Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs Department is recruiting an attorney to assist the company in its continuing commitment to comply with laws, regulations and policies governing its business, finance, and accounting activities in Middle East and Africa. The attorney will be responsible for providing oversight of and hands-on direction and advice on compliance matters and in the end-to-end process of conducting internal investigations. The attorney will serve as an advisor to regional and subsidiary Compliance Advisory Boards, and will participate in the provision of counseling and training to Microsoft employees.
The person who takes this position will be primarily responsible for compliance-investigation issues arising in our subsidiaries located in the Middle East and Africa. The attorney will be based in one of our subsidiaries located in the Middle East and Africa region (Johannesburg or Dubai a plus) and will travel as necessary to accomplish her or his objectives. The attorney will report directly to Senior Attorney Robert Ivanschitz, with dotted-line reporting to the company’s Office of Legal Compliance in Redmond. The attorney will work with a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team both in-region and in the corporate headquarters.
Specific responsibilities of the position include:
•Providing oversight of and hands-on direction and advice in the end-to-end process of conducting internal investigations, including directly participating in conducting certain investigations, in accordance with the OLC Investigation Framework and Investigations Manual.
•Ensuring Microsoft is in compliance with laws and regulations, in coordination with HR, Finance and the business leadership.
•Working with appropriate managers, compliance committees and others to advise on and assist with implementation of remediation plans, and assist in compliance assessments, readiness, outreach, and training.
•Strong interpersonal, collaboration, communication, and interviewing skills.
•Outstanding analytical and writing ability. Team work capabilities a must.
•Strong drive and enthusiasm, and the capacity to work under pressure and deadlines.
•A firm understanding of relevant compliance rules and requirements, including the laws and regulations governing U.S. companies doing business in non-U.S. locations, as well as an appreciation of pertinent accounting and finance principles.
•A strong grasp of employment, privacy, and other requirements relating to internal investigations
•Experience dealing with diverse cultures and managing and building strong client relationships.
•Ability to work efficiently and to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and with a demanding case workload, prioritize workflow and adjust to frequent workload fluctuations.
•A J.D. or equivalent law degree and experience in the field.
•Familiarity and experience in dealing with compliance and/or internal investigations in a multi-national company or other large complex organization. Having worked in emerging markets a plus.
•The ability to apply sound, principled, and consistent judgment in a fast-moving and challenging legal and business environment.
•The ability to analyze complex financial, business, and legal issues and communicate them in a clear and concise fashion.
•Excellent written and spoken English.
Special Requirements/Additional Information e.g. Language Skills
Fluency in Arabic and or French (both written and oral), and knowledge of the business and social
cultures in the Middle East and Africa are a plus.