What does a compliance manager do?

Last updated: 2021-07-13
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The Compliance Manager ensures compliance of company processes with legislation or with the requirements of norms, standards or with the requirements of clients or the entire supply chain. He or she ensures that the company meets these requirements, that they are translated into company processes by means of directives, work procedures and other documents, and that these processes are properly executed. He is therefore also responsible for managing the associated risks and his responsibilities include compliance reporting, dealing with institutions, partners and may also include dealing with suppliers if compliance requirements are passed on to them. 

Typical job description of a compliance manager

  • monitors changes in legislative requirements
  • monitors changes in standards and norms and other sources of requirements
  • prepares reporting on the organisation's compliance management
  • designs and implement the organisation's compliance programme (processes and regulations)
  • communicates with regulatory bodies
  • develops corporate communications on compliance
  • coordinates and schedules required compliance training for employees
  • prepares compliance submissions to management
  • Ensures and manages compliance processes
  • Deals with suppliers involved in compliance
  • Provides compliance education internally
  • Communicates with accounting or legal offices
  • taking notes of compliance meetings
  • manages corrective and preventive actions arising from compliance risks or breaches
  • responsible for recording and handling compliance violation incidents

Specialisation of compliance managers

There are a number of areas where a company must demonstrate compliance. This is why compliance managers often specialise in one area in which they have expertise. The most common specializations of compliance managers are:

  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Compliance Manager.
  • Environmental Compliance Manager 
  • IT Compliance Manager
  • Information security manager, ISO 27000 compliance
  • Compliance manager in financial regulation, e.g. AML
  • HIPAA compliance manager
  • GDPR Compliance Manager