One of our clients, an established accounting and audit firm with a strong international presence, is looking to recruit an MLRO to join their company.
Ensure that the Firm is always compliant with Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU), MFSA, and other pertinent regulations
Act as primary contact with the FIAU, while maintaining effective relationships with other governmental bodies/agencies, handling any request or inquiry in an open and cooperative manner
Be knowledgeable on the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, (Cap. 373) and provisions amending the Act, the Regulations made thereunder, as well as the Implementing Procedures and any guidance notes issued by the FIAU
Ensure that all the Firm’s employees are adequately trained in money laundering and terrorist finance prevention, that the standards and scope of the training are appropriate, and that appropriate training records are kept
Ensure that proper Customer Due Diligence procedures are in place and that the procedures set out in the FIAU Implementing Procedures relating to the identification and verification of natural or legal persons are complied with
Maintain the Firm’s anti-money laundering and combating the funding of terrorism policy in-line with evolving statutory and regulatory obligations
Maintain the Firm’s internal reporting procedure to ensure that employees can report any such suspicious transactions without hindrance and that clear reporting lines are in place
Work closely with the Firm’s Risk Manager to ensure that the Firm’s risk management policies, risk assessment profile and their application are adequately documented
Collaborate with the Firm’s Risk Manager and Internal Compliance Team to maintain appropriate risk-based monitoring processes that are proportionate to the Firm's operations' scale, nature, and complexity
Ensure all internal suspicious activity reports received are investigated without delay
Represent the Firm to all external agencies, e.g., regulators or law enforcement agencies, and in any other third-party enquiries related to money laundering prevention, investigation, or compliance
Promptly respond to any reasonable request for information from the regulator and/or law enforcement agencies
Ensure all reporting obligations are met, including the preparation and timely submission of the yearly Risk Evaluation Questionnaires (REQs) for each entity forming part of the subject person;
Prepare an MLRO report to the board of directors on an annual basis
Ensure that the legal reporting obligations, such as CASPAR reporting, of the Firm are fulfilled errorless every time, on time
Have the ability to exert effective influence over the Firm’s AML/CFT measures, policies, controls and procedures;
Be able to communicate freely and directly with the Board of Directors, when necessary.
Skill-sets and Requirements
At least 5 years` of local experience in an AML/CFT
Sound working knowledge of the laws governing the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism in Malta, the FIAU Implementing Procedures, the relevant EU legislation, and the international standards.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English