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Positioning Compliance as a Business Partner: Partnering Skills Masterclass

Compliance has never been as important as in recent times. The banking crisis, the recession in Western economies and public whistleblowing have had significant financial and reputational impact on government, public and private sectors. Compliance functions recognise that while they need to work with the Regulators to ensure adherence to industry requirements, they also need to better understand and work with their businesses to ensure successful implementation. Forward thinking Compliance functions are also starting to place more emphasis on organisational ‘values’ and employee ‘ethics’, rather than rely on ‘policies’ and ‘processes’. These rapid changes have led to the formalisation of the Compliance Business Partner role. Unlike Business Partner roles in Human Resources and Finance, Compliance professionals do not face a legacy of administration. However, they do have to move from a transactional approach to an employee focussed perspective, a move that requires a new set of skills and experiences. Unless Compliance can ensure that their Business Partners have role clarity and the skills and attitude to deliver, the credibility of the entire organization is at stake.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This highly interactive and innovative workshop focuses on what being a Compliance Business Partner means for an organization. The workshop will equip attendees with the a) Knowledge, tools and techniques to clarify what the Business Partner role can deliver b) Personal skills and knowledge to improve their own Business Partner proficiency. Based on the latest research, experiences drawn from other functions and their own practical experience, participants will have access to a number of practical models, tools and assessments. Delegates are warned that this intensive course may require some work in the evenings to critically examine both what their organisations require of their Compliance Business Partners as well as evaluating their own existing skill set. Participants will be encouraged and supported to build a personal development plan for future success.

Who should attend?

Experienced Compliance professional who are seeking to either clarify their role, wish to understand how they can measure their success or those who are simply seeking to improve their skills and knowledge. Senior Compliance professionals who are tasked with working with or managing Compliance Business Partners and would like an overview of the role and its impact on the organization. The course will also be useful for Finance and Audit professionals. This course is also highly applicable to functions which are involved in ensuring compliance across a business – including Regulatory Affairs, Legal and Health & Safety.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

The business case for Compliance Business Partners
• Reputational and financial risks
• Current trends in compliance
Group discussion: What the implementation of a Business Partner model means for your organisation
Practical exercise: Quantifying the costs and risks of the traditional Compliance structure

The impact on Compliance
• Clarifying the roles – Business Partner, Regulator, Business Manager
• Creating the right mindset – business and Compliance
• Analysing the bespoke model “Compliance capabilities”
Group discussion: Discuss your experiences and work through fellow delegate issues and case studies

The Compliance Business Partner role
• The six key ‘capabilities’ required by Compliance BPs to become effective
• Analysing the business drivers
• The unique knowledge and skills that Compliance can bring to a business
• Analysing the bespoke model “Building partnerships”
Practical exercise: Assessing your personal Courage, Increasing your Credibility

Developing Compliance Business Partner skills
• Strategic thinking skills
• Linking a Compliance strategy to the organization’s strategy
• Focusing on performance improvement
• Measuring success – getting the insight into Compliance metrics
• Implementing ‘change’ – tools and methods
• “Working in partnership” model, the foundation for Compliance BP delivery
Case studies: From the facilitator and delegates experiences

Personalized feedback
• Plenary session to ensure attendees have the knowledge, tools and techniques to improve the deliverables within their existing Compliance Business Partner role
Individual coaching sessions to build a development plan for success

Benefits to you

• Gaining core Compliance BP skills and knowledge
• Getting the access to bespoke practical Compliance BP models
• Evaluating and mitigating reputational and financial risks
• Getting insight into compliance metrics and analytics
• Learning how to measure the success of both your role and your Compliance function
• Building a personal development plan for future success
• Practicing skills and gaining confidence in using processes that can be carried back to the workplace

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3057, or by email at

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