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Associate Director of Ethics

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

Las Vegas, NV, USA · Jersey City, NJ, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2023
Risk & Compliance

Associate Director of Ethics

You will play a key role in building and driving our firm-wide ethics program by overseeing strategic, operational, and organizational initiatives for the ethics pillar.

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • New Jersey
  • New York City
  • Toronto
  • Waltham
  • Washington DC

Who You'll Work With

You will be part of McKinsey’s Ethics & Compliance function, whose mission is to enable McKinsey’s client impact and innovation, while managing risks to the firm, our clients, and our people. The Ethics & Compliance function is globally integrated team within the second line of defense of the firm.
We are strengthening our risk management teams, capabilities, and processes as part of our ambition to lead our industry and we have recruited some of the world’s best talent to help. Among other enhancements, we introduced an industry-leading client service framework (CITIO), which helps us vet each new client and guides our approach to engagements. Our commitment extends to our suppliers and internal systems, where we have improved cybersecurity controls, data and document retention, and process management.
This role reports directly to the Director of Ethics and will preferably be based out of one of our US hubs, with other US and global locations considered.

What You'll Do

You will play a key role in building and driving our firm-wide ethics program by overseeing strategic, operational, and organizational initiatives for the Ethics pillar.
Since 2015, we have more than quintupled the combined size of our internal risk, legal, ethics and compliance functions by adding senior executive professionals with strong, diverse background and external experiences. We are continually improving these processes and capabilities, which includes this ethics role. As part of the role, you will ensure holistic ethics global programming and communication of the firm’s values, and you will work directly with global People, Risk, Compliance, and Legal colleagues to embed a consistent and resonant approach across our firm.
You will have responsibility to keep the firm’s code of conduct relevant and evergreen, creating integrity and leadership training content, creating and maintaining a personal conflicts of interest program, and managing any attendant technologies and vendors. You will assist in the design and implementation of the holistic program to infuse ethics into the fabric of the firm. This role will also support the implementation of existing and future conflicts of interest and speak up programs and ethics related regulatory mandates.
You will also be expected to identify and leverage internal and external data and emerging trends to develop insights and compelling recommendations for our program to infuse a culture of ethics across all communications, artifacts, meetings-in-a-box, and colleague lifecycle processes. You will also leverage your expertise to drive content recommendations for changes to firm policies, standards and training based upon the insights you gain from data, benchmarking, and academic theories (including but not limited to behavioral economics, nudge theory, and psychological safety).
You will develop solutions tailored to the unique needs of our firm and the expectations of regulators, and you will be expected to collaborate and align a varied set of stakeholders across all firm functions on the programmatic needs of the firm while also being a pivotal contributor to the overall change management process. You will effectively operationalize priorities across stakeholders to drive impact and develop and communicate a compelling vision and inspire others to action.
You will be given latitude to drive and own relevant organizational, operational, or strategic ethics initiatives and engage in collaborative partnership with other Ethics & Compliance colleagues and stakeholders.


  • University degree in psychology, culture, sociology, organizational behavior, or JD preferred 
  • 8+ years of relevant combined professional experience in culture, change management, ethics, compliance, and/or risk in a large complex organization 
  • 5+ years of experience in developing, driving and implementing holistic ethics education and awareness program content preferred, including robust conflicts of interest program experience 
  • 3+ years of experience in change management is also preferred  
  • Highly effective communicator with strong personal presence and credibility 
  • Adept at influencing and engaging with all types of audiences to cultivate trust-based, peer-counselor relationships 
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive and ownership mentality to progress on ambiguous problems and see them through to resolution 
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, with ability to drive global projects to outcomes, including on cross-functional and complex topics 
  • Exhibit highest levels of discretion and judgment in safeguarding confidential materials 
  • Passion for people development and experience leading teams and cross functional teams 
  • Demonstrated track record of enabling a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for all colleagues across an organization
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Job Skill Group - N/A
Job Skill Code - ADC - Associate Director of Compliance
Function - Firm Administration;Risk & Resilience
Industry - Financial Services
Post to LinkedIn - Yes
Posted to LinkedIn Date - Fri Jul 07 00:00:00 GMT 2023
LinkedIn Posting City - Washington DC
LinkedIn Posting State/Province - District of Columbia 
LinkedIn Posting Country - United States
LinkedIn Job Title - Associate Director of Ethics
LinkedIn Function - Consulting;Legal;Management
LinkedIn Industry - Legal Services;Management Consulting
LinkedIn Seniority Level - Director