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Bank of the West Compliance Officer in Tempe, Arizona

Compliance Officer


At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We are investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we are a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Position Summary

Responsible for assisting the Sanctions Advisory Principal Compliance Officer with developing and monitoring key surveillance points (KSPs) for Financial Security Sanctions controls, as executed by Sanctions Compliance or its Business and Operations partners.

Adhere to Group Generic Control Library framework and BOTW Compliance Monitoring and Oversight Standards, specifically regarding Quality Assurance (QA) practices, control planning, and KSP testing.

Responsible for helping to define the monitoring plan and recommend improvements or enhancements to practices.

Ensure that control documentation is accurate, complete, detailed, and adequate for audit trail purposes, potential internal audit reviews, and regulatory examinations.

Position Accountabilities

  1. Work under the direction of the Sanctions Advisory Principal Compliance to evaluate and measure Sanctions Compliance team processes, risks, control effectiveness, sustainability, regulatory expectations, and internal Group / Bank expectations, in support of strengthening the Bank’s Sanctions Program.

  2. Act as point-of-contact for monitoring and QA related matters for the team.

  3. Define processes for identifying and establishing potential new QA activities and ongoing QA Monitoring Control Plans.

  4. Track and report the review statuses, ratings and possible action plans.

  5. Collaborate with the team to remediate potential issues / delays and ensure partnership across the Sanctions Compliance team, BOTW Compliance, and Group partners.


Required Education or Equivalent Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 5 years related bank compliance experience at major banking institution or regulatory agency

  • Five to seven years internal audit, compliance, or regulatory experience.

  • Industry certifications such as CAMs certification from ACAMS preferable.

Required Experience

  • Strong knowledge of OFAC Sanctions, Anti-Boycott, and other prominent sanctions programs (e.g. EU, UN), Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and FFIEC Examinations Manual.

  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and oral); experience making presentations.

  • Independent worker, analytical and critical thinker; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Computer literacy required (Word, Excel, etc.)

  • Strong knowledge and expertise of Sanctions laws and regulations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills for coordination/liaison functions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Job: Compliance

Location: United States-Nebraska-Omaha

Other Locations: United States-Arizona-Tempe

Requisition ID: 056664