Senior Compliance Officer

Impactful role in a highly complex, regulated industry, at a top rated Dutch asset manager operating and expanding globally. Working together with an experienced team of compliance professionals in a highly competitive, professional and result-oriented organization.

About Robeco

Robeco ranks among the highest regarded active asset managers in the world and manages over EUR 186 bln of third party assets. With over 900 employees in 17 offices worldwide and with clients from all continents. Robeco treasures its Dutch heritage that has gradually developed into a truly international investment management company.

Today, Robeco is the center of asset management expertise for ORIX Corporation, Robeco ‘s shareholder based in Tokyo, Japan. Robeco’s mission is to enable their clients to achieve their financial objectives through superior investment solutions. Robeco has a strong presence in Europe, Asia and the US as well as a developing presence in emerging markets such as Latin America. Robeco is well positioned for growth supported by a focused strategy.

Robeco is a highly competitive and a result-oriented organization with a motivated and dedicated workforce who can think internationally and put the client first. We work in an informal and flexible culture that enables people to perform to the best of their abilities. Robeco offers professional training and development and the opportunity to develop your career. Since 2016 Robeco is based in its new state-of-the-art headquarters opposite Rotterdam Central Station with excellent IT facilities that enables its workforce to work at any time and any place.

Compliance within Robeco

Within Robeco compliance issues have always been taken seriously. But there is a need to cooperate even more with the business. To do this, the workload of the team members has been redistributed in a different way and the team is going through a big expansion. This year Robeco intends to hire 5 new compliance team members (3 in Rotterdam (the two junior compliance officers have been hired, now this senior position is the only vacancy in Rotterdam), one person in London and one person in Miami). The highly motivated team members of the Compliance Team support Robeco to ensure the company to be a sound and compliant asset manager. They advise, manage implementation and monitor the compliance to external and internal rules and regulations.

External rules on for instance Market Abuse, best execution, CDD/AML, fund management and international distribution form part of the daily work as well as rules relating to behaviour of staff (e.g. private investments, gifts & entertainment, conflicts of interest and privacy).

Internal rules are laid down in different compliance policies that are maintained and updated by the members of the Compliance Team, which translate and fulfil requirements in rules on behaviour of staff in the asset management business. Basis for these rules are predominantly laid down in EU law e.g. UCITS, AIFMD, MiFID or GDPR. Besides advising on existing rules, assessing and implementing new rules and monitoring the compliance to these, the members of the Compliance Team also stimulate awareness of employees on the rules by providing training and education (e.g. via developing e-learnings).

The Compliance Team works on the basis of integrity and (integrity) risk management and the workload of the team members is divided into four ‘Integrity Themes’: Employee integrity, Market integrity, Client integrity or Company integrity. This means that a team member is responsible for the whole compliance process within such a theme. This includes making risk analysis, review, monitor and report on policies and provide more awareness. Coinciding the fact that implementation of rules stays important but is not the primary issue of the day to day work.


Robeco FIRST
Weena 850
3014 DA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Compliance team Robeco

The Compliance Team soon exists out of 11 employees (including this vacancy) that work from headquarters in Rotterdam. They are also responsible for the various international offices worldwide (within the EU as well as outside e.g. the USA, Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong). Although some activities regarding international offices are centrally managed from Rotterdam, in other locations the team also works close together with Local Compliance Officers. Next to this they also work closely together with other control functions at Robeco like Risk Management, Legal, Internal Audit, as well as with various functions in the business (e.g. Client Services). The members of the Compliance Team report to the experienced Chief Compliance Officer, Nico Zwikker.

The team members all enjoy working hard and being challenged. Professionalism is key.

The candidate - desired skills and expertise

To strengthen the team Robeco is looking for a Senior Compliance Officer with several years of experience in a comparable position at an asset manager, or otherwise experience with compliance and the internal & external rules for asset managers (fund managers and/or managing institutional mandates).

The Senior Compliance Officer is able to asses’ developments in the rules as well as changing opinions in society regarding behavior, and to translate these into activities and internal procedures for Robeco and manage the work program and risk assessment for Compliance accordingly. The Senior Compliance Officer will manage implementation projects and will be responsible for the topics regarding his/her ‘Integrity Theme’. In this position you also manage the adequate compliance regarding one or more international offices. Next to this you will communicate and advise to management and the business on different topics and you are responsible for preparing responses to regulators where needed. For the right person there are excellent possibilities to develop and get promoted within the team.

  • Dutch university law degree;
  • At least 8 years’ work experience with compliance and/or rules/regulations for the asset management industry in an international context;
  • Experience with reviews from and communication with regulators;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Dutch including preparing and giving presentations, and demonstrated ability to prepare concise, accurate reports for management;
  • Firm, enjoyable and connecting personality.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize workload and meet deadlines;
  • Experience with leading a team is welcome;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.


  • Impactful role, working in a highly complex and regulated industry, together with an experienced team of compliance professionals.
  • Work at the top of the industry in a highly competitive, professional and result-oriented organization at a Dutch asset manager operating and expanding globally.
  • Professional training and development and the opportunity to develop your career. Some travelling is involved.

Employment benefits

The remuneration is attractive and at market level. But Robeco offers more than just competitive salaries and benefits such as a good pension scheme, first class rail passes and a flexible working environment. As a world leader in sustainability investing, they also offer sustainable careers, strong development opportunities and continuous learning opportunities.
The position is preferably full-time. For this position, you will be stationed at headquarters in Rotterdam and in combination work from home as long as the Covid-19 measures apply.

Application process

Do you wish to apply for this position or would you like more information? Please contact Inèz den Nijs, partner at HDDN Legal Search, by phone: 06 26 40 62 41 or email:

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. An assessment and integrity test is part of our selection procedure.