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Senior Legal & Compliance Officer

About the role:

In this newly created role based in Auckland, the Senior Legal, Risk & Compliance Officer will be the key legal advisor for NZ and manage the regulatory and legal environment in New Zealand including legislation, standards, codes and internal policies.

A typical day for you looks like:

The Senior Legal & Compliance Officer will manage and improve the existing framework to undertake compliance monitoring, and assist the business to understand all relevant areas of risk and compliance; considering legislation, regulations, standards, codes and internal policies.

A key part of the role is assisting in contractual and legal document review, negotiation and advice. You will investigate, assess and recommend remedial action on routine or technical breaches and any incidents. In addition, you will review marketing material and new products / initiatives for legal and compliance impact and risks

Internal key tasks include assisting in the writing of Board papers and reports and providing secretariat support to the Regulatory & Compliance Committee and assisting and collaborating with AU teams regarding meeting packs and minutes. You will be responsible for the AML/CFT program compliance for NZ (including policy training and reporting to DIA).

You will be responsible for reporting and liaising with NZ corporate and financial services regulators such as Commerce Commission, NZ Companies Office, Department of Internal Affairs etc. and attend to other relevant regulatory reporting as necessary

As part of continuous improvement, you will draft, review, update and implement policies, procedures and practices with the aim of embedding best practice compliance elements into the organisation. The successful candidate will assist in maintaining regulatory, policy and governance knowledge base to ensure appropriate advice and guidance is provided at all times to the business, along with developing and delivering compliance training to upskill our team.

Keeping up to date with legal and regulatory changes, you will scan the media, publications, attend events and obtain information from other sources in order to detect developments in the law, the regulatory environment and the industry that will or may affect the business; and assist the business to implement any changes

By providing advice to the business units on the design and implementation of their 1st line defence program, and overseeing and/or conducting 2nd line defence compliance reviews of business units, you will work with colleagues to ensure compliance with policy and procedures.

Skills & experiences you'll bring the the team:

  • Good communication and negotiation skills with an ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong ability to prioritise tasks to achieve tight deadlines
  • Good analytical, assessment and problem solving skills
  • Ability to be discreet and professional when handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Capability to understand and handle new concepts quickly
  • Strong commitment to engaging in continual development and self-directed learning
  • A flexible and adaptable approach to work
  • Solid knowledge of consumer lending including CCCFA, internal and external dispute resolution as well as AML-CFT laws.
  • Admitted to practice law in New Zealand
  • 4-6 years experience in compliance and/or a legal role preferably within a mortgage lending environment

So, why would you want to work for us?

  • Ace your work-life balance with WFH options
  • An awesome office in the city
  • Lots of social events to get involved in remotely
  • Fortnightly CEO Update with team drinks
  • Gym membership discounts
  • Great people to work with and learn from every day
  • Modern technology & resources to use
  • Great training options to further your career & development
  • Monthly massages… when COVID allows
  • Paid parental leave
  • Study Assistance

Do you want to join our growth story?

Apply now with your CV and a little bit about yourself.


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