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VAC4089 - Senior Manager - Corporate Governance and Policy

Division Company Secretariat
Location Dubai, U.A.E.
Closing Date 09-Dec-2017
About the Business

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units).  With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of around 30,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.

In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 20 consecutive years.


About the Role

To manage and lead DP World’s Corporate Governance and Compliance initiatives. This role will primarily be responsible to:

  • Ensure the Company is equipped with a practical framework incorporating best practices to support the business in complying with on-going regulations in the different jurisdictions the Company operates in.
  • Provide ongoing support to the Group Company Secretary on a wide range of compliance and governance matters.
  • Monitor and report on corporate compliance issues within the organization including policy compliance thereby helping to maintain the legal and ethical integrity of the Company intact through policy enforcement and programme planning.
  • Maintain, review, update and publish the Corporate Compliance Handbook.
Key Accountabilities
  • Provide effective, reliable and user-friendly support, guidance, advice and assistance to Senior Management and DP World subsidiary board members on corporate legal, regulatory, compliance and governance matters affecting companies in the Group.
  • Develop and oversee control systems to prevent or deal with violations of legal guidelines and internal policies.
  • Report to the Group Company Secretary on internal compliance matters across the group, specifically undertaking periodic reviews (incl. follow-up) of the Group global policy compliance self-certifications by the businesses and other company compliance programmes e.g. safety, sustainability.
  • Support the Group Company Secretary with the review, drafting and provision of advice on a broad range of regulatory, compliance and governance documentation, ensuring all legal requirements are met within those documents. This will require a familiarity with UAE Markets Law and Markets Rule as well as the need to consult and advise on other applicable international regulation.
  • Act as Policy officer, to lead and direct the Company on DP World Global Policy administration and management ensuring appropriate updates, review and approvals.  
  • Be appointed as Company Secretary to major operating subsidiaries.
  • Identify and analyse corporate legal and external compliance matters arising in transactions and new projects. Make clear, commercial and governance-focused recommendations in respect of such issues.
  • Identify emerging regulatory risks which may impact the Company in current and future operations.
  • Keep abreast of regulatory developments within or outside of the Company as well as evolving best practices in compliance control.
  • Document regulatory and compliance risks within the ERM risk register, and identify the minimum level of controls to adopt to mitigate these compliance risks.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of Corporate compliance procedures, policies and protocols, including the regular revision of the Corporate Governance Manual for the DP World Limited Board and Compliance Handbook and subsequent rollout to the Group.
  • Assist in managing the annual preparation of the DP World Limited Annual Report & Accounts, including liaising with Head Office and Regional Management on content preparation and external design and production teams.
  • Work with corporate functions to identify and monitor their existing compliance activities and report on an annual basis to Group Company Secretary on potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develop/implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provide general guidance on how to deal with similar situations in the future.
  • Ensure regular reporting of internal and external compliance issues to the Group Company Secretary.
  • Manage the creation of the training and development modules pertaining to external compliance requirements under the role’s remit.
  • Ensure direct reports are trained and evaluated on their knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures specific to their jobs.  
  • Applicable if role has direct reports - responsible for the management and leadership of an engaged team, promoting collaboration and ensuring that each is developed and evaluated against goals and objectives which are aligned, specific, measurable, attainable yet challenging, realistic and time bound.
  • Promote and demonstrate positive behaviours in harmony with DP World’s values and culture
  • Ensure that the highest levels of safety are applied in all activities.
  • Understand and adhere to DP World’s Code of Conduct and Ethics policies
  • Perform other related duties as assigned 
Qualifications and experience
  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent level required
  • Relevant and proven international experience in Corporate Governance and/or Compliance both regionally and internationally. Preferably experience in the Europe/Middle East region.
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and Arabic
  • Good communication and inter personal skills 
Remuneration and Employment Benefits

The employment benefits package is reflective of the location, for this position the benefits consists of:

  • Accommodation Allowance
  • Transportation Allowance 
  • Education Assistance for Dependents 
  • Annual Air Ticket(s) for self / and dependents
  • Private Medical Coverage for self / and dependents
  • Working days annual leave 
  • Annual Performance Related Bonus 
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