Northern Trust

Specialist, Audit Services - APAC (AML and Financial Crime)

Melbourne, Sydney, Australia/Hybrid
26 Feb 2024
26 Mar 2024
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world’s most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.


The Specialist, Audit Services, APAC is a key member of the APAC Audit Services Team, responsible for coordination, oversight and execution of successful audit engagements, with a primary focus on Anti- Money Laundering (AML) and Financial Crime (FinCrime). This includes planning, developing the audit scope, maintaining the budget and time frames of the project to meet audit requirements, preparing reports and ensuring department Standards are properly met.The role is a direct report to the Director, APAC Audit Services, with a dotted line to the SVP, Audit Services (AML and FinCrime).

The Specialist, Audit Services, APAC, provides input to improve operational efficiency and/or to enhance the design or operating effectiveness of the internal control environment. The role provides technical expertise, with a focus on AML and FinCrime, and may perform supervisor related work including training new employees or those with lesser experience, reviewing work of others, and providing regular feedback and coaching to employees. The role is an integral part of the APAC Audit Services team, responsible for interacting with local, regional and global Senior and Executive management, leveraging technical expertise to evaluate risk areas and ensuring that resources are properly aligned to audit these areas.


  • Coordinate and collaborate with the global AML and FinCrime audit team on the identification of risks and execution of internal audits in line with the internal audit plan
  • Contribute to the evolution of the AML and FinCrime internal audit strategy including risk assessment and coverage strategy
  • Provide strategic thinking, thought leadership, and guidance on identifying key risks and assessing the design and operating effectiveness of the controls supporting AML and FinCrime activities to the audit team
  • Plan, oversee, and direct the AML and FinCrime audit activities in APAC to achieve the goals of the AML and FinCrime audit strategy
  • Plan, oversee and direct regulatory and business audit activities in APAC as required
  • Establish strong working relationships and communications with key stakeholders in APAC
  • Maintain active involvement with, and present at, executive, oversight and steering committees, as required
  • Support interaction with APAC regulators as required
  • Ensure that all deliverables are issued accurately, completely, and timely both internally within Audit Services and externally to stakeholders
  • For assigned internal audits, monitor progress and budget for the audit, and escalate significant budget variances
  • Review work of junior members, including work paper documentation, findings and recommendations and the final report, ensuring that auditing standards and department methodology expectations have been met
  • Stay abreast and maintain knowledge of regulatory developments and industry trends, and assist with continuous monitoring and knowledge sharing efforts
  • Assist in preparation of presentations to the Board, Audit Committee and senior management as required
  • Assist with ad hoc projects as necessary

Skills and Experience:

  • Significant AML and Financial Crime subject matter expertise gained in a financial services environment
  • Professional certifications (e.g., ACAMS, CPA, CIA, ACA, ACCA) are preferable
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines relating to AML and FinCrime in Australia and/or the APAC region
  • Strong analytical, leadership and organizational skills
  • Able to work in a hybrid and global environment
  • Strong report writing and work paper documentation skills
  • Project management and time management skills
  • Ability to manage and maintain stakeholder relationships
  • Team player
  • A College of University degree is preferred

Please note that this role may require the successful candidate to travel to other NT locations as required.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today.

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at

We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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