WELLA - Junior Legal Compliance Manager
Geneva, GE, CH
vor 3 Tg.


Wella’ is one of the world’s leading professional and retail hair companies. It is a beauty collective with a mission to enable consumers to look & feel like their true self.

Its love brands, which include beauty icons such as Wella, Clairol, OPI, and ghd (all together Wella ), are co-created by & designed for the beauty junkies of today & tomorrow.

Following the signing of an agreement with global investment firm KKR for the divestiture of Coty’s Professional and Retail Hair businesses, Wella is on its way to become a fully independent, standalone company with its own management team and operational structures.

At closing, our new Company will have presence in over 100 countries and an estimated annual net revenue of $2.3Bn. Wella and its brands, are and will remain committed to a range of social causes as well as seeking to minimize its impact on the environment.


As part of the stand-up of the new Legal Department for The Wella Company, we are looking for a Junior Compliance Manager, based in Geneva, Switzerland, reporting to the Wella Chief Compliance Officer.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced compliance professional with a strong commercial focus to support a global hair and beauty business on a positive journey of evolution and development.

This role will be a supporting role helping underpin the strategy, design enhancements and implementation of the Company’s Global Compliance Program and working with a team of Regional Lawyers who also will be managing compliance matters.

  • The successful candidate will support our global approach to compliance with the aim of developing a best in class’ structure aligned to the global strategy, business and values of the organization;
  • drawing on compliance and leadership experience combined with a strong business-minded approach. The successful candidate will be instrumental in the advancement of protecting The Wella Company and driving a culture of awareness and compliance throughout the company.

    The Junior Compliance Manager will support the Chief Compliance Officer and the wider Legal Team in developing, implementing and maintaining policies, as well as driving the global compliance program across Wella.

    The successful candidate will be expected to partner with the business and function leads on all compliance activities and initiatives and keep pace with all businesses and functions priorities, identifying and mitigating potential risks.


    The duties of the Junior Compliance Manager will include :

  • Oversight : Support the implementation of the Global Compliance Program under the direction of the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • The activities include partnering with the business and functional leadership teams to create the required compliance culture.

  • Risk Assessment : Partner with the business and functional leadership teams to conduct compliance risk assessments, identify areas of focus and drive the development and implementation of mitigation plans.
  • Written Standards : Create and implement policies and procedures for all risk areas including required controls. Ensure that all standards are communicated regularly to employees.
  • Training and Education : Identify training needs and implement training and education plans, including tracking of completion and effectiveness, with the support of the Chief Compliance Officer and the wider Wella Legal Team.
  • Develop training materials for local live training and / or region-specific on-line training of employees and Third Parties.

    Effectively administer live training.

  • Monitoring and Auditing : Support Internal Audit in conducting monitoring and auditing as required. Implement spot checks, site visits or other monitoring activities as requested.
  • Third Party Management : Drive third party compliance management and initiatives, including implementation of global standards regarding risk review, due diligence, training, contracting and monitoring.
  • Partner with business and functional teams to understand third party strategy and ensure compliance risks are considered and mitigated.

  • Investigations : Conduct and / or assist in compliance-related investigations in accordance with a Global investigation protocol.
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate investigative processes are utilized by other functions responsible for investigations, and provide oversight to ensure consistent disciplinary actions.

    Ensure appropriate communications to employees to reiterate Wella’s no-retaliation policy.

  • Corrective Actions : Identify and implement / oversee the implementation of corrective actions. Track issues and corrective actions to establish targeted training as needed.
  • Advice and Guidance : Provide day to day advice and guidance to business and functional teams on Compliance matters. Coordinate with outside counsel as needed to obtain local legal advice and manage outside counsel activities to ensure appropriate scoping and cost-effectiveness.
  • Provide regular updates and communications to employees on relevant Compliance topics.

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) : Monitor and report status on Compliance KPI’s. Create and implement action plans to address performance gaps as needed.
  • Support the Chief Compliance Officer on all risks-related reporting to management and shareholders.

    You thrive at building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions. You are committed, conscientious and always lead with integrity.

    You recognise the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. You believe in the value of teamwork.

    You bring a high level of knowledge and know-how plus creativity and enthusiasm to your work and to everything you do.

    Key Requirements :

  • An undergraduate degree from a well-respected institution and, ideally, a further professional qualification.
  • Legal, Auditing and / or Risk Management degree / experience a plus.
  • 5-8 years of experience related to implementing a Compliance program within a business. Previous experience in a highly-regulated industry preferred.
  • A proven track record actively supporting and promoting Compliance within a company and of successfully advising on both strategic and operational compliance issues across an international organization.
  • Prior experience within the Consumer / FMCG industry preferred but other regulated industries will also be considered.
  • Direct experience working in both developed and lesser developed regions and first-hand experience and awareness of the cultural and geopolitical nuances will be essential.
  • Proven ability to support global compliance initiatives and a demonstrable track record of implementing an international compliance program.
  • An ability to articulate and implement understandable, layperson-friendly recommendations for the development and enhancement of the compliance function and framework.
  • Experience of successfully leveraging influencing skills, taking a partnership-orientated approach with colleagues to navigate ethical demands.
  • Skills and Characteristics

  • A highly agile individual with strong business acumen, sound and confident judgment and unquestionable integrity.
  • A passion for Compliance-related matters.
  • A tenacious, proactive and resilient individual with the ability to support and ensure execution of compliance strategy with strong operational experience.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach which enables the appropriate directional change with initiatives to achieve best results.
  • A professional who can present ideas articulately and openly and who can effectively influence, marshal buy-in and drive change among people at all levels and with different cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • An active listener with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to broaden discussions and work collaboratively in achieving actionable results through others, without direct authority.
  • A highly responsive and trusting working style with a can-do’ attitude and the confidence to make decisions when there is no immediate clear solution.
  • A results-driven individual with a strong drive, vision and experience to create and develop a strong culture of compliance and ability to elevate discussions.
  • Well-organized and able to work with ambiguity and manage numerous projects and conflicting demands in a global environment.
  • Proven and clear oral and written communication skills in English will be essential and proficiency in other relevant languages will be advantageous.

    What you can expect from us :

  • Attractive salary package
  • Competitive holiday allowance
  • Wide range of benefits (health insurance, pension, car lease and / or mobility allowance for selected roles as well as wellbeing benefits)
  • Continued learning and growth opportunities
  • Truly international and diverse environment where you can be your true self
  • We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    We comply with national, federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

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