Compliance Officer - Financial Services

  • Location:

    West Sussex, England

  • Sector:

    Financial Services

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    Negotiable

  • Contact:

    Samuel Moss

  • Contact email:

    Samuel.moss@search.co.uk

  • Job ref:

    Req/550698

  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2020-03-06

  • Start date:

    05/02/2020 12:23:01

Compliance Officer - Financial Services, West Sussex, £40k + excellent benefits package

The Business

Fantastic opportunity for an experienced Compliance professional to join an award winning IFA Group in West Sussex Head Office.

Skills and Knowledge Required

* Detailed knowledge of FCA Handbook, objectives and their interpretation/application
* Ability to provide and deliver individual new business file review feedback, guidance and support to our Directly Authorised member IFA firms
* Ability to train and motivate others whilst remaining flexible and adaptable
* Highly developed analytical, observational, empathy, listening and communication skills
* Manage business relationships with directly authorised IFA firms, business owners and key decision makers
* Demonstrates willingness to listen and work pro-actively with IFA firms
* In depth knowledge of compliance and training and competence (T&C) FCA regimes
* Demonstrates an 'outside the box' solutions approach to problem solving
* Identifies solutions rather than problems with an ability to work proactively with member DA firms

General Responsibilities

* Keeping up-to-date with regulatory and industry developments
* Responsibility for the delivery of the function's File Review Service to Directly Authorised IFA firms
* Timely communication to advisers, feed back file review grades with remedial actions if required
* Maintain daily/weekly and monthly file review output reporting spreadsheets. Organise a specified and growing number of directly authorised firms UK wide
* Schedule and manage own diary of File Review activities, other assigned compliance project work within desired timescales in accordance with function's service standards
* Maintain a technical helpdesk answering compliance queries from IFA firms via phone and email
* Deal with compliance, regulatory and business-related enquiries from DA IFA firms
* As necessary provide compliance support to DA IFA firms and guidance to ensure compliance with regulatory rules and principles for businesses
* Liaise effectively with business owners in respect of regulatory issues and provide guidance and support, as required
* When required, assist the Senior Compliance Consultant in providing a timely response to requests for information and or project work
* Provide support to the Consultancy Function relating to the research and production of bulletins, regulatory news and other adhoc projects
* Provide DA IFA guidance on regulatory issues, FCA news, bulletin updates
* Assist with the review and sign off IFA promotions, regulatory updates, DA Bulletins and provide guidance where required
* Liaises with business owners in a professional and ethical manner
* Handles all enquiries and visits in line with agreed service levels
* Manage business relationships with IFA Principle owners
* Provide support and input to DA Function, areas include DA IFA Procedures, Compliance Manuals, Bulletins, T&C Scheme, Suitability Report Templates, Guides and other regulatory documents

Compliance Support Responsibilities

* Apply an intensive and intrusive (where required) risk-based, and more importantly a common-sense, approach to compliance support and all aspects of the DA compliance function
* Undertake file reviews with feedback using Enable system ensuring that findings and grades are accurately recorded, and feedback is constructive and supportive
* Provide timely updates to IFA business owners of business risks and failing in standards
* Work alongside the function's Compliance Consultants
* Monitor KPI data and management information in respect of DA firms, whilst identifying adverse trends/risks and reporting or handling them accordingly to business owner and respective IFAs
* Provide consultancy support, guidance & assessments in respect of product knowledge and appropriate selling practices, and provide relevant feedback to IFA and support and provide 1:1 guidance to business owner and or individual IFA where necessary
* Monitor file review case load each month, complete monthly file review checks on our firms and manage any issues proactively through to resolution
* Undertake additional compliance project work as designated by the Senior Compliance Consultant

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

* Level 4 or 6 Advanced Diploma working towards Chartered Status and or Level 7 or 8
* J07 Supervision in a Regulated Environment (desirable)
* Specialist qualifications: - Equity Release/lifetime mortgages - ER1 & HR1 or equivalent.
* Occupational pensions - Combination of J04, J05 & AF3 or equivalent.
* Long Term Care - CF8
* Mortgages - CeMAP/MAQ/CF6
* Single share-based investments - Level 4 diploma + IMC or securities gap fill
* Significant compliance experience within the financial services, preferably DA IFA sector, network, national and in an investment or insurance environment. An in-depth understanding of FCA/PRA regulatory rules & expectations.
* Demonstrable experience of providing compliance and training support to Directly Authorised IFA firms or within a Network of Financial Advisers or National IFA

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