Director, Global Sanctions Advisory in New York at PayPal

Date Posted: 11/6/2018

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 254 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

This position reports to the Sr. Director, Global Governance Risk & Compliance (GGRC), Global Head of Sanctions Compliance. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a team working to develop and implement Enterprise Sanctions policies and global Sanctions investigative standards. This role requires close collaboration with international Risk and Compliance Officers and Money Laundering Reporting to Officers to navigate the international regulatory space. The successful candidate will also have deep subject matter expertise in Sanctions regulations, investigative practices, and is able to work across both the policy and execution arms to ensure end-to-end success of the Global Sanctions program. The role also requires close collaboration across all customer stakeholder groups including Sales, Account Management and Product Development throughout the PayPal business units.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee a team driving global compliance with sanctions regimes across multiple jurisdictions
    • Collaborate with regional teams and operational execution teams to ensure policy requirements are effectively adopted globally  
    • Work with Training & Procedures teams to ensure the global organization is properly prepared to implement policy changes in day-to-day practices 
  • Stay apprised of sanctions regulatory changes globally to assist in determining PayPal’s overall sanctions program, including screening, lists and investigations
    • Partner with Investigative and Screening teams to stay current on trends and typologies, developing a consistent feedback loop between the policy and investigative functions 
    • Ensure that sanctions policies are continually refreshed in response to evolving risk landscape and regulatory changes   
  • Regularly review sanctions-related reporting (metrics and regulatory disclosures) to identify key trends, areas of opportunity and to generally stay abreast of critical program metrics and insights 
  • Lead Global Sanctions and Investigative forums to share best practices, case studies and trends globally 
  • Provide clear and succinct communication both verbally and in writing to all levels of management and staff
  • Review and approve Sanctions-related documentation, including audit and exam responses, presentations and policy documentation 
  • Develop relationships and work collaboratively with cross functional groups and leaders within and outside of PayPal to drive results.
  • Champion the goals and objectives of GGRC across the organization.

Qualifications/Education/Experience/Skills:

•      Senior GFCC experience, including 5+ years of people leadership, within a large, complex financial services institution and is adept at navigating a complex and continuously changing global regulatory ecosystem.

•      The successful candidate will hold a minimum 10 years of Sanctions or similar experience. A college degree and relevant experience in a senior position at a large financial institution or government entity is preferred.

•      Excellent people leadership skills with the ability to manage both execution against critical tasks as well as foster growth and career development for a talented team

•      Technologically conversant with a knowledge of Analytics application with a global Financial Crimes Compliance function

•      Must possess exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to partner effectively at multiple levels and across disciplines.

•      Exceptional at organizing and prioritizing tasks with the demonstrated ability to manage the day-to-day operations of large, complex GFCC programs in a changing regulatory environment.

•      Proven ability to operate in ambiguous environments and exhibit agility in navigating from current state to proposed solutions.


We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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