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Head of Risk & Compliance

Business Services
19000415 Requisition #
We are looking for a Head of Risk & Compliance to take the lead on a range of legal, risk, regulatory and compliance issues.  This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and dedicated Risk & Compliance professional to take their career to the next level at a future facing, international law firm.

About the role

The Head of Risk & Compliance will be responsible for compliance across the firm’s offices in the UK, Europe, Asia, the Middle East.  The role involves advising and assisting the firm, partners and staff with a full range of legal, risk, ethical, regulatory, professional conduct, client related and compliance issues in conjunction with the firm’s policies and procedures. 
The Head of Risk & Compliance will provide strategic input into a range of projects including:
- Developing and overseeing the implementation of global compliance programmes
- Monitoring developments in relevant law, regulation, policy and market practice and drafting policies and procedures
- Maintaining risk registers and ensuring risk management plans are implemented and risk incidents are properly investigated
- Overseeing conflict management within the firm and other group member firms
- Advising on third party supplier’s risk management process including onboarding questionnaires, risk assessments and audits
- Advising the partnership on any relevant risk and compliance issues associated with the taking on of new business
- Leading on the implementation of a confidentiality software and the development of internal compliance and security policies, such as restricted workspaces and information barriers
- Advising on cross border engagements, variations to the firm’s standard terms of business and the implementation of a client’s terms database

About you

The ideal candidate will:
- Have significant experience in conflicts and risk management, preferably gained at an international law firm
- Demonstrate good judgement, business awareness, strong organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure
- Be flexible and able to adapt to new situations, processes and technologies
- Have management, supervisory and team leading experience
- Have excellent communication skills and the ability to quickly build professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders
A legal qualification is desirable but not essential if the relevant skills and experience have been proved in a comparable role.

About us

CMS are delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards.

CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.

Ranked as the world’s 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”).

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online or contact Holly Woodhouse,Talent Acquisition Advisor, for more information.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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