Head of Emerging Markets, Compliance

Job Description

Posted on: 
2023-04-18 09:22

At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener – because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Team/ Role Paragraph: We are seeking an experienced compliance leader to head Coinbase Compliance’s support for market expansion efforts. This includes leading a team which provides strategic guidance to business and product leaders, scopes and plans for new market expansion, and evaluates new product launches across compliance disciplines. This role reports directly to the Chief Compliance Officer. 

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties): 

  • Lead compliance scoping for new market expansion initiatives and oversee team of Compliance professionals doing the same
  • Provide strategic guidance to product and business leadership regarding compliance requirements and market suitability
  • Support tactical scoping for new market compliance requirements, and partner with other Compliance teams to operationalize
  • Manage local CCOs / MLROs in Coinbase expansion markets
  • Serve in CCO and / or MLRO positions as permitted by regulation and where required and / or appropriate 
  • Represent Coinbase and Coinbase Compliance function internally and externally, including to regulators and bank partners
  • Partner with Compliance leadership and Global CCO to set vision and strategy for Emerging Markets Compliance
  • Establish robust and mature processes for Emerging Markets Compliance work

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 10+ years experience in compliance at financial services, with particular focus on cryptocurrency and fintech
  • Proven ability to advise product and business teams on compliance initiatives, as well as offer pragmatic and business-forward solutions
  • Experienced people manager
  • Ability to work across time zones and familiarity with compliance landscape outside of U.S. and UK / EU
  • Team player, willing to tackle tasks large or small 
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Basic understanding of the regulatory landscape in the crypto industry
  • Ability to pass “fitness and probity” checks for CCO and / or MLRO position in country of residence 

Nice to haves:

  • Prior experience securing international regulatory licenses for cryptocurrency or fintech firms


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