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Head of Compliance U.K., Ireland & Nordics

Philip Morris International UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

PMI Vision

It’s Time to Unsmoke.

There is no question that the best choice for men and women who smoke is to quit cigarettes and nicotine altogether. But many people don’t. In any given year, about 9 out of 10 men and women who are already smoking will continue: those people deserve access to, and information about, better alternatives. That is why we’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products and focusing our efforts in switching adults, who choose to continue smoking, to our smoke-free platforms.

In order to achieve this, we are focused on 6 strategic priorities:

  • Developing a long-term product and ecosystem portfolio,
  • Building societal support of RRP,
  • Growing our RRP platforms to scale,
  • Delivering product launch & customer service agility,
  • Achieving cost and cash leadership, and
  • Maintaining leadership in conventional cigarettes.

About Our Vision

We’ve built the world’s most successful cigarette company, with the world’s most popular and iconic brands. Now we’ve made a dramatic decision. We will be far more than a leading cigarette company. We’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products that are a much better choice than cigarette smoking. Indeed, our vision – for all of us at PMI – is that these products will one day replace cigarettes.

Why are we doing this? Because we should … We understand the millions of men and women who smoke cigarettes. They are looking for less harmful, yet satisfying, alternatives to smoking. We will give them that choice. We have a commitment to our employees and our shareholders. We will fulfill that commitment by pursuing this long-term vision for success. Society expects us to act responsibly. And we are doing just that, by delivering a smoke-free future. Success in the cigarette business gives us the resources to pursue our ambitious vision. Thanks to the imagination and perseverance of thousands of people at PMI, we have developed breakthrough products that are smoke-free and enjoyable.

About IQOS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of our flagship electronically heated tobacco system, IQOS, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which represents a historic opportunity for public health. In doing so, the agency found that issuing an exposure modification order for the IQOS Tobacco Heating System (THS) is appropriate to promote the public health and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole.
This decision demonstrates that IQOS is fundamentally different from combustible cigarettes, and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking. It follows a review of the extensive scientific evidence package PMI submitted to the FDA in December 2016 to support its MRTP applications.

The FDA’s action authorizes the marketing of IQOS in the USA with the following information:
* The IQOS system heats tobacco but does not burn it.
* This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.
* Scientific studies have shown that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to the IQOS system significantly reduces your body’s exposure to harmful or potentially harmful chemicals.

In April 2019, the agency authorized IQOS for sale in the U.S. through issuance of premarket tobacco product application marketing orders, that deemed marketing the product to be appropriate for the protection of the public health. Now, the FDA has concluded issuing an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account both users and nonusers of tobacco products. Notably, the FDA’s issuance of an exposure modification MRTP order does not mean IQOS is FDA-approved. FDA does not ‘approve’ tobacco products. Further, the FDA’s decision does not mean IQOS is risk-free.

The FDA’s decision is consistent with earlier conclusions of other leading regulatory and scientific bodies, including in the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands, which have found that the product emits lower levels of harmful toxicants. Furthermore, the FDA’s MRTP authorization shows that IQOS is a fundamentally different product than combustible cigarettes, and must be regulated differently, as the FDA has recognized.

As of March 31, 2020, PMI estimates that approximately 10.6 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to IQOS. We believe that this decision can help to further accelerate the transition of U.S. adults away from cigarettes. We, along with our licensee Altria, are committed to guarding against unintended use and fully support FDA’s focus on protecting youth.

Role Summary
Develop, lead and oversee the compliance program in the U.K. (both PM Ltd. and PMI Global Studio Ltd.), Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Drive the mission of Global PMI Compliance to :
  • Empower and enable management, employees and close third parties to meet applicable external (legal, regulatory, industry) and internal (policy) requirements by providing them with the tools, knowledge and advice to do their jobs in an ethical and compliant way
  • Assess risk, monitor ongoing compliance, test compliance controls, and investigate allegations of potential non-compliance
  • Drive a culture of compliance that encourages raising concerns about potential or actual compliance violations and pro-active addressing of issues

Key Responsibilities
Drive and deliver compliance initiatives in all five pillars of the PMI Global Compliance Program, with a focus on Code of Conduct, Conflicts of Interests, Whistleblowing and Investigations, as well as legal compliance topics such as Anti-Bribery, Competition law, etc.
1. Governance
Identify, assess, and manage compliance risks
Stay current with ethics and compliance developments, best practices and benchmarks and assist internal stakeholders in implementing policies and procedures in response thereto.
2. Advisory
First point of contact for employees seeking compliance advice in the market
Serve on the local management team and provide compliance input and advice on strategic business matters
Identify and analyze ethics and compliance issues and present clear recommendations.
3. Policy & Processes
Develop and implement compliance policies and processes, in line with Global PMI Standards, to address and mitigate key compliance risks
Oversee and execute compliance processes
4. Training & Communications
Raise and maintain awareness about compliance through innovative compliance communications
Provide face-to-face training to different types and of audiences
Oversee and support e-learning
5. Monitoring & Investigations
Oversee or conduct internal investigations
Enhance and maintain culture of speaking up
Monitor the effectiveness of compliance program

At least 5 years of experience as a compliance officer or in-house counsel
Experience advising and serving on management teams
University Degree in Law, Business or other relevant field
Licensed to practice law a plus, but not required
Fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in Swedish a plus, but not required.
In-depth knowledge and applied understanding of compliance programs and subject matters
Experience working in a heavily regulated industry with many touchpoints with government authorities, such as pharma, medtech, extractive industries, defense industry, etc.
Experience handling and solving complex issues and problems
Experience managing and influencing change and overcoming adversity

1. Integrity
Strong ethical compass

2. Vision
Issue spotting
Critical thinking and analytical skills
Anticipate and proactively addresses emerging issues
Maintain oversight and insight into compliance program, risks and issues across a large complex business

3. Leadership
Inspiring presence
Self-starter with ability to take initiative and execute locally on global objectives with minimal supervision
Collaborative team player with the ability to work in a matrix with local management, Global Compliance and neighboring functions (at local, regional and global level)
Skillful at building partnerships with stakeholders to ensure alignment.

4. Level-headed
Firm, decisive and diplomatic
Flexible, ability to manage shifting and competing priorities
Cultural sensitivity

5. Compliance Skills
Verbal compliance communications skills, including providing training, communicating about compliance to employees at all levels, presenting and defending a point of view, etc.
Written compliance communications skills, including drafting policies & processes, developing training materials, writing investigation reports, etc.
program development
policy & process development
training & communications
investigations & monitoring
risk assessment

6. Compliance Knowledge:
International compliance programs and standards
Code of conduct and ethics
Anti-bribery laws, competition law
Market-specific laws and regulations

What we offer

Our success depends on our talented employees who come to work here every single day with a sense purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can:
  • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore.
  • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong.
  • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress.
  • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to deliver a smoke-free future.

Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company, and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the U.S. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI’s smoke-free IQOS product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of June 30, 2019, PMI estimates that approximately 8.0 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to PMI’s heat-not-burn product, available for sale in 48 markets in key cities or nationwide under the IQOS brand. For more information, please visit and
PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.