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Compliance and ESG Manager

Company: Norstella
Location: London, United Kingdom
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About Norstella:

At Norstella, our mission is simple: to help our clients bring life-saving therapies to market quicker—and help patients in need.
Founded in 2022, but with history going back to 1939, Norstella unites best-in-class brands to help clients navigate the complexities at each step of the drug development life cycle —and get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time.
Each organization (Citeline, Evaluate, MMIT, Panalgo, The Dedham Group) delivers must-have answers for critical strategic and commercial decision-making. Together, via our market-leading brands, we help our clients:
  • Citeline – accelerate the drug development cycle
  • Evaluate – bring the right drugs to market
  • MMIT – identify barrier to patient access
  • Panalgo – turn data into insight faster
  • The Dedham Group – think strategically for specialty therapeutics
By combining the efforts of each organization under Norstella, we can offer an even wider breadth of expertise, cutting-edge data solutions and expert advisory services alongside advanced technologies such as real-world data, machine learning and predictive analytics. As one of the largest global pharma intelligence solution providers, Norstella has a footprint across the globe with teams of experts delivering world class solutions in the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Japan, China and India.

Job description:      

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Legal, you will be responsible for implementing, managing and delivering our global compliance, risk & ESG programs, and ensuring our business operations comply with legal and regulatory obligations. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and team player, with in-depth knowledge of the latest compliance and ESG regulations and business requirements.

Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Deliver practical and timely compliance support to the business. Continuously develop, refine, and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Company’s compliance and ESG programs including relevant internal and external reporting obligations, policies, procedures, standards, and training materials.
  • Actively lead and manage resolution of anti-corruption and sanction/export control related inquiries 
  • Responsible for sanction screening and third-party onboarding processes, providing appropriate reviews of new customers and third parties
  • Responsible for anti-corruption tools such as the Company’s conflicts of interest register and gifts & entertainment repository, mitigating and escalating issues as appropriate
  • Performing high quality AML/KYC reviews in line with applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Regularly review and update, as needed, the Company’s suite of compliance tools, policies and operations 
  • Contribute to regular compliance & ESG communications on behalf of the company and integrating the compliance and ESG programs into newly acquired businesses
  • Continually review and evaluate present and future regulatory challenges and changes in the compliance and ESG spaces, and their real world impact on a global organization 
  • Responsible for the Company’s risk management program in collaboration with other internal teams
  • Continually assess evolving ESG legislation, particularly in the UK, EU, and the U.S., and implement best practices to ensure compliance with this changing regulatory landscape
  • Develop and implement appropriate compliance and ESG training content in collaboration with other internal teams   

Key requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in law, business administration, or relevant field.
  • Minimum 5+ years of compliance experience with a multinational organization with an in-depth knowledge of ESG programs, and particularly the legal and regulatory landscape in the environmental space in the UK, EU, and US, and sanctions issues impacting global organizations. Additional compliance experience, including experience with anti-corruption, anti-bribery, export controls, compliance training, internal investigations, and anti-money laundering, strongly preferred but experience in all of these areas is not required. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively to drive the Company’s compliance and ESG programs and priorities
  • Proactive, hands on, data driven, and ability to work independently 
  • A passion for compliance & ESG
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • And other duties as assigned

Location: London Hybrid

Our guiding principles for success at Norstella: 

01:  Bold, Passionate, Mission-First  

We have a lofty mission to Smooth Access to Life Saving Therapies and we will get there by being bold and passionate about the mission and our clients.  Our clients and the mission in what we are trying to accomplish must be in the forefront of our minds in everything we do.
02:  Integrity, Truth, Reality 

We make promises that we can keep, and goals that push us to new heights.  Our integrity offers us the opportunity to learn and improve by being honest about what works and what doesn’t.  By being true to the data and producing realistic metrics, we are able to create plans and resources to achieve our goals.   

03:  Kindness, Empathy, Grace 

We will empathize with everyone's situation, provide positive and constructive feedback with kindness, and accept opportunities for improvement with grace and gratitude.  We use this principle across the organization to collaborate and build lines of open communication.   

04:  Resilience, Mettle, Perseverance 

We will persevere – even in difficult and challenging situations.  Our ability to recover from missteps and failures in a positive way will help us to be successful in our mission. 

05:  Humility, Gratitude, Learning 

We will be true learners by showing humility and gratitude in our work.  We recognize that the smartest person in the room is the one who is always listening, learning, and willing to shift their thinking.   


  • 25 days annual leave, 4 days for volunteering and a personal day
  • 5% pension match
  • Group Life Assurance (100% employer funded)
  • Group Income Protection (100% employer funded)
  • Other voluntary benefits such as: Dental, Cash Plan, PMI Excess Cover, Health Screening & Critical Illness

Norstella is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age. Our ethos is to respect and value people’s differences, to help everyone achieve more at work as well as in their personal lives so that they feel proud of the part they play in our success. We believe that all decisions about people at work should be based on the individual’s abilities, skills, performance and behavior and our business requirements. Norstella operates a zero-tolerance policy to any form of discrimination, abuse or harassment.
Sometimes the best opportunities are hidden by self-doubt. We disqualify ourselves before we have the opportunity to be considered. Regardless of where you came from, how you identify, or the path that led you here- you are welcome. If you read this job description and feel passion and excitement, we’re just as excited about you.