Senior Compliance Counsel ” Sanctions”




The company Group is one of the world’s leading energy producers and is on a path of significant growth. As a result, the role of company Group Corporate Ethics & Compliance has very quickly expanded. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly experienced and enthusiastic trade sanctions expert to work across multiple areas in the global energy sector at a highly ambitious company in the UAE at a very exciting time.

The successful candidate will:


  • advise on all matters related to international sanctions and export controls (e.g. financial and trade sanctions, export controls and other international restrictive measures)


  • advise on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and other topical issues, including ESG


  • be responsible to deliver the company Group’s Trade Sanctions program, including its implementation across the Group companies.





  • The Senior Compliance Counsel – Sanctions will sit within the wider company Group Corporate Ethics & Compliance Team, which is part of company’s Group Legal, Governance and Compliance Function, and will be based in company’s HQ in Abu Dhabi. He/she will report to the Corporate Compliance Manager within the same group.


  • Oversees and advises on all compliance aspects of trade sanctions and export controls law in relation to company Group’s business operations and its M&A, projects and transaction activity.


  • Delivers effective and up to date awareness and training programs for company, and coordinates with other group companies on wider training and development initiatives.


  • Lead on the implementation, and ongoing development, of company Group’s Trade Sanctions Program and be involved in the delivery of the broader Ethics & Compliance Program, especially in the areas of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and other related areas.


  • Provides knowledge transfer and support in the development of other compliance professionals in the team. This includes developing Emirati compliance professionals.


  • Regular reporting to the company Group senior management, including Chief Legal Officer.


  • Regular contact with the company business, commercial partners (including IOCs, NOCs, other Abu Dhabi entities), service/goods providers, law firms, and risk and compliance consultants, including for the purpose of sharing and aligning international compliance best practices and obtaining legal and compliance advice as required by the business.


  • This work would be across multiple company businesses including downstream production and sales, upstream infrastructure and processing, trading, renewables, procurement, logistics and shipping, drilling, fuel stations, and Group governance, working with the company Communications team and the CEO’s office.



Minimum Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a reputable university.


  • Admitted to practise law in the UAE or other suitable jurisdiction.


  • Related post-graduate or other qualifications are an advantage.


Minimum Experience & Knowledge & Skills

Ideally at least 4-6 years of relevant post-qualification work experience (“PQE”), preferably in top-tier international law firm(s). Exceptional candidates with fewer years PQE may also be considered.


  • In-house experience is an advantage.


  • Current practising certificate issued by professional legal regulator or equivalent body.


  • Direct experience of advising on international sanctions. Experience in export controls and anti-corruption is an additional advantage.


  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to run projects from start to finish.


  • Excellent English language (written and spoken). Arabic is an advantage.

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