Legal enables the management of legal risk and (proactively) provides legal advice on transactions, products, services, litigation and any other business and operational projects, incidents or issues
Compliance independently enables, advises, monitors and challenges, and reports on Compliance Risk Management
Fraud & Security enables, advises and challenges Fraud & Security risks and performs independent (integrity) incident investigations within the context of protocol Insurers and Criminality of the Association of Insurers (Verbond van Verzekeraars)
General Counsel & Compliance Function Holder: Legal leadership role enabling growth, facilitating business decisions and long term strategies. Ensuring accurate and timely legal and regulatory compliance. Responsible for governance, risk and crisis management. An appropriately independent function, setting policies and standards, monitors and reports on effectiveness of management within the risk appetite of Athora NL, contributing to a culture of integrity and risk awareness, serving as a value adding advisor to the organization, operating in a context in which mitigating measures are in place to avoid and manage potential conflicts of interest.
Business Partnering and Challenging: Supports, challenges and monitors leadership decision making, pro-actively provides professional insights and makes a significant improvement on short-term and long-term business performance by recommending technical and/or professional solutions. Central role in preserving Athora NL’s ‘license to operate’, not only from a strict formal perspective, but also bearing reputational and public goodwill and professional relationships with regulators in mind, essential to effectively operate in Dutch insurance market.
Responsible for management of a range of complex compliance and legal matters (e.g. varying from Financial Economic Crime, GDPR to high end complex transactions in an international context) while continuously reshuffling priorities to ensure deadlines are appropriately handled and swift and solid follow up on incidents is ensured. Responsible for management of 2nd line monitoring and awareness plans and handling of litigation (including defining strategy, alignment with management, commenting on documents for the courts, negotiating settlements e.g. with claim organizations) and independent execution integrity investigations.
Internal Relationship Building: Builds and maintains networks and relationships with Executive Board and Supervisory Board and senior business leaders (product and functional lines) to secure necessary resources to achieve objectives and to be aware of internal stakeholder needs. A truly trusted advisor.
This includes participating in the relevant committees/working groups.
External Network Building: Develops and leverages relationships with external organizations, regulators, Association of Insures and peers to benefit from their experiences and perspectives, to exchange know-how and services and to identify and implement best practices. This also includes developing relationships with and managing of outside counsel.
Knowledge Development: Scans the external environment within own professional area in order to evaluate the relevance of new practices and exploit them as appropriate to business units served. This includes amongst others the preparation of the Litigation Statement (an overview of important litigation), the SIRA (Systematic Integrity Risk Assessment), Audit methodologies and the Legislative Agenda (an overview of upcoming legislative developments that are important for VIVAT and its subsidiaries).
Capability Building: Takes responsibility to formally build capabilities within a significant part of the business, while personally building capabilities elsewhere in the organization through mentoring and other informal methods.
Contributing to Change: Takes responsibility for delivering change management plans and achieving outcomes that support the organization's overall strategy, including challenging other business units to effectively manage change.
Corporate Representation: Represents the organization in a variety of industry and professional forums to promote the value of the company brand.
Reports to: CRO
Direct reports: 3 Department Heads, Compliance Team (including Fraud & Security), Securities & Transactions Legal Team, Contracts, Products, & Litigation Legal Team
Academic work- and thinking level
Relevant (post) Master of Science education and experience in Legal, Compliance or Audit environment
Minimum of 15 years’ experience
In depth skills to manage and coach the team
Experience in advising the Executive Board and Supervisory Board on complex matters
Experience in being the ‘spin in het web’ in important and impactful projects
Experience in providing advice and take control in crisis situations
In depth experience in contact with regulators (DNB and AFM)
Experienced in participating in sectoral cooperation’s (such as Verbond van Verzekeraars and DUFAS )
Very good understanding and appreciation for an effective relationship with all important stakeholders
Understanding of a complex matrix organization and capable of efficient and high impact performance in such organization
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent influencing skills and an ability to forge effective working relationships with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines and seniority
Strategic thinking and practical mentality – flexible ‘can do’ attitude – very proactive approach