Thomson Reuters – Assistant General Counsel, Enterprise Compliance

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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. 

Responsibilities

  • 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 anti-corruption due diligence work, and advise on integration of newly acquired businesses or joint ventures

Minimum Requirements

  • J.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
  • Significant experience advising senior level management
  • 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

Preferred Background

  • 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, andmaintaining 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

At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one – collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With more than 25,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance – and their own.

As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.


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