person dependencies;
•    to assess periodically the overall skill sets of the team and ensure that training and  development needs are identified and acted upon via regular team and one to one meetings; and
•    to ensure that effective training in relation to compliance with rules, regulations and policies is provided to all relevant stakeholders on relevant regulatory and financial crime matters.
•    to act as the UK Data Privacy Officer ("DPO") in support of the Group Data Protection Officer.
•    to bring Mifid experience and embed this in the team.

Collaboration and Communication

The role requires the individual to work effectively at all levels across ABN AMRO to provide support and assistance.  

This will necessitate:

•    communicating with and influencing senior management in both first and second lines, especially RiskCo, the Financial Crime Oversight Committee and ExCo members, on both matters arising and strategic decisions which have regulatory relevance;
•    actively supports the Country Executive and other senior managers in promoting and developing conduct, culture and ethics within the firm in close cooperation with the UK Head of HR;
•    communicating with  compliance colleagues in both in the UK and other offices, to harmonise best practices and promote a more uniform approach on compliance advisory, training, policy and monitoring matters; 
•    communicating with industry peers to identify latest themes and issues and best market practices; and
•    communication with regulators, external authorities and auditors in a timely, open and co-operative manner.

Management and Leadership 


•    Promote a culture of good conduct by demonstrating and communicating the expected levels of behaviour and integrity by encouraging a speak up culture, compliance and completion of all mandatory/regulatory training courses, including but not limited to SHARP
•    Regularly assess employees level of conduct and address instances of poor conduct
•    Demonstrate and promote the expected levels of behaviour and employee integrity by showing strong adherence to moral and ethical principles and internal rules, policies and procedures
•    Create an open and safe working environment which is free from barriers and where employees respect the opinions of others, feel free to give voice to their values, report and learn from mistakes by proactively asking for feedback and raise issues or concerns without fear for negative consequences
•    Negotiates with a genuine give-and-take approach, where both act as true peers and decisions are shared where appropriate.
•    Spends time identifying stakeholders needs andconnecting with stakeholders
•    Identifies opportunities to build relationships that will help others achieve their objectives and reaches out to those people or new people
•    Guide and coach employees in the objective setting process to ensure the overall mission and objectives of the department are fulfilled whilst ensuring the individual roles and responsibilities are clear, fostering a collaborative team spirit (locally and internationally) and ensuring robust mechanisms are implemented to limit key person dependencies
•    Acts to surpass goals, seizing opportunities to continuous improvement and the delivery of results.
•    Sets continually higher goals that are ambitious but realistic for self and team, geared to organisational objectives.
•    Focuses on new business opportunities that enable business development targets to be achieved.
•    Assess periodically the overall skill sets of the team and ensure that training and development needs are identified and acted upon via regular team and one to one meetings
•    Regularly reviewing Succession Management and Talent Development plans, providing employees development opportunities to support those plans
•    To carry out Human Resource Management tasks within the framework set for this purpose by ABN AMRO in order to ensure optimum allocation, motivation and knowledge of staff.
•    Builds strong relations with a variety of stakeholders in the UK and abroad

Your working environment

ABN AMRO is an enterprising bank with a primary focus on Northwest Europe. We serve clients in the retail, private banking and corporate banking sectors. We are also present internationally in a number of specialist activities, such as Corporate and Commercial Banking, Asset Based Finance and Clearing.

At ABN AMRO we have a clear purpose: Banking for better, for generations to come. The shift towards sustainability is one of the most important challenges of our time. Supporting our clients at times that matter has always been our role and our responsibility. Together, we aim high and work towards lasting relationships that are relevant and responsible, both now and in the future. We want to be the bank that leads the way.

Our strategy goes far beyond financial value: we want to accelerate the transition to sustainability. We do this by supporting and advising our clients in order to facilitate their sustainability shift. Our commitment to clients, employees, investors and society calls for clear direction, focus and dedication.

We concentrate on our three strategic pillars:

•    Support our clients’ transition to sustainability
•    Reinvent the customer experience
•    Build a future-proof bank

Our strategy requires a culture of working together and permanent learning. It’s only with this mindset that we unleash the best in ourselves to deliver a high standard of performance. ABN AMRO’s culture is the catalyst for the evolution in which we find ourselves: our people are imaginative, trust each other and do just that little bit extra to help clients.

ABN AMRO UK is part of the Corporate Banking business line and operates the following businesses in the UK:

•    Corporate and Institutional Banking which includes Corporate Banking, Clearing, Global Markets - Sales & Trading and Financial Institutions 
•    Commercial Banking which includes Asset Based Finance and International Desk, which provides transactional banking services

Our business lines are supported by a number of functions such as Risk, Compliance, Legal, IT, Finance (Including Tax), Business Management and Human Resources. We currently employ approx. 380 people in the UK.

Your profile

•    Ideally degree educated, or a strong academic record to at least A level standard
•    Experience within the relevant financial services sector
•    Ideally professional qualifications, such as the CISI Diploma or equivalent.
•    A strong and demonstrated ability to provide compliance advice and a thorough understanding of relevant regulatory requirements
•    Ability to communicate clearly and concisely on complex regulatory compliance issues at all levels, both internally and externally
•    Must have the stature, maturity, intellect and commercial acumen to work effectively and inspire confidence internally with the businesses, as well as externally with regulators. Gravitas to operate and be a business partner at UK Exco level.
•    An excellent listener with well-developed communication and people management skills to manage the team in order to deliver high quality and efficient output.
•    Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
•    Ability to convince and make difficult decisions.
•    Ability to flex styles and show courage and authority.
•    Ability to enforce compliance regulations and procedures at UK ExCo level.
•    Ability to inspire, set the tone and create positive energy.
•    Independent enterprise thinker with a high dose of tenacity.
•    Advocates and lives the bank’s Cultural Values, behavioural conduct, leading by example.
•    Proven leadership, coaching and development skills
•    A deep understanding of relevant existing, and emerging regulatory requirements
•    A strong understanding of data privacy legislation and requirements
•    Excellent command of the English language both written and orally.

What we offer

Joining ABN AMRO means working on meaningful projects. Projects that have an impact on our clients. Working with a wide range of people with different backgrounds, opinions and ideas. In the UK, in the Netherlands or elsewhere in our international network. We offer an environment where you will be challenged on a daily basis - professionally as well as on a personal level - so that you can grow to become the professional you want to be.


We have identified that the following types of flexible working may be suitable for this role in principle. 


Any requests will be determined in line with our Flexible Working Policy:

Type of Flexible Working    Likely to be suitable

Remote Working                    Yes
Part time                                Yes
Flexitime                                Yes
Unpaid leave                         Yes
Staggered hours                   Yes


Are you interested?   Please apply via the button below.

For more information please contact Niki Champion, Senior Resourcing Partner,, +44 203 192 9342.

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