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Job Description

Vertex Pharmaceuticals GmbH is seeking an experienced Compliance professional to join its Office of Business Integrity & Ethics (OBIE). OBIE is responsible for the development, implementation, oversight, and continuous improvement of Vertex?s Compliance program. This includes defining standards via policies and procedures, creating and implementing training and communications, conducting auditing and monitoring and other assurance activities, facilitating internal reporting, discretely and professionally conducting compliance-related investigations, and keeping the CEO, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors informed on Compliance matters. OBIE serves as the go-to experts for Vertex employees and external partners on issues relating to Vertex?s Compliance program and Code of Conduct globally.

Job Description

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, the Europe East Compliance Business Partner will serve as the primary point of contact for business colleagues across all regional Commercial, Medical, Clinical, Research, Development, and support functions. The Europe East region includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and Czech Republic. In this role you will work closely with our OBIE Operations team and other regional Compliance Business Partners in further enhancing and implementing our Compliance program and will provide daily support to our business colleagues to ensure effective implementation and understanding. You will have deep knowledge of pharmaceutical industry regulations, applicable local codes, and anti-bribery/anti-corruption laws and extensive experience working for biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies on these issues. Additionally, the Europe East Compliance Business Partner will work collaboratively and strategically with colleagues in OBIE, Legal, and the business to drive a culture of ethics and integrity across Vertex?s global organization. If you thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, hands-on, and collaborative environment where you can have a big impact on the organization, we?d love to speak with you!

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the point of contact for Europe East regional business colleagues seeking strategic and tactical guidance on matters of compliance, integrity, and ethics.
  • Provide Compliance oversight, guidance, and direction for regional business colleagues and identify areas where Compliance input and attention is required.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of current and emerging laws, regulations, codes, and recent enforcement actions and inform and educate business colleagues with tailored communications.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive fact- and risk-based decision-making.
  • Help to establish standards and implement procedures to ensure the Compliance program is effective and efficient.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and collaborate frequently with Legal, Human Resources, Internal Audit, and colleagues in other functional areas both in and outside of the Europe East region.
  • Support continuous improvement of the Compliance program.
  • Minimum Qualifications


  • Consummate teammate with excellent judgment and social skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and employees.
  • Demonstrable experience taking ownership of issues and providing timely, actionable guidance.
  • Strong oral and written communication and influencing skills and the ability to dedicatedly and pragmatically collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to lead multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated leadership skills and ability to meet goals given limited supervision; able to exercise sound judgment in balancing risks in ambiguous and complex situations and raising matters appropriately.
  • Demonstrated superior ability to identify areas for improvement in controls, systems, and processes and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to work with large amounts of data to analyze information while still seeing the ?big picture?.
  • Confidence and professionalism to handle difficult conversations and discretion on sensitive matters.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Extensive proven experience working for or in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry and in an in-house role
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and codes relating to healthcare fraud and abuse and regulated pharmaceutical products, specifically anti-bribery/anti-corruption laws and pharmaceutical regulations and guidances.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to compliance, ethics and accountability.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment with a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of time.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (especially PPT).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, fluency in English and German
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Law degree or legal training and experience at a large, global law firm strongly preferred.
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    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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