The Assistant General Counsel, Compliance is responsible for the design, development, implementation and assessment of Thomson Reuters’ comprehensive global ethics and compliance program. Thomson Reuters is built on a legacy of integrity and performance and if there is one single quality that binds, empowers and defines us more than any other, it is Trust. This position is expected to help maintain our strong ethical culture and continue to elevate our global ethics and compliance program.
The Assistant General Counsel, Compliance must be a leader who is comfortable building relationships throughout the organization, including with senior management, and will have executive presence to exercise influence to achieve results. The Assistant General Counsel, Compliance will have the ability to interact confidently with colleagues and external parties and to translate difficult legal principles into practical business solutions.
This role will oversee the day-to-day operations of Thomson Reuters’ global ethics and compliance program, by assisting with development, implementation and/or enhancement of compliance programs and initiatives, including The Thomson Reuters Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and other corporate policies; controls and monitoring; global training and communications programs; and defining and creating supporting documentation to demonstrate compliance, as applicable. An ability to recognize, communicate and raise awareness of existing and emerging risks is critical.
The ideal candidate should be well-versed with the US Federal Sentencing Guidelines, sanctions and export control laws, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other relevant global anti-corruption laws, as well as a technical understanding of the elements that constitute violations of these guidelines and laws.
The person could be located in either Carrollton, TX or Eagan, MN.
Identify compliance program needs, draft and maintain appropriate written policies, procedures, guidelines, training and related communications.
Identify compliance matters that require follow-up or investigation and, as appropriate, conduct or support investigations, or otherwise refer to the appropriate internal investigating body.
Work closely with business stakeholders to understand their business processes, applications and technologies and assist with adopting, implementing, updating, and operationalizing effective policies, processes, and documentation procedures with key focus areas of anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws and export controls
Manage and monitor processes around managing third-party risk, including due diligence on suppliers and business partners; support compliance due diligence and approvals activities (e.g., third party screening, gifts/hospitality approvals) as needed
Conduct or oversee internal investigations into allegations of compliance breaches or violations of the law or company policy
Provide legal advice and guidance to Legal function colleagues, management and employees in the businesses and regions on key compliance risk areas, such as anti-corruption and anti-bribery, conflicts of interest, economic sanctions laws, export controls and other relevant critical areas
Develop standard contract language addressing key compliance risk areas; review and negotiate compliance-related contract provisions
Deliver and/or cascade training on compliance-related topics, latest policies, and/or procedures
Manage reporting to internal senior stakeholders and the Board of Directors or Board Committees including ensuring execution of accurate and polished deliverables within required timelines
Monitoring performance and effectiveness of the compliance program and related activities on an ongoing basis through development, collection, and analysis of key metrics.
Benchmarking Thomson Reuters’ compliance program against programs of other like companies
Supervise and work closely with outside counsel as needed to ensure outside counsel’s work is satisfactory, cost-effective, and timely
Monitor the evolving jurisdictional laws globally and industry guidelines affecting the company's overall compliance program with key focus areas of anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws and export controls
Conduct, guide and participate in legal and ethical risk assessments; develop and implement risk mitigation plans
Conduct pre- and post- acquisition anticorruption due diligence work, and advise on integration of newly acquired businesses or joint ventures
D. from accredited law school
Admitted to practice law and in good standing with at least one state bar
Ten or more years legal and compliance experience
Legal compliance experience with large global organizations managing or overseeing compliance-related issues internationally
Ability to conduct, guide, or lead internal investigations of suspected violations of law or policy
Demonstrated ability to analyze data and draw reasonable conclusions, and communicate clearly
Excellent writing skills
Ability to provide guidance and advice on key compliance risk areas, such as anti-corruption and anti-bribery, economic sanctions laws, export controls, and other relevant risk areas
Ability to identify and prioritize legal compliance and ethics issues, and work with management to identify appropriate direction and courses of action
Ability to work cross-functionally with stakeholders to integrate policy requirements into global operations
Ability to develop and implement risk mitigation plans
Ability to supervise and work closely with outside counsel to identify and minimize business risks and achieve strategic objectives in a timely, cost-effective manner
Ability to communicate with lawyers and businesses across diverse geographies and cultures; strong team player able to work effectively with others at various levels of the organization
Excellent analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, drafting, and communication skills
Ability to operate in a fast-paced, sophisticated and congenial work environment
Ability to work variable hours and travel, as needed, to both domestic and international locations
Candidates with relevant professional experience beyond the minimum requirements will be strongly preferred
Experience conducting and leading internal investigations
Strong working knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act (UKBA), and other anti-corruption laws
Five or more years relevant legal experience including:
Experience as a prosecutor or in a regulatory agency/office with jurisdiction over corporate criminal/regulatory matters; or
Experience in an in-house legal department in a large global organization working on compliance-related issues in the U.S. and elsewhere; or
Experience at a major international or regional law firm, representing large, multinational corporate clients in investigative, criminal, or regulatory matters
Some relevant accounting and/or audit experience (in-house or external), including work designing, auditing, and implementing anti-fraud/corruption/sanctions controls would be a plus
Experience with compliance program management
Experience designing, deploying, analyzing, and/or using compliance risk assessments
Experience in developing, drafting, promulgating, and maintaining policies, standards, and procedures in key risk areas
Experience in developing, implementing and/or enhancing in-house training programs
Proven project management skills
Experience with information and records governance
Strong commercial experience and skill set
Additional Salary Information: Base + bonus
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