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Head of Compliance - Cyprus



Cyprus · Remote
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there.
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0.
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

We are seeking an experienced compliance leader to serve as Head of Compliance for Coinbase’s Cyprus-based subsidiary. This is a founding role to build out Compliance in a high growth market for Coinbase and will directly shape regulatory strategy while balancing Compliance with innovation.

In this role, you will fulfill Coinbase’s mission of being the most trusted cryptocurrency company by overseeing and managing all aspects of Coinbase’s Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Programs in Cyprus. In addition, you will be responsible for managing the entity’s relationship with the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as providing strategic advisory to our business and product teams on all types of Compliance issues including MiFID requirements. This role will be supported by Coinbase’s global Compliance infrastructure and report to the Coinbase Head of Core Markets Compliance.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Identify relevant regulatory requirements for Coinbase Cyprus and ensure Coinbase’s ongoing compliance with the same.
  • Keep ahead of regulatory developments in Cyprus that could impact Coinbase’s business and deploy necessary changes to maintain compliance in partnership with internal stakeholders.
  • Provide regular updates to Cyprus senior management and the Coinbase Cyprus Board of Directors regarding the Compliance Program and overall regulatory landscape. Ensure appropriate escalation of compliance incidents or material issues to Compliance and business leadership and the Board.
  • Oversee / manage regulatory notifications, comment letters, and other communications as required. Handle day-to-day regulatory communications.
  • Oversee execution of Compliance Risk Assessments to ensure the adequacy of systems and controls to ensure that risks are managed effectively.
  • Ensure that policies are updated to meet changing regulatory and business requirements.
  • Oversee deployment of relevant Compliance training for local employees.
  • Ensure timely remediation of all relevant findings identified by third-parties (Internal Audit, regulatory exams), as well as self-identified items.
  • Partner with Compliance and Product stakeholders to ensure compliance obligations are considered and built as part of new product or expansion initiatives. Ensure appropriate documentation, including updating policies and procedures as needed.
  • Manage and develop global relationships with key internal stakeholders and senior management in order to promote a consistent approach to the development and execution of an effective and integrated control environment.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 8+ years experience in compliance, including in senior leadership roles.
  • Direct, first-hand knowledge of financial services and anti-money laundering and MiFID II regulations in Cyprus, including locally-required regulatory exams and direct experience liaising with CySec and/or other EU-equivalent regulatory bodies.
  • Ability to independently manage day-to-day aspects of a Compliance Program, including audits and exams.
  • Experience building Compliance Programs from the ground up.
  • Experience in developing and administering internal controls and processes, proven track record of partnership and collaboration with remote, global teams.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of business functions, with an emphasis on senior management.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and execute strategies across a global organization.
  • Ability to develop, foster and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people within the organization, as well as with external stakeholders and vendors.

Nice to haves:

  • Prior experience at cryptocurrency or fintech preferred.
  • Professional compliance or related qualifications, and membership of a recognized professional body.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

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