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Lead AML Compliance Specialist Full-time

at Discover Financial Services in Illinois (Published at 20-09-2019)

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We?re all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

Responsible for supporting the development and execution of strategies that enable the company main compliance with anti-money laundering programs. Supports the maintenance of strategies, operating plans, and oversight of anti-money laundering functions.


  • Aligns strategies, processes, and procedures with anti-money laundering functions and stakeholders.
  • Assists with operational efficiency and improvement efforts including budgeting, expense management, volume forecasting, and queue management. Reports data to management and the business.
  • Assist with execution of projects through the development life cycle of build, implement, test, launch, and validation and ongoing maintenance, as needed
  • Identify opportunities for automation and/or improvement within the Sanctions and List Screening program
  • Interact with and understand industry standards and risks for Bank, Payment Services, and Corporate teams as it pertains to BSA and OFAC/Sanctions regulations
  • Track action plans and track issues found by Internal Audit, Compliance Testing or BUTM finding
  • Support and provide evidence for exam requests from regulators, Internal Audit, Compliance Testing, Quality Assurance, BUTM
  • Assist with the watchlist screening solutions system configuration, workflow, and settings
  • Prepare and document working group and organization materials as it relates to ESLS
  • Acts as a delegate for the ESLS Manager

Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, here?s what we need from you:

  • Bachelor?s Degree in Engineering, Finance, Technology, Business, Compliance
  • 2+ years of experience in AML, Data Analytics, Finance/Operational Planning, Process Management, Compliance
  • In lieu of a degree, 6+ years of experience in AML, Data Analytics, Finance/Operational Planning, Process Management, Compliance
  • CAMS certification or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

If we had our say, we?d also look for:

  • Master?s Degree in Engineering, Finance, Technology, Business, Compliance
  • 4+ years of experience in AML, Data Analytics, Finance/Operational Planning, Process Management, Compliance

Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability.

Work Perks:

  • 24-Hour Nurse Hotline & Telehealth Services
  • 7 Paid Holidays
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Annual Flu Shots
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Work Environment
  • Group Auto, Home and Pet Insurance
  • Healthy Eating Program
  • Legal Assistance Plan
  • Mother?s Rooms
  • Onsite Emotional Health Counselors
  • Onsite Fitness Centers
  • Onsite Weight Watchers at Work
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional and Leadership Development Programs
  • Recognition Program
  • Service Anniversary Awards
  • Tuition Reimbursement


  • Annual health Evaluation and Health Coaching
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Health Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life and Accident Insurance
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Onsite Health Services Center with Nurse Practitioner

Financial Wellness:

  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Fixed and Matching Contributions
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Financial Engines
  • ?Financial Wellness for You? Learning Programs

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