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Director (Business Conduct & Ethics Compliance)

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date Posted: Sep 7, 2023

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Company Overview

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global professional services firm with more than $2+ billion in revenues, +7,500 staff and over 70 offices worldwide, specializing in turnaround and interim management, performance improvement and business advisory services. A&M delivers specialist operational, consulting and industry expertise to management and investors seeking to accelerate performance, overcome challenges and maximize value across the corporate and investment lifecycles. Founded in 1983, the firm is known for its distinctive restructuring heritage, hands-on approach and relentless focus on execution and results.

A&M Culture

A&M is a fast-paced environment with a highly dynamic culture that emphasizes diversity and inclusion. We empower, coach and mentor our people and endorse meritocracy to develop skilled consultants who will grow with A&M to deliver tangible results and build long-lasting relationships, internally and externally. Our entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and practitioners who positively impact our clients and shape our industry.

The collaborative, supportive environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M.

Inclusive Diversity runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

The Team

Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) continues to challenge businesses globally and within Compliance Business Conduct and Ethics (BC&E) is becoming increasingly important and a specialist team is being created to deliver this expertise.

We bring a practical, results-oriented approach to delivering client needs led by our subject matter experts and drawing on the deep skills, diverse disciplines and experiences of our professionals who offer a unique ability to articulate complex findings in a clear and meaningful manner. We provide bespoke advisory services, training, risk and maturity assessments, assurance reviews, build infrastructures and operationalize our recommendations in line with appropriate benchmarks.

The Role

A&M is expanding in EMEA, and we are seeking a Business Conduct & Ethics Director to join our Riyadh office. Working closely with the Managing Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance, you will primarily serve clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia together with the Middle East generally.

Working with clients across a range of industries and geographies, you will deliver innovative solutions to some of the most challenging BC&E issues within clients, which have different organizational structures and cultures, risk appetites, budgets, many of which additionally have local and regional regulatory requirements.

You will lead assignments such as:

  • Conducting BC&E reviews including risk assessments, maturity assessments, assurance reviews and assisting clients in implementing the recommendations.
  • Building infrastructures and frameworks for addressing all BC&E issues, including client related issues (e.g., investor protection, suitability, financial promotions, marketing), market abuse, sales and trading, deposit taking, client money & client assets, conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, Chinese Walls, record keeping, investment research, data protection, privacy, whistleblowing and employee codes of conduct.  Infrastructure projects involve transforming policies, procedures, systems, controls, monitoring, escalation, training (online and in person) and reporting mechanisms.
  • Assisting clients in operationalizing BC&E infrastructures (onsite line management work).
  • Assisting clients to remediate adverse regulatory findings or manage intense regulatory scrutiny.

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as a subject matter expert on the full range of Business Conduct and Ethical issues.
  • Successfully identify client needs and establish yourself as their trusted advisor. You will be recognized by the client as the lead for value contributed on engagements and therefore build your own credible network of contacts and referral sources with clients, professionals, and institutions. You will be actively involved in business development and be an integral part of the team.
  • Develop, manage and maintain a team of SMEs and consultants that is fit for purpose and fully conversant with templates, standards and practices that you will develop. 
  • Lead assignments with clients covering all BC&E issues and delegating to team members where appropriate.
  • Simultaneously manage a portfolio of client assignments.
  • Support our clients to proactively monitor and address important BC&E risks within their business, including those which may arise from their relationships with third parties and business partners.

The Requirements

We are looking for people who have the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 15+ years of BC&E experience and a strong track record of development work in a combination of blue-chip investment banks, brokerages, Big 4 consultancies or equivalent organizations, from reputable jurisdictions such as the UK and Middle East.
  • A subject matter expert on the full range of BC&E issues.
  • Excellent experience in systems implementation for due diligence, transaction monitoring and reporting.
  • The ability to develop templates for BC&E assignments and develop a team of consultants.
  • Ability to undertake onsite line management work as well as consultancy assignments.
  • Strong academic track record including a degree (or equivalent) in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law (or other business related subject).
  • A professional qualification including ACA/ACCA/CFA/MBA qualification (or equivalent) is advantageous.
  • A well-developed consulting toolkit including how to frame a business issue, judiciously find and use internal and external data to test hypotheses and draw conclusions, business model using Excel, structure and write PowerPoint and Word presentations and reports.
  • Fluency and strong report writing skills in English are essential. Arabic language skills are desirable but not essential.
  • Well-developed stakeholder management skills including building client relationships, managing expectations and assisting with business development.
  • Ability to execute and manage multiple streams of work and experienced in synthesizing information and developing reports.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor or any other characteristics in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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