Head of Compliance at Kuda Bank


Kuda is a full service, app-based digital bank. Our mission is to be the go-to bank not just for those living on the African continent, but also for the African diaspora wherever they might live, anywhere in the world. Kuda is free of ridiculous banking charges and great at helping customers budget, spend smartly and save more. We raised the largest seed round ever seen in Africa, and completed a Series A funding round in February 2021, led by some of the world’s smartest venture capital investors. With offices in London (our HQ), Lagos and Cape Town, and further offices opening across Africa during 2021, Kuda is fast becoming recognised as the leading ‘Neobank’ for Africans.

To help us grow into the company that can bring meaningful change to the way people across Africa get access to great financial products and services in order to take control of their personal finances, we are actively looking for bright, talented, driven people who are excited by our mission. If this sounds like a great way to spend your valuable time, then please get in touch with us.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Head of Compliance

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full Time


  • The Kuda Head of Compliance – Nigeria will be a critical member of the Nigeria Kuda Team, ensuring effective oversight of Nigeria’s compliance arrangements as it enters the Nigeria in parallel with other jurisdictions.
  • The role holder must be in the Nigeria and will also assume the MLRO and Nominated Officer position.
  • Each Kuda entity established in a different jurisdiction will be responsible in supporting and assisting Senior Management in managing compliance related risks within that business and report directly to general management and functionally in line with Kuda Group Compliance.
  • Furthermore, ensuring, alongside other Exec Team members, that Group culture, conduct, and values are affected with the tone and direction set by the Kuda Board.
  • Be responsible for the development and establishment of the Nigeria Policies and will collaborate on Group Policies.
  • Co-ordinate Compliance support to Management and Local Compliance in other jurisdictions.
  • Manage and supervise Nigeria’s compliance framework & resource network.
  • Advise on specific compliance-related issues with Nigeria or Group-wide relevance as it may apply.
  • Monitor the adequacy and effectiveness of the Nigeria compliance program and wider governance in addressing international, systemic issues and risks consistently.
  • Coordinate and roll out training & awareness across key areas under the financial crime umbrella as well as conduct in developing a strong compliance culture
  • Provide advisory and guidance on compliance-related matters & commercial impact
  • Monitoring & Reporting to give assurance as to the second line of defence
  • Hold the Nigeria MLRO and Nominated Officer position, including responsibilities associated with this position


  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a similar role (with preferably an ICA Diploma or equivalent qualification)
  • Strong knowledge of regulatory frameworks across financial services, specifically the payment service provider landscape
  • In depth knowledge of BOTH financial crime (not isolated to AML/CTF) AND regulatory compliance
  • Previous experience in dealing with regulators including the Financial Conduct Authority and other external stakeholders/law enforcement
  • Effective and comfortable in dealing with and liaising with a range of internal stakeholders across the business
  • Previous experience in scaling up and working for a start-up in a fast-paced Fintech environment
  • In depth Experience in implementing compliance frameworks that are scaling globally
  • Strong communication skills, coupled with being a strong influencer, relationship & change manager
  • Hands-on yet the ability to prioritise activities and delegate where required.

Why join Kuda?
Become a part of one of the trailblazers in the challenger banking arena by joining the exciting and ambitious team at Kuda Bank as we work to become the neobank for ‘every African on the planet’

  • An exciting and flexible work environment
  • Competitive pay
  • Smart and kind coworkers
  • Full pension contribution
  • Reliable health insurance

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