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Financial Crime Prevention Officer - 12 month FTC

Job Introduction


Main Responsibilities 

The Transaction Monitoring and Investigations Department ensures compliance with the Banks policy, risk tolerance and regulatory requirements in relation to Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF).
The Team are responsible for the receipt and investigation of Transaction Monitoring alerts, unusual activity reports (UARs), ‘ad-hoc’ customer account activity reviews, Law Enforcement and Third Party Agency requests. The Team will make recommendation and escalation of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and support the on-going risk management of the customer.

  • Review and investigate automated transaction monitoring alerts triggered by targeted financial crime scenarios and changes in behaviour on customer accounts.
  • Conduct Unusual Activity Report (UAR) investigations to ensure concerns with out of profile account activity can be mitigated or, if appropriate, submitted as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to the NCA in a timely manner.
  • Collate customer details and respond to law enforcement and other third party agency requests for information relating to ongoing external financial crime investigations.
  • Conduct financial crime ‘intelligence led’ reviews as and when required.
  • Work as part of the team to ensure the day to day activities and work flow are adequately prioritised to suit shifting demands
  • Be vigilant and of a questioning nature during the review of various systems and data sources to identify and assess ‘high risk indicators’ and areas of concern – this will involve the use of the tools that will include investigating internal systems, open source searches, proprietary and third party databases
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders including branch staff, payment processing teams and Delegated Nominated Officers as required to aid investigations
  • Ensure that all financial crime alerts and referrals are fully investigated, evidenced and documented in a clear and concise manner and reported to relevant stakeholders and authorities in a timely manner.
  • Operates in line with the Bank's Risk Management framework (including sub-frameworks)     and relevant risk and compliance policies and procedures, ensuring appropriate and timely escalation of any concerns to their line manager.
This role will be based from our Manchester Head Office on a hybrid basis. 

Ideal Candidate

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  • Strong understanding and experience of Financial Crime (specifically AML transaction monitoring and UAR/SAR investigations), banking products and the UK regulatory environment.
  • Experience and knowledge of operational financial crime reviews and transaction monitoring investigations within a first or second line financial crime function/financial services environment (preferred)
  • Robust investigative and rationale writing skills to identify potential concerns highlighted through transaction monitoring alerts or Unusual Activity Reports, ensuring these can be mitigated in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to apply themselves to problem solving and analysing situations, delivering practical and compliant financial crime controls/solutions
  • Excellent communication and decision making skills with the ability to demonstrate sound judgement
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills, interacting with stakeholders at all levels; achieving the right business culture and behaviours

Company Information 

Handelsbanken is a relationship bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence thanks to a nationwide network of branches, and a long-term approach to customer relations. Each Handelsbanken branch operates as a local business enabling it to make decisions at a local level and provide a bespoke service. The focus is always on the need of the individual customer and not on the sale of specific products. 

The Bank is deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities. This is so that we are an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work that encourages everyone to apply, regardless of socio-economic background, age, disability, pregnancy and/or parental status, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), veteran status, marital and civil partnership status, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment or sexual orientation. 


Check our Handelsbanken website for further information



At Handelsbanken, we deeply value our unique culture and values including trust in and respect for each individual. We take pride in nurturing a work environment where people flourish, and where they are empowered to take decisions in their areas of expertise. We take a long term perspective in everything we do and want each employee who joins us to build a long terms successful career with the Bank.  


What is in it for you?

  • We have a wide range of learning and development available, empowering and enabling our colleagues to take ownership of their own development. 
  • Competitive Salary and an extensive range of benefits is provided, including private medical insurance, income protection and life assurance
  • A market-leading pension contribution of 15% paid by the bank, which can be invested in a wide range of funds (including ESG and Shariah funds)

Application next steps

Your journey with us begins once you have submitted your application. One of our Handelsbanken recruiters will be reviewing your details and will later organise a phone conversation if you match the role requirements. If there is a mutual fit, we will extend an invitation for you to participate in an interview.  

There will be a one stage, in person interview for this position. 

How can we support you to be your best self? Our Talent Acquisition team will be happy to provide support e.g. if you need additional time to prepare for an interview or you have any requirements for any part of the interview/hiring process – just let us know by email


This advert will be live for a minimum of two weeks. However, please note that after the two weeks, the closing date could change at any time depending on the number of responses received.



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