Ethics & Compliance Officer Job in Kenya

 Job Title: Ethics & Compliance Officer

Hiring Organization: BioMérieux
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Food and Pharmaceutical
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES Competitive
Date Posted: 03/19/2024

A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 55 years, bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety.

Our teams working across our digital transformation and information technology areas are literally changing healthcare through technology. Their various expertises are serving innovations for patients and business. Development of new solutions (hardware and software) as well as building qualitative data and insights contribute to the constant improvement of public health.

Come and join a family-owned global company with a long-term vision, and a human-centered culture.

Main Mission

Under the supervision of the Sr. Director, EME&A / LatAm Compliance and Global Process & Performance, the Africa Compliance Manager will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading the implementation and management of bioMérieux’s Ethics and Compliance Program in the Africa Region. The Ethics & Compliance Program reduces risks of noncompliance and encourages a culture of integrity by providing practical advice, resources, and structures to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, industry codes, and Company policies on a global basis. It reinforces bioMérieux’s reputation as a trusted partner in public health.

What will be your responsibilities within bioMérieux?

Provide day-to-day support, strategic advice, and problem-solving expertise to AFRICA leadership to ensure that business operations are conducted in full compliance, acting as an independent gatekeeper for high-risk business activities.

Develop and implement processes and systems to identify and manage risks in the Region, in alignment with the global Ethics and Compliance Strategy.

Represent the Ethics & Compliance Department in the Regional leadership team and exercise leadership and oversight of initiatives to embed a compliance culture into the Region, including raising and reinforcing employee awareness of risks of illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.

Work cross-functionally with employees at all levels to ensure efficient integration of the compliance program into business processes.

Oversee Local Compliance Teams (composed of local leadership) activities in the AFRICA Region to ensure implementation of compliance initiatives.

Ensure Implementation and monitoring/control mechanisms for high-risk third parties throughout the Region. Act as a gatekeeper on high-risk activities.

Advocate and develop a strong compliance culture within the business through day-to-day advice, communication, and regular training of employees and high-risk third parties.

Manage compliance investigations in the AFRICA Region, including oversight of the investigation of reports received through the EthicsLine or from other sources, coordinating with HR and management in the development and implementation of appropriate discipline and other corrective actions, and enforcement of the non-retaliation policy.

Develop, review, and edit compliance policies relevant to local operations

With E&C colleagues, select, develop, and follow up on e-learning courses. Develop and execute local supplementary training and communications, based on local needs.

Monitor relevant new legal and regulatory developments in the region and implement necessary changes, in coordination with other departments.

Represent bioMérieux at Compliance meetings organized by IVD local and Regional AFRICA associations (MECOMED, local IVD associations, …

Who are you?

At least 5-7 years of relevant work experience in legal, audit, risk, or compliance including at least 3 years of working experience in a compliance function, preferably in the healthcare industry.

A master’s or law degree is preferred unless equivalent experience is demonstrated.

Skills and Qualifications

Strong knowledge of medical device industry codes (i.e. Mecomed).

Knowledge of anticorruption laws, transparency laws, healthcare marketing regulations, government guidance and regulation of compliance programs, and compliance best practices.

Deep understanding of how to analyze regulations and develop and implement policies to ensure compliance.

Languages: Fluent in English required, Intermediate or above in French preferred.

Ability to travel within the Region as required.

Possess an unquestionable reputation for ethics and integrity, personal values, and solid character.

High emotional intelligence and engagement skills with the confidence to interact globally at all levels of the company.

Maturity and decisiveness, including the ability to frame issues to support quick decision-making as well as an understanding of business to know how and when to escalate issues.

Ability to manage many high-risk, high-pressure projects/issues at once and prioritize effectively based on risk.

Proactive and motivated by results, with little need for oversight.

Ability to logically analyze topics and address them pragmatically, working with stakeholders across all levels of the organization.

Collaborative team-oriented approach to work, supporting the successes of others.

Strong cross-cultural communication skills with the ability to effectively convey the company’s core ethical values at all levels of the company.

Model resilience and flexibility; adapts well to new circumstances and adversity.

Attention to detail, accuracy, and a commitment to maintaining confidentiality.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills

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