Director, Ethics & Compliance Investigations - (M6) at Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) has immediate need for a polished and proven senior attorney to serve as its Director, Ethics & Compliance Investigations. This is a senior position on Applied’s Global Ethics & Compliance team and will play a leadership role in sustaining and continuously improving its Ethics & Compliance (E&C) program. Based in either Austin, TX, or Santa Clara, CA, this role will report to the Senior Director, Ethics & Compliance and interact with senior leaders across the company.
Applied Materials’ materials engineering solutions are used to produce virtually every new semiconductor and advanced display in the world. As Director, Ethics & Compliance Investigations, you will lead a multidisciplinary team that is responsible for informing and and shaping Applied’s legal and compliance risk management strategies, supporting policy enforcement and accountability, and promoting Applied’s Core Values with a focus on internal investigation, remediation, and monitoring.
You will have a seat at the table to provide strategic support to help Applied achieve its goals without compromising our high standards for conduct and accountability. You will also help shape and execute global initiatives focused on ethics and integrity, anti-bribery and corruption, FCPA, policy and regulatory compliance, and third-party management. This will include building and maintaining cross-functional partnerships to ensure Applied Materials maintains industry-leading practices.
Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Oversight and hands-on leadership of the E&C Investigation program from managing its policies and procedures to ensuring timely, high-quality, and appropriately documented performance of its key functions, including risk assessment, proactive and reactive fact gathering, remediation, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Cradle-to-grave ownership and management of reports and inquiries received through Applied’s Ethics Helpline and related channels, including risk-scoping, internal investigation, analysis and value-added reporting, root cause analysis, corrective action design, drafting investigative reports, and presenting outcomes. This will require engagement and alignment with internal stakeholders as well as legal and other support function colleagues.
  • Continuous improvement of the E&C program through identifying emerging risks, reporting on investigation trends, and developing global policy and process enhancements to deter non-compliance and other misconduct.
  • Development and maintenance of relationships across Applied’s Legal & Compliance Organization, as well as with our partners in Finance, Global Internal Audit, Human Resources, Operations, and Procurement to maximize E&C’s visibility, reach, and impact.
  • Governance of E&C Investigation records and data to ensure appropriate access control, accuracy and reliability, and availability to support regular preparation of reports to executive audiences and governance functions, benchmarking and efforts to measure and assess program effectiveness, and other business processes.
  • Promotion of Applied’s Speak Up and non-retaliation culture through awareness campaigns, training, and manager toolkits.
  • Support company engagement with government, industry, and peer groups on compliance issues.

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and 8-12 years of relevant experience both in-house and with a top-tier law firm.
  • Demonstrated thought leader and expert in fraud, corruption and anti-bribery, conflict of interest, and related compliance laws, with extensive experience conducting complex, high-stakes, and global investigations.
  • Ability to assess risk, engage in early case assessment, and leverage strategies for effective case resolution.
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams or global initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team to oversee and conduct investigations, and to gain the trust of business stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to deliver practical guidance clearly and concisely.
  • Executive presence with the ability to engage effectively with investigation witnesses, subjects, and stakeholders, handling sensitive topics with appropriate discretion.
  • Capacity for complex problem-solving as well as balancing and understanding competing interests and motivations.
  • Demonstrable experience supporting enterprise-wide change and ability to influence beyond authority in a complex and matrixed organization.
  • Collaborative by nature with emotional intelligence and a keen sense of humor.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to manage and prioritize a diverse and complex workload, and available to service an internal client with a global footprint that spans numerous time zones.
  • Demonstrable ability to drive global, enterprise-wide policies and practices, with substantial experience working with business partners in APAC (including India).
  • Language skills (Mandarin, Korean, or Japanese) are highly desirable.

Position requires understanding of Applied Materials global Standards of Business Conduct and compliance with these standards at all times. This includes demonstrating the highest level of ethical conduct reflecting Applied Materials' core values.



Doctorate Degree




Years of Experience:

7 - 10 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 20% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:

U.S. Salary Range: $192,000.00 - $264,000.00
The salary offered to a selected candidate will be based on a number of factors including location and level and will vary depending on confirmed job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, candidates may be eligible for other forms of compensation such as participation in a bonus and a stock award program, as applicable.
Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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