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Head of Risk and Compliance

Job Number:
Business Unit / Group Function:
De Beers Group
Work type:
Full Time Permanent
Finance, Risk and Governance

 Key Responsibilities


  • Accountable for reporting on and resolving governance, risk management and internal control related issues
  • Understanding the commercial objectives of the business and identify potential risks as well as mitigation strategies
  • Taking a forward-looking, proactive-based approach to risk (from "hindsight to foresight")


  • Oversight and coordination of the implementation of the ethical and business integrity practices (code of conduct), together with the  KYC and AML related programmes (working with the current Anglo American team and Business Integrity managers in De Beers to ensure alignment)
  • Working closely with the existing De Beers and Anglo American teams to ensure oversight and implementation of systems and controls to mitigate GDPR, Anti-Bribery, Fraud, Cyber-crime and other risks
  • Working closely with the Group Legal / Tax / other risk teams to maintain on-going regulatory risk analysis and assist in the identification and mapping of regulatory and compliance risks
  • To ensure compliance with external regulations, internal procedures and operational standards
  • To drive compliance monitoring in the organisation 

Governance and controls:

  • Lead the formulation and implementation of global standards of governance, risk management and internal controls for De Beers (DB), with a particular focus on midstream and downstream
  • Making sure DB maintains effective systems and controls through adequate compliance guidance, strategies, policies, monitoring programmes, compliance reviews etc.
  • At a group level, oversee, review and challenge current standards to foster improvements and optimisation in processes and control frameworks
  • Leading the alignment and mapping between risk, compliance and assurance activities
  • Accountable for the design and rolling-out new process and control frameworks to address new risks
  • Driving risk processes that track metrics, use data analytics, and monitoring tools (working with IM and Internal Audit) (aligned with changes driven by the “Future Fit Finance” initiative)
  • Keeping abreast of external best practice in managing risks and updating exsiting internal process and policies as required
  • Involvement in external risk reporting to stakeholders

Project and Initiative support:

  • Working closely with existing teams to provide governance, controls, risk and compliance guidance for new initiatives, process/organisational change, system development and infrastructure change. 


  • Likely to be educated to degree level and have specialised in risk and/or compliance subsequently
  • Additional professional qualifications may include the membership of the Institute of Risk Management (UK) or equivalent risk professional associations
  • Experience of leading the development and embedding of risk, compliance and financial processes across complex organisations
  • Objective, analytical and lateral thinking with a ‘can-do’ attitude with the ability to summarise and communicate complicated technical issues
  • Commercial thinking with strong business and communications skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practice
  • Demonstrable success of operating at a senior level, handling conflicts of interest and capable of providing insightful and balanced views on business risks and issues
  • Experience of managing relationships with regulatory supervisors
  • Excellent influencing skills, quickly inspiring the confidence of senior executive and non-executive directors

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