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Director of Corporate Compliance

Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Apache Corporation

Company Overview

Apache Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom (North Sea), the company has a presence in domestic and international basins.  Apache is proud of its portfolio that includes exploration in conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore operating areas.


At Apache, there is a world of opportunity. With a history of using sound financial practices and an abundant inventory of near-term and future development projects, the company is admired across the industry for its ability to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Apache succeeds in recognizing opportunity and acting quickly. The growth of the company comes from the coordinated efforts of its diverse and accomplished workforce.


  • Our VISION is to be the premier exploration and production company, contributing to global progress by helping meet the world's energy needs.
  • Our MISSION is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders.
  • Our STRATEGY is to take a differentiated approach to the exploration and production of cost-advantaged hydrocarbons through innovation, technology, optimization, continuous improvement and relentless focus on costs to deliver top-tier, long-term returns.


Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston and is one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Our global team is brought together by a shared sense of ownership, team of teams approach and the knowledge that best answers win.

Apache believes in a culture that encourages everyone to bring their unique perspective and background to work every day and to know that their voice is valued and respected.

Apache provides a challenging and rewarding work environment, supported by a premier total compensation package that includes competitive base salaries and benefits along with performance-driven incentives.

For additional information about Apache, please visit:

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Commitment to Sustainability
Apache Reports and Filings 

Position Description & Duties:

The Director of Compliance for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s comliance program at the company’s Houston, TX office reporting to the Vice President, Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk Management.
This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • Manages and administers day to day operation of the corporate compliance program;
  • Maintains updated policies, procedures, and practices concerning corporate compliance, including the company’s Code of Business Conduct;
  • Maintains and works on a program of continual corporate compliance improvement that promotes awareness throughout the workforce and helps prevent illegal, unethical and improper conduct by company personnel and representatives;
  • Ensures that all tenets of an effective compliance and ethics program are present and functioning satisfactorily;
  • Identifies areas of company compliance risk, assesses the risks, develops proposals to mitigate risks, and leads the implementation of mitigation strategies;
  • Collaborates with other corporate departments, functions, and regions, as necessary and appropriate, to investigate and evaluate potential compliance issues;
  • Conducts and supervises internal investigations of alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, U.S. and International laws, and governing corporate policies. This includes formulating investigation strategies, conducting interviews, obtaining and analyzing evidence, preparing investigation reports, and presenting investigative results to executives and senior management when warranted;
  • Designs and delivers compliance-related training across the organization;
  • Resolves potential compliance issues, including through the use of guidance, policies, training, and corrective action plans;  
  • Stays current regarding corporate compliance laws, practices, and trends, and assesses their applicability to the company’s business;
  • Prepares and delivers reports as requested and also as warranted concerning compliance-related matters;
  • Drafts, reviews, revises and/or negotiates various complex commercial agreements, contracts and bid documentation related to compliance globally, as needed;
  • Manages the company’s hotline and compliance reporting processes; and
  • Maintains effective electronic systems and communication tools for reporting and training as part of the corporate compliance program.

Preferred & Minimum Requirements:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a competitive four-year university or college is required, and a juris doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school is strongly preferred, in each case with exceptional academic credentials;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience is required in the practice of compliance law or dispute resolution law at a top U.S. law firm or in-house law department of a U.S.-based multinational corporation, in a corporate compliance supervisory role at a publicly-traded U.S. corporation, and/or in state or federal government in a senior position with compliance oversight or a compliance docket.  Upstream oil and gas industry experience is a plus.  Internal Apache candidates will be given preference;
  • Experience resolving material, complex matters requiring significant effort under the press of time;
  • Experience with internal investigations, document reviews, examinations of books and records of account, and audits;
  • Working knowledge of compliance-related laws, rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Analytical and organizational skills;
  • A hands-on leadership style along with an ability to see the big picture, collaborate and interface with all levels of the organization, lead change, and generate process improvements; and,
  • A strong understanding of financial and accounting practices.


Core Values & Leadership Attributes

The successful candidate will lead by example through the embodiment of, and by embracing, Apache's Core Values and Leadership Attributes:

  • Core Values:
    • Expect top performance & innovation;
    • Seek relentless improvements in all facets;
    • Invest in our greatest asset, our people;
    • Foster a contrarian spirit;
    • Drive to succeed with a sense of urgency;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be compromised;
    • Conduct our business with honesty & integrity;
    • Treat our stakeholders with respect & dignity; and
    • We derive benefit from the earth & take our environmental responsibility seriously.
  • Leadership Attributes:
    • Responsible irreverence;
    • Focus on team accomplishments over personal gain;
    • Decisive, invested, committed;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be comprised;
    • Fire in the belly;
    • Lead by example, be an ambassador for Apache’s values;
    • Sees the big picture, translates into action;
    • Sound judgement and emotional maturity;
    • Best answers win;
    • Working managers; and
    • Effective communicators.

Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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