• Title
    Regional Compliance Counsel
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Position Overview:


    Wood is currently recruiting for a Regional Compliance Counsel with extensive experience in Ethics and Compliance. A specialist advisory role, leading the business ethics and compliance program in the west region. The role will have key business partnering responsibility at senior leadership level in the region ensuring ethics and compliance issues in the region are identified and managed. The role is responsible for the delivery of the global ethics and compliance plan in their area of responsibility.


    To provide foundational compliance guidance and direction to all Wood activities, and to drive the deepening of an ethical culture in the region and globally. To form a critical component of the Group Ethics and Compliance team, providing technical expertise and leadership in key areas for the whole function.


    Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

    • Lead and implement the Wood business ethics and compliance program throughout the region
    • Identify and foster key relationships at all levels of the region, across business units, to maximize the penetration of the ethics and compliance program
    • Lead business improvement activities throughout the region, in accordance with the findings of a robust ethics and compliance risk assessment program
    • Foster key relationships in other Group functions to process-map and provide oversight of functional compliance activities (i.e. P&O, HSSE, Finance, S&D, etc.)
    • Develop and deliver appropriate ethics and compliance training (both online and in-person) in the region, and globally as needed, and identify appropriate target audiences within the region
    • Oversee and monitor all third party business partners (including commercial intermediaries and JV partners) in the region, and develop business understanding of process requirements
    • Carry out anti-bribery due diligence for M&A transactions in the region, and manage the subsequent ethics & compliance integration of all completed acquisitions in the region
    • Oversee trade compliance and sanctions policies and procedures and provide guidance in the region
    • Oversee gifts and entertainment policies and procedures and provide guidance in the region
    • Develop the investigations capability, and carry out ethics and compliance investigations in the region
    • Create and launch additional global policies and procedures as necessary
    • Support the development of the Wood business ethics intranet
    • Monitor external developments in relation to new legislation and enforcement
    • Deputize for the Investigations and Compliance Director when required due to absence or unavailability
    • Support the Data Privacy Officer’s efforts to ensure compliance with Wood’s data privacy program in the region
    • Lead by personal example and encourage all employees to conduct their activities in accordance with all applicable laws and Wood’s standards and policies

    Working Relationships:



    • Regional Management teams, Board SABE, the Global Business Ethics Committee (or its equivalent), Group Legal – specifically legal counsel in the region and the Group General Counsel, Group Internal Audit, Group Treasury, Group M&A, Group P&O in the region, Corporate Communications Team


    • External Counsel representatives (i.e. external law firms), Governmental authorities across the region (e.g. US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission), third party providers, Compliance Counsel and CECO in peer companies


    Level of Influence & Decision Making Authority:

    • This role is expected to make autonomous decisions relating to all ethics and compliance matters in their area of responsibility and within legislative frameworks and company policy. More complex matters are referred.  This role is required to influence at regional senior leadership level, and with Group Functions’ regional representation

    Skills / Qualifications


    • The candidate should ideally be a qualified lawyer, although consideration may also be given to non-legally qualified candidates who can demonstrate at least 10 years of direct business ethics and compliance leadership experience

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

    • Strong knowledge of global Anti-Bribery and Corruption principles, laws/regulations (US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act (UKBA)) and best practices (e.g., Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Transparency International, and World Bank)
    • Significant experience working within the legal or ethics and compliance field (or ethics and compliance featured as part of a broader job requirement)
    • Familiarity within a relevant sector (e.g. O&G, engineering, extractives, etc.)
    • Group performance and how it can deliver and add value to its customers
    • Corporate governance and decision making
    • Detailed awareness of external factors, competitors and their impact on Wood’s strategy and success
    • Changing regulatory environment, including current and future industry trends

    Personal Attributes:

    • Connect and establish effective, cross-cultural working relationships with all levels of the organization and externally
    • Consistently model and lead on Wood’s core values
    • Energy and compassion
    • Balance humility and self confidence
    • Anticipate the environment, be forward thinking and able to see the ‘big picture’
    • Creative in the achievement of stretching objectives; does not accept failure easily
    • Ability to generate trust and credibility with audiences through continuous, open and consistent communication
    • Champion and drive innovation and change initiatives, focused on improving quality and effectiveness
    • Foster a customer-focused climate that delivers on expectations and strengthens relationships

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  


    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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