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Global Compliance Counsel

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


Tennant Company is seeking an experienced Ethics & Compliance professional to join the team reporting to our VP, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. This role will be responsible for managing the company’s Ethics and Compliance program, including privacy compliance and will be responsible for developing and implementing training programs and awareness activities for ethics and legal compliance issues; directing compliance program activities designed to strengthen adherence to key policies and requirements, and leading investigations.


Major Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for framework of compliance and ethics programs globally
  • Provides compliance support for on-going Board of Director meetings
  • Identifies and mitigates compliance and ethics risks
  • Develops, implements, manages and continuously improves internal controls designed to promote compliance with law and company policy
  • Monitors legal and regulatory developments, assessing potential impact for global stakeholders, supporting and advising on implementation strategies
  • Develops live and online compliance training and communications; provides training as needed
  • Point of contact and key advisor for leaders globally regarding ethics and compliance matters
  • Manages third party due diligence program
  • Manages and responds to all issues raised through the hotline
  • Leads internal investigations of potential violations law or company policy; requires ability to balance multiple priorities based on legal risk to Company
  • Partners with internal business clients in preparing/drafting reports related to various compliance filing requirements
  • Effectively manages other compliance professional(s)
  • Travel domestically and internationally as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree required
  • 5-10 years’ experience supporting an in-house compliance function, preferably reporting to legal 
  • Corporate experience is required. Public company experience preferred. Government/regulatory experience a plus
  • Industry recognized certification from organizations such as SCCE (CCEP designation) or IAPP (CIPP designation) preferred
  • Experience handling regulatory and/or litigated compliance matters, with a preference for someone who has also overseen such matters internationally
  • Experience handling privacy matters domestically and internationally
  • Experience selecting, supervising, and managing outside counsel is strongly preferred
  • Experience managing other compliance professionals is preferred
  • Hands-on substantive experience in developing and maintaining a robust compliance program, including conducting and directing investigations of potential violations of law and policy; strong substantive knowledge of fraud investigations and corporate internal investigations
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and communications skills; ability to work cross functionally and with diverse teams; ability to clearly and succinctly articulate and present complex legal advice to both executive and working level audiences, both orally and in writing; experience in providing training in a group setting
  • Proactively identifies and solves complex problems; thinks beyond existing solutions and frameworks

Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We are everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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