Req ID:  942

Venice, Italy

Date:  14-May-2022

Legal and Compliance Manager

Our Company

DFS Group is the World’s leading luxury retailer catering to the traveling public. DFS operates both duty free concessions in airport and downtown luxury T-Gallerias offering customers a wide array of designer and luxury brands.

DFS is a global organization employing over 5,000 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are in Hong Kong. There are 4 geographic divisions: Asia North (Hong Kong, Macau, and Hainan,), Asia South (Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia), Japan, North America & Pacific (Okinawa, Guam, Saipan and Palau, North America, Hawaii) and EMEA (Venice, Paris, Abu Dhabi).

DFS T-Gallerias bring exciting and luxurious retail environments to downtown locations. Currently, there are DFS T-Gallerias ranging in size from 20,000 to 175,000 square feet with locations including Venice, Sydney, Auckland, Guam, Saipan, Bali, Siem Reap, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Okinawa, Singapore and Macau.


The Company’s core strength lies in its strategic brand partnerships, groundbreaking store and product development, superior assortments and a deep understanding of its targeted customer. The vision of exceptional people delivering exceptional product are two pillars of the operating philosophy of this successful company. The leadership team is international and brings expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

DFS is proud of the strong internal culture it has built over its more than 60 years. Its people are naturally curious, embracing of change, and highly collaborative. Integrity, humanity and impeccable work ethic run through the company’s DNA. One of the keys to the Company’s continued success is the philosophy of valuing its people and investing substantial resources in training and development. The staff engagement rates are at a record high compared to the industry average and have been improving steadily for the past few years. DFS employees feel valued, empowered, and energized by the current transformation endeavors.

In 2016 DFS opened its first European T Galleria, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, in the very heart of Venice, few steps from Rialto Bridge. Thanks to its fascinating restoration and cross-cultural organization, Fondaco dei Tedeschi provided a “destination in the destination” from the very beginning: our Italian crew guide and inspire visitors through a holistic experience, making contemporary the long tradition of this historical building that dates to XIII century.

Fondaco dei Tedeschi offers local and Italian brands as well as international ones, distributed on four floors, from ground floor to third. We host almost 400 brands, belonging to different categories: Food&Gift, Beauty, Watches & Jewellery, Accessories and Fashion. Italian brands cover almost 60% of our product mix, where the partnership with Venetian craftmanship embodies our being a part of Venice itself. Their artisanal art resonates throughout the court and in our windows. 

Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a fascinating building with a unique offer, but it’s our People that bring Fondaco to live everyday. Our women, our men, bring Fondaco to life, through their attitudes, values and competencies, moving together as one unique being.

DFS Group is part of LVMH ecosystem and fully shares its values and core belief, People Make the Difference. LVMH strives to ensure a long-term development of each of its 75 Maisons in keeping with their identity, their heritage and their expertise.  

Being part of LVMH means being continuously inspired through our heritage, our creativity, and our sense of the collective; it means being challenged to continually raise the standards of excellence we hold ourselves to; it