Position: Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance

Location: London, UK


About the role

Reporting to the Interim Chief Operating Officer, the principal objectives of the Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance are to mitigate legal, ethical and reputational risk to the Company and to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and commitments, including commitments made with third parties (e.g. contracts or other agreements) and internally (e.g. our Code of Conduct and company policies).

The primary responsibilities of the Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance are to manage the Company’s legal, ethics and compliance framework, lead on compliance reporting to clients, develop and provide training on key compliance polices, oversee all third party due diligence, oversee the ongoing compliance of overseas legal entities, oversee contract management and provide ad hoc legal support, acting as the interface with external advisers. The Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance will develop an approach to internal legal support that meets current and future needs, ensuring that Adam Smith International offices in the UK and overseas protect the company and that staff have an excellent understanding of the ethical and legal framework in which they operate. The Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance will also line manage and be supported by a Legal, Ethics and Compliance Manager.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Management of reporting to clients (e.g. government donors) on compliance matters including fraud, corruption, safeguarding and supply chain management
  • Management of compliance documentation for client contracts and downstream subcontractors
  • Management of third party due diligence including monitoring the quality of due diligence conducted by the business
  • Oversight and maintenance of all compliance policies, updating policies to reflect legal or regulatory updates or to otherwise reduce compliance risk
  • Oversight of the training framework on key compliance matters and rollout of compliance training
  • Line management of, and support to, ASI’s Legal, Ethics and Compliance Manager
  • Support to investigations and management of the whistleblowing log
  • Regular reporting on legal, ethics and compliance matters to the Executive Team and the Audit Committee
  • Identification and assessment of material compliance risks associated with our UK and overseas operations
  • Collaboration with colleagues to ensure that our commercial proposals give a good account of our approach to managing compliance, legal and reputational risk
  • Ad hoc legal support, managing the solicitation and procurement of advice from external advisers as needed
  • Development of an approach to providing internal legal support to meet current and future needs and leading the implementation of this approach
  • Advice to colleagues on a wide range of legal and compliance matters
  • Oversight of the UK and regional logs for any conflicts of interest that is declared or raised
  • With support from the Finance team and other cross-cutting functions, lead on raising awareness of fraud across the company and ensure that internal controls are in place, well understood and used

About you

Our teams require the highest calibre people with strong attention to detail to support the smooth running of day to day contracting issues. People empowered to overcome challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude tempered with insight and pragmatism. Each team member is carefully selected, based not just on their technical ability, but on their proven experience. It is this combination that ensures we deliver real societal impact and measurable results beyond those anticipated.

You should have demonstrated ability to build productive relationships with people from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds and the ability to work effectively within a dynamic team environment. Adam Smith International seeks the following skills and experience:

  • UK qualified Solicitor; Graduate in Law/Masters in Law or LLM
  • At least 6 years of post-qualification experience, with at least 2 years in a commercial in-house environment
  • Familiarity working with government clients is highly desirable; an understanding of the international development sector is also desirable
  • Compliance experience in either anti-bribery & corruption, counter fraud or third party due diligence
  • A constructive, enabling approach to working with colleagues across the business
  • Experience in supporting international businesses on strategic level transactions and issues
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbally
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Strong knowledge of legal compliance as well as regulatory developments
  • Commercial awareness
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office products
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Respect for confidentiality, trustworthy, reliable, and accountable
  • Achievement oriented and determination to drive continual improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight timelines

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

What We Offer You

As an employee-owned company, our people are at the heart of our strategy and our decisions. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a dynamic and friendly team environment, the opportunity to support a highly successful portfolio of programmes, and support to develop your skills and progress in your career.

The diversity of our workforce makes ASI a great place to work, more creative and resourceful, and underpins strong partnerships. We keep a sharp focus on diversity and inclusion, including through our Equality Action Plan and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and through leadership from our Executive Team and oversight by our Board.

We recognise the importance of your life outside of work. We are proud to support flexible working arrangements, and commit to make a success of flexible working arrangements wherever possible. We’ve built a culture to reflect our values, full of likeminded professionals who are smart, passionate and great at what they do.

Ready to Apply?

We would love to hear from you. Please submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) and short cover letter with the subject line ‘Head of Legal, Ethics and Compliance’ to recruitment.asi@adamsmithinternational.com.

Deadline for Applications will be 26th November 2021.

Please note that due to the number of applications, we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates.

ASI believes that a more diverse workforce makes us more effective in understanding – and tackling –  the big challenges facing the world. We want people to be comfortable being themselves at work and are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people.

#We’re happy to talk flexible working