Vacancies at FOSS

Head of Compliance & Legal

Published: 2023-09-08
Nils Foss Allé 1
3400  Hillerød


Do you want to make a difference?

At FOSS, we are driven by a strong sense of purpose, and we hope you are too. Food production is bound to increase immensely in the coming years to keep up with growing populations all over the world – a 60% increase in production by 2050, to be exact.

It is our mission to make sure that our customers, food and agricultural companies around the world, can meet this higher demand without sacrificing sustainable values. To further support this exciting journey, we are looking for a Head of Compliance & Legal.

You will work onsite at our Innovation centre in Hillerød, Denmark. Together with the rest of your team you will be a key part of moving the CFO organization to the next level. It is part of our DNA to always strive to become even better at what we do. Being FIRST is one of our core values, because it is both rewarding and fun.

The job

In the position as Head of Compliance & Legal, you will be offered a unique opportunity to help shape and develop our future business. You will be reporting directly to the CFO – making sure to safeguard FOSS's interests and ensuring that we operate within the bounds of the law across the globe.

As Head of Compliance & Legal, you will lead a team of competent legal and compliance specialists. In total, you have 12 employees (including three managers) divided into 4 teams: Group Legal, Corporate Compliance, Product Compliance, and IP/Patents.

Primary tasks

As Head of Compliance & Legal, there will be a strong focus on setting direction and leading the team - using an inspirational direction with an eye for how we best can utilize the skills and experience in the team in order to further develop the team.

You will work with specialists in a high pace environment, and we expect you to be able to match the high level – not necessarily being the specialist, but being an inspirational leader that can show the direction by helping to ensure and develop best-in-class policies & processes and set priorities.
You will provide general advice to management and business units using your experience as well as what you learn in the role. One of the key responsibilities in the team is to ensure compliance within product regulations, GDPR, export control and trade sanctions and together with the team, you will conduct proper enterprise risk management for the group and manage the group’s key agreements.

Great leadership and stakeholder management skills are key to succeeding in this role. To succeed in the role, you should be good at structuring tasks and keeping the bigger picture in mind – also if things don’t go as planned.

As a leader we expect you to be an excellent communicator – knowing how to inspire, set direction and follow up. We are looking for someone with a a strong commercial mindset who is comfortable communicating the business consequences of any advice given.

What do you come with?

Your professional background can be either as a lawyer or QA/compliance. If you have legal background, you should – in addition to your law degree - have solid experience in delivering legal support to an international industry, preferably as an in-house counsel. Experience in product compliance will be an advantage.

If you have a QA/engineer background, we expect you to come with a relevant master’s degree and solid QA/engineer experience from an international company. You should have extensive experience in identification, prevention, monitoring, and making proactive proposals to resolve issues within product compliance.

Furthermore, we expect you to be fluent in English and Danish since you will work with people across the world.

Personal skills

The person we are looking for comes with an extraordinary personal drive. You are thorough, possess good cooperation skills, which enable you to establish professional relations internally and externally. With your overview and focus you are good at prioritization.

We live from innovation, and one of our values are being first. You do not need to know exactly how all our instruments work, but you should have a keen interest in technical details as our products are complex and key to our success. To get under the skin of the nature of the company you need to be curious – and preferably a fast learner.

FOSS is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce. You can help us sustain an unbiased recruitment process by not including photo or age in your application.



Today, more than 8 billion people around the world are dependent on nutritional food. Tons of food being produced in a million different ways and under varying conditions, creating challenges all the way from field to fork. One of them, obviously, being the effects, it has on climate change. FOSS helps the world’s 100 biggest food companies and more than 40.000 others around the world navigate exactly that with intelligent, data-driven and innovative analytical solutions. We are making sustainability a better business and we’re doing so as global market leader in our field – improving food quality, minimizing food waste, ensuring food safety and securing fair payment.

Join a pioneering and innovative company in the food and agriculture industry. A company on a mission, with offices all around the world and 1.700 talented colleagues from more than 32 different countries.

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