Principal Examiner - MAP

    • New York, NY

The Principal Examiner has demonstrated a highly proficient level of competence in identifying risks, developing regulatory strategies to address those risks and working with internal and external constituents to achieve the goals of the department. The Principal Examiner provides advice to staff and final definitive determinations with regard to decisions concerning his/her respective area(s) of competence. This is a senior-level professional position mentoring, sharing knowledge and advising staff, interacting with internal and external constituents and working under minimal supervision.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead or participate in, and provide guidance and advice with regard to complex/novel/unique or high risk applications.,. The Principal Examiner possesses a high proficient level of knowledge of relevant rules, regulations, guidelines and industry practices. . Complete assignments in a timely manner as mandated by the department and/or rules.
  • Proactively identify and strategize recommendations regarding notable trends in industry practices, products and procedures.
  • Ensure regulatory programs serve departmental goals and FINRA’s mission in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking, issue spotting, interviewing, research and quantitative skills.
  • Possess a high proficient level of knowledge of securities products, activities of member firms and the industry.
  • Support Application Managers in conducting reviews of other examiner work product. Assist other examiners on application and other Map related matters or special projects as needed.
  • Actively lead and participate in meetings on firms with minimal supervision.
  • Lead classroom instruction on technical matters for the application staff.
  • Proactively identify ideas for in-house training.
  • Participate in developing course content and advising the Member Regulation Training unit on technical accuracy of classroom material. Participate in developing or delivering training courses for all department employees.
  • Serve as a mentor and coach to other staff.
  • Moderate and/or present subject matter material at internal meeting and conferences including, new Examiner trainings or other FINRA training programs.
  • Participate in Peer and/or Quality Reviews for the district, regional or national program.


Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Highly proficient level of knowledge of business conduct risk and industry practices, securities industry rules, regulations and best practices required.
  • Demonstrate highly proficient knowledge of risk analysis and proactive risk identification. Possess strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate a track record in developing appropriate regulatory responses and/or processes for managing risks.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Possess excellent time management skills.
  • Minimum of six years of securities, compliance or financial regulatory experience.
  • Exemplify the FINRA Leadership Characteristics and serve as a role model for staff in the department.


Work Conditions:
  • Work is normally performed in an office environment at FINRA.
  • Extended hours are frequently required.
  • Work expectations include timely and high quality productivity.


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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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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