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Compliance Officer- OFAC Sanctions Analyst




United States-California-San Ramon

Job function




What sets Bank of the West apart from other banks is our team members–they embody the optimistic spirit of the West. There is a spirit here that drives us to do more. Our team of more than 10,000 employees is vital to the success of our Bank. They reflect our modern western values—straightforward, entrepreneurial and optimistic. We seek to create a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity – an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving our customers. Bank of the West offers the stability of a company that has a 135 year history and is part of BNP Paribas, a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the 6 strongest banks in the world. We offer opportunities across our diverse business lines – Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, National Finance, and Wealth Management.
Position Summary
Responsible for all activities associated with assigned Sanctions laws and regulations to ensure Bank compliance with those regulations and other legal requirements.
Position Accountabilities
  1. Responsible for reviewing and properly dispositioning potential OFAC Sanctions match alert using the bank’s various sanctions screening systems
  2. Provides consultation on Sanctions regulations to appropriate line managers, business compliance officers and other business partners responsible for BOTW’s compliance with Sanctions rules and regulations.
  3. Implements processes and writes procedures to be aligned with overarching Bank of the West Policies.
  4. Assists and supports the independent reviews by Internal Audit and Compliance Independent Testing and actively engages in any corrective action taken under the direction of the Head of Sanctions.
  5. Identifies Sanctions training needs for different employee groups.  Conducts specific compliance training for various groups including employee staff and consultants.
  6. Produces forms and related operational procedures to ensure compliance with BSA/AML Sanctions program, for approval by the appropriate senior compliance officer.
  7. Assists with the completion of monthly and ad hoc reporting requests using the various case management and activity tools
  8. Acts as the subject matter resource on assigned Sanctions related laws and regulations, keeping abreast of all developments impacting assigned regulatory landscape.
  9. Provides information to support the Bank’s management information reporting for senior compliance leadership.
  10. Performs special projects regarding Bank compliance activities which may require research and analysis, including the preparation to senior compliance leadership.
  11. Participates and supports BOTW project management efforts assessing compliance implications involving product, service and systems development.
  12. Assists the Head of Sanctions in preparation and ongoing support for regulatory examinations.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications
Required Education or Equivalent Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of training
  • Direct and applicable Sanctions Compliance experience
Preferred Education or Equivalent Experience
  • Certification, National Compliance School
  • Industry certifications such as CAMs certification from ACAMS
Required Experience
  • Five to seven years internal audit, credit review, compliance, or regulatory experience.
Field of Experience
  • Strong knowledge of general banking with an understanding of deposit, lending and alternative investment products
  • Strong knowledge and expertise of Sanctions laws and regulations
  • Strong interpersonal skills for coordination/liaison functions
  • Strong writing skills for composition of reports
Administrative/Technical Skills
  • Analytical and research
  • Bank and product knowledge
  • Compose letters/memorandums
  • Planning and organizing
  • Presentation skills
  • Use personal computer and MS products
Level Supervised
No supervisory responsibility
Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law.   Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.
Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.