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Director of Legal & Compliance

Hometree

Hometree

Legal
New York, USA · London, UK · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024
Legal & Compliance · London · Hybrid Remote

Director of Legal & Compliance

Are you an experienced Legal & Compliance Director with expertise in financial services compliance and a passion for sustainable development? Then we would love to hear from you.


Role type: Permanent, full time
Location: Hybrid, with a minimum 2 days per week in our London office
Reporting to: Chief Financial Officer
Direct Reports: Head of Compliance, Paralegal


About Hometree

Join Hometree Group and be at the forefront of transforming the residential energy landscape. Founded in 2015, Hometree began its journey in the home cover market. Today, We are spearheading the shift towards a future where home energy systems are decentralised, digitised, and reliant on renewable sources such as heat pumps, solar panels, batteries, EV chargers, and smart controls. This innovative approach is not just about sustainability; it's about empowering homeowners to manage their energy more efficiently and cost-effectively, thereby setting new standards in energy consumption.

We operate across three dynamic divisions:

Financial Services: Contribute to providing flexible financing solutions that enable homeowners to invest in renewable energy technologies and make crucial home upgrades.

Energy Services: Be part of our extensive network of local installation businesses that equip homeowners with the cutting-edge, sustainable energy solutions necessary for reaching net-zero emissions.

Home Services: Help maintain the comfort and functionality of homes with comprehensive coverage plans that protect the essential hardware in the home.

At Hometree Group, we are committed to guiding UK homeowners on their journey towards more sustainable energy solutions, and we need passionate individuals to support them at every step. Join us during this exciting time, and play a pivotal role in a business that supports sustainable homeownership in alignment with their readiness and needs.

Key Achievements

🏆 £85m+ Capital Raised - We’ve raised over £85m to-date from leading global investors including Legal & General Capital and specialist energy VCs

🏆 5 Acquisitions - We've expanded our operations by acquiring four key companies across financing (Hometree Finance - formerly Bewarm), home cover (Your Repair) and installations (Geowarmth and The Little Green Energy Company).

🏆 100k Homes Covered - We cover over one hundred thousand homes across the UK

🏆 250+ Employees - We have over 250 passionate employees transforming the industry across the Group, one home at a time

The Role

As the Director of Legal and Compliance at Hometree Group, you will lead and enhance our compliance culture and legal frameworks across all brands. Your role involves ensuring that business innovations comply with legal standards and safeguard our customers’ interests.

Over time, you will also build and lead a small legal and compliance team to enhance our organisational practices. Reporting into the CFO, we seek a candidate with at least 12 years of experience in legal and financial services compliance to effectively guide these initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Legal and Compliance Strategy: Develop and embed a comprehensive legal and compliance strategy covering a complex array of legal and FCA regulatory requirements, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support Hometree's scaling efforts without compromising compliance.
  • Regulated Entities Oversight: Take direct responsibility for our regulated entities, ensuring robust governance, policies, processes, and systems are in place to maintain compliance while achieving business goals. Prepare to take on SMF responsibilities as the role evolves.
  • Leadership and Team Development: Build and lead the Legal and Compliance team, enhancing their capabilities to support Hometree’s growth. Recruit and provide leadership to individuals with compliance roles across the business, fostering a strong culture of compliance.
  • Strategic Projects and M&A Support: Provide legal and compliance insights for critical projects including M&A execution and integration, new product development, and regulatory license applications, aligning them with legal standards and business objectives.
  • Commercial Legal Support: Oversee commercial legal support across the organisation, ensuring all business dealings maintain legal integrity and contribute to Hometree’s strategic goals.
  • Corporate Governance: Manage the company secretarial and governance needs, including share schemes and supporting the evolution of the company's legal structure to ensure regulatory compliance and alignment with business strategies.
  • Ad Hoc Corporate Legal Advice: Advise on ad hoc corporate legal or regulatory issues affecting the business, such as directors’ duties and other corporate governance matters.
  • Process Improvement and Team Training: Initiate and lead improvement initiatives to put in place processes and tools that promote efficient delivery of legal support and foster cross-functional collaboration. Train and educate the Legal and Compliance team and other functional teams on corporate legal matters, enhancing their understanding and execution of legal responsibilities.
  • Regulatory Engagement and Reporting: Develop and maintain proactive relationships with key regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), our Principal Firm, and, where required, insurance partners, ensuring Hometree's operations remain transparent and compliant. Lead regulatory reporting efforts to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
  • Technology Utilisation and Data Protection: Leverage technology to streamline compliance processes and ensure rigorous adherence to data protection regulations, particularly in consumer lending and financial services.
  • Ethical and Sustainable Practices: Promote an ethical culture that aligns with corporate social responsibility, especially relevant in green financing and installations, ensuring compliance extends beyond regulatory requirements to embody Hometree’s values.

