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VP Business Unit Compliance

Chicago, IL, USA | Cushman & Wakefield

  • Industry:
    Real Estate
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Promote a strong ethics and compliance culture by developing and deploying an effective Ethics & Compliance Program reporting directly to the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, which includes providing guidance regarding established corporate-wide Ethics & Compliance Program, creating policies and procedures to ensure adherence to applicable laws, regulations and other governmental requirements as appropriate; developing, implementing and managing additional program infrastructure, policies and practices as needed; providing training and advice and counsel on a range of topics including conflicts of interest, anti-corruption and gifts and entertainment and anti-money laundering; assisting in internal investigations; and ensuring that employee and third-party concerns are addressed in a prompt and thorough manner.

Job Description


Drive the continued development, implementation and monitoring of ethics and compliance policies and procedures to ensure compliance with laws/regulations.

Provide day-to-day proactive ethics and compliance legal advice; identify creative, compliant solutions to achieve business goals and strategies.

Collaborate with Internal Audit, Human Resources and other stakeholders to resolve issues and mitigate risk.

Collaborate with various stakeholders to strengthen the Company’s international third-party vetting program.

Develop and maintain appropriate records and metrics for the Ethics and Compliance Program.

Develop and implement tools/programming/training/communications that promote a culture of ethics and compliance that ensures that employees speak up about concerns and have a strong understanding of the Ethics and Compliance Program; develop innovative approaches to training to encourage employee engagement.

Develop and deliver training to educate employees on a broad range of ethics and compliance topics.

Act as liaison with Internal Control for anti-corruption and compliance controls audits.

Supervise the operation of the Ethics & Compliance Hotline and ensure that reports are appropriately assigned, investigated and resolved in compliance with internal procedures.

Monitor legal developments, enforcement and compliance requirement trends and calibrate Ethics & Compliance Program accordingly.

Conduct/support global risk assessments and propose and ensure appropriate responsibility for oversight in risk areas.

Provide support, as needed, to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer


Must have a J.D. and a minimum of 10 years of experience in ethics and compliance or related function. Justice Department, law firm or corporate compliance role preferred prior experience.

Strong experience with Anti-Money Laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act (UKBA), and other Anti-Corruption and Compliance-related laws/issues, including program design, training, and/or audit.

Admission in good standing to the Bar of the State of New York or State of Illinois, depending on location.

In-depth knowledge and understanding of applicable ethics and compliance requirements, compliance risk-management practices and methodologies, including risk assessment, monitoring and testing activities.

Significant knowledge and experience in implementing training and communications processes and programs; strong project management skills.

Experience in conducting investigations and managing the investigations process, including the management and tracking of the investigation lifecycle and close-out process.

Strong ability to think strategically to resolve matters effectively and efficiently and to build collaborative relationships with senior management, business leaders and HR, while managing shifting priorities.

Excellent legal and business judgment; a high degree of discretion; strong analytical skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and strong presentation skills.

Prior management experience, will be managing a global team.

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