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Company: Western Union
Position: Director, Ethics
Location: Denver, CO

Description: Does playing a critical role in driving an ethical company culture sound exciting to you? How about working for a global fintech company on an advanced team that is passionate about developing a best in class ethics program?

We’re seeking an experienced lawyer with investigations expertise to serve as Director, Ethics based in our Denver, Colorado office (global headquarters). In this role, you will conduct ethics investigations and enhance ethics programs and initiatives for the Company’s Ethics Office. The Ethics Office is part of the General Counsel’s Office and administers the Company’s Code of Conduct, conducts ethics training, manages ethics complaints and matters, develops ethics reporting and other functions to promote an ethical culture.

You will report to the Chief Ethics Officer in continuing to develop and maintain a best in class ethics program covering all of the Company’s global regions, which include North America, LACA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and APAC. You will have an opportunity to work on a passionate and engaged team to build a world class ethics program for a global Fortune 500 company.

Sound interesting? Here are some specifics:
  • Manage and conduct ethics investigations in the US and the Company’s global regions, relating to reports of violations of the company’s Code of Conduct or policies, including reports of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, accounting or auditing concerns, fraud, conflicts of interest, misuse of company property, safety concerns, and other ethics-related issues
  • Develop investigation plans, conduct interviews, provide recommendations and support the investigation process, protocol and timelines of the Ethics Office
  • Document matters in a case management system to support tracking, reporting and analysis of ethics matters
  • Collaborate with Human Resources Business Partners and Employee Relations partners and teams in Security, Compliance and the business to ensure proper oversight of ethics-related matters
  • Support Ethics Office programs, including maintaining and updating the Code of Conduct and ethics-related policies, conducting ethics training, providing ethics reporting, and other ethics-related work and projects
  • Provide input and recommendations for the online Ethics Office training program and develop and provide in-person or other ethics training
  • Collaborate with Human Resources Business Partners and Employee Relations partners, and teams in Security, IT, Compliance and the business to ensure proper oversight of ethics-related matters, and to help drive a culture of risk awareness and proactive risk identification and assessment concerning ethics-related risks
  • Provide direction on the implementation of new ethics-related laws and regulations globally
  • Proactively identify compliance and regulatory issues affecting the company’s compliance with ethics-related laws and regulations
  • Review ethics-related provisions in contracts, and internal and external documents, policies, and operating procedures
  • Support the day-to-day duties of the Ethics Office
  • Provide leadership on enhancing and implementing an ethics program that works well within a matrixed organization by incorporating global level policies, standards, controls and operational procedures and protocols

What you will need to succeed:

  • Excellent investigation skills, including strong experience leading and conducting investigations involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, fraud, or violations of law
  • Ability to establish rapport, confidence, and trust with employees at all levels from entry level to executive
  • Excellent logic, analysis, critical-thinking, problem solving, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to effectively manage confidential and/or legally privileged matter
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including confident presentation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills and high attention to detail
  • Passion for building an ethical culture
  • Ability to drive cross-functional projects
  • Ability to manage complex, long-term initiatives
  • Ability to influence and challenge business partners in a constructive and persuasive manner
  • Ability to arrive at creative solutions and develop innovative programs
  • Ability to distill ethics concepts and requirements into clear recommendations for business partners
  • Willingness to be based in Denver, Colorado
  • Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel are desirable as well as file sharing systems such as Box
  • Ability to travel, including on short or limited notice.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Law degree from ABA accredited law school, strongly preferred
  • Must be admitted to practice law in at least one state in the US
  • Significant investigations-related work experience as in-house counsel or at a law firm advising on employment, compliance or investigations (6-9 years)
  • Experience working for or in a global organization
  • Spanish language skills helpful but not a requirement

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