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Global Head of Risk & Compliance


Payments Recruitment

€120,000 - €150,000 Per Annum

Cyprus, Cyprus

Card payment schemes/systems,Risk,Compliance

Permanent | Full Time



Not specified

(BN447) Head of Card Schemes, Merchant Risk & Compliance

Location: Cyprus (relocation supported) 
Type: Permanent
Salary: €120k - €150k + bonus & benefits 

Our client is a successful and well established payments company, offering a suite of payments products including acquiring, alternative payments, digital wallets and i-banking, to mid-large size e-merchants around the world. As part of their continued international growth, we are seeking to hire a Card Scheme Risk & Compliance expert to join our business & lead our global risk team.

About the role:

  • review our merchant application process and cross-check for compliance against company strategy & policies, analysing data and proposing resolutions
  • evaluation of card scheme and associated risks, escalating ono-compliance to the ExCo
  • escalation of any AML issues or suspicions to the corporate AMLRO
  • develop and lead a team through continuous training, engagement & communication around scheme, e-commerce & payments risk
  • develop, review & update merchant underwriting processes and update internal policies in line with company objectives & scheme rules 
  • create and develop our fraud management strategy, monitoring and mitigating risk as appropriate
  • managing our overall risk - fraud, disputes, merchant ID&V and due diligence over funding & deposit risks 
  • improve and update our internal risk & compliance methods 
  • communicate with card schemes & manage all card scheme risk related activities
  • work with key internal stakeholders to take action on high chargeback, fraud, suspicions or fraudulent transactions 
  • develop systems, processes and plans to mitigate our risk & develop our policies as appropriate

About you:

  • proven experience in payments (acceptance/issuing/acquiring) as a team leader/manager in a risk/card scheme/merchant risk environment 
  • proven track record in working closely with card schemes
  • extensive risk and risk management experience, including merchant underwriting
  • background in improving and developing risk management processes and able to develop mechanisms to ensure company wide compliance with card schemes rules
  • team management / leadership experience gained within an international, fast paced environment
  • excellent influencing, interpersonal & negotiation skills across all internal & external stakeholders