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Compliance Manager

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Bachelor's degree

What They Do

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster General Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Reports violations of compliance or regulatory standards to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate or required.
  • Identifies compliance issues that require follow-up or investigation.
  • Discusses emerging compliance issues to ensure that management and employees are informed about compliance reporting systems, policies, and practices.
  • Files appropriate compliance reports with regulatory agencies.
  • Maintains documentation of compliance activities, such as complaints received or investigation outcomes.
  • Consults with corporate attorneys as necessary to address difficult legal compliance issues.
  • Conducts or directs the internal investigation of compliance issues.
  • Provides employee training on compliance related topics, policies, or procedures.
  • Serves as a confidential point of contact for employees to communicate with management, seek clarification on issues or dilemmas, or report irregularities.
  • Verifies that all regulatory policies and procedures have been documented, implemented, and communicated.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

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