Senior Counsel, Regulatory Compliance

  • Location
    Houston, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 07

Position description

This role is part of the regulatory compliance team that manages the high-risk legal areas of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), anti-money laundering (AML), and international trade regulation (ITR) for BP businesses around the world. Although primarily focused on ABC and AML matters, the role ensures that key stakeholders are aware of and proactively managing all of these risks under U.S., U.K., and other laws, provides hands-on leadership for investigations in these areas, and serves as a trusted advisor and advocate on a broader array of white collar and regulatory matters.

The role requires the confidence, energy, and experience necessary to lead with minimal supervision, and the interpersonal skills to thrive in a collaborative environment alongside other lawyers, businesspeople, ethics and compliance professionals, investigators, and other functional teams (e.g., procurement, audit). The successful candidate should enjoy a fast-paced, diverse, and heavy workload, and will have proven skills in the areas of leadership, project management, and investigations. The role will interface with members of senior management, and regulatory/enforcement officials in the U.S. and other countries where BP does business. 

The successful candidate will be based at BP’s U.S. headquarters in Houston. The ability to occasionally travel to locations throughout the world is necessary.

Key accountabilities

  • Partnering with businesspeople at all levels to offer pragmatic advice and solutions for managing ABC/AML/ITR risks, and to influence them to dedicate appropriate resources;
  • Providing hands-on leadership and practical guidance for internal investigations regarding ABC/AML/ITR and related issues;
  • Developing consistent and credible strategies to assess and manage ABC/AML/ITR risks, and working collaboratively across stakeholder networks in BP to implement them;
  • Continuously improving policies, procedures, tools, training, and other resources for managing ABC/AML/ITR risks;
  • Providing practical advice on day-to-day ABC/AML/ITR compliance questions;
  • Working with others to lead a 200+ member global compliance team of lawyers, ethics and compliance professionals, and businesspeople that manage ABC/AML risks throughout BP, while building and enhancing individual and organizational capability and supporting a learning culture;
  • Setting a proactive, external-facing agenda to manage relationships with U.S. regulators (e.g., DOJ, SEC) on ABC/AML and other white collar matters, ensuring BP’s interests are vigorously represented in key industry litigation or legal positions, rulemakings, and legislative activities;
  • Managing regulatory enforcement investigations and proceedings, and disputes with governmental and private parties;
  • Interpreting and analysing current and proposed laws/regulations;
  • Working closely with senior businesspeople as a trusted advisor, while maintaining professional independence and judgment;
  • Occasionally advising on white collar and regulatory matters in other areas.


Essential Education

  • Licensed to practice law in the U.S.

Essential experience and job requirements

The successful candidate should have substantial experience:

  • In ABC matters and compliance-related advice under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act;
  • Leading internal investigations and conducting/managing external investigations regarding ABC/AML matters - experience interfacing with regulators and familiarity with the expectations and inner workings of regulatory agencies is critical;
  • Managing judicial or administrative disputes with regulators and private parties;
  • Strategically assessing ABC/AML/ITR risks, advising on the continuous improvement of compliance programmes, and building related tools to do so; and
  • Working as a private practice or in-house lawyer.

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications

The successful candidate should have:

  • General experience with and knowledge of U.S. AML laws;
  • Ability to issue-spot under U.K. AML laws, including the U.K. Proceeds of Crime Act;
  • Experience with ITR matters and compliance-related advice, including trade sanctions and export controls, under U.S. law;
  • A proven track record of triaging competing priorities and effectively managing internal and external resources;
  • Strong interpersonal, advocacy, collaborative, and other communication skills, and the ability to act as a trusted adviser;
  • Energy and enthusiasm necessary to identify and develop projects from inception, and see them through to completion;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of different countries and cultures, and ability to engage and respect the diverse contributions of teams, partners, and networks;
  • Proven record of sound judgment, commercial awareness, and high-quality contribution to business strategy and delivery; and
  • Strong ability to influence others, and to anticipate and respond to different viewpoints.

Although not required, other desirable qualifications include:

  • Some familiarity with E.U. ITR laws;
  • Working knowledge of the energy industry;
  • Direct experience working as a lawyer focused on ABC/AML issues within a large corporate environment;
  • Experience with other major regulatory compliance risks facing a U.K. company with a global footprint (e.g., competition laws, data privacy laws).

Application instructions

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