Regional Head of Compliance - Africa

  • Luno
  • Cape Town, Johannesburg
  • Feb 14, 2023
Full time AML Compliance

Job Description

About the team: 

Luno is a market leading crypto exchange on a mission to put the power of crypto into everyone’s hands, and we are building a market leading Compliance function to support these goals. As we grow our Compliance function globally, we are now looking for an exceptional individual to join the team and drive our strategic plans to ensure our compliance capabilities are fit to support the wider business development over the next 3-5 years.  We are growing fast, and this is a superb opportunity to make your mark in a truly outstanding organisation.

The role in a nutshell:

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and be capable of driving the Compliance Advisory function within Luno’s African business. Reporting to the Global Head of Compliance, you will be an integral member of the regional team, and work with all areas of the global business to help ensure that Luno maintains a robust and responsible compliance programme. Most importantly, you will be passionate about compliance, with a drive to contribute to and enhance the strong compliance culture across the organisation.

Your mission will be:

  • Supported by the dedicated Country Compliance Officers in South Africa and Nigeria, you will be the first point of contact for compliance related matters across Africa
  • You'll drive Luno’s compliance strategy in the region and ensure Luno continues to adhere to any new or existing regulatory obligations
  • You’ll support Luno’s expansion plans in the region, acting as a key member of and advisor to the Country Launch team
  • You’ll work closely with Luno’s Product and Countries teams, finding ways to offer amazing products and services to our customers that meet our regulatory obligations
  • You’ll maintain and develop strong relationships with regulatory bodies and financial partners across the region, ensuring the ongoing success of these critical partnerships
  • You'll work closely with the global Compliance Operations team, providing on-the-ground support in areas such as EDD, transaction monitoring, investigation of suspicious transactions and activity, and STR/SAR filing

In your first six months, you will

  • Immerse yourself in Luno, ensuring you have a deep understanding of our business and our customers
  • Develop strong relationships across the Luno team, and with key third parties
  • Become a trusted expert in all aspects of Luno’s AML/CFT compliance programme, always with an eye to continuous improvement

A little about you:

  • In-depth knowledge of, and a passion for, AML/CFT compliance
  • A pragmatic and responsible approach to compliance with regulatory obligations
  • The ability to collaborate across geographies, functional areas and competencies
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A predisposition for taking ownership and consistently delivering excellence
  • A desire for continuous learning, with the ability to quickly adapt to an ever-changing environment
  • Experience in the cryptocurrency industry (desirable, but not essential)

Life at Luno:

  • Forward-thinking and ambitious team that values diversity, hard work, and the continuous quest for excellence.
  • Remote but reachable work policy gives you the freedom to choose between working from home or the office.
  • Improve body and mind, with excellent private medical insurance. 
  • Free training courses with an online learning platform
  • Generous maternity / paternity and even paw-ternity for your furry friend.
  • Annual Inspiration Day.
  • A collaborative, friendly work community. 
  • Free lunch and snacks.
  • Free access to Headspace – a full library of guided meditations, sleep stories, and music.
  • 0 fees with Luno from the day you start.*

*Offer only available on Luno Instant Buy, not Luno Exchange

About us:

Luno makes it simple to buy, store and explore crypto. More than 11 million people have chosen to invest in crypto with Luno using our platform, which is available on Apple, Android and as a desktop experience. We’ve enabled over $52bn of transactions and we securely store over $1bn for our customers around the world.

Our mission is to put the power of crypto in everyone's hands because we believe that giving people access to a robust and fair financial system is a basic human right. We are with customers at every step of their investment journey with clear, jargon-free information and an easy-to-use app experience that helps people get started from as little as $10.

In order to make crypto accessible to everyone, everywhere, we’re on the ground in more than 40 markets across North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. We are registered with all local financial intelligence authorities and proud of our strong Anti Money Laundering measures and world-leading compliance teams. All the crypto we store for our customers is regularly verified by independent auditors.  Luno is the trusted guide that will bring crypto to over 1 billion people by 2030.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not negatively discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.