Senior Manager - Compliance


Dublin, IE

Company:  Irish Life Financial Services Limited
  • Full Time Permanent position
  • Hybrid role based in our City Centre offices



What we offer

We have embraced a hybrid working model for most of our positions, which means that you can enjoy a balanced approach of working from home for part of the week and working from the office for the remainder of the week.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salaries and bonuses, robust Learning and Development support, excellent Defined Contribution pension and comprehensive Wellbeing initiatives and support to name but a few. 

Further details on our benefits package can be accessed here Benefits (



Team Background

Irish Life Financial Services Limited (ILFS) is an insurance intermediary regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. It is a subsidiary of the Irish Life Group Ltd which also comprises the life assurance company Irish Life Assurance plc, one of Ireland’s leading financial services providers. ILFS provides services to Irish Life Assurance plc on an outsourced basis; including compliance services. Regulatory compliance forms an important and essential part of Irish Life’s operations and activities. Recent and ongoing changes in the regulatory environment have increased the emphasis on effective management of compliance risk. This role embraces the combined structures of ILFS as an insurance intermediary and the Customer and Advice Solutions Business Units of Irish Life Assurance. 


Role Overview

Reporting to the Head of ILFS Compliance & Operational Risk, the Senior Manager Compliance is responsible for oversight of compliance risk for ILFS Retail activities in its Business Units in accordance with the Irish Life Group Compliance Framework and in the context of the laws and regulations that apply to the regulated financial services business activities undertaken by ILFS. The role will assist the Head of ILFS Compliance & Operational Risk with the role focused on leading and management of the team and will have a number of direct reports.


Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in leading and managing the Advice and Customer Solutions (ILFS) compliance team and oversee the work of local divisional-based compliance personnel.
  • Prepare and drive implementation of a comprehensive annual compliance plan in line with the Group Compliance framework to include a comprehensive risk-based monitoring programme. 
  • Drive the implementation of new legislation or codes of conduct and set down standards on how they should be implemented within the business. 
  • Act as a point of contact for regulatory authorities and, working with the Head of ILFS Compliance, ensure effective and efficient communication with external bodies. 
  • Prepare compliance reporting for Group Compliance, the ILFS Board and business management.
  • Ensure effective and efficient communication with Advice and Customer Solutions Management.  
  • Provide compliance and operational risk input into material business initiatives (distributions, products, platforms, strategy etc) and oversee the development of key compliance frameworks (including AML, Sanctions and Data Protection).
  • Represent the Compliance team on key business working and steering groups both internal and external
  • Provide pre-launch input into material new product innovation and plans to assess and provide challenge in relation to the potential compliance & operational risks and their mitigation and management.
  • Ensure that compliance staff in different parts of the business work effectively together to ensure compliance activities are delivered in the most efficient way possible. 
  • Other such emerging tasks and responsibilities as a role of such seniority will result in.



The Person:

The ideal candidate should: 

  • Hold a Primary Degree and/or a Professional Qualification in a relevant technical discipline (such as Accountancy, Actuarial, Finance, Audit, Solicitor Compliance, or Risk Management).
  • Have experience in a manager role, managing people and have an understanding of the three lines of defence model and the nature of a Control Function’s obligations within that model.   
  • Have experience of the financial services business. Of particular interest is expertise in Retail or Corporate Business type products, processes, distribution channels and systems. 
  • Possess a strong blend of technical ability, judgement, and commercial awareness.
  • Have a good understanding of the Group’s main business activities.
  • Have an ability to work effectively in partnership with the business units’ senior management, while maintaining independence and personal authority.
  • Have strong communication skills (both written and oral).
  • Possess strong influencing skills.
  • Have strong problem-solving and decision-making ability.



Key Competencies

Communication and Influencing
Commercial Awareness
Building and Maintaining Relationships
Risk and Control
Talent Management



Fitness & Probity
This role is a ‘controlled function’ as set out in the Central Bank Reform Act 2010 and defined by the Fitness and Probity Regulations and Standards 2011. Any appointment will be conditional on the company being satisfied that the appointee meets the requirements as set out in the Fitness and Probity standards issued by the Central Bank. This requires the company to complete prescribed due diligence to assess the appointee’s fitness and probity. Further details on this due diligence process are available from Human Resources.



About us

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions with a presence across a range of financial services markets.  We are one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups with over 1.5 million customers. For over 80 years, we’ve been helping people to look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs, and more recently their health insurance.

It is a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

We are proud of our culture of developing and supporting the growth and professional development of our people. The focus has resulted in a team of top talent with high standards, positioning us at the forefront of our industry.


The company reserves the right to draw up a shortlist as part of the selection process.  Where Agency assistance is required the Irish Life Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Irish Life by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.


Irish Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer. We have created an environment of inclusion and growth to help people achieve their potential, to ensure they can bring their whole selves to work and to feel valued.  We celebrate diversity of thought and perspective and want all of our employees to feel valued, respected and supported.  


We have built a culture that promotes equality and inclusion for all of our current and future employees and strive to ensure that our behaviours, processes and practices are aligned to this culture.


If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process please contact and we will be delighted to ensure you are fully supported to be your best.   

Irish Life Group Services supports Equal Opportunity.