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Integrity & Compliance Counsel EMEA - AkzoNobel

Location: Amsterdam
Employment: Full-time

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

In short

Supporting AkzoNobel’s new Legal, Integrity & Compliance organizational structure, this is a new role. This role is responsible for owning, designing and developing AkzoNobel’s Integrity & Compliance Program for all businesses and functions in the EMEA region and global business and functions teams based in EMEA. This role is also responsible for partnering with EMEA and EMEA-based global leaders to implement the program in their business and functional teams, in order to ensure that AkzoNobel and it’s business partners embrace and embody
AkzoNobel’s core principles, behaviors and expectations in the region.
The role also facilitates AkzoNobel’s compliance with global anti-bribery and anticorruption laws, third party management, trade compliance and export controls, data privacy, competition laws, anti-money laundering laws, and human rights/modern slavery laws.

Key responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement a new regional and local governance model with strong shared ownership and accountability for Integrity & Compliance within regional and local organizations;
  • Develop, revise and implement global policies, rules and procedure and own regional tailoring and implementation in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, third party management, trade compliance and export controls, data privacy, competition laws, antimoney laundering laws, and human rights/modern slavery laws; develop and issue new practical guidance, toolkits and templates, supported with targeted and impactful change management activities and communication campaigns;
  • Provide counseling on the above areas of expertise to EMEA and EMEA-based global leaders and teams;
  • Develop, deliver and oversee training; develop new training with focus on interactive application training co-led by Business Leadership;
  • Ensured tailored communication; provided regular updates to EMEA and Global Leadership;
  • Given the complexity, fragmentation and rapidly evolving nature of the regulatory framework in EMEA, advise EMEA and Global Leadership on innovative, complex and strategic matters and provide counseling on day-to-day basis to business and functional teams;
  • Drive implementation of Third-Party Program in EMEA and for global business partners;
  • Conduct due diligence and develop and implement EMEA Integrity & Compliance Integration Programs for newly acquired companies;
  • Conduct investigations where local law knowledge or language requires.

What do you bring?

Candidates should have the following:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Legal. Minimum 10 years of demonstrated leadership experience with Integrity & Compliance Business Partnership. Experience working for an international business.
  • Unquestioned integrity and ethics in business and personal conduct;
  • Familiarity with the global framework affecting an international business, and good working knowledge of global laws and regulations relating to Integrity & Compliance risks including  bribery, corruption, fraud, third party liabilities, antitrust and competition issues, human rights, export controls and trade sanctions, data privacy and anti-money laundering; 
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate to issues and find solutions; ability to combine holistic view and strong analytical skills, set goals, and unite people to drive results;
  • Analyze and translate laws, regulations and policies into efficient business processes that incorporate global differences without sacrificing clear and concise instruction;
  • Excellent oral communication and inter-personal skills to inspire and influence employees at every level to embrace AkzoNobel’s Integrity and Compliance initiatives;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness operating in complex organizational environments and self-starter qualities that will translate well in a large matrixed organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines and work with minimal supervision in a team and matrix environment; sound judgment;
  • Leadership abilities, with the desire, aptitude and sensitivity to involve multi-functional business leaders in Integrity & Compliance matters;
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with others in addressing complex issues;
  • Extensive experience managing change and implementing operational excellence; and
  • Fluency in English is required; additional language capabilities are strongly preferred. 

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via Only online applications will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Merith de Bock, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Requisition ID: 8734 


Information and application:


Please send your application for Integrity & Compliance Counsel EMEA at AkzoNobel in Amsterdam including your CV via our website.

Job posted
18 februari 2021
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If you have any questions, please contact Merith de Bock, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to

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