Head of Enterprise Compliance at Xero

Legal, Permanent, Melbourne, AU melbourne legal full-time
Posted 17 days ago

Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

How you’ll make an impact

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Head of Enterprise Compliance to join our fast-paced, high-growth company. As the Head of Enterprise Compliance, you will be involved in developing and executing our compliance strategy across the organization. This role demands a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of compliance management frameworks, regulatory policy change processes, and a proven track record of driving compliance excellence in rapidly evolving environments.

This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned compliance professional to make a significant impact in a rapidly growing technology company. If you are passionate about driving a culture of compliance and ensuring ethical business practices, we invite you to join our team and contribute to our continued success.

What you’ll do

  • Strategic Leadership: Assist with developing and executing a comprehensive compliance strategy aligned with business objectives, ensuring adherence to relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards, and proactively adapting the Company’s compliance framework.
  • Policy Development: Lead the design, implementation, and maintenance of compliance policies and procedures tailored to the company’s operations, products, and services, providing guidance and training to employees to ensure understanding and adherence.
  • Risk Assessment & Mitigation: Conduct regular risk assessments, identify potential compliance risks/vulnerabilities, and develop mitigation strategies to address them effectively.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams to embed a culture of compliance across all departments, providing guidance and support on compliance-related matters.
  • Training & Awareness: Advice on the development and delivery of compliance training programs to enhance awareness and understanding of compliance obligations throughout the organization.
  • Monitoring & Reporting: Establish monitoring systems to track compliance metrics, conduct audits, and generate reports for executive leadership and regulatory bodies.
  • Regulatory Adherence: Develop a process to monitor and interpret evolving regulations, ensuring the company's operations and products comply with industry standards and legal requirements, especially in the realm of financial services.
  • Continuous Improvement: Drive continuous improvement initiatives, staying updated on regulatory changes and industry best practices to enhance the company’s compliance posture.
  • What you’ll bring with you - Critical competencies

  • Strategic Thinking: The ability to align compliance strategies with the company's overall objectives.
  • Risk Management: Adeptness in identifying, assessing, and managing risks associated with non-compliance.
  • Ethical Decision-Making: Sound judgment and ethical decision-making abilities, especially in situations where compliance issues might conflict with business objectives.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate across departments, conveying complex compliance requirements in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Testing and Monitoring: Proficiency in establishing monitoring systems and conducting testing to ensure adherence to compliance policies and procedures.
  • Regulatory Expertise: Reasonable knowledge and understanding of relevant industry regulations, both local and international.
  • Technology Utilization: Familiarity with compliance-related technologies and tools that aid in monitoring, reporting, and managing compliance processes more efficiently.
  • What you’ll bring with you - Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Business, Finance, or related field; advanced degree or professional certifications preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in compliance roles within the financial services, technology or related industry.
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements, such as GDPR, etc.
  • Proven leadership experience with the ability to inspire and guide peers and teams.
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to navigate complex regulatory landscapes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Proven experience and understanding of risk management frameworks as they apply to compliance activities.
  • Applications close on Friday 23rd February, 2024. If your application is successful you will be contacted after the closing date.

    Why Xero? 
    Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, health insurance, life insurance, and income protection, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

    Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. Our goal is to make sure you feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life. 

    At Xero we embrace diversity and inclusion and value a #challenge mindset. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience . If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.