#Crypto Intelligence Associate - Intelligence Services Team

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

The role will involve considerable amounts of liaison and stakeholder management with internal and external patterns on the topic of crypto assets, financial and economic crime linked themes and the role of various processes and areas in regulating this activity.

There will be opportunity for specific case involvement, support to Authorisation and Supervision areas on firms and individuals, exposure to economic and financial crime intelligence to aid decision makers, and the ability to learn more on this emerging technology

  • Undertaking the delivery of intelligence support and advice to Authorisations, Supervision and Enforcement for the processing of applications connected with identified high risk factors (Jurisdiction, product or identified previous adverse intelligence)

  • Researching, preparing and disseminating intelligence material (including reports and other products) to inform Authorisations action. Including the appropriate handling and dissemination of sensitive intelligence

  • Working with partner agencies to identify, liaison and share intelligence, were necessary and relevant, to inform FCA decision-makers

  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues in other business areas within the FCA and with external stakeholders

  • Assisting in identifying and training staff in relevant processes as and when required

  • Attend and contribute to knowledge sharing events and identify opportunities to share experiences to peers and stakeholders

  • 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, including the new area of Crypto asset regulation
  • 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 guarantee an interview to any 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 candidates CV.

  • Experience of crypto assets and the sectors involved in this emerging financial services technology (Fintech), including but not limited to distributed ledger technology, crypto currency and blockchain
  • Working or worked within the financial services sector and/or UK Economic Crime landscape, preferably in a regulatory environment
  • Research to identify relevant information from open sources and public records (i.e. UK Companies House and Consumer databases) to develop an issue

Essential

Required Technical Skills:

  • Experienced in research and analysing information to reach conclusions and make judgements. Ability to present the outcome of that work clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Capability to manage a variety of competing tasks and issues, prioritising appropriately and escalating where necessary
  • Proficiency in storing, sharing, handling and using information (including sensitive material) effectively and securely, including managing records systems, tools and confidentiality
  • Good stakeholder and relationship management skills
  • Ability to work actively with others to achieve outcomes in both formal and informal teams
  • Experience in intelligence research and intelligence collection techniques (i.e. open source and internet research)
  • Ability to challenge intelligently and constructively
  • A good working knowledge of all legislation relevant to specific role (FSMA, RIPA, GDPR, etc.), the National Intelligence Model (NIM), gateways and information sharing processes
  • Experience of working with accuracy and timeliness within a pressurised and fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of FCA regulatory systems such as INTACT, SIS, Intellect, or a high level of IT literacy (including use of databases, Microsoft products and software)
  • Evidence demonstrating excellent relationship management skills and ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally to internal and external stakeholders of all grades and seniority

Required Behavioural Skills:

  • Continuously seeks out new and more effective ways to conduct the work, and feeds this back to management
  • Works collaboratively as part of a team
  • Open to learning, challenge and 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

Desirable

  • Working alone or part of a small team
  • Stakeholder management
  • Delivery of work at pace and with accuracy and relevance at the forefront
  • Research and analysis skills, including the use of open source and public records to provide a view on a specific issue or entity

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) has the responsibility for market monitoring; delivery of the functions of the UK Listing Authority (UKLA); and for the investigation and prosecution of misconduct using the whole spectrum of criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and remedies against firms and individuals.

The division aims to:

  • Be a world leading function, with professional and motivated staff, taking the right cases that have a positive impact on the way financial services work
  • Promote the conduct that supports trusted, orderly and efficient primary and secondary markets

EMO – Intelligence

Intelligence is a central function, providing an important service to many areas of the FCA, not just EMO, and is embedded in many of our organisational processes; with accuracy, timeliness and relevance at the heart of what we deliver. We provide intelligence support to enable us to discharge our regulatory and criminal responsibilities, including the Authorisations Division which is responsible for the approved person and authorisation regimes for individuals and firms within the UK financial services industry. We provide accurate and meaningful information to aid their decision making and respond in a timely way to requests in order for them to meet their SLAs and statutory deadlines. We work to national law enforcement standards in intelligence, conducting internal and external research, analysis and engage with many, and varied partners to facilitate the best “all source” information to support this work.

The Intelligence Services Team (IST) supports many functions across the FCA, and also manages liaison and information exchanges with many external and overseas stakeholders for the purposes of intelligence sharing. With the FCA increasing its regulatory scope to include Crypto assets from 10 January 2020, the teams role will be key in ensuring the right relationships and information is available to aid decision makers across Authorisation, Supervision and in Enforcement case teams on the topic of crypto.

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 B
  • The salary range will be approximately £36,000 to £50,000 plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pensio
  • Applications for this role close on 29th July 2019

For internal applications, contact Kirsty Lewis on Kirsty.Lewis@fca.org.uk

For external applications, contact on Sam Shabir Sam.Shabir@fca.org.uk  

Please note, Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. 

This opportunity is closed to applications.