Head of Risk and Compliance


Exciting opportunity for an experienced risk & compliance professional to take the next step in their career.

  • Join a leading, independent Australian law firm.
  • Career opportunity to advance the firm's risk and compliance function.
  • Melbourne CBD or Sydney CBD based role.
About you
You are committed to working in a collaborative, client-focused environment. You bring an extensive background in risk and compliance where you have gained experience developing and implementing effective risk management and compliance frameworks.  
You have strong knowledge of risk and compliance functions and activities, ideally from the professional services sector, together with a deep understanding of regulatory requirements and compliance standards.  
You have the ability to switch between the big picture to hands-on operations and are resilient in managing changing priorities.

You are looking to take the next step in your career where you will enjoy evolving and enhancing the risk and compliance function in collaboration with the firm while leading a small team. Your commercial acumen, analytical thinking, and excellent communication and stakeholder management skills will also ensure your success in this role.

Your role
Reporting to the Head of Operations, your primary objective is to ensure that the firm's risk and compliance strategies, frameworks, systems and processes are appropriately developed and effectively managed to control risks and support compliance. You will also provide advice to ensure that current and emerging risks and compliance requirements are identified and effectively managed in line with policies and procedures.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Risk and Compliance Frameworks
  • Define and implement the firm's risk and compliance strategy.
  • Recommend and deliver key initiatives and changes to systems, policies and procedures to minimise risk, including a structured system by which progress and achievement can be measured and reported.
Risk Management
  • Oversee risk management across the firm, including assessing the firm's risk status, existing policies and procedures, and identifying operational improvements.
  • Plan, design and implement risk management processes, systems and assurance mechanisms to monitor, control and minimise risk.
Compliance Management
  • Support firm-wide compliance with internal protocols, policies and procedures, and relevant legislative framework.
  • Ensure completion of audits and adherence to information security standards.
  • Ensure adequate systems and processes are in place to maintain compliance with applicable privacy legislation and ensure total confidentiality in respect of client information.
Audit Preparation and Facilitation
  • Respond to external audit requests and liaise with auditors, and client representatives regarding documentation, compliance and ongoing review of information and processes.
Risk and Compliance Deliverables
  • Provide appropriate reporting and advice to the firm's Management Team on professional, regulatory and best practice issues that impact risk and compliance within the firm.
  • Maintain continuous improvement of the firm's Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan.
  • Design and facilitate appropriate training and workshops on risk and governance to staff at all levels.
  • Champion a culture of quality and compliance throughout the firm and drive behavioural change in information security.
About us
Gadens is a pre-eminent, independent Australian law firm with over 80 partners and 630 staff across our offices nationally.  We are repeatedly recognised as a leading legal service provider in the Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directories, and many of our partners and special counsel are recognised as leaders in their areas of law. At Gadens, we are always on the lookout for star performers to join our growing workplace.

What we offer 
  • collaborative and open culture and environment
  • flexible work practices and work life balance
  • reward and recognition initiatives 
  • regular social events and functions
  • regular wellbeing and fitness sessions.