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Head of Compliance and Legal

Permanent contract
Salary: Not specified
Occasional remote


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Job description

Swan’s compliance & legal team keep our banking features safe and secure, and always have to think about the best way to combine multiple areas: business, legal, regulatory, customer support, and more. Swan is both a technology company and a financial services company, and our Compliance & legal team makes these pieces fit together!

As an Electronic Money Institution, Swan faces many legal and regulatory challenges when conducting its business and operations : Fighting money laundering, protecting clients’ funds, working with legitimate partners, etc.

Swan is looking for a Head of Compliance and Legal to lead our compliance & legal team in Europe.

Build and scale

  • Draft and update the compliance and legal procedure framework.

  • Revise risk mappings and the classification of Compliance & Legal risks.

  • Formalize and conduct second-level controls, documenting and tracking recommendations resulting from these controls.

  • Document compliance & legal opinions for the launch of new services/products or new activities.

  • Stay informed about regulations applicable to financial companies, including credit operations, AML/CFT, and data protection.

  • Handle reporting to the ACPR (French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority) and other supervisors.

Build a world-class Compliance & legal organization

  • Manage and lead your Compliance & legal team, providing guidance, mentorship, and coaching to team members.

  • Conduct training and awareness sessions for staff on Compliance, Legal and data protection topics.

  • Drive people management initiatives, including hiring, performance reviews, ladder improvement, and employee retention.

  • Develop and implement strategies aligned with the company’s goals and objectives.

Your Team

At Swan, you’ll have the opportunity to join our dynamic compliance team, reporting to our Chief Compliance Officer. Our team, currently consisting of four members, is actively expanding, with ongoing recruitment for two additional team members.

The Compliance & Legal team operates within a department alongside the Risk, and Internal Control teams. In your role, you can anticipate close collaboration with the Sales and Product Teams, fostering an environment where cross-functional engagement is highly valued.

To learn more about the Compliance & Legal team.

Preferred experience

You’re a great match if:

  • You have significant experience (+7 years) in compliance or audit in a financial institution, ideally in a Fintech or another fast-paced work environment.

  • Holder of a Master’s degree (Bac + 5) in Law/Audit or Banking/Finance.

  • Excellent knowledge of regulations applicable to the banking sector: Monetary and Financial Code, PSD2, DME2, ACPR guidelines, AML/CFT directives, GDPR, etc. Knowledge of another European regulation is a plus.

  • Significant professional experience leading and managing high-performing teams.

  • Strong leadership and team management skills.

  • Strong proposal and argumentation skills.

  • You possess the mindset of a “problem solver,” maintaining a positive and can-do attitude towards challenges and obstacles.

  • High autonomy and ability to take initiatives.

  • Synthesis and analytical mindset with strong writing skills.

  • Willingness to work in a Start-Up/Fintech environment.

  • Our ideal teammate: Empathetic. Skilled. Frank. We love to challenge each other, and we leave our egos at the door.

It’s okay if you don’t tick all the boxes — don’t let imposter syndrome prevent you from applying! 🙌 

Swan is committed to providing a caring work environment for all employees, regardless of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief.

When it comes to recruitment, we’re interested in your work experience, skills, and overall personality. Because diversity makes the workplace stronger and is necessary for Swan’s success, we are intensifying efforts to incorporate concrete actions to help us improve in this area.

About Swan

Perks of being a Swanee:

  • ESOP packages available 😊

  • Flexible remote policy, ask us about it!

  • The best health insurance: Alan 🦭

  • Swan encourages you to have fun staying fit, thanks to partnerships with Classpass & Gymlib.

  • We respect your lunch break. Mid-day free-time is sacred and our French office even provides a Swile card to cover your meal on work days. 🥪

  • Twice a year we go somewhere gorgeous (a chateau, a mountain) where we reconnect, deep-dive into big topics, and relax.

  • This isn’t a perk, it should be the rule, but diversity and inclusion are important at Swan. We’re working hard to get better every day.

Our values:

Be human: Be straightforward, transparent, and sincerely care. It’s all about integrity and doing the right thing.

Ambition: We’re in this for the long game. We want to transform the entire market, and be the engine for Europe’s next tech champions!

Collaboration: We believe in the power of collective intelligence. We love to challenge others’ ideas and be challenged in return. May the best ideas win.

“Move fast, don’t break things”: If we must choose between security and going fast, we choose security. We are in banking, after all.

Make everything simple: Simplicity.

You can find out more about our culture.

Recruitment process

  • A 30-min video call with our Talent Acquisition Manager, to get to know you, understand your career expectations and answer your questions

  • An interview with Stephie, our Chief Compliance Officer 

  • A case study & a panel presentation

  • An interview with Nicolas, our co-founder

  • Meet Adrien, our Lead Compliance, and Charlotte, our Legal Counsel

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