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Director, Ethics & Compliance

Director, Ethics & Compliance

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets.


We are seeking a Director of Ethics and Compliance. This position will be based in Huntsville, AL.


The Director of Ethics & Compliance has overall responsibility for planning, developing and ensuring the organization’s full compliance with ethical standards and compliance. This position handles and directs Ethics investigations as well as conceives and directs ethics and compliance strategies. It represents the Company in response to relevant regulatory queries and assigns appropriate priority and allocates resources as necessary. This position reports to the General Counsel and Vice President of Legal with reporting obligations to the Company’s Board of Directors. A good candidate will have experience managing litigation and performing investigations as well as the ability to lead the Ethics & Compliance program.


This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

35% - Responsible for the Ethics & Compliance programs and policies for the Company that meet the federal sentencing guidelines standards, governmental regulations and industry practice.

  • Interacts with Legal, Finance, Internal Audit, Human Resources and other departments in the execution of Ethics & Compliance duties in the Company.
  • Oversees company-wide employee communications, a comprehensive monitoring system and training programs that focus on the elements of Ethics & Compliance programs. Works closely with the Company’s Executive Leadership Team on business specific ethics and compliance training to ensure business objectives and customer requirements are met.
  • Develops metrics and key performance indicators that reflect effectiveness of the ethics and compliance programs as well as actions plans to address critical findings. Develops new initiatives to continually improve effectiveness of the Ethics & Compliance programs.
  • Initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Ethics & Compliance program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct. Manages day-to-day operation of the Program, including the Company’s Code of Conduct and related policies.
  • Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
  • Provides reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the Audit Committee of the Board and senior management informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
  • Ensures proper reporting of violations or potential violations to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required.
  • Advises Company’s management, including senior/executive management, on ethics/code related matters and facilitates/participates in the self-governance working group forum for compliance subject matter experts. Provides advice and assistance to the Company’s Ethics Officers and Ethics Champions and functional management as needed.


35% - Responds to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Standards of Conduct by evaluating, investigating and/or recommending the initiation of other investigative procedures. Responsible for the investigation and disposition of ethics related complaints and helpline disclosures.

  • In connection with the Legal and HR Department, oversees the system for uniform handling of such violations.
  • Collaborates with other departments (e.g., Legal, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Human Resources, etc.) to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution. Consults with the Legal Department as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.
  • Acts as an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that compliance Issues/concerns within the organization are being consistently and appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved.


20% - Investigation and Litigation Management – Assist legal department investigation of certain legal matters and assist in managing certain relevant litigation that are or may become compliance issues. As described above, collaborates with other departments and works to resolve issues.


10% - Other responsibilities:

  • Responsible for (2) Ethics staff members to assist in carrying out responsibilities of department.
  • Maintains current knowledge of laws, regulations and industry guidance that impact the Company’s Ethics & Compliance programs.
  • Develops, monitors and controls Ethics & Compliance operating and capital budgets.


A Bachelor’s degree and 14 years of progressive experience, with specific experience from a nationally or regionally recognized law firm (or government agency) in investigations, government contracting and/or employment law preferred.


Degree in law (J.D. or LLM) strongly preferred.


Requires ability to successfully managing a function relating to compliance and/or ethics.


Must be certified ethics & compliance credential (SCCE/CCEP, ECOA) within 24 months after hire.


Proven leadership experience and success within a multi-disciplinary team.


Excellent communication skills.


Experience managing training programs, training initiatives and adult learning concepts.


Knowledge and understanding of compliance and ethics risks of an effective compliance program for a government contractor preferred.


Knowledge of various laws, regulations and industry practices that affect an Aerospace and Defense company preferred.


Travel to multiple Aerojet Rocketdyne operating sites around the United States.


US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.




Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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