Principal Advisor, Market Manipulation - Rockville, MD

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Principal Advisor opening in Rockville, MD. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at – no phone calls, please.

Job Summary:

To assist the Vice President, Market Manipulation Group (“MMG”), in the coordination and oversight of team initiatives, advise the VP on FINRA policy and applications of policies to the MMG, and represent MMG at meetings with internal and external constituents, particularly with the Enforcement Department in coordinating actions and developing investigations. Plan and coordinate MMG Staff activities to ensure consistency of work process and work product and the efficient flow of work and information among MMG staff and Enforcement personnel. Review and track cases referred to Enforcement for disciplinary action. Will also apply expert analytical skills and provide expert advice on case development to the VP, Directors and Staff within MMG. The Principal Advisor is responsible for written and oral communication with FINRA staff, member firms, and regulatory clients.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works with the VP and Senior Directors in MMG to coordinate the development of cases to ensure consistency of approach within MMG. Advises MMG Management and Staff on the formulation and development of investigations, including on behalf of regulatory clients.
  • Reviews and evaluates policies and rules from a strategic, legal and business perspective as to the impact on MMG. Provide guidance regarding potential policy changes and advise MMG Management on procedural changes and best practices to comply with policies applicable to MMG.
  • Participates in meetings with Enforcement regarding the development of significant actions and investigations, monitors Enforcement actions, and provides updates to the VP and Management in MMG on trends in sanctions and Enforcement actions.
  • Review and provide feedback on Enforcement memoranda addressing proposed dispositions and sanctions for matters referred to Enforcement by all teams within MMG.
  • Serve as liaison between MMG, Enforcement and clients.
  • Provide guidance on complex investigations through all stages from inception to completion, including investigative techniques and approaches.
  • Assess investigations across MMG to ensure consistency, timeliness and adequacy of investigation, identify potentially overlapping subject matter, patterns and potential respondents, and recommend consolidation of existing reviews across teams within MMG.
  • Conduct legal research regarding cases involving relevant topic areas to MMG, Enforcement actions, trends and sanctions.
  • Utilize experience and background to provide subject matter expertise to the MMG program.
  • Serve on department and organization committees (i.e. RCM Champions, etc.).
  • Draft ROC and other client updates.
  • Coordinate with OGC, clients and the SEC to provide program updates, as needed.
  • Participate in on-the-record testimony for MMG investigations, as needed.
  • Assist analysts with drafting outlines to ensure the best possible evidence is obtained.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced degree and a minimum of ten years of directly related experience with extensive regulatory experience.
  • Excellent oral, written, and editing skills.
  • Extensive working knowledge of federal securities laws, rules, and regulations relevant to MMG’s regulatory activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee or assist with comprehensive reviews and investigations for potential violations of securities laws, rules and regulations.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is normally performed in an office environment. Extended hours and occasional travel may be required.

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.

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