the low down on compliance.

a day in the life of compliance.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in compliance? Wonder no more, we sat down with Jess Nadin who started her first compliance role this year. Get the 4-1-1 on what it's like to work in compliance.

Q: Where you live?

A: Redhill, Surrey

Q: What is your job title?

A: My role is Senior Analyst Investment Compliance. I work in the asset servicing industry within financial services.  My clients are typically pension funds and we monitor their adherence to investment guidelines and notify of any breaches.

Q: How did you get into the job – and what were you doing for work beforehand? 

A: I was working as a trainee investment analyst beforehand and wanted to move into a Compliance role while still using my experience of the investment and asset management industry

Q:What does a typical day involve? 

A: Running reports on my clients, looking for breaches in their investment guidelines and contacting the clients in relation to that.  Ad-hoc queries and bigger project work along with conference calls and meetings on these projects

Q: What kind of qualities do they need?

A: Attention to detail is important, as is organisation and time management - you don't always get long turn around times!

Q: Any specific qualifications?

A: I haven't needed any.  But a good understanding of the industry and a foundation exam are useful

Q: What are the best things about the job?

A: I like the structure and routine of every day - combined with the spontaneity and variety of dealing with ad hoc queries

Q: What are the most challenging things about the job?

A: Not knowing as much as my more experienced colleagues when there are difficult client queries or breaches. And commuting!

Q: Why would they would recommend the compliance to others?

A: There is so much included in compliance that you will find something that appeals and suits your skills and background.

Q: What advice would you give to people who want to move into the industry?

A: Just be willing to learn, I have no experience in my current role other than a foundation level of knowledge about the financial services industry

Q: What kind of pay and benefits can you make?

A: My salary and benefits are very competitive but I am in a big corporate in Canary Wharf - that was one of my reasons for taking the role!

If you're interested in a career in compliance, we've can help you turn your interest in reality. Simply, apply for compliance jobs or contact one of our consultants at your closest Randstad financial & professional branch who can help you begin the career of your dreams.