Overview of the role

To serve as a Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer would oversee the administration of the sanctions compliance policy and associated procedures throughout the charity. As a matter of efficiency, the Compliance Officer may also be relegated with oversight of overlapping and/or similar policies and procedures, such as the charity’s anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and anti-bribery policies.

JOB TITLE Compliance Officer
HOURS Full time Equivalent (40 hours per week less 30 minute lunch break 37.5 hrs)
SALARY Competitive
LOCATION Greater Manchester
REPORTS TO Chief Executive Officer
Closing Date 30th October 2019

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with all departments and other colleagues to foster a culture of compliance adherence and to develop training and guidance on implementing and operationalising the compliance and risk policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance regimes encompass the charity’s approach to, and compliance with, UK, US and global sanctions authorities for jurisdictions in which it transacts (i.e., sanctions administered by the US, UK, EU, and UN).
  • Lead in the improvement of compliance and risk mitigation practices within the Charity as a whole, by providing consulting support, advice and guidance to internal colleagues at all levels. Build strong working relationships with senior colleagues across the organisation to gain credibility and provide appropriate level of review and influence;
  • Undertake risk assessments and ensure financial and regulatory compliance, implementing robust compliance controls.
  • Ensure policies and procedures are reviewed, updated and practically applied.
  • Ensure day to day operations meet the required standards across all offices globally.
  • Keep up-to-date with and understand relevant laws and regulations.
  • Educate and train staff on regulations and policies.
  • Contribute to the appropriate development of culture and behaviour in embedding an organisational culture that actively supports compliance and the right behaviour.
  • Hold accountability for compliance with all required policy requirements, ensuring that any areas of non-compliance are dealt with and associated risks are appropriately highlighted to the Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees in a timely manner where appropriate.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all policies and procedures are necessary, adequate and fit for purpose at all times. Advise the relevant policy owners accordingly; draft new policies and guidelines for the charity as required, with support from subject matter experts and departmental policy owners;
  • Produce high level management information and technical/compliance reports and risk audits for the Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees as required. www.syriarelief.org.uk | +44 (0) 161 860 0163 | info@syriarelief.org.uk
  • Syria Relief, Advocates House, 4, Market Street, Denton. M34 2XW United Kingdom
  • Ensure day to day operations meet the required standards across all offices globally.
  • Keep up-to-date with, and understand relevant laws and regulations.
  • Educate and train staff on regulations and policies.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of Compliance environment
  • In depth knowledge of Global Sanction regimes / Anti Money laundering / Bribery Act 2010
  • Experience working within an INGO environment
  • Knowledge of Charity Commission guidance, Fundraising Regulator Code and GDPR legislation
  • Ability to build rapport and communicate effectively

Leadership Skills

  • To promote Syria Relief’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day-to-day activities and delivery of services.
  • To contribute to the Charity’s objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
  • To ensure that Syria Relief develops a culture that promotes equality and diversity and that the service you provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
  • To participate in Syria Relief related events as and when required.
  • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and subsequent legislation, the post holder is required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions; this includes:-
  • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the Syria Relief risk assessment process;
  • Reporting all incidents, near-misses and hazards in line with the Syria Relief’s reporting, arrangements and systems
  • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
  • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
BSc/BA in Criminology or a related field Professional certification or Master’s degree (e.g. Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional(CCEP)) X
Several years’ experience in legal compliance X
Assessments of compliance with documentation requirements and standards. X
Knowledge of legal requirements and controls (e.g. Anti-Money Laundering, or AML) X
Experience of business process review/ audit X
Familiarity with charity practices and professional standards X
Educating and training employees in policy and procedures X
Experience in risk management and assurance frameworks X
Knowledge and Skills
Ability to critically appraise the financial systems, processes and controls, to identify and implement improvements to strengthen the system. X
Keep abreast of regulatory developments within or outside of the company as well as evolving best practices in compliance control X
Excellent analytical and interpretive ability X
Excellent communication and presentation skills X
Attention to detail X
Integrity and professional ethics X
Business acumen X
Teamwork skills X
A willingness to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work and to travel, both national and international X
Please refer to this document carefully when completing your application form and preparing for your interview. You must demonstrate how you meet the criteria on your application.

Application procedure

1 Attach your CV or fill

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2 A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would manage the key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
3 Demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.
4 Please email
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