At Freetrade, we believe investing should be accessible to everyone. It’s one of the best ways to grow your savings but, for many, it seems complicated, expensive, and out of reach. 

We’re here to change that.

We're a technology company that brings simple investing to everyone. We’ve built a beautiful app to buy and sell shares and ETFs in a fluid, mobile-first experience. 

We’re building a team with diverse and unique perspectives in order to help us on our mission to demystify investing, making it more accessible. 

Our goal is to help our customers achieve better, long-term financial outcomes.

In 2022, we’re rolling out our app across the EU, transforming our product with new features and functionalities, and introducing new products. In the UK, we now have over 1.2m registered users, a team of over 300, offering a range of products like the Freetrade Pension, a stocks and shares ISA, and our premium account, Freetrade Plus. Our media brand, Freetrade Honey, offers daily insights alongside deep dives into the companies and trends that the new generation of investors care about most.

This has all been possible because of the backing of a passionate group of over 10,000 crowdfunding investors. As we’ve scaled, we’ve also raised money from world-class growth investors including Left Lane Capital, Molten Ventures, and L Catterton to supercharge our growth. 

We are looking for an exceptional Director of Compliance to join our team. Working with our team in the UK, you will be responsible for scaling up our Compliance function at Freetrade. 

You will: 

  • Lead and develop our international Compliance function - growing our team of talented Compliance professionals and ensuring our processes and systems scale with our business  
  • Work closely with Product, Engineering and other teams to enable delivery in key product and change initiatives, providing subject matter expertise both individually and through the Compliance team to guide the business
  • Lead regulatory applications for new licences or changes to our arrangements
  • Own, improve and expand our compliance framework and monitoring programme - ensuring an effective and efficient approach to maintaining compliance
  • Own the development and governance of the key risk indicators and key performance indicators for Compliance - including for reporting to the Board and executive risk committee
  • Own and present the Compliance packs at the executive risk management committee and at the Board.
  • Embed Treating Customers Fairly and broader regulatory understanding across the company
  • Ensure a relationship of trust with the FCA and other regulators, with proactive, transparent and timely engagement
  • Identify and advise on upcoming new regulation or regulatory changes
  • Develop systems to monitor our regulatory risk, compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies, taking a data-led approach
  • Develop and maintain compliance policies, processes and training arrangements  
  • Scrutinise and test compliance programs, including quality assurance, analyse findings and work with other teams to develop our risk based approach, provide constructive feedback and be responsible for resolutions.

About you:

  • You are highly skilled in Compliance, with extensive experience gained from working in a senior compliance role in an FCA-regulated financial institution. You most probably are currently working or previously worked as the head of compliance / deputy head of compliance in another financial institution
  • You have a detailed understanding of the FCA handbook and ideally of MiFID and other EU regulation
  • You ideally have experience of retail investment services 
  • You have deep technical expertise in several areas of compliance - for example, investor protection, SMCR, client assets, best execution and transaction reporting
  • You ideally have experience from a technology-led financial institution and/or start-up / scale-up environments
  • You prioritise a practical approach to compliance and are skilled at translating requirements into efficient processes and communicate and collaborate effectively with impacted teams
  • You are resourceful and self-starting; you have appetite for picking up areas of which you have limited past experience, learning and where needed recruiting expertise
  • You have strong management skills; you are able to build and manage a team of compliance professionals
  • You are ambitious and attracted to Freetrade’s company mission and to building your career at a fast-paced scale-up
  • You are excited by working in continual partnership with the product verticals and across functions 
  • You are constantly looking to learn, whether attending industry and regulatory events, deepening your subject matter knowledge or increasing your context from working across the company or from the financial sector. 


The application process consists of a 4 stage process. You will initially have a phone interview with one of our internal Talent Specialists, followed by a hiring manager screen with our VP of Risk and Compliance, a task and a culture based interview. 

We offer a competitive salary plus stock options and lots of other benefits.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and representative team. Whatever your race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability - we want to hear from you. We're very open about what we're working on, and the best places to learn more are our buzzing community forum and our blog.

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