Northern Trust

Audit Specialist, Financial Crimes

Chicago, IL, Hybrid
24 May 2024
24 Jun 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.

Role/ Department: Audit Specialist, Financial Crimes /Internal Audit

This is a newly created individual contributor Specialist position within the Risk Management and Compliance Audit team and will be based in Chicago. The successful candidate will report directly to an Audit Financial Crime Associate Director, who is based in London, United Kingdom. The successful candidate will bring proven expertise in financial crime risk management to the Audit Services department and will contribute to the design and execution of the financial crime risk universe and related risk-based audit coverage strategy. The role has specific focus on Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Tax Evasion.

The candidate will interact and build relationships with senior management across Northern Trust. Additionally, the candidate will utilize their technical expertise in the execution of the related annual audit plan, and act as a trusted advisor to stakeholders and act as the Audit Services representative in key financial crime forums.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Leadership and Management:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication and leadership to influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrate strong initiative, project management, interpersonal skills, sound decision-making, intuitive thinking, and sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Leverage a strong peer network and tap the industry for knowledge and intelligence to identify leading financial crime practices
  • Represent Audit Services through active participation in financial crime related organizational and governance committees, task forces, forums etc.

Technical / Operational:

  • Ensure appropriate audit coverage of current and emerging risks related to financial crime
  • Contribute through both execution and oversight, to the delivery of a risk-based audit plan that validates Northern Trust’s control environment or identifies developmental opportunities related to Northern Trust policies, global regulations, or industry best practices
  • Support Audit Services regulatory required validation activities through input into approach design, execution and reporting
  • Participate in continuous monitoring efforts to stay informed of changes in Northern Trust and identify current or future financial crime risks that should be assessed through the audit plan


  • A college or university degree, ideally in a risk management/auditing discipline
  • Advanced auditing or practical experience in a second line/first line financial crime risk management role, with a focus on the financial services industry or global corporations
  • Financial Crime subject matter expertise gained in a financial services environment
  • Ability to execute a formal audit/testing strategy that reflects the organization’s risk profile, regulatory/legal requirements, and current risk trends
  • Proficient written and oral communication, negotiation, and listening skills demonstrated through an ability to write succinct and clear reports and foster relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including senior business and technology leaders and regulators)
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of the financial services industry
  • Ability to adapt and react timely in a changing and dynamic work environment, tight deadlines and variable workloads

The successful candidate will benefit from having:

  • Strong knowledge / experience of US / OFAC Sanctions programs
  • Professional subject matter certifications (e.g., ACAMS)

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

Working Model: Hybrid

We have a balanced hybrid working model to ensure you get the flexibility you need, and the successful candidate will spend their time between working in the office and working from home.

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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