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Citi Private Bank Compliance Head, North America

Locations: New York, New York Job Function: Wealth Management Employee Status: Regular Job ID: 19141664

Serves as the key Citi Private Bank ("CPB) product compliance risk manager and thought leader for Independent Compliance Risk Management (ICRM) responsible for establishing internal strategies, policies, procedures, processes, and programs to prevent violations of law, rule, or regulation and design and deliver a risk management framework that maintains risk levels within the firm's risk appetite and protect the franchise. In addition, engages with the ICRM product and function coverage teams, in order to partner to develop and apply CRM program solutions that meet business and customer needs in a manner consistent with the Citi program framework. Product scope focus is the investment advisory and wealth management product marketing activities of client facing teams in the North America Private Bank (including Canada) and the Law Firm Group, NAM Capital Markets teams engaged in brokerage execution, Banking and Lending activities, as well as the Operations and Technology organization supporting such activities.

This role is responsible for developing and executing the strategy for the firm's Independent Compliance Risk Management (ICRM) program for CPB North America in line with and supporting the business strategy, oversees the development and implementation of best-in-class ICRM policies and practices across all of the CPB North America business, and act as a liaison with key regulators on ICRM issues. In addition to, this role will partner closely with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance to ensure a strong linkage between core ICRM and AML Compliance. The role represents the CPB North America business with internal and external stakeholders, including Citi management, Business, Compliance, and Function executives and regulators. Provides sophisticated compliance and risk management advice, subject matter expertise and participate in and oversee a variety of governance and planning initiatives at the senior level. This role will manage a team of Compliance Officers who provide compliance advisory services, design key risk indicators and compliance monitoring programs, identify reporting metrics associated with regulatory compliance program execution and develop corrective action plans to address deficiencies


  • Overseeing the design, development, delivery, and maintenance of best-in-class Compliance, programs, policies and practices and sets strategic ICRM direction. Translates ICRM strategy and goals across Citi’s clients, products and geographies in a succinct and clear manner; provide direction and guidance on the program.
  • Leading and managing a staff of Compliance professionals, with direct accountability for hiring and organizational structure. Direct oversight for compensation, performance appraisals, staff development, training, etc. Provides input on performance and compensation recommendations for staff and utilities that provide related services on a matrix basis.
  • Providing oversight and guidance over the assessment of broad complex issues, structures potential solutions and drives effective resolution with other senior stakeholders. Provide advice to the businesses on an ongoing basis on new function/business/product initiatives, new products, business acquisitions, and client-related matters with respect to applicability of policies, resolution of potential red flags or other client/transaction-related compliance escalations.
  • Assisting in setting annual function/business/product and individual goals that support overall compliance risk management strategy.
  • Coordinating with function/business/product compliance heads to align individual programs and objectives with compliance strategy and risk appetite.
  • Representing Chief Compliance Officer in significant strategic initiatives as requested.
  • Building relationships with stakeholders by exhibiting strong subject matter expertise and bringing a sense of urgency to pro-actively support client groups.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with other functional heads, working closely with Legal, other control functions, and Internal Audit to create a supportive and seamless culture of compliance, control, and ethical conduct.
  • Providing leadership in collaborating with regional teams to set global direction, standards and plan execution.
  • Providing leadership in creating and implementing policy and establishing the compliance risk management framework supporting the policy.
  • Providing guidance to the function/business/product and thematic Compliance programs on the resolution of open issues related to audit and examination findings; report progress to senior ICRM and Business/Function management as appropriate.
  • Proactively anticipate and help the business plan for changes in the compliance and regulatory environment.
  • Providing counsel to ICRM and function/business/product management on policy interpretation and “gray area” exposures.
  • Establishing professional relationships with relevant regulatory bodies and represent Citi and supported function/business/product Compliance on regulatory matters as required.
  • Serving as the liaison with regulatory examiners, Internal Audit, and external auditors on all significant Compliance issues involving supported function/business/product and overseeing implementation of related remediation.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Appropriately assess risk when business decisions are made, demonstrating particular consideration for the firm's reputation and safeguarding Citigroup, its clients and assets, by driving compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, adhering to Policy, applying sound ethical judgment regarding personal behavior, conduct and business practices, and escalating, managing and reporting control issues with transparency, as well as effectively supervise the activity of others and create accountability with those who fail to maintain these standards.


  • Highly motivated, strong attention to detail, team oriented, organized
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to articulate complex problems and solutions through concise and clear messaging
  • Demonstrated ability to assess complex issues through root cause analysis and other analytical techniques, structure potential solutions, and drive to resolution with senior stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and lead people across cultures at a senior level using sound judgment and successful execution, understanding how to operate effectively across diverse businesses
  • Experience managing diverse teams, and comfort navigating complex, highly-matrixed organizations
  • Comfortable acting as an agent for positive change with agility and flexibility
  • Effective negotiation skills, a proactive and 'no surprises' approach in communicating issues and strength in sustaining independent views. Strong presentation and relationship management skills are essential
  • Articulate and effective communicator, both orally and in writing, with an energetic, charismatic and approachable style. Candidates must have effective persuasion skills, the ability to work effectively at the highest levels of the organization, and will display highly effective networking and influencing skills
  • Executive presence and a reputation for building strong relationships with stakeholders and leading teams, both direct reports and in peer/influence models
  • Material experience engaging with, and presenting to regulators, including the OCC, Federal Reserve, SEC and FINRA
  • Subject matter expertise in area of focus


  • Required:

    Bachelor’s degree; experience Private Banking compliance, legal or other control-related functions in a financial services firm, regulatory organization, or legal/consulting firm, or a combination thereof; experience and current knowledge of Private Banking products and services, including interpretation and application of all related laws, regulations and directives. Experience managing a diverse staff.

    Preferred: Advanced degree (e.g. JD, MBA) a plus


Grade :All Job Level - All Job FunctionsAll Job Level - All Job Functions - US


Time Type :Full time


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