Compliance Director

Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta
Location : Name Atlanta Corporate Office
Functional Group
Human Resources
Mon - Fri


Americold provides temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation to food producers, restaurants, schools and retail outlets such as grocery stores. We're proud to provide an essential link in the food and beverage industry supply chain, and to play our part in ensuring families across the US and overseas can sit down together to eat.


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 170+ temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Canada. In North America we have over 13,000 associates and offer a wide variety of employment opportunities - from warehouse forklift operators and supervisors to accounting, customer support, engineering, transportation, and technology solutions positions.


Primary Responsibility: 
Oversee the Corporate Compliance Program, ensuring the Board of Directors, management, and employees are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies, company policies and procedures, and the company’s code of conduct. Monitor and report results of the company’s compliance and ethics efforts. Provide guidance to the Board and senior management team on matters related to compliance. The Director of Compliance, together with the Corporate Compliance Committee, is authorized to implement all necessary actions to ensure achievement of the objectives of an effective compliance program.

Essential Functions:

• Sets the vision and strategy for the company’s compliance program and partnering with key stakeholders to ensure the compliance program is followed throughout the Company.
• Chairs the Company’s new Compliance and Policy Committees to implement, train and enforce key company policies.
• Develops, initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Compliance Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct. Manages day-to-day operation of the Program.
• Periodically reviews and updates, in collaboration with Human Resources and Legal, Standards of Conduct to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to management and employees.
• Collaborates with other departments (e.g., Risk Management, Internal Audit, Human Resources, etc.) to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution. Consults with the General Counsel as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.
• Responds to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Standards of Conduct by evaluating or recommending the initiation of investigative procedures. Develops and oversees a system for uniform handling of such violations.
• Acts as an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that compliance Issues/concerns within the organization are being appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved.
• Respond to regulatory inquiries, together with the Legal Department
• Monitors, and as necessary, coordinates compliance activities of other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends.
• Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
• Provides reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the Governance Compliance Committee of the Board and senior management informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
• Ensures proper reporting of violations or potential violations to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required.
• Partners with Human Resources on the direction and management of the Compliance Hotline.
• Leads in partnership with Human Resources to institute and maintain an effective compliance communication program for the organization, including promoting (a) use of the Compliance Hotline; (b) heightened awareness of Standards of Conduct, and (c) understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
• Works with the Human Resources Department and others as appropriate to develop an effective compliance training program, including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees and managers.
• Monitors the performance of the Compliance Program and relates activities on a continuing basis, taking appropriate steps to improve its effectiveness.
• Serves as the company-wide Records Coordinator and ensures that employees have the awareness of the Records & Information Management policy and the tools necessary to comply.
• Serves as an integral member of the Company’s new Management Risk Committee.



Qualifications & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree required (Juris Doctor from a United States law school or graduate degree preferred) 
• A minimum of 10 years of experience in a related field, to include demonstrated leadership
• Familiarity with operational, financial, quality assurance, and human resources procedures and regulations is required
• Certification required in some areas such as JD, CPA, CFE, CCEP, and/or SHRM

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of enterprise risk management and internal control standards required (i.e., COSO framework)
• Strong preference for in-house compliance experience with a publicly held company
• Ability to manage and execute multiple complex projects within required timelines and expectations
• Excellent communication/influence, facilitation and presentation skills; networking internally and externally
• Ability to analyze and develop business and management risk reports to include risk aggregation, trending, outlier involving both qualitative and quantitative data
• Ability to develop detailed project plans and execute on those plans
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio and Access)
• Demonstrated conceptual and analytical skills
• Knowledge of applicable laws including FLSA, SOX, Privacy, GLBA
• Ability to travel 15% of the time


Physical Requirements:

• Requires the ability to sit for long periods of time, with frequent interruptions
• Requires several hours per day of sitting, getting up and down from chairs, and reaching, or bending
• Requires manual dexterity with normal hand and finger movements for typical office work 
• Talking, hearing, and seeing are important elements of completing assigned tasks
• May require travel by automobile and airplane up for business
• May require a visit to facility operations in temperatures at or below freezing
• May carry loads related to travel and occasionally lifts, carries, positions, or moves objects weighing up to 20 pounds
• Requires the use of various electronic tools 
• Requires the ability to relate to others beyond giving and receiving instructions: must partner with colleagues without exhibiting behavioral extremes
• Requires the performance of work activities including reasoning, negotiating, instructing, persuading, or speaking with others; and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from executive management

Americold is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.




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