A Day in the Life of a Financial Crime Analyst

Region: Europe
Nov 29, 2022, 9:00:00 AM Published By Wirex Team

This week we're speaking to Kateryna Naboka, to get a look into a day in the life of a Financial Crime Analyst:

How long have you been with Wirex? 

A little over 3 years 

Why did you join Wirex? 

I was interested in the fintech industry in general, but Wirex, with its diverse product, seemed like a great place to develop and grow - and I was right. 

What is your background? 

Accounting and financial industry – always loved working with people and numbers :) 

What is your job now and how long have you been doing this job? 

Financial Crime Analyst, for the last 2 interesting and challenging years.  

When you left School or University what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I had doubts between the financial and legal industries. Fortunately, the Financial Crime Analyst position is a combination of both.  

Also, I always wanted to open a shelter for homeless dogs and cats, although it has nothing to do with my profession. 

What industry's does your job apply to? 

Financial sector in Risk and Compliance 

What kind of education and/or training did your career require? 

In my opinion, having a degree in Law or Financial sector/Auditing it's easier to understand internal processes, however, Wirex provides multiple internal trainings that help people from other fields to improve their professional and analytical skills. 

How do you become a Financial Crime Analyst? 

I started my career at Wirex as a Customer Support Representative, and when I was promoted to a senior CSR, I started looking for opportunities for further career development. I heard about an open position in the Compliance department and asked our HR representative how I could apply and what skills I needed for this position. After additional training, I managed to pass an interview for the position of AML Compliance Analyst, and later - Financial Crime Analyst. 

What skills are required in your daily work? 

Time management, attention to detail, diligence, and analytical skills 

Please describe a typical day of work: 

In most cases, my day starts with checking my mailbox and prioritizing tasks for the day. Then I do routine tasks, and then more complex and intricate cases that require more time. 

Do you mostly work alone or with others? 

A bit of both, I think. A job of an analyst is most often a solitary job, but since we have common goals, we often call up and share our findings and experience in order not to miss any new fraudulent trends. 

How has Wirex helped you get to develop your skills and career? 

With Wirex, I've had an opportunity to change my career significantly, for which I'm very grateful. Additional internal and external training supported by Wirex has also been a great help in improving my skills. 

What do you wish you would have known about your job before starting? 

That it's very multifaceted and contains many diverse tasks of related specialties 

What would you like to tell someone who’s interested in applying for a Financial Crime Analyst position to know? 

This is a job for diligent people who enjoy solving interesting and complex puzzles. 

What Career progression is there in your role and/or Wirex? 

The next step for me is a Senior Financial Crime Analyst. What’s the next one – let’s see :) 

What do you love the most about your job at Wirex? 

A dynamic and constantly evolving product, which is interesting to watch and work with 

How would you describe working at Wirex? 

Wirex is a great place for development and personal growth, where you can see your value. A lot of challenging tasks won't let you get bored.