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Chief Operating Officer - Germany,


Position Summary:-

Reporting to the General Counsel and Global Chief Compliance Officer and the Managing Director for OANDA Markets Europa, The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for managing European Compliance, Outsourcing, GDPR and Data Protection management.


  • Provide guidance and advice on compliance and governance related issues to the board and the relevant sub-committees to ensure regulatory compliance across all relevant European regulatory bodies
  • Governance structure.
  • Responsible for the preparation and delivery of key metrics, and presentation to Committees and Board.
  • Responsible for establishing and managing the ongoing relationship with BAFiN, ESMA and all European regulatory authorities.

Act as liaison with all regulatory bodies for site supervised visits and main point of contact for managing resolution of findings .

  • Partner with business units to develop and enhance policies and procedures to identify, monitor and manage key regulatory and operational risks and develop and test new systems and controls:
    • Work with business to reduce or mitigate against regulatory operational risks, including periodic risk analysis reviews and assessments
    • Partner with business units and IT/ Engineering in the development,  testing of new systems and controls  and identify plans for the remediation of weaknesses and deficiencies to ensure alignment with regulatory requirements
    • Advise, assist, monitor and assess compliance with non-finance related regulatory obligations.
  • Act as key European compliance advisor to the firm by maintaining up -to-date knowledge of current and planned regulatory initiatives and matters of interest that have a material or relevant impact on the firm.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and management of the firm’s Compliance Monitoring Programme.
  • Responsible for development and delivery of an appropriate Compliance Strategy, that complements the firm’s overall strategy that promotes a strong compliance culture across the firm.
  • Acts as first point of contact for all compliance, outsourcing and Data Protection related escalations and enquiries as well as escalation point for complaint handling. 
  • Provide regular training to employees on compliance matters, including internal policies and procedures, the application of standards and guidelines, and relevant laws and regulatory requirements. 
  • Financial Promotions.
  • Management of the outsourcing arrangements.
  • Ensure that the systems and controls are fit for purpose
  • Responsible for the leadership and development of a team of X  direct report.


  • Ten or more years of experience at international experience operating in a similar position in a lean, high growth, high change environment considered essential
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in applicable European financial regulations, in particular BAFiN
  • Previous experience in a senior role either at the Executive or Divisional level within the financial or technology sector
  • Demonstrable leadership strengths combined with the ability to develop, motivate and lead high performing teams in a similar size organization
  • Strong P&L responsibility/accountability
  • Excellent knowledge of domestic rules and regulations as it pertains to the markets in which OANDA operates
  • Vast knowledge of client and industry practices as well as a well developed network of contacts combined with a strong reputation
  • Finely honed cross-cultural abilities and a willingness to travel
  • Well-developed communication skills with strong presentation, written and oral skills in German and English. 
  • Possess initiative & creativity in approach to problem solving while maintaining a practical perspective.
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, i.e., has the ability to test an idea and then scale a proven concept.