Head of Legal & Governance, Risk, Compliance (f/m/d)

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Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (Haniel) is a 100 percent family-owned company, headquartered in Duisburg since its foundation in 1756. It manages a portfolio of independent businesses with the goal to make all investments “enkelfähig” and create value for generations. To this end, it pursues a structured investment strategy along the three pillars ‘People, Planet, Progress’ combining a strict focus on sustainability with a clear performance orientation. The portfolio companies are managed along a common business system – the Haniel Operating Way (HOW) – and are expected to share a performance-oriented culture. Currently, the Haniel portfolio comprises eight business units: BauWatch, BekaertDeslee, CWS, Emma, KMK Kinderzimmer, Optimar, ROVEMA and TAKKT. Additionally, Haniel is one of the anchor shareholders of CECONOMY.



Haniel´s ongoing organizational and portfolio transformation puts value creation at its focus. Corporate functions are established to provide a governance framework and services to the Haniel holding and its portfolio companies. The Head of Legal & Governance, Risk, Compliance and a team of six legal and compliance professionals at Haniel provide legal and compliance support for the Haniel holding management and its investment & growth teams, provide guidance to and work with the portfolio company teams, define and ensure consistent implementation of minimum requirements of the group-wide governance systems. Reporting directly to the Haniel CFO with direct access to the Haniel Audit Committee, s:he takes on a central and multi-faceted role of shaping the enkelfähig journey. The position offers many opportunities to shape the Legal & GRC function at the Haniel group and to contribute in a measurable way to a modern and high performing “family equity” company. The Haniel internal audit team is also part of the Legal & GRC department, while the internal audit team leader has a disciplinary reporting line directly to the CFO for independence purposes.

Among the key responsibilities are:

  • Actively manage and provide legal support in M&A transactions, often in competitive auction scenarios
  • Develop, implement and continuously improve governance framework and processes with a focus on compliance, risk and internal control systems and tools (including IT-based support infrastructure)
  • Plan and coordinate the execution of group-wide risk analyses and reviews and report aggregate results to the Haniel Management and the Haniel Audit Committee/Supervisory Board
  • Lead and coordinate compliance investigations and litigation matters
  • Work with the Internal Audit team to ensure appropriate internal controls are established and effective in all portfolio companies
  • Ensure that the governance framework is adopted and implemented by new portfolio acquisition (onboarding process planning and execution)
  • Provide and coordinate legal advice on financial investments, finance & treasury, employment law, data privacy, corporate law, public company law (insider trading), litigation, real estate …


  • You have a degree in law degree and the second state examination in law, and the admission to the German bar
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in a corporate legal leadership role in various industries, preferably in an international environment
  • Deep and demonstrable expertise and experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and corporate law, public company experience is beneficial
  • Extensive knowledge and applied experience in designing, implementing, and improving corporate governance systems, especially Compliance, Risk and Internal Controls
  • A strong understanding of operational business and decision-making processes and the ability to establish a compliance culture that matches our corporate values
  • You are passionate about achieving great results, you´re detail-oriented and resourceful, with excellent follow-through skills
  • You have an affinity for, and ideally experience in, the concepts of agile working practices, continuous improvement and lean
  • You have very good analytical and conceptual skills combined with strong judgment capabilities
  • You can anticipate risks and opportunities - and are able react fast with a proactive, solution-oriented approach due to proximity to facts, people, and process
  • You are persuasive and can build confidence and get acceptance as a critical team leader
  • Your communication and negotiation skills are excellent
  • Fluency in German and English is essential


Additional information

  • Remote status

    Hybrid remote

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Franz-Haniel-Platz 1
47119 Duisburg Directions flanghoff@haniel.de +49 203 806 452 View page

Wir sind enkelfähig

Wir liefern unseren Geschäftsbereichen Wachstumskapital, das heißt wir investieren in Forschung und Entwicklung oder unterstützen sie bei Zu- und Verkäufen. Im Sinne unseres Anspruchs als Familienunternehmen, „enkelfähig“ zu sein, halten wir sie auch dazu an, durch nachhaltiges Handeln einen positiven Beitrag für Umwelt und Gesellschaft zu leisten. Sind wir für ein Investment nicht mehr der beste Eigentümer, verkaufen wir es weiter und schaffen so Spielraum für neues Wachstum – sowohl in dem betreffenden Unternehmen als auch bei Haniel selbst.

Hier gelangen Sie zu unserem Unternehmens-magazin 'enkelfähig'.

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