Regional Compliance Officer, Americas - Life Science

Posted 01 Apr 2019

Burlington, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 189932


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 51,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Performance Materials is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Open to candidates in all US Locations.

Your role:

  • The Compliance Officer, Americas will be a member of the Group Compliance office within the Legal Department of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany reporting to the Global Head of Life Science Compliance. 
  • Lead implementation of and be responsible for the Group Compliance program focused on the Company’s Life Science business segment, also known as MilliporeSigma in the United States, covering markets comprising the Americas region.
  • Partner closely with colleagues from Commercial, Legal, and other supporting function organizations to ensure employee adherence to the Company’s Code of Conduct and other specific policies, procedures and values.
  • Execute compliance risk assessments periodically and create and oversee appropriate improvement plans to mitigate risk appropriately, in a tailored and prioritized manner.
  • Prepare and deliver compliance training and education to the Regional sector organization to ensure understanding of employee responsibilities and ethics and compliance issues, as well as related policies and procedures.
  • Design and execute routine and risk-based monitoring and auditing of relevant business activities and related policies and procedures; assist in and oversee the implementation of corrective action plans as necessary; and generate and deliver reports to leadership on monitoring, auditing and risk assessment.
  • Assist with the implementation and execution of a risk-based third party due diligence standards and processes.
  • Conduct or assist with investigations into reported compliance concerns or any allegations of misconduct, as required.
  • Other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time in the company’s discretion.
  • Represent regional needs and requirements of the Group-wide Compliance team and make sure that local, sector requirements are appropriately addressed in any Global or Regional policies. 
  • 20-30% estimated travel requirement.

Who you are:

  • Legal degree preferred, other relevant accreditations or degrees considered.
  • Minimum of 10 years of ethics, compliance or a mix of compliance and legal experience supporting global organizations within regulated industries (e.g., medical device, aerospace & defense, bio-pharmaceuticals).
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively with US and ex-US team members.
  • Experience with transparency reporting requirements and systems.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to global pharmaceutical companies, including among other things, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, other nations’ and transnational anti-corruption laws and conventions, competition law, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute and medical device promotion law.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment with a wide variety of company personnel on a broad range of matters, including, scientists, Healthcare Professionals, attorneys and individuals of different nationalities.
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously, to work independently and manage discrete areas of responsibility with little direct supervision.
  • Able to thrive in a proactive, values-driven culture in which compliance and business objectives are mutually reinforcing; strong motivation and ability to champion a comprehensive compliance program.
  • Excellent organization, communication (verbal and written) with fluency in written and spoken English required, and prioritization skills, including the ability to communicate concisely. 
  • Language requirement: English. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese valued.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

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