Compliance Associate - Japanese Fluent

About Kraken

Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency so that you and the rest of the world can achieve financial freedom and inclusion.  Founded in 2011 and with over 4 million clients, Kraken is one of the world's largest, most successful bitcoin exchanges and we're growing faster than ever. Our range of successful products are playing an important role in the mainstream adoption of crypto assets.  We attract people who constantly push themselves to think differently and chart exciting new paths in a rapidly growing industry. Kraken is a diverse group of dreamers and doers who see value in being radically transparent. Let's change the way the world thinks about money! Join the revolution!

About Kraken

Kraken is one of the largest and most successful bitcoin exchanges in the world and we’re growing faster than ever. We’re looking for people who constantly push themselves to think differently and chart exciting new paths in a rapidly growing industry. Kraken is a diverse group of dreamers and doers, we truly believe our success depends on having both in spades. Join us and the movement to change the way the world thinks about money.

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About the Role

Kraken is expanding our rapidly growing compliance team comprised of talented and motivated individuals. We are looking for a capable compliance associate to join the team of motivated financial/technology professionals and work with our teams worldwide, and be part of the expert global compliance group.

Kraken is looking for an experienced Compliance Associate with the demonstrated ability to conduct customer risk assessments and monitoring of high-risk customers. The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills. They should have experience with international know your customer (KYC) requirements, customer onboarding, and customer risk assessments.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with a strong background in international compliance standards. The candidate should be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to communicate effectively between multiple teams in the organization.

Committed to the values of teamwork, integrity, and innovation.


    • Represent the company as a professional AML/CTF compliance expert with all parties, internal and external

    • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) and provide support for Client Engagement teams on Compliance related issues

    • Manage various inboxes and provide timely responses to all stakeholders

    • Consistently make appropriate decisions regarding potential sanctions and watchlist matches with accurate documentation of analysis and escalation to appropriate parties when necessary

    • Perform due diligence/enhanced due diligence on customers, partners, vendors as required

    • Develop and maintain periodic reports for various business functions

    • Communicate effectively to coordinate cross-functional projects

    • Identify and develop workflow efficiencies

    • Draft policies/procedure updates, when/if required

    • Respond to customer complaints, when/if required

    • Respond to 314(b) inquiries, when/if required


    • Fully fluent in both English and Japanese

    • Four-year degree or equivalent experience

    • 1-3 years’ experience in a compliance role at a financial institution or equivalent

    • CAMS certification preferred

    • Extensive knowledge of AML high risk entity types and required documentation

    • Knowledge of international know your customer requirements

    • Familiar with international sanctions and/or various government watchlists

    • The ability to act independently in analyzing a customer’s risk and capably and effectively research compliance regulations

    • Excellent analytical/problem solving, verbal and written communication, and organization skills

    • The ability to balance competing priorities on a daily basis

    • Proficient in Microsoft excel

    • Attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills

    • Ability to take ownership of work product and consistently deliver results

    • Adaptability to global business needs

    • Ability to work in a rapidly changing regulatory environment

We’re powered by people from around the world with their own unique backgrounds and experiences. We value all Krakenites and their talents, contributions, and perspectives.

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