Marriott International

Vice President & Senior Counsel – Compliance

Marriott International
Full Time
Lead (more than 10 years)
English, Cantonese, Mandarin (Putonghua)

Job Description

Vice President & Senior Counsel – Compliance

Location: CHN-China-Hong Kong-Hong Kong Development

Marriott International offers you the opportunity to find the hospitality job and career journey that’s right for you. With more than 4400 properties and 19 brands you’ll find us in your neighborhood and in more than 87 countries across the globe. Find Your World™ at Marriott.


Position Summary

The attorney in this position will be part of the Marriott Law Department and will work in the Hong Kong office.  This position will oversee and provide legal services in the area of Continent Compliance.


The attorney in this position will provide legal assistance and advice to business partners and staff departments for the Asia Pacific Continent as well as with attorneys and paralegals within Asia Pacific and externally with outside counsel, vendors, and consultants.


Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions

  • Support the objectives set by the Audit Committee established by the Board and Directors and the Company’s Legal and Ethical Steering Committee (LESC) by working closely with the Law Department’s Global Compliance Office and Internal Audit Department;
  • Ensure strong coordination and cooperation are achieved between the Law Department and other corporate departments with compliance obligations such as Internal Investigations,  the Internal Audit Department, the Corporate Secretary’s Office, Government Affairs, and the Finance organization to ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood in matters of legal and ethical compliance;
  • Take primary responsibility for managing compliance in various Asia-Pacific jurisdictions including the PRC, India, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore as well as  adherence to the Company’s high ethical standards;
  • Work with designated business leaders with compliance responsibility and other compliance offices within the Company to with respect to multi-faceted training and awareness program that focuses on key areas of compliance risk and seeks to ensure that all appropriate employees and management are cognizant of their legal duties under applicable laws and corporate policies;
  • Collaborate with the appropriate business leaders to develop practical, effective processes and controls to ensure compliance through oversight and monitoring;
  • Support the Continent’s Legal and Ethical Compliance Counsel (LECC) and serve as a primary liaison to the Company’s LESC;  
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Company’s global compliance policies and procedures in the Asia Pacific Continent and to enhance the Continent’s compliance posture through ongoing risk assessments, relevant training and communication programs, and the initiation of effective remedial measures as necessary recognizing the critical importance of the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ elements of an effective compliance program;
  • On a continual basis, seek ways to increase contacts and strengthen ties with the Law Department’s Global Compliance Group and Internal Audit;
  • Maintain the highest levels of coordination with Marriott’s Chief Internal Audit Executive and Global Compliance Counsel with respect to all matters pertaining to the compliance program;
  • Provide legal advice and tactical direction to auditors, investigators and human resource managers in internal investigations;
  • Participate in remediation decisions and in proposing corrective action, including proposing individual disciplinary action as required in serious cases of non-compliance;
  • Provide training, legal oversight and expertise relative to the management of an effective compliance program at all levels of the Continent’s operations to sustain the Company’s confidence in local compliance and to ensure vigilance against non-compliance with a strong focus on the US FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery Act, OFAC, anti-trust laws and data protection laws in all relevant jurisdictions;
  • Monitor current and evolving statutes, regulations, and case law related to areas of critical or strategic importance to enterprise-wide legal and ethical compliance program in global business environment; 
  • Ensure that accurate and timely reporting of compliance events and concerns is furnished to the appropriate executives in the Company’s LESC, Law Department and Internal Audit;
  • Support and lead investigations of suspected or alleged non-compliance utilizing internal and external investigative and audit resources by (1) ensuring investigations are handled promptly, fairly and resolved consistently, (2) ensuring matters appropriate for investigation receive timely follow up, and (3) providing guidance on or leading investigations.


This attorney must perform the duties and responsibilities above in the following manner:

  • Be responsible for own work and contributing to team, department and/or business results;
  • Set priorities and measurable objectives;
  • Monitor and report on process, progress and results;
  • Direct work of non-management staff when appropriate; 
  • Influence work of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary or extended teams;
  • Assist more senior associates in achieving business results by:
    • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization,
    • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals,
    • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility,
    • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward,
    • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information,
    • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization,
    • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success;
  • Readily critique own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance; and
  • Act independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.

Candidate Profile

  • Excellent academic records with a law degree from a top law school; admission to the bar of a US state or its equivalent abroad;
  • Minimum of 12 years PQE experience with at least 5 years’ experience on compliance matters, including FCPA and UK Anti-Bribery Act, preferably with a multi-national corporation
  • Experience interfacing with government agencies which maintain jurisdiction over compliance matters;
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of and solve problems, and to expeditiously provide recommendations which are consistent with good business practices and common sense;
  • Ability to think creatively, to supervise multiple and complex matters, and to work independently and effectively with clients, peers, and other parties;
  • High degree of competence and familiarity with computers and the internet;
  • Outstanding analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills;
  • Constructive approach to dealing with conflict, and ability to influence and achieve successful results without damaging relationships;
  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
  • Ability to work independently, take ownership of, and effectively resolve problems;
  • Strong interpersonal and consultative skills; ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to read and speak Chinese (Mandarin) a plus
Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

Technical Skills

  • Audit
  • Budgets
  • Compliance
  • Futures
  • HR
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal Advice
  • Risk Assessment
  • Training