Senior Compliance & FinCrime Manager (MLRO)

The Bahrain-based MLRO (Senior Manager ) will report to the Regional MEA Head of Compliance. You will be responsible for supporting’s Bahrain business in their regulatory licensing application(s) with the Central Bank of Bahrain, compliance obligations, including daily management of the Bahrain Compliance Program, management of independent reviews/external audits, preparing and submitting regulatory reports, maintaining program documentation tracking, and providing recommendations in program improvements.
You will also support the Regional MEA Head of Compliance in other Middle East markets.


  • Work with internal stakeholders (eg Legal, Compliance, IT Security, Product etc) and external stakeholders (external Counsel) to assure quality and accurate response(s)/submission(s) to regulators with regard to licensing, registration and/or ongoing operational reporting.
  • Work with different functions to ensure compliance with the Central Bank of Bahrain’s (“CBB”) regulatory requirements.
  • Assist with the periodic review of policies and training.
  • Manage internal compliance operational controls, independent reviews and regulatory enquiry responses as required.
  • Identify, highlight and manage regulatory risks, findings and recommendations that are identified internally through independent reviews or examinations.
  • Work with Management and staff to ensure that the business implements and maintains suitable systems and controls to meet the regulatory requirements.
  • Respond to law enforcement requests and inquiries.
  • Manage key compliance projects to ensure that compliance projects are executed on a timely basis and in compliance with local regulatory requirements.
  • Requirements

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in complex retail/consumer financial services/payment services organisations that provide multiple financial products, or a regulatory agency or law firm involving compliance issues relating to anti money laundering, and related payments services laws and regulations.
  • Excellent knowledge of anti-money laundering regulations, the Central Bank of Bahrain’s Rulebook and associated E-money Regulations within the banking/financial services industry.
  • Ability to distil and discern important information from regulatory guidance, statutes and regulations, audit findings, and other documents and determine how it impacts the business.
  • Must be able to perform independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organisational skills – must be multi-tasked oriented and able to balance pressure and deadlines with constantly changing priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prioritise workload in line with tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent written communication – business and project reports.
  • Experience interacting with local regulators a plus.
  • CAMS certification, or willingness to obtain, preferred.
  • Knowledge of digital assets and fintech products is preferred.
  • Ability to work within a matrixed environment and cross functionally with operations and technology functions from scratch alongside with a talented team.
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