GFCP Master Expert / Sanctions Risk Management, Nordics, UK, Estonia or Poland

Stockholm, SE, 111 46 London, GB, EC2V 7A2 Tallinn, EE, 11415 Tallinn, EE, 11415 Helsinki, FI, 500 Łódź, PL, 92-202 Stockholm, SE, 111 44 Oslo, NO, 0368

Job ID: 10464 

It’s an exciting time for you to join us. We’re a changing company with big ambitions and together we’ll create the future of banking. 

Working with us, you will play a part in building a better bank that fulfils a meaningful role in society. We aim to help our customers around the world improve their lives and reach their goals. To do that, we are embedding compliance across the organisation to ensure people can trust Nordea. Interested in coming on the journey with us?  

About this opportunity

As a Master Expert in Sanctions Risk Management, Group Financial Crime Prevention your role involves helping to secure transparency of Sanctions Risks across the First Line of Defence at Nordea. You will support the bank by playing a functional leadership role in a given areas of the team, identifying inherent risk that exists as part of its day to day business, helping to assess whether this risk is appropriately managed and articulating residual risk once controls are considered to articulate issues for prioritisation and closure. You will think end to end and be motivated to help the business to better manage its risk – Compliance and Operational. You will be expected to have a strong grasp of sanctions risks, industry best practice in terms of risk assessment methods and Risk and Control Assessments and help drive the organisation to build sustainable capability.


We are outcome focused and aim to secure the best possible screening service for Nordea. We are passionate, professional and focused on doing the right thing. You will be part of a capability build in this area working alongside team members located in Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Estonia.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Functionally leading an area within the Risk Management team securing the outcome of the functional teams activities and securing processes and ensuring changes are sustainable, auditable and well embedded
  • Drive the establishment of industry best practice methodologies for risk assessment, issue management, controls logging etc. in your functional area
  • You will be willing to support with risk management activities including:
  • Regulatory interactions & supervisory visits 
  • Group Internal Audit (GIA) & Group Financial Crimes Compliance (GFCC) Assurance
  • Raising of Management Identified Issues (MII’s)
  • Assisting with screening Risk and Controls Self-Assessment (RCSA)
  • Leading the articulation and maturation of risks identified as part of risk assessments to allow prioritisation as part of a risk based approach to priories areas of gap closure
  • Presenting complex material pitched appropriately to their seniority and level of understanding of the audience
  • Achieving testable, repeatable, documented and explainable processes in all areas
  • Lead provision of first line of defence Sanctions inputs into the Group Risk and Group Compliance (“GR&GC”) Internal Rules (“IR”), these include the Group CEO Instructions on Global Sanctions Standards and Group Board Directive on Global Sanctions
  • Providing expertise about risk management, including participating in QRA’s and assessing the degree to which evidence suggesting issue closure is sufficient
  • Interacting closely with colleagues and stakeholders within the broader Group Financial Crime Prevention function, Business Areas, Group Financial Crime Compliance 
  • You will report to the Head of Sanctions Risk Management


The role is based in Łódź; Helsinki; Oslo; Stockholm; Tallinn.

Who you are

Collaboration. Ownership. Passion. Courage. These are the values that guide us in being at our best – and that we imagine you share with us.  

To build a successful career with us, you’ll work well with others and always act with the customer’s needs in mind. You love learning and trying new things, and you’re excited about bringing your ideas to the table. You’re honest and dependable, willing to speak up even when it’s difficult, and committed to empowering others. You’re passionate about doing a great job. This is a position that offers real career growth possibilities.
To succeed in this role, we believe that you:

  • Are driven, emotionally intelligent and high performing, keen to learn and develop further
  •  Are used to working with and managing diverse stakeholder with divergent needs
  • Are open, honest, structured, result-oriented and act as a role model for others
  • Are willing to help develop the team planning activities and providing support
  • Own and drive your own and team work independently with minimal supervision
  • Understand matrix organisations and have experience of building influence beyond your specific functional area and across the value chain

Your experience and background: 

  • Significant Experience leading the Management of Sanctions Risk in a multi-business line international financial institution
  • Significant Experience in analyzing risks and controls in regards to customers, products, geographies and broader enterprises
  • Experience planning and executing complex tasks independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision achieving goals and proactively updating on your progress
  • Experience supporting business as usual activities but also working with significant change 
  • Experience leading a domain, communicating competently and confidently to management 
  • A Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree alongside significant relevant experience
  • Strong English language communication skills (oral and written) 


You background will ideally include:

  • Experience working on sanctions matters related to the risk assessment, trade finance, correspondent banking, controls testing, customer due diligence (CDD)/know you customer (KYC) and policies and procedures


If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application!


Next steps

Please submit your application and CV as soon as possible. Interviews will be held successively during the recruitment process. For more information, you’re welcome to contact Ioan Pop, Head of Sanctions Risk Management, via email (  

At Nordea, we know that an inclusive workplace is a sustainable workplace. We deeply believe that our diverse backgrounds, experiences, characteristics and traits make us better at serving customers and communities. So please come as you are.


Please be aware that any applications or CVs coming through email or direct messages will not be accepted or considered.

Department:  Financial Crime Prevention

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