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Financial Crimes Specialist

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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, Irving, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Louis, Missouri, West Des Moines, Iowa Job ID R-169340

About this role:

Wells Fargo is seeking a Financial Crimes Specialist in Financial Crimes Investigations Preliminary Investigations as part of Independent Risk Management.  This is an investigator role for FCI’s Preliminary Investigations (PI) .  PI International is responsible for conducting preliminary investigations of system generated AML alerts and unusual activity referrals to determine which require further investigation leading to potential SAR filing. This is a dynamic role with exposure to many AML review components requiring a high level of attention to detail and accountability.  Learn more about the career areas and lines of business at

In this role, you will:

  • Perform risk assessment and modeling to provide input and recommendations for financial crimes strategies and models

    Identify trends based on geographical, political and economic changes as it pertains to US Laws and Wells Fargo Risk Appetite

    Conduct data and onsite reviews, review findings, determine risk level and communicate findings to management

    Perform investigative research, root cause evaluation and consulting regarding complex financial crimes transactions, policy violations and suspicious situations with moderate to high risk

    Perform detailed examination to detect transactional and relationship patterns, trends, anomalies and schemes across multiple businesses or products

    Act as an escalation point for more complex cases

    Present recommendations for resolving more complex situations and exercise independent judgment while developing full knowledge proficiency in the function, policies, procedures and compliance requirements

    Collaborate and consult with associates on all levels

    Lead, participate in and provide support for projects and initiatives

    Provide input to development and delivery of a wide range of individual education for financial crimes awareness

Required Qualifications, US:

  • 2+ years of Financial Crimes, Operational Risk, Fraud, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery, Corruption experience, or equivalent demonstrated through one or a combination of the following: work experience, training, military experience, education

Desired Qualifications:

  • Anti -Money Laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) experience

    Experience investigating, writing, and filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)

    Experience conducting investigations of financial crimes transactions or policy violations, risk management and compliance, including researching and analyzing complex transactions to detect patterns, trends, and anomalies

    Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision in a structured environment

    Ability to gather, organize, and interpret data

    Ability to execute in a fast paced, high demand, environment while balancing multiple priorities

    Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy

    Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Advanced Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) skills

    Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents/reports

    Ability to identify information, cross-reference data and take action accordingly

    BS/BA degree or higher

    Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

Job Expectations:

  • Completing work in a timely manner based on expected production timelines

    Communicate investigative reasoning effectively to management and other team members

    Willingness to work on-site at stated location on the job opening

We Value Diversity

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, individuals with disabilities, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

Employees support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit’s risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in US: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in Canada: Applications for employment are encouraged from all qualified candidates, including women, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available upon request in connection with the recruitment process.

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