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PenFed Credit Union BSA/AML Analyst in Alexandria, Virginia


Are you looking to take your career from good to great? As an employee of PenFed, every day is an opportunity to thrive, and be part of a team working to ensure our organization is providing world class service to our members, employees, and our communities. We exist to help our members realize their full potential, educate and encourage their dreams, and make every effort to follow our mission and help our members “do better.” Joining PenFed is more than being an employee; it’s about being a part of the PenFed family.

PenFed is hiring a Remote BSA/AML Analyst at our Alexandria, Virginia location. The primary purpose of this job is to implement PenFed’s BSA/AML program and pro-actively detect, identify, analyze, escalate, and monitor all suspicious activity as defined by the Bank Secrecy Act, USA Patriot Act, and other related laws and regulations. The BSA/AML Analyst is also responsible for independently evaluating cases referred by PenFed employees and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) personnel, and recommending an appropriate course of action to senior management.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job duties and the position will perform other duties as assigned.

  • Develop and maintain a strong, general working knowledge of all BSA/AML program components.

  • Primary duties and responsibilities of SAR and CTR specialists to include receiving referrals from employees who have identified a suspicious activity, as well as from the FIU personnel conducting investigations.

  • Conduct independent research as appropriate, using discretion to determine whether or not a regulatory SAR filing is appropriate.

  • Complete all SARs in a timely manner, meet all regulatory deadlines for electronic SAR filing, and maintain records of all SARs filed according to regulatory filing requirements.

  • Review CTRs submitted by branches for completeness and accuracy. Collaborate with operations personnel to correct any issues. Make any corrections as required by Fin CEN.

  • Monitor the BSA system for transactions over $10K and reconcile with CTR filings. If a CTR has not been filed, instruct appropriate personnel to complete one, providing guidance as needed.

  • Investigate cases where structuring appears to have occurred. Use judgment to determine if structuring has taken place and file SARs when appropriate.

  • Perform enhanced due diligence for high risk members and prioritize exceptions or unusual transactions for review. Periodically evaluate the database to identify changes which may be required to risk classification or due diligence requirements. Review daily OFAC reports to identify accounts which may be subject to OFAC sanctions or blocking and escalate possible OFAC matches.

  • Maintain the OFAC sanctioned country list, ensure it is up to date, and evaluate affected PenFed accounts when the list is modified. Take immediate action to block any accounts that involve an OFAC match, and file the required report within 10 days.

  • Maintain current knowledge of all laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies and procedures applicable to the BSA/AML Unit, and ensure business and operational activities are consistent and compliant with all requirements.

  • Keep up-to-date with current fraud and money laundering trends in the financial services industry, and obtain or maintain relevant professional certification(s).

  • Complete special projects as assigned by BSA/AML management.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience is required.

  • Minimum of three (3) years’ of banking experience, at least one which should be in BSA/AML, fraud, and/or sufficient compliance, audit, or risk experience is required.

  • Experience in banking or a credit union operation that provides in-depth knowledge of products, services, systems, policies and procedures, and regulatory issues is strongly preferred.

  • Experience working with large datasets and knowledge of various data analysis software packages and tools (e.g., MS-Excel, MS-Access, SAS, or ACL) is preferred.

    *Equivalent combination of education and experience is considered.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    This position will not directly supervise employees

    Licenses and Certifications

CFE, CAMS, or an equivalent certification is required to perform the functions of this position. Certification must be obtained within 12 months of the start date for this position

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to an indoor office setting with moderate noise. Most roles require working in an office setting with moderate noise and the ability to lift 25 pounds.



Special Message Regarding COVID 19

PenFed is continuing to hire and train exceptional individuals to help us serve our 2 million members both here and around the world. In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we have modified our hiring, onboarding, training, and deployment protocols in order to comply with applicable current local and state guidance.

About Us

Established in 1935, PenFed today is one of the country’s strongest and most stable financial institutions with over 2 million members and over $26 billion in assets. We serve members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico and Okinawa. We are federally insured by NCUA and we are an Equal Housing Lender. We are available to members worldwide, via the web, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

We provide our employees with a lucrative benefits package including robust medical, dental and vision plan options, plenty of paid time off, 401k with employer match, on-site fitness facilities at our larger locations, and more.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PenFed management will maintain and observe personnel policies which will not discriminate or permit harassment or retaliation against a person because of race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military or veteran status or obligation, the presence of a physical and/or mental disability or medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, and all statuses protected by applicable state or local law in all recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, overtime, position classifications, work assignments, facilities, promotions, transfers, employee treatment, and in all other terms and conditions of employment. PenFed will also prohibit retaliation against individuals for raising a complaint of discrimination or harassment or participating in an investigation of same.

PenFed will also reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability so that they can apply for a job or perform the essential functions of a job unless doing so causes a direct threat to these individuals or others in the workplace and the threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation or if the accommodation creates an undue hardship to PenFed. Contact human resources (HR) with any questions or requests for accommodation at 240-224-4256.