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Compliance Officer and MLRO

Apex Group Ltd

Apex Group Ltd

Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024


The Apex Group was established in Bermuda in 2003 and is now one of the world’s largest fund administration and middle office solutions providers. Our business is unique in its ability to reach globally, service locally and provide cross-jurisdictional services. With our clients at the heart of everything we do, our hard-working team has successfully delivered on an unprecedented growth and transformation journey, and we are now represented by over circa 13,000 employees across 112 offices worldwide.
Your career with us should reflect your energy and passion. That’s why, at Apex Group, we will do more than simply ‘empower’ you. We will work to supercharge your unique skills and experience. Take the lead and we’ll give you the support you need to be at the top of your game. And we offer you the freedom to be a positive disrupter and turn big ideas into bold, industry-changing realities. For our business, for clients, and for you.
Role Location: Abu Dhabi
Employment Type: Permanent
Reporting line: Reports into the Regional Compliance Officer – Middle East
Role and Responsibilities include:
Setting, establishing and monitoring adherence to processes, policies and procedures to meet -compliance, legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Overseeing licensing requirements and regulatory obligations while ensuring that compliance activity takes account of all relevant legislation and ADGM/FSRA related activities;
  • Handling communications with the Regulator(s), obtaining approvals as required, notifying the Regulator as required for all compliance-related matters;
  • Preparing and submitting reports to regulatory authorities;
  • Keeping up-to-date with all relevant laws and regulations and communicating regulatory changes and developments to senior management and staff;
  • Oversight and management of the regulatory risks within the business;
  • Review of the compliance and internal control framework and ensuring that they are in adherence with the firm’s and Apex Group’s Policies and Procedures and all applicable legislations;
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the Compliance Monitoring Programme and performing monitoring activities;
  • Ensuring that non-compliant findings are tracked with the respective business function managers until resolved;
  • Reporting to and liaising with the SEO, Regional Compliance Officer and the Board as required, on compliance related matters;
  • Preparing and submitting compliance reports to management and various committees and governance structures within the Apex Group;
  • Providing advice, and assistance where relevant, to senior management and staff on Apex Group compliance-related matters;
  • Maintaining a register of complaints, conflicts of interest, compliance and data breaches, and actively manage adherence to the complaints process and mitigation of breaches;
  • Providing assistance and support in satisfying staff training and development needs and plans to new regulations and legislation;
  • Preparing training material and deliver training in compliance with regulatory obligations and business procedures;
  • Promoting a positive compliance culture through engagement with staff through training and mentorship.
  • Acting as the Firm’s MLRO, establishing and maintaining the Firm’s Anti Money Laundering policies, procedures, systems and controls in compliance with the Regulatory Anti Money Laundering rules and all relevant legislation applicable in the jurisdiction and Group Apex Policies;
  • Providing relevant AML training to the employees of the firm;
  • Completing and submitting all regulatory reporting;
  • Managing and completing any regulatory related remediation as required;
  • Reviewing and updating the firm’s AML manual as required;
  • Performing requisite AML-related risk assessments and due diligence checks;
  • Receiving and acting upon any relevant findings, recommendations, guidance, directives, resolutions, sanctions, notices or other conclusions described by the Regulator;
  • Monitoring suspicious transactions, identify potential sanctions and submit reporting as required;
  • Liaising with the Regulator and other relevant authorities, as may be required, in relation to the firm’s AML matters; and
  • Reporting to and liaising with the SEO, Regional Compliance Officer and the Board as required, on AML-related matters; management of the firm’s internal and external compliance reporting processes.
  • Act as the contact person for all Data Subjects
  • Act as the contact person with the relevant Data Protection Commissioner
  • Keeping up-to-date with the relevant data protection regulations
  • Monitor the Firm’s compliance with the Data Protection Law and any other data protection or privacy-related law or regulation
  • Advise in relation to the Firm’s data protection impact assessment(s) and data matrix
  • Analysis of cross border transfers of confidential information
  • Analysis of privacy aspects in all relevant procedures and policies applied by the Firm
  • Analysis of data events and breaches
  • Implementation of Apex Group’s Data Privacy and Data Protection Policy
  • Communication and training to employees, senior management and clients (where necessary)
  • Providing guidance to senior management and employees on data protection-related matters
  • Maintaining firm records and registers as required
Skills Required:
  • Financial services experience of 5 to 7 years working within a regulated financial environment.
  • Understanding of the relevant regulations in UAE and International AML Laws.
  • Relevant professional qualifications e.g. AML, CDD, Compliance, Risk, or equivalent.
  • Experience in Customer Due Diligence (CDD/KYC) on various international corporate structures and risk profiles.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Experienced leader able to develop team members.
  • Motivated and driven and a team player.
  • Solutions driven critical thinking, with the ability to adapt to change.
What you will get in return:
  • A high level of visibility within a large organisation on an upwards trajectory
  • The ability to define compliance processes to drive innovation and have a tangible impact on the business
  • Be part of a dynamic and fast-paced team that makes a genuine impact on the business
  • Exposure to all aspects of the business and cross-jurisdiction
  • The opportunity to innovate, bring discipline to brand activity and really make a difference.
Additional information:
We are an equal opportunity employer and ensure that no applicant is subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, responsibilities for dependents, physical or mental disability. Any hiring decisions are made on the basis of skills, qualifications and experiences.
We measure our success as a business, not only by delivering great products and services and continually increasing our assets under administration and market share, but also by how we positively impact people, society and the planet. For more information on our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) please visit https://theapexgroup.com/csr-policy/