Principal Examiner Diversified, Carrying & Clearing
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.
 Woodbridge, VA

To conduct risk-based examinations of FINRA member firms and registered representatives.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Leads examinations of all levels of risk and complexity with minimal supervision.
  • Conducts and memorializes discovery and risk reviews of all levels of risk and complexity.
  • Proactively identifies notable trends and participates in national projects.
  • Interviews firm personnel independently.
  • Gathers regulatory intelligence using internal FINRA systems.
  • Analyzes and evaluates firm records (financial statements, purchase and sales blotters, correspondence, etc.) and systems (order management systems, supervisory alert systems, etc.)
  • Ensure regulatory programs serve departmental goals and FINRA's mission in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Identifies exceptions, observations, and other findings .
  • Trains and mentors junior staff and new hires.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Major in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related fields preferred.
  • Advanced degree/certification a plus.
  • Significant securities, compliance or financial regulatory experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of FINRA's risk fundamentals.
  • Advanced knowledge of securities rules and regulations.
  • Advanced knowledge of firm business models, business lines, customer bases, products and services.
  • Advanced knowledge of all major regulatory areas and the associated rule requirements.
  • Awareness and understanding of internal policies and protocols.
  • Ability to effectively articulate matters with high degree of complexity through verbal and written communications.
  • Advanced critical thinking, research and analytical skills.
  • Proficient in utilizing available internal resources.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and complete assignments within budgeted timeframes.
  • Ability to identify and prioritize risk.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to recognize and understand the relationship and impact between different regulatory areas.

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

Important Information

FINRA's Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees' investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code's investment and securities account restrictions, and new employees must comply with those investment restrictions—including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA's Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice President—by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.

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As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA's Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company's policy on nepotism.

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