Senior Intelligence Data Analyst Cryptoassets

12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN
Enforcement & Market Oversight

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the FCA’s Intelligence Department for a talented and dedicated intelligence analyst to join a high performing team in generating and developing intelligence on instances of serious financial misconduct, principally money laundering, that threaten FCA objectives.

We are looking to recruit an intelligence and data analyst with experience and knowledge of crypto assets and the sectors involved in emerging financial services technology (Fintech). The role will involve working with the Financial Misconduct Lead Generation team, using data analytics to identify new instances of potential misconduct, and turning these leads into developed intelligence products within the Economic Crime team for passing to a range of customers across the FCA. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to shape work on crypto asset regulation at a very early stage making a valued contribution within a team that plays a critical role in the FCA’s early detection, prevention and reduction of public harm.

Please note this is an Fixed Term Contract position. The approximate end date is 31st March 2021.

  • Proactively developing all-source intelligence to identify threats to the UK financial services sector from economic crime, including money laundering through UK financial services.
  • Conducting proactive data analysis to generate new leads into instances of financial misconduct.
  • Managing the delivery of intelligence analysis to internal (and external) stakeholders by taking ownership of complex casework targeting individuals and firms posing a risk to consumer protection and UK market integrity
  • Developing further intelligence leads generated by the Proactive Intelligence & Analysis Team (PIAT)’s expanding in-house data analytics capability
  • Researching, preparing and disseminating intelligence products (including profiles, reports (logs) and assessments) for both internal and external customers, appropriately handling and disseminating sensitive intelligence
  • Working with other Intelligence teams to identify and exploit sensitive intelligence sources to better understand the threats of economic crime through UK financial services
  • Sharing ideas, developing analytical techniques, peer reviewing others’ data analytics work and acting as a collaborative team member.
  • Act as an expert on the crypto sector, sharing knowledge and expertise.
  • You will have a great opportunity to understand intelligence processes and work, and influence the way we support the breadth and depth of the FCA remit in the new area of Crypto asset regulation and 5MLD.
  • You will enjoy a unique view of the financial services industry, law enforcement partners and UK government with the opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a real difference in protecting consumers, our firms and UK financial services industry against financial crime harm.
  • This will involve and require contributions to the review and scrutiny of individuals and firms, contributing to inform decision-makers during the course of Authorisations applications, Supervision action, Enforcement cases and LEA investigations across the breadth of our regulatory landscape
  • You will have the opportunity to work with, and influence the activities of a wide range of our internal stakeholders on key functions.
  • As an Academy business, we place great value on learning and at the FCA we offer learning and development opportunities which will assist you in undertaking your role

Minimum 

We’re a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidate’s CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme

  • Experience in identifying and developing leads from all-source intelligence
  • Current working knowledge of the financial services sector and/or the UK Economic Crime landscape
  • Experience / working knowledge of legislation relevant to the specific role (FSMA, RIPA, CPIA, PIDA etc)
  • Proven experience of working in teams
  • The successful candidate will hold or be eligible to obtain Security Clearance (SC) level vetting

Essential 

Technical Skills

  • Ability to mine FCA-held data effectively and efficiently to help generate new leads/cases
  • Ability to think holistically and consider how leads fit into the bigger picture of economic crime and the UK financial landscape as well as the ability to identify where cases may raise strategic issues
  • Established experience reviewing complex intelligence to reach conclusions and make judgements. Ability to present the outcome of that analysis clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Capability to manage a variety of competing tasks and issues (including matters of complexity and risk), prioritising appropriately and escalating where necessary
  • Experienced in stakeholder management of a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficiency in storing, sharing, handling and using intelligence (including sensitive intelligence) effectively and securely.
  • Excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills
  • Ability to challenge intelligently and constructively
  • Knowledge of the financial services sector and/or UK Economic Crime landscape, the National Intelligence Model and gateways and information sharing processes
  • Good knowledge of the crypto industry, with the ability to educate others on the sector and the methodologies used within the industry.
  • Trained to National Intelligence Analysis (NIAT) standards
  • Strong IT capabilities including the use of visualisation and analytical tools (i.e. i2 ANB, iBASE, SAS Patriarch and Microsoft products) to deliver valued and understood outputs
  • Familiar with the benefits of using OSINT/SOCMINT material to aid intelligence gathering and knowledge, within the constraints of FCA OSINT policy

Behavioural Skills

  • Advocates the FCA, EMO and the FCA mission, operating for the benefit of consumers
  • Act in an honest, open and transparent way, challenging when you see behaviour that goes against the principles of the FCA or EMO
  • Continuously seek out new and more effective ways to conduct your work, and feed this back to management
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team, valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, and working with other departments and divisions to minimise silos
  • Open to learning, change, and be prepared to be flexible to new tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability to exercise own judgements and defend those judgements where necessary and appropriate
  • Act as a role model for the FCA and EMO's cultural characteristics

Desirable 

  • Case management and prioritisation of a variety of topics
  • Stakeholder management and a collaborative approach
  • Accredited Financial Intelligence Administrator (FIA) or Financial Intelligence Officer (FIO)
  • Delivery of work at pace and with accuracy and relevance at the forefront
  • A flexible and positive attitude to change; delivering improvement through experience and learning lesson which can be cascaded and drive efficiency
  • Proficiency working with Alteryx or other data analytics software (eg Tableau, Spotfire, SAS Enterprise Guide, R, Python)
  • Experience of gathering intelligence from blockchain data or using commercial blockchain analysis tools.
  • Experience in identifying and developing leads from all-source intelligence
  • Current working knowledge of the financial services sector and/or the UK Economic Crime landscape
  • Experience / working knowledge of legislation relevant to the specific role (FSMA, RIPA, CPIA, PIDA etc)
  • Proven experience of working in teams

The successful candidate will hold or be eligible to obtain Security Clearance (SC) level vetting


At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

Enforcement & Market Oversight (EMO) is responsible for the FCA's responsibilities for market monitoring, delivery of the functions of the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) and the investigation and prosecution of misconduct pursuing and remedying misconduct using the whole spectrum of criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and remedies against firms and individuals.

Intelligence - Intelligence activity is an important and a central function to many areas of the FCA, and is embeded in many of our process; with accuracy, timeliness and relevance at the heart of what we deliver. We provide intelligence for both regulatory and criminal activities, and cooperate with many external partners, both in the UK and overseas. It is important we provide the highest quality intelligence products, they are shared appropriately (in accordance with GDPR and our gateways) and with consideration of the wider value therein. We are therefore not solely focused on Enforcement & Market Oversight (EMO) work and operate more broadly across the financial and economic crime landscape internally and externally. Working to national law enforcement standards in the management of our intelligence information.

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.

As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

  • This role is graded L&F C
  • The salary range will be approximately 50,000 - 60,000 GBP plus benefits package and non-contributory pension
  • Applications for this role close on Sunday 15th March 2020
  • Interviews will take place on Thursday 26th March 2020 (either the morning or afternoon)
  • Please note applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted.
  • This is an FTC. It's duration will be approximately until 31st March 2021.
  • For more information about this role please contact Sarah.Burgess2@FCA.org.uk

This opportunity is closed to applications.