Lead Analyst, Compliance Operations

Website Coinbase

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About the job
At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there.
You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0.
You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener – because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.


As a Lead Analyst, Compliance Operations you’ll join a high functioning team of passionate support professionals who know their performance is critical to Coinbase achieving its mission. At Coinbase we have a high hiring bar and we’re determined to create a productive, progressive, inclusive place to work. If you’re looking to work for a mission driven, employee first organization, please apply today.

What You’ll Be Doing (ie. Job Duties)

Duties will be split 50/50 between US Escalations investigations casework and Subject Matter Expert work


Subject Matter Expert Work (50%):

Serve as internal Subject Matter Expert for Coinbase’s end-to-end transaction monitoring (TMS) operations, assisting teammates with substantive questions about process or procedure. Build strong relationships with Compliance partners and provide clear guidance to your team to resolve subjectivity in case resolution. Encourage knowledge sharing, ongoing training, and collaboration.
Conduct Root Cause Analysis (RCA) across TMS to find opportunities for improvement, including conducting deep dives on critical errors surfaced through QC and QA processes. Foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Update processes and improve feedback loops and communications channels.
Coordinate with CX Programs to contribute to and lead projects to improve processes and procedures across TMS. Execute identified corrective actions and monitor implementation. Collaborate with stakeholders to develop specific corrective actions and conduct necessary testing.


Investigations Casework (50%):

Investigate AML and fraud-related alerting transaction on the blockchain; write and/or file Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR)
Conduct investigative review and analysis in support of Coinbase’s BSA/AML regulatory compliance policies and program including investigating automated alerts from our transaction monitoring systems, and referrals sourced from law enforcement requests and other Coinbase lines of business
Analyze transaction activity and KYC information and conduct due diligence research in support of investigations
Document investigations in written narratives
Decide whether activity warrants escalation for additional review and subsequently recommend whether activity appears suspicious and warrants filing of a Suspicious Activity Report
Maintain detailed documentation to demonstrate compliance with regulations and internal policies and procedures
Remain current with industry standards and developments in the areas of KYC, BSA/AML, and OFAC, and apply regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures to case investigations


What We Look For In You (ie. Job Requirements)

B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent
ACAMS or other professional certification related to AML, Fraud, and/or blockchain/crypto investigation (not required, but a major plus)
Minimum 5 years professional experience and 3 years relevant compliance experience (conducting AML/Fraud investigations, SARs preparation and filing)
Experience working in a fast paced production environment with competing priorities and shifting procedural requirements with an emphasis on production and quality
Experience in project management, process improvement, process mapping, or procedure writing
Working knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines (e.g., BSA, OFAC, FinCEN guidance)
Strong interpersonal, analytical, and communications (verbal and written) skills
Excellent grasp of English grammar and strong English language writing skills


Nice To Haves

Proficient in Google Suite and blockchain analysis (e.g. Chainalysis)


Job #: P52281

Pay Transparency Notice: Depending on your work location, the target annual salary for this position can range as detailed below. Full time offers from Coinbase also include target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).

Pay Range

$83,300—$113,500 USD

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. For US applicants, you may view Pay Transparency, Employee Rights and Know Your Rights notices by clicking on their corresponding links. Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law.

Coinbase is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to accommodations[at]coinbase.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. For quick access to screen reading technology compatible with this site click here to download a free compatible screen reader (free step by step tutorial can be found here).

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$83,300/yr – $113,500/yr (from job description)

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