Director of Compliance

Toronto, Ontario /
Credit Risk /
The company

We are a new Canadian FinTech on a mission to help Canadians navigate everyday financial complexities. Our ambition is to create equal access to financial products and services, and to become Canada’s #1 digital consumer lender. Simply put, we are people helping people.

We are a unique company backed by a leading Canadian lender and Koru, a groundbreaking venture studio backed by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. This company combines the best of both worlds - the agility and scrappiness of the start-up world and the stability and resources of the corporate world. We are a well-backed startup with big plans for the future!

The role 

We are looking for a collaborative and solution-oriented compliance leader who is seeking a new challenge - building a new compliance framework in a new digital consumer lending business. As the first compliance hire, this individual will be responsible for designing, building, overseeing, and managing the compliance program, frameworks, and team. This highly collaborative role will work closely with other teams to proactively manage compliance risk and support the design of digital financing products and services that are consistent with regulatory requirements.

The right candidate gets excited by the idea of creating new financing products and services, embraces ambiguity, and is excited to challenge the existing financial services environment. If this sounds like you, apply today and let’s reinvent lending together.

What you’ll do

    • Design, oversee, and maintain the compliance management program, as well as associated frameworks, policies, and procedures, to ensure efficient and effective adherence to applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.
    • Collaborate to establish and execute the compliance program consistent with the principles of the enterprise regulatory compliance framework to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
    • Collaborate with and advise other functions (i.e., product, partnerships, engineering, operations, credit risk) on compliance related matters to drive appropriate execution of compliance requirements.
    • Proactively identify and evaluate compliance risks across the business (e.g., across processes, products, technology) and work with the business to develop and implement appropriate processes and controls.
    • Review and assess new regulatory requirements, as well as associated reporting, testing, monitoring, and regulatory change management.
    • Build, scale, and manage the compliance team as the company grows.
    • Get your hands dirty! We have big plans for the future - you’re joining a startup where one day you’ll be shaping strategic objectives and the next day building compliance reports. You should feel comfortable getting into the weeds.

What you’ll need

    • 8+ years of experience in a compliance management and/or legal role.
    • Leadership experience, preferably at a FinTech, lending company, financial services company, and/or technology company, as well as the ability to coach and inspire a team.
    • Experience collaborating with regulatory bodies such as provincial consumer protection agencies, FINTRAC, etc.
    • Strong knowledge of consumer protection laws and regulations (e.g., provincial regulations); experience working in a regulated financial services environment is a plus.
    • Demonstrated experience building, managing, and leading regulatory compliance management programs.
    • AML experience is a nice to have.
    • Proven ability to thrive in a highly ambiguous, constantly changing, high volume, and high intensity environment; startup experience preferred.
    • Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities is a must.
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability.

Diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experience is fundamental to our business. We believe in fostering an environment where team members of all backgrounds can feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work every day. We aim to ensure all of our employees work in an environment that makes them feel valued, heard, and supported while they strive towards career pursuits and their personal and professional growth.