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Head of Financial Crime Analytics (Protect)

Head of Financial Crime Analytics (Protect)

  • Location(s): UK Wide
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Ref: R00AOR01568
  • Closing Date: 25 May 2022
  • We're happy to consider flexible working approaches for this role

Head of Financial Crime Analytics (Protect)

  • Reports to Economic Crime Director, Moments That Matter Mission, First Line of Defence
  • Flexible UK location
  • Competitive salary & benefits
  • Full time, permanent contract


We’re navigating significant and ambitious change at Nationwide, the world’s largest building society. It’s an exciting time as we evolve to a new future that sees us accelerate delivery of value to our 16.3 million Members and engage our 18,000 colleagues around new ways of working.

Over the last year we’ve seen the difference our people make in helping our members, driven by a deep ethic of care and an unwavering purpose – a belief in what we stand for: building society, nationwide.

Missions are a fundamental part of our new operating model bringing together expertise from across the organisation and focussing on end-to-end Member/customer journeys, breaking down barriers to move faster, being more efficient and delivering Member/customer value and experiences that support Member/customer financial/life objectives, supporting in difficult times when they need us most, and of course, keeping them safe.

Following a strategic review of the Economic Crime operating model within the overall risk management structure, we aim to strengthen, realign, and simplify our Economic Crime Risk model.

The Head of Analytics will be accountable for the development, delivery, and management of the Financial Crime Analytics function within the Protect Member Need, with responsibility for maintaining and optimising Nationwide’s economic crime system framework and providing analytical solutions that effectively manage risk and compliance and provide relevant business insight.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference in an organisation famed for its values and sense of social purpose. We are reimagining our world of work and are committed to listening to and giving our colleagues choice and flexibility to thrive and be at their best. We are currently developing a work anywhere (in the UK) approach whilst ensuring we adopt inclusive meeting principles, support Wellbeing and continue to evolve our Future of Work principles. As such, we are completely flexible on UK location, the role will involve working remotely and occasional travel to Swindon, London or other UK sites as necessary.

Diversity is central to our success as a Society. We are keen to attract inclusive leaders with demonstrable experience of attracting and nurturing diverse talent. 

What you’ll be doing

  • Leading the Society’s Economic Crime system-based monitoring, prevention and detection screening and other analytical activities to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations.
  • Provision of expert insight and analytics, ensuring all relevant threats and risk are identified and mitigated.
  • Play a leading role in setting future economic crime analytics technology strategy to ensure that our IT systems are set up to deliver industry leading performance in managing economic or financial crime.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining a robust governance framework to ensure the relevant team’s activities are appropriately controlled.
  • Promotes and monitors continuous professional development within the analytics team, ensuring the team advances its analytical skillsets and subject matter knowledge.
  • Representing the Society at external meetings to influence industry initiatives aimed at tackling financial crime.
  • Managing existing third-party supplier relationships and selecting future suppliers to ensure the Society maximises value from its partners.

About you

  • Strong background in data science and application of advanced analytics to manage Financial Crime risk in a retail banking environment
  • Substantial experience within an Economic Crime or Financial Crime function
  • Expert knowledge of Financial Crime/Anti-Money regulations
  • Highly proficient and experienced in scripting languages, analytical tools, and statistical modelling techniques.
  • Passion for working on intricate and advanced analytics problems
  • Experience in and ability to lead a specialist team of data analytics and scientists
  • Highly credible senior leadership presence with significant experience in conveying and presenting complex and technical information in simplified and easy to understand terms to non-technical senior stakeholders
  • Proven strong consultancy, problem solving, negotiation and communication skills at all levels.
  • Demonstrable influencing skills across a spectrum of diverse functional areas to Executive’s level.
  • Strong ability to take an ambiguous brief and transform into credible vision and delivery plan.
  • Experience of Financial Services

The extras you’ll get

When you put a lot in, it’s only fair to expect a lot out. So, when you help us do the right thing for our Members, we want to reward you. As well as your salary, additional benefits include 30 days’ holiday, a car allowance, a competitive pension or cash alternative, private healthcare, life assurance and the opportunity to participate in Sharing in Success, our Society-wide, all-employee variable pay plan. If that wasn’t enough, you could also tailor your reward package by taking advantage of a range of flexible benefits.

Why work at Nationwide

We’re a building society founded by ordinary people, our members, who came together to help each other get the most from their money, buy homes and save for their futures. For over 130 years, we’ve supported each other and our communities, and we’ve done the right thing for wider society too.

If you come to work here at Nationwide, you’ll be part of that. Part of something a bit different. And something really quite special.

What’s more, we have a strong ethic of care for each other and our members. We recognise that our employees feel most appreciated when their thoughts and values are respected and considered. We’re committed to creating a culture that recognises and truly values our individual differences and identities. So, if you’d like to be a part of an inclusive workplace where you can be yourself, where your talents are nurtured, and you feel empowered to contribute, then please apply and help us in building society, nationwide.

What to do next

If you’d like to apply, just click the ‘Apply now’ button. You’ll need to attach your CV and answer a few questions, and you can attach a cover letter to support your application. highlighting your relevant skills and experience

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