Managing Director

Full Time
Opening date
Closing date
12 Feb 2022

Kraken is a market leader in one of the most innovative and fast growing industries in the world. We are expanding and innovating throughout all aspects of the company to support this rapid growth, and to ensure that we can effectively execute on our highly ambitious short-, medium- and long-term plans for regional product and market growth.


  • Build and oversee Krakenโ€™s Canada business to achieve market leading growth
  • Develop and own the business strategy for Canada to maximize product/service opportunities, growth, and profitability
  • Build and manage a world class Canada team, including compliance, finance, security/IT, and operations (and other functions as required)
  • Collaborate with the product/engineering functions to bring best-in-class products and services to market while simultaneously ensuring compliance with necessary regulatory requirements
  • Work with the global compliance function to build/augment the Canadian compliance program to adhere to all necessary regulations
  • Partner with Sales and Marketing to define and execute a go-to-market strategy
  • Drive Canadian regional performance and ensure solid financial statements and reporting
  • Own relationship with the Canadian regulators; educate groups on Krakenโ€™s business model and advocate for optimal alignment of regulations
  • Successfully prepare for and complete all audit and regulatory exams
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other banks and financial institution partners, e.g. domestic or international correspondent banks
  • Lead external communication efforts as the โ€˜voice of Krakenโ€™ in the Canada market


  • Entrepreneurial self-starter with a willingness to collaborate with others
  • Proven experience in a general management or other leadership role overseeing strategy, operations, back-office, etc.
  • Previous experience owning and growing a successful P&L
  • Experience overseeing a licensed financial services business in a relevant industry – Crypto/Blockchain, FinTech, Brokerage/Exchange, Financial Services, Technology
  • Ability to oversee and/or partner with all functional areas of business – strategy, operations, sales, marketing, product, finance, etc.
  • Deep knowledge of financial products and regulatory compliance, including AML and capital markets
  • Ability to work closely with Product and Engineering teams to bring new products and services to market
  • Experience working with boards of directors and optimizing governance processes
  • Previous experience owning relationships with financial regulators on behalf of a commercial entity
  • Demonstrated skill in driving multiple partnership deals through all phases – opportunity identification, business case, due diligence, negotiation, legal review, etc.
  • Strong command of financial statements and fiduciary duties
  • Strong operational and project management expertise, optimizing processes for effectiveness, compliance, and efficiency
  • Strong analytical expertise and data driven decision making skills and mastery of financial models
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Strong interest in, and knowledge of, cryptocurrency a major plus
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