Senior AML Investigator – Team Lead

Job code: 190001S3
Date of publication: 27-03-2019
Starting date
Job function
Legal / Taxation / Compliance
Business unit
Montreal - Canada
Job type
Permanent contract


The Transaction Monitoring Group (“TMG”), within Financial Crime Compliance, manages the rules and parameters used in the Bank’s and Broker Dealer’s automated transaction monitoring system, reviews alerts generated by the system, and conducts investigations for potential SAR filings.  TMG also conducts Targeted Account Reviews of certain foreign correspondent bank customers and provides targeted training to SGUS employees on AML industry developments and red flags.  TMG also files Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) when necessary, and is responsible for complying with Section 314 of the USA PATRIOT Act. 


The candidate will assist with supervising and managing AML Analysts within the TMG.  This role may have direct reports and will provide advice, guidance, and supervision to AML Analysts relating to investigations and other monitoring processes.  This role will also assist management with special projects, including implementation of enhancements. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct quality assurance review of cases completed by AML Analysts
  • Ensure compliance with the SAR policy and review SAR Committee summary narratives and SAR narratives in a timely manner
  • Review list of pending cases assigned to AML analysts and discuss case disposition
  • Assist with managing Case Alerts to ensure cases are completed in a timely manner
  • Refinement and consistent application of surveillance procedures
  • Review and analyze AML current trends and news in order to identify areas where the surveillance program may require enhancement
  • Assist in special projects and tasks as requested by Management
  • Conduct various manual reviews and special investigations as necessary
  • Provide compliance support for Audit and exam requests
  • Monitor alerts and cases aging statistics
  • Conduct and/or oversee targeted account reviews on high risk correspondent banking clients and be able to analyze the holistic view of customers in terms of products, services, and underlying transactions as well as escalate potential issues
  • Assist the TMG with analysis to optimize processes for improving monitoring aspects
  • Advise Management on current issues regarding the monitoring of correspondent banking activity


  • Know and understand the laws applicable to money laundering, including the BSA, the USA PATRIOT Act, US Treasury AML guidelines, Suspicious Activity Reporting, and other requirements
  • Possess strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills and be able to multi-task, adhering to specific quality and productivity guidelines
  • Self-starter with the organizational skills and ability to work independently, applying sound judgment and rationale for decision made
  • Strong research skills, advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience with online research systems including web-based tools
  • Knowledge of multi-cultural situations and languages with the ability to apply them efficiently to the AML surveillance field
  • Prior AML Surveillance and/or Investigation experience (5 years)
  • Preferably prior Management or Supervisory experience.


Societe Generale is a global financial institution and one of the largest foreign corporate and investment banks. As such, it has a diverse population which fosters opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in different countries as well as access to international mobility. The firm recently unveiled its new brand platform “The Future is You” which not only demonstrates its commitment and responsibility to its clients, but also to its employees as their ideas and actions can make an impact on the direction of the organization. The Societe Generale U.S. Compliance Department is looking to hire individuals in Montreal as an extension of its U.S. team in the following divisions: Financial Crime Compliance, Digital Transformation Office, Testing, Monitoring & Risk Assessment and Capital Markets Surveillance. These individuals will be provided training by U.S. staff and will assist the team with day-to-day responsibilities on projects and deliverables for the Americas (U.S., Canada and Brazil) region.

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