CDD Refresh Contractor

Business and Financial Operations

Belfast, Northern Ireland, Belfast, UK, London, UK

Job Overview

Cowen is currently seeking a CDD Refresh Contractor to join our Belfast or London team for an initial 4 month contract.


  • Undertaking end to end client and counterparty refresh including undertaking all aspects of the CDD process.
  • Adhering to applicable internal and regulatory requirements relating to CDD.
  • Following the Cowen CDD onboarding and refresh process accurately and efficiently.
  • Conducting due diligence at all levels, including enhanced due diligence.
  • Identifying ultimate beneficial owners, controllers and PEPs.
  • Undertaking adverse media screening.
  • Undertaking sanctions screening.
  • Escalating concerns and discrepancies in CDD documentation to the appropriate staff.
  • Tracking outstanding CDD requests and progressing these on own initiative.
  • Observing CDD processing targets in terms of file quality and speed of review.
  • Alerting suspicions to the MLRO.
  • Ensuring CDD files maintained accurately using internally agreed upon protocols.
  • Responsible for checking accounts against compliance guidelines.
  • Communicate regularly with managers, traders, salespeople, finance, and other designated contacts within the organisation to support the CDD refresh process.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned. General hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm, but should be flexible to work other hours or holidays, if required.


Job Requirements / Qualifications


  • A relevant university degree in Finance, Accounting or Economics or related discipline, or recognised professional or equivalent qualification, or qualified by experience.


  • 2+ years’ experience in CDD required, preferably involving a wide range of counterparty types and risk levels.
  • Sound knowledge of UK CDD regulations and requirements, including the JMLSG Guidance notes.
  • Individual must be dependable, responsible, motivated and demonstrate the ability to be successful with minimal supervision. Must be highly organised and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed during challenging circumstances, including strict deadlines and technical issues and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Candidate must possess strong customer relationship skills.
  • Must possess problem solving ability, strong computer and communication skills.

Cowen is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.


Who We Are

Cowen Inc. (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is a diversified financial services firm offering investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing, commission management services and actively managed alternative investment products. Cowen focuses on delivering value-added capabilities to our clients in order to help them outperform. Founded in 1918, the Company is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide.

At Cowen, inclusion and diversity are catalysts for success and innovation in everything we do. We pride ourselves on our empathetic and collaborative culture, where the power of diversity is harnessed to transform the status quo. Our focus on inclusion expands our thinking in order to generate better outcomes for clients, while striving to increase fairness and equity for our colleagues. Cowen’s vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable future is supported by our core values and is essential to our ability to outperform.

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Our Values


We consistently deliver differentiated and disruptive insights that help our clients outperform


We proactively consider and account for the priorities and concerns of our colleagues and clients


We endeavor to produce ideas and solutions that are ethically grounded and aim to pass the test of time

Tenacious Teamwork

We elevate collaboration to new levels, empowering our ability to provide the best solutions


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