Team Lead, Investigative Reporting

At HSBC, the health and well-being of our employees remains of utmost importance. Many of our roles are permitted to work from home (in states in which HSBC is licensed to operate) until further notice. Upon resumption of normal operations, this role may be performed at our Illinois, Arlington Heights office.

As our Manager, AML Investigations, you will investigate cases of potentially suspicious activity received from multiple sources, including but not limited to raised cases from Operations Level 2, production orders, referrals from the FIU, FCI, Sanctions and other functions to identify suspicious activity that warrants filing a Suspicious Activity Report, make that determination and write the SARs as appropriate. You will analyze sensitive information concerning customer and account activity including transactional data and conducts additional research that is potentially linked to financial crime activity in order to determine if the filing of a SAR is required.

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You will be responsible for:
  • Reviewing and evaluating alerts/cases consisting of anomalous or potentially suspicious activity and making SAR Disclosure/No Disclosure recommendation for manager's approval Adhering to the framework, policies, procedures, and controls for the effective identification and mitigation of the specific financial crime threats to ensure risks are identified and resolved
  • Reviewing transactions data and partnerships to accurately identifying cautionary/red flags and suspicious activities that require reporting for money laundering activities to making SAR filing determination
  • Performing name and account based research on lists and reports provided through established resources to detect money laundering activity
  • Writing quality investigative narratives and SARs based upon transactional activity and customer relationships to report suspicious activity and financial crime
  • Maintaining familiarity with appropriate investigation techniques to support AML activities, including research utilizing bank systems, intranet, internet and external vendor solutions as appropriate.
  • Communicating within the AML Investigations organization and across other functions/areas in HBUS and conveying key information to audiences as appropriate.
  • Identifying significant cases that require notification to management including to the Regional Investigation Oversight Committee (RIOC)
  • Helping to cultivate compliance by working proactively with the Anti Money Laundering i, LOBs, BRCM, internal controls functions, and other Compliance professionals to ensure standard methodologies and systems are in place to facilitate business growth and the overall success of HSBC in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and internal policy.
  • Maintaining relationships with internal partners in AML Investigations and other areas to help ensure research techniques and capabilities perform at high levels
  • Maintaining external awareness of research trends, information, and techniques related to money laundering, and communicates the same to appropriate levels of the organization.
  • Providing support and expertise on research techniques, capabilities, and systems
  • Maintaining HSBC internal control standards, including timely implementation of internal and external audit points together with any issues raised by external regulators
  • As appropriate for the role, ensuring alignment with regulatory requirements, the Compliance FIM, HNAH's Enterprise Compliance Policy and Program, HNAH's BSA/AML Policy, other Group policies and all related policies and procedures.
  • Presenting control weaknesses to other group leaders and business management according to escalation procedures.


Employment eligibility to work with HSBC in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions
  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance, accounting, related field or equivalent experience AML investigative experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, communications, analytical and project management skills.
  • Validated knowledge of products, services, operations and systems and extensive with laws, regulations and regulatory agencies related to assigned areas.
  • Proficiency with personal computers and pertinent mainframe systems and software packages.

As an HSBC employee, you will have access to tailored professional development opportunities and a competitive pay and benefits package. We work hard to ensure that our workplace is a diverse, inclusive and meritocratic environment, and we have a strong dedication to sustainability. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play a central part in life at HSBC, including the development of our employees and our connection to the communities and customers we serve. We value difference. We succeed together. We take responsibility. We get it done. And we want you to help us build the bank for the future!


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.