What we’re looking for:

  • Qualifications: UK-qualified lawyer with a minimum of 5 years PQE, ideally with in-house experience in a startup or scale-up environment.
  • Regulatory Knowledge: Deep understanding of FCA regulations such as CONC, ICOBS, PRIN, SUP, DISP, and TC, with the ability to apply these effectively within the business.
  • Communication: Strong communication skills to effectively liaise with regulators, senior management, and external stakeholders.
  • Commercial Acumen: Sharp commercial awareness to align regulatory requirements with business goals.
  • Negotiation Skills: Proficient in tactful negotiation, influencing outcomes while maintaining professional integrity.
  • Analytical Abilities: Highly analytical, capable of balancing legal risks with business interests under tight deadlines.
  • Leadership: Ambitious and driven, with a desire to influence the direction of the Legal and Compliance team and contribute to the company’s growth and success.

Extra Credit:

  • M&A Know-How: If you’ve been in the thick of mergers and acquisitions, that’s a big plus.
  • Industry Insight: A background in insurance or lending? That's definitely a bonus!

Our Recruitment Process:

  • Initial Call: Start with an introductory call with our Director of People and Culture to discuss the role and your potential fit. (30 mins)
  • Skills-Based Interview: Engage in a detailed discussion about your past experiences with our CFO. (1 hr)
  • Stakeholder Interview: Spend time with the Managing Director of Hometree Finance and our Chief Business Officer to explore alignment and expectations. (1 hr)
  • Task Stage: Present a task to our COO and CFO, showcasing your specific skills and approach to problem-solving. (1 hr)
  • Final In-Person Interview: Conclude the process with a face-to-face meeting with our CEO, focusing on your strategic vision and potential contributions to the company. (1 hr)

Perks of the job

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday
  • Hybrid working - Spend 2 days per week with your team in our collaborative London office (it’s dog friendly too!)
  • Free boiler & home emergency cover with Hometree plus 40% discount for friends & family
  • Discounted gym membership across over 100 UK gyms (independent and chains)
  • £500 Home office allowance
  • Support for your mental health and wellbeing via Oliva
  • Menopause support from Stella, including friends & family access
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Regular team socials including Summer and Winter parties.

FCA Code of Conduct

At Hometree, we prioritise ethical conduct and regulatory compliance. As a regulated financial services organisation, we operate under the strict guidelines and regulations set forth by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in all aspects of our business.

As a prospective member of our team, you will be expected to fully embrace and adhere to the FCA Code of Conduct obligations. These obligations are designed to ensure the fair treatment of customers, the preservation of market integrity, and the promotion of healthy competition within the financial services industry.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Hometree, we are committed to creating an inclusive and representative environment. We know that different experiences, perspectives and backgrounds make for a better workplace and a better planet. Together, we celebrate differences and promote a culture where you can bring your full self to work.

We promise to give you the same opportunities as everyone else and we won't discriminate against you at any point in the hiring process or the working day. This includes how we source talent, our interview process, our conditions of employment, feedback and everything in between.

Department
Legal & Compliance
Locations
London
Remote status
Hybrid Remote
Employment type
Full-time
Employment level
Executive/Senior Level

About Hometree

Hometree is a home energy services company on a mission to accelerate the transition to net zero. By fixing, installing and financing home energy hardware, we're helping homeowners transition to low-carbon solutions, when they are ready.

Legal & Compliance · London · Hybrid Remote

Director of Legal & Compliance

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