Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Financial Intelligence Unit at Western Union (Greater Denver Area, CO)

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Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Financial Intelligence Unit – Denver, Colorado

Do you want to be part of a specialist team that looks to put a stop to money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illegal financial transactions? Do you want to be part of a global company looking to disrupt the financial services industry? Join Western Union as a Strategic Intelligence Analyst.

Motivated by our values: purpose-driven, globally-minded, and trustworthy & respectful

We’re a FinTech that’s using insight from customers and colleagues worldwide to improve financial services for families, small businesses, multinational corporations, and non-profit organizations. We’re a team of over 10,000 people spanning 200 countries and territories. We believe when money moves, better things happen.

Better requires process, discipline, and simplification

We’ll be looking to you to be a key member of a strategic intelligence team (the Office of Strategic Intelligence, or OSI) within Western Union’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The OSI is the primary source for AML/TF typology-focused subject matter expertise provided to other Compliance and corporate risk programs. OSI analysis contributes directly to FIU-initiated transaction controls and other non-standard risk mitigation measures designed to protect the company. OSI analysts work closely with law enforcement and other government partners to exchange threat intelligence and identify emerging risk issues. OSI also provides a variety of bespoke AML/TF-focused research and analysis services to support Compliance leadership and other key stakeholders. 

In this role, you will be responsible for tracking, evaluating, and modeling the global evolution of criminal and terrorist threats, using "big data" tools and all-source analytic methodologies to proactively evaluate the nature and extent of Western Union's exposure to these threats. You will execute all phases of complex, high-risk intelligence analysis projects with significant autonomy, independence, and judgment. You will utilize ETL, analysis, and data visualization tools to query, integrate, explore and evaluate extremely large volumes (millions of rows) of transaction data, case information, due diligence records, and other sources to inform your analysis. You will directly interrogate Western Union data using typology-specific intelligence from open/public, commercial, law enforcement, and other sources. You will be expected to create detailed narrative investigative reports, presentations, and, where needed, link charts or similar diagrams to document and communicate your judgments, findings, and related actions. You will regularly engage with and brief Compliance senior leadership (Director and above) as well as critical law enforcement, regulatory, and other government partners on high threat / high exposure issues. You will also be called upon to handle a wide variety of ad-hoc analytic and research requests from FIU and Compliance senior leadership to support executive-level decision-making and initiatives.

For such a pivotal role, we require you to have a bachelor’s degree and/or 2-5 years of experience in a related field. Related experience can include strategic analysis for the U.S. Intelligence Community, Law Enforcement, or think tank establishments; strategic anti-money laundering or risk work with a financial institution; and/or graduate school training in the practice, methods, and tools of intelligence analysis tradecraft. You will have constructed judgments about issues for which there is incomplete or imperfect evidence, requiring you to establish and justify associated confidence levels. You should be comfortable working with extremely large, complex data sets, basic SQL concepts, and "big data" software such as Tableau and Alteryx. You must also possess advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Access). You must have a demonstrated track record of excellent written and oral communication skills, including the presentation of your work to senior decision-makers.

Join us, and let’s connect the world

Western Union is transforming its business and shaping the financial services sector by driving quality, convenience, and customer service to new levels of excellence. It’s an exciting time for our organization, as the largest cross-border money transfer operator, trusted by millions of consumers around the world. If you’re ready to unleash your potential to help drive change through bottom-up innovation, apply now.

We’re a company on the move, and we want our people to grow and develop. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and build a career, as well as a great salary and benefits package.

We are passionate about our diversity. Our commitment is to provide an inclusive culture that celebrates the unique backgrounds and perspectives of our global teams while reflecting the communities we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, political affiliation, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, or veteran (U.S.) status. The company will provide accommodation to applicants, including those with disabilities, during the recruitment process, in accordance with applicable laws.

The annual gross base salary range is 62,829.23 - 103,871.34.

This range represents the anticipated low and high end of the salary for this position. salaries will vary and are based on factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, skills, and competencies. Salary is one component of the Western Union total compensation package, which includes short-term incentives, multiple health insurance options, accident and life insurance, and access to best-in-class development platforms, to name a few! To view details of our benefits, visit https://mywubenefits.com/.

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Location

WUHQ, located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, offers stunning views, modern amenities, and access to nearby shops, restaurants & light rail.

An Insider's view of Western Union

What's something quirky about your company?

As a #WULeader, I value our diversity. Through inclusive action, I’ve joined our Pune band, pride parades & theatre to understand employee & customer experience. With global teams, I’ve danced w/interns, cooked, learned words in other languages, dressed in local celebration attire, climbed a mountain & a rock wall & visited the wonders of the world

Shannon

Head of People Strategy

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

“I think the most creative ideas come from unexpected places. I encourage my team to invite someone new from a completely different area of the organization to our meetings. And I encourage my team to jump into each other’s team meetings. It is always amazing to see the new insights and connections that come from a fresh perspective.”

Shelly

President, Product and Platform

What are Western Union Perks + Benefits

Western Union Benefits Overview

Our dedicated employees innovate every day to help customers and partners move money. In turn, we do our best to offer competitive salaries and benefits based on individual needs and life priorities. Our “Global Total Rewards Program” aims to support the health and well-being of our employees and their families, including domestic partners. We review benchmarking information annually to help inform any changes or additions to our benefits programs.

The following global benefits are generally* available to all full-time employees:

• Medical Benefits - Traditional medical / hospitalization plans or allowances to pay for medical expenses incurred by employees and their dependents.
• Paid Time Off - Employees are entitled to various forms of paid leaves that may include paid time off, sick, maternity, paternity, caregiver, or military leaves.
• Global Recognition and Rewards Program - Our Bravo! Recognition program gives employees real-time appreciation (and points for gifts) from managers & colleagues for significant contributions to the organization.
• Employee Assistance Program – Counseling, legal, and other professional services are made available for our employees.
• Risk Insurance Benefits - Various forms of insurance (life, disability, accidental death & dismemberment) are available in all countries either as traditional insurance policies or allowances.
• WU Scholarship Program - Employees can apply for a college scholarship of $2,500 for their children.
• Global Adoption Assistance - For employees looking to adopt children, we reimburse up to $10,000 per adoption for eligible expenses.
• Business Travel Assistance and Insurance - We provide an international business travel accident policy for employees traveling on authorized company business.
• Discounted Fees on Money Transfers - Employees are eligible for discounted fees on a variety of Western Union money transfer services.
• Employee Wellness - We provide access to the Headspace app and Tutor.com to help support employees’ mental health and work-life balance.

While these benefits are available globally, in most of our office locations, there are even more benefits to enjoy! Feel free to connect with our Talent Acquisition team to learn more about specific benefits for your country and role.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Through our WU Foundation, we partner with various non-profit organizations.
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have the following empowerment teams that help promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: LGBTQ+, Sustainability, Leadership and Development.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
WUHQ is located right off the light rail, making it more convenient for QU employees to commute to and from work.
Company Outings
As part of our sponsorship with the Denver Nuggets and other local teams, employees get to enjoy team outings at games and concerts.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Parking is available for Denver HQ and DTC employees.
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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