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The Deputy GC - Compliance is a direct report to the Group General Counsel and is primarily responsible for overseeing all legal compliance matters across the Ferguson enterprise, ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. Key focus areas include: Anti-Corruption & Bribery (e.g., FCPA, UK Bribery Act); Anti-trust & Competition laws; Gifts & Hospitality; Privacy / GDPR / Data Protection; Fraud investigations; Strategic risk assessments; Conflicts of interest; International trade (Import, Export, Sanctions, Tariffs); Responsible sourcing; Government contracting; and Records management.
Lead a small team of compliance attorneys and professionals to develop, deliver and maintain an appropriate and effective compliance program for a commercial wholesale trade business with a primary listing in the UK (FTSE 100) and operating principally in North America
Implement appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that the Company’s compliance programs are effective and efficient in identifying, preventing, detecting and correcting any non-compliances with applicable laws and regulations
Develop an annual compliance work plan that is flexibly tailored within an overarching compliance framework that balances regulatory requirements, risk mitigation and business objectives
Provide guidance, advice, and engaging training programs to improve the business' understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements
Conduct appropriate due diligence assessments of suppliers and business partners, especially those operating in higher-risk jurisdictions
Partner with business and legal colleagues to conduct semi-annual compliance risk assessments and assurance activities; prepare clear and concise compliance reports in a timely manner
Lead compliance-related internal investigations, working closely with the Internal Audit function where applicable
Engage with outside auditors in support of any compliance-assurance activities; Interact with regulators on compliance issues, as needed
Monitor and analyze relevant market developments and government regulatory updates
Develop, review and maintain data-driven metrics that provide actionable insight for the compliance program’s continuous development
J.D. from a reputable U.S. law school; active Bar membership in the U.S.
At least 10 years of legal experience in compliance-related fields; prior in-house experience is preferred
Experience implementing and monitoring a global compliance program for a multinational publicly listed company, including designing and tailoring training, global policies, and regional guidance
Experience leading and conducting confidential and privileged investigations
Demonstrated ability to create and conduct engaging and effective live training presentations and the creation of effective interactive electronic training programs
Excellent organizational, analytical, communication, and diplomacy skills. Strong influencing skills, as well as excellent collaboration skills, to engage with high performance teams and colleagues in different functions and levels within a diverse and global organization
Excellent project and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks of varied complexity, set priorities, meet deadlines, and develop process efficiencies where required
Willing and able to travel regularly (mainly in North America)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: R-53961
Ferguson raises the bar for industry standards as the top-rated wholesale supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies. However, our expertise goes beyond plumbing. We are a diverse distributor that spans multiple businesses including HVAC/R, waterworks and industrial. In the past 65 years, we’ve grown from a local distributor to a $16.7 billion dollar company with more than 1,400 locations and over 27,000 associates nationwide. Our associates provide expert advice and a range of products and services our customers want to improve their construction, renovation and maintenance projects. Providing world-class customer service is a cultural belief that is demonstrated every day through our expansive product selection backed by our knowledgeable associates.
Largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks and fire and fabrication products
Third largest distributor of industrial and HVAC/R products
$16.7 billion in sales
10 strategically-located distribution centers throughout the US
Serves customers in all 50 states, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Mexico
Commercial and residential plumbing supplies
Pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF)
Heating and cooling equipment (HVAC)
Industrial and mechanical products
Fire protection products
Kitchen, bath, lighting, and appliances
Tools and safety equipment
Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products