Principal - Global Compliance Counsel

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Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

16 May 2019

Date closing

25 May 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

The Principal Global Compliance Legal will lead and oversee the provision of legal advice on Ethics & Compliance risks globally, including advice on anti-corruption, trade sanctions, export controls and other compliance frameworks and provision of advice on compliance strategy and resolution of the most challenging Ethics & Compliance issues encountered by BHP worldwide.

Core Accountabilities

·       Leading advice on the design, implementation and continuous enhancement of BHP’s Ethics & Compliance program
-          Draw on expert knowledge and experience of laws, regulatory guidance and global best practice relevant to Ethics & Compliance risks (being anti-corruption, trade sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, market manipulation and state secrets) to lead the provision of advice on compliance framework design globally;
-          Lead the identification, analysis and communication of significant developments in law, regulatory guidance and best practice across all Ethics & Compliance risks, including leading or overseeing legal input into the design and implementation of relevant changes to compliance frameworks;
-          Lead the development of up to date knowledge and expertise on legal and regulatory developments for the global Ethics & Compliance team and build, teach and resource team members as necessary;
-          Pro-actively identify emerging and changing risks and help build consensus across business and functional teams on appropriate remediation via provision of pro-active expert advice and business acumen;
-          Lead legal input into regular Ethics & Compliance risk assessments globally;
-          Lead and co-ordinate periodic reviews of control framework design for each Ethics & Compliance risk;
-          Lead and coordinate legal input into all Ethics & Compliance training (in person and eLearning) and communications globally.

·       Leading advice on the most challenging Ethics & Compliance issues encountered by BHP worldwide
-          Oversee and mentor a team of lawyers within Ethics & Compliance who advise on Ethics & Compliance risks; -          Provide – and/or act as global escalation point for - advice, problem solving and analysis to help resolve complex Ethics & Compliance issues throughout BHP’s operations globally (including influencing non-operated joint ventures) and communicate high-stakes judgments with key potential business impacts to all levels within Company, including and up to, the ELT/Board level;
-          Provide – and/or act as global escalation point for - advice on Ethics & Compliance risks in mergers, acquisitions and divestments including in relation to the conduct of due diligence, appropriate provisions in transaction documentation, steps to mitigate or remediate risks and development of post-closing implementation plans;
-          Work with other lawyers in Ethics & Compliance to ensure pro-active involvement in highest areas of legal risk or value add;
-          Working closely with CCO, coordinate among all lawyers in Ethics & Compliance to ensure globally consistent legal input including balance between business objectives and risk mitigation;
-          Define and lead strategic approach to use of external counsel on Ethics & Compliance risks.

·       Leading legal input on internal anti-corruption, trade sanctions or other Ethics & Compliance investigations, and the management of external investigations
-        Lead provision of legal oversight and advice in investigations into anti-corruption, trade sanctions or other Ethics & Compliance issues including managing external and internal stakeholders and overseeing reporting requirements, including reporting to senior management;
-        Lead legal input into analysis of learnings from investigations into Ethics & Compliance issues by utilising professional judgment and knowledge of best practice to drive a feedback loop that guides strategic decisions regarding enhancements to the Ethics & Compliance framework and/or strategy;
-        Lead BHP response in the event of an external investigation into an Ethics & Compliance issue and co-ordinate responses to information and document requests.

·       Leading legal input into external engagement with regulators and other key stakeholders
     - Lead legal input into Ethics & Compliance external engagement strategy and implementation including appropriate prioritisation of government / regulatory / enforcement and NGO stakeholders globally and optimal means of engagement

About You

The successful candidate will have 12+ years PQE with at least 5 years experience (preferably in-house) in anti-corruption, trade sanctations or other relevant areas of specialty. You will hold a Practicing certificate in Singapore or an Australian State.

Experience & Technical Competencies
·       Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to international anti-corruption, trade sanctions and/or other laws relevant to Ethics & Compliance risks encountered by BHP
·       Deep in-house experience advising on Ethics & Compliance risks in multiple jurisdictions
·       Familiarity with resources industry (mining or oil & gas)
·       Experience in supporting complex A&D and other business sensitive commercial transactions, including new country entries
·       Experience with designing new compliance programs or policies from ground up to mitigate new or emerging risks
·       Experience in writing submissions, board documents and other effective communications to senior stakeholders
·       International orientation, including experience in Australia and Asia
·       Experience in running sensitive internal investigations into conduct which may potentially have serious disciplinary or criminal consequences for employees

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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