Compliance Counsel - Investigations

Chicago (IL), Southfield (MI)thyssenkrupp North America, LLC

Type of contract:Full-time, Permanent
Experience level:Professionals
Remote work:Possible
Job field:Legal, Compliance & Audit
$125,000 - $165,000
Status:Ongoing recruitment, entry date flexible
Posting date:2023/11/20
Job number:US_RS_06458
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Your responsibilities

thyssenkrupp’s Corporate Function “Legal & Compliance” is a bifurcated team reporting ultimately to one Group General Counsel/Head of Legal & Compliance/Chief Legal Officer, with the Legal and Compliance groups within the team overseeing different areas of responsibility, but frequently collaborating on a variety of matters.

Each company within the thyssenkrupp group participates in the thyssenkrupp global and group-wide Compliance Program. The Compliance half of the Legal & Compliance team has sole responsibility for all legal advising and Compliance Program activities (e.g., awareness and training on relevant legislation and regulations as well as internal policies, risk assessments and workshops, audits and investigations, proceedings before authorities, dawn raids, data breaches and cyber events, remediation and corrective actions, etc.) relating to “core Compliance” topics as defined by thyssenkrupp’s Compliance Program – viz., antitrust/competition law; antibribery law, lobbying, and similar laws relating to corruption prevention; foreign trade law (in particular, export control and economic sanctions); data privacy/protection; and prevention of money-laundering and terrorist financing.

The Compliance Counsel Investigations role is a contributor to the Legal & Compliance team based in thyssenkrupp’s Regional Platform North America (located in Chicago), thyssenkrupp’s corporate headquarters for the North America region, but will work remotely in an international business environment primarily on Compliance investigations (whistleblower and event-driven) and Compliance audits concerning thyssenkrupp group companies (which includes over 14,500 employees) in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

The Compliance Counsel Investigation will report directly to the Head of Compliance North America. The position may also collaborate from time to time with members of the Legal & Compliance Investigation team based in Corporate headquarters in Germany, and may collaborate as needed with relevant stakeholders including but not limited to Internal Audit, Human Resources, IT, and other business colleagues in North America and globally.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct whistleblower and event-driven investigations of alleged violations of the Company’s ethical standards and non-compliance with applicable national/state/local laws and regulations, as well as internal corporate regulations and policies.
  • Contribute to annual audit planning and conduct Compliance audits relating to the “core Compliance” topics.
  • Ensure investigations and audits follow approved processes, are lawfully and objectively conducted, are thorough in gathering all material facts and present an accurate accounting of the issues.
  • Provide supporting evidence and defend the findings and recommendations made regarding identified compliance deficiencies and gaps.
  • Preparation of clear, concise, and factual investigation and audit reports that enable fair and relevant decisions to be made, including organizational measures, personal sanctions, corrective actions, remediation, or other improvements to thyssenkrupp’s Global Compliance Program and its local implantation at group companies.
  • Recommend proactive measures that will reduce the risk of similar future incidents.
  • Tracking of implementation of corrective actions and related documentation.
  • Collaborate with Internal Audit on anticorruption and other Compliance audits, as appropriate.
  • Manage outside counsel and/or external consultants and auditors, as needed.
  • Manage data collection and e-search in a highly complex, un-centralized/fragmented, and multijurisdictional environment in light of various applicable data protection/data privacy laws.

Your profile

Education and License:

  • JD from an accredited law school and bar license required.
  • CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) is a plus, but not required.

Required Experience:

  • 3-5 years’ minimum relevant law firm or government experience relating to white collar criminal defense practice or prosecution, internal and government investigations/enforcement actions relating to corporate malfeasance (e.g., FCPA, criminal antitrust, sanctions or export control evasion, money laundering, securities or complex fraud, etc).
  • Experience with cross-border discovery and GDPR (esp. conflict between GDPR and US laws) is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience collaborating with auditors and forensic specialists.
  • Experience interviewing in the context of internal or criminal investigations.
  • Experience dealing with cyber-attacks and forensic investigation, data breaches and remediation is a plus, but not required.

Personal Attributes and Traits:

  • Ability to work as an individual and on a team with a high level of integrity and professionalism in a complex, highly collaborative, fast-paced, geographically dispersed international and multicultural environment.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, willingness to follow developments in the law and continue learning, and ability to complete matters without extensive supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills, especially as relates to project planning, time management, organization of evidence, maintaining of key documents/data, meticulous note-keeping, attention to details.
  • Discrete, even-tempered and cool, with ability to diplomatically manage sophisticated stakeholders in highly sensitive situations.
  • Strong understanding of workings of attorney client privilege and work product doctrine in investigation and audit contexts.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal communication and persuasion skills. Ability to develop strong working relationships with senior management; demonstrated skills in client management.
  • Sound business judgment, with the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice.
  • Strong cross-cultural sensitivity; can work with differences in style and cultures, and adjust work and communication style accordingly.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships at all levels of a highly-matrixed global organization.


  • Reading and writing proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or French is preferred, but not required.

Working Conditions

  • Working environment is primarily remote, but candidate must be able to travel to the Chicagoland area on a quarterly basis, to various group company locations in US, Mexico and Canada as needed for investigation or audit activities, and potentially to Germany (max. once annually).

Your benefits

Competitive salary and bonus programs, health benefits, and 401K.


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Important to us

Health & Safety

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

We value diversity

thyssenkrupp North America is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age and veteran status or any other protected status required by applicable law.

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