Western Union Global Sanctions Strategy Investigator in Denver, Colorado

Job Title: Global Sanctions Strategy Investigator

Requisition #: 1901096

The Global Sanctions Strategy Investigator will be responsible for supporting key responsibilities related to sanctions compliance strategy for both retail money transfer as well as payments.

The person in this role will support key tasks to ensure the risk-based approach of Western Union’s sanctions compliance program.

Specifically, the person in this role will review high risk agents for sanctions compliance issues, support sensitive internal investigations, and leverage Western Union’s internal systems to identify touchpoints to sanctioned jurisdictions and/or persons as appropriate.

The investigator will produce presentations for management and written work product including internal memoranda, training materials and case studies as necessary, and procedural documents.

Responsibilities :

  • Conduct oversight of high-risk agents and jurisdictionswithin Western Union’s authorized delegate networks.

  • Support internal investigationsSupport processes related to sanctions strategy initiatives, as needed,including training for Western Union personnel.

  • Assist with investigation ofagents suspended due to legal obligation and/or sanctions risk.

  • Review consumers referred toGSI for sanctions risk to determine appropriate handling and/orinterdiction as appropriate Work with Western Union’s FinancialIntelligence Unit to gather and analyze data or negative media indicatingsanctions risk.

  • Support drafting and editingprogrammatic or procedural documents as appropriate.

In consultation with Investigations Manager, Global Sanctions Strategy, this position will have the authority to:

  • Determine appropriate actionsfor authorized delegates presenting elevated sanctions risk in WU’s agentnetwork.

  • Draft documentation such asprocedures and presentations for review and clearance of management, asapplicable to the materials.

  • Leverage Western Union’sinternal systems to mitigate sanctions risk through internalinvestigations, negative media research, and high-risk jurisdictionreviews.

  • Support other investigativetasks as appropriate.

  • Experience .


  • 3-5 + years ofexperience working in government or private industry on matters related toanti-money laundering and government sanctions compliance.

  • Understandingof the sanctions laws, regulations, resolutions, and orders issued andimplemented by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign AssetsControl (OFAC), the United Nations, the European Union, and otherregulatory agencies or bodies.

  • Experienceworking with retail/commercial financial products/services, includingcross border payments.

  • Familiaritywith anti-money laundering regulations applicable to the banking/moneyservices/financial services industry; Proven track record of problem solvingand sound judgement.

  • Detailoriented and able to multi-task. Able to take a lead role and provideguidance and oversight to others in the department as directed bymanagement.

  • May berequired to manage workflows independently to assess risk and escalate tomanagement as appropriate.

  • Willingness tolearn and/or existing knowledge of Western Union’s internal compliancesystems.

  • Ability tolearn systems and document to support an investigative process.

  • Preferunderstanding of Western Union’s authorized delegate network.

  • Preferexperience in compliance including knowledge and understanding ofanti-money laundering acts, laws and regulations as well as anti-moneylaundering issues and trends.

  • Strong andaction-oriented team-player, who can identify objectives, build consensus,and obtain results.

  • Fluency inEnglish required.

  • Bachelor’sdegree in relevant field required; advanced degree in relevant field aplus.

Whatit’s like here:

Western Union (WU) is a company on the move! We believe that when money moves, better things can happen. From small businesses and global corporations, to families near and far, or NGO’s in the most remote communities on Earth, WU helps people and business move money globally. We have a rich legacy of innovation, and are continuing to develop new and more convenient ways for our customers to send and receive money through digital, mobile and retail channels. We have a combined digital and retail network that spans over 200 countries and territories. Some companies specialize in cash-based retail money transfer and others play only in digital. We are leaders in both!

Being on the Western Union team means being tenacious and goal-oriented. It means taking risks and quickly finding the path to success. It means having integrity, and finding ways to make things work. It means thriving as part of a diverse, global team of over 10,000 people who are committed to moving money for better. It means being driven to win, and to do work that makes a difference… on a global stage. Sound like you? Apply now!

Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and success. Achieving our common vision depends on people with diverse backgrounds working together. Who knows; your unique point of view could be the key to our next groundbreaking idea. We’d love to explore that possibility!

Western Union is proud to be an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. The company will provide accommodation to applicants, including applicants with disabilities, during the recruitment process, in accordance with applicable laws. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or related medical conditions), national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status or another protected category.