Compliance Excellence Director
Pacific Life
 Newport Beach, CA

Job Description

Pacific Life is looking to invest in bright, agile new talent to ensure we continue to innovate and strengthen relationships with our policyholders. It’s in this spirit that we are currently looking to add a skilled Compliance Excellence Director to our team in Newport Beach, CA.

As Compliance Excellence Director, you’ll play a key role in Pacific Life’s growth and long-term success while serving as the key leader for efficient delivery of support functions and driving effective employee engagement on ethics. You’ll also design and provide compliance support to the new Institutional Division using innovation and flexibility to meet the changing needs of a “start-up” division.

In this role, you’ll design and provide Ownership, including working across multiple corporate and division functions to identify opportunities, garner support for and implement efficient centralization where appropriate. If you’re capable of providing strategic support for our Systems and Horizon 2025 Owner, and your work conveys our core value of integrity, you’re exactly who we’re seeking. Technical capabilities aside, if you have a creative and engaged leadership style, you’re comfortable with ambiguity, and you thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, you’re a perfect fit for our team.

What You’ll Do

  • Build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with Institutional Product Division leaders & personnel to design and provide compliance support that meets the evolving needs of a start-up division (30-50%)

  • Identify areas of opportunity for efficiency and synergies across compliance functions; prioritize activity based on impact to organization, reduction of risk, efficiencies and consistencies (25%)

  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership support for team, including a vision for the future of compliance, maturity of a “Living Code” program, awareness programing & ethical engagement for managers and employees (25%)

Other Duties

  • Define and articulate a clear vision for an agile compliance support function

  • Prioritize activities & resources to find efficiencies, address risk and drive desired behaviors

  • Own and drive end-to-end design, planning and implementation of needed compliance support for IPD in conjunction with business leaders

  • Develop relationships with compliance and corporate areas such as finance & HR to identify corporate compliance support for their Horizon 2025 Journey

  • Define key success metrics to ensure progress is tracked accurately

  • Provide leadership support to team, including strategic vision and prioritization to achieve goals

  • Build relationships with management team, department staff and compliance leaders to build function in alignment with other compliance team goals

Factors for Success

  • 7+ years of leadership experience within a Compliance organization; Life Insurance knowledge strongly preferred

  • Juris Doctorate degree desired

  • Inquisitive mind enhanced by industry compliance experience

  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills combined with the courage to research unknown answers and make recommendations at the speed of business with the best knowledge available

  • Iterative, creative approach to implementation and execution of compliance functions based on evolving business needs

  • Demonstrated ability to lead dynamic, diverse, high functioning team, driving deliverables based on program goals

  • Demonstrated experience motivating high functioning, creative and diverse teams; ability to assemble and inspire teams, even absent direct reporting responsibilities

  • Significant curiosity and issue spotting skills combined with compliance experience, knowledge and confidence to ask questions and bring together diverse resources to uncover answers

A career at Pacific Life is more than a job. Here, you’ll find those who work passionately each day to drive our company forward enjoy job security, flexible scheduling and great opportunities for career growth. If you’re seeking a thriving career doing the type of meaningful work that’s all too rare at a Fortune 500 Company, you’re the perfect cultural fit for our team. See how we harness the Power of Pacific to fulfill our shared purpose – apply for one of our positions and grow your career with Pacific Life today! #LI-JB1

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Position Location(s)

Newport Beach, CA

Full Time / Part Time

full time

About Pacific Life

At Pacific Life, we know we’re better when you can be your whole self – both in and out of the office. That’s why we also allow employees to build flexibility into their work schedules, provided they consistently achieve their goals and provide demonstrable value for our policyholders.

In addition to the value we provide for our employees and policyholders, we are also renowned for our philanthropic work, having donated over $109M to nonprofits over the past 33 years. All this considered, it’s no wonder we were named one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers by Forbes in 2019. Simply put, if you want to find fulfillment in both your career and your life, join our team at Pacific Life, where power meets purpose.

We firmly believe each of our employees play a part in our continued growth and success, and we pride ourselves in providing a work environment that is challenging, inclusive, collaborative, and results-oriented. With a powerful past and a strong future, Pacific Life provides an exciting work environment where your energy, enthusiasm, and ideas are valued. We are committed to giving you the resources and space to do your best work and feel good about the impact you make.

Pacific Life is ranked 298th on the 2019 Forbes Fortune 500 list, has been named one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, and was named by Forbes as one of America's Best Midsize Employers for 2019.


For more than 150 years, Pacific Life has offered our clients innovative products and services that help them to reach their financial goals and safeguard their futures. To ensure our next 150 years are as prosperous as our first 150, we’re fostering a culture of shared values across our company by providing generous compensation and comprehensive benefits that allow our employees to find fulfillment and security in personal life and career alike. These include:

*Competitive salary and bonus program

*Medical, dental, and vision as part our commitment to investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees

*Two retirement savings plans: 401k savings plan with company match and Company Retirement Contribution (company-paid)

*Generous vacation time and holiday pay

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EEO Statement

Pacific Life Insurance Company is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Human Resources Representative at Pacific Life Insurance Company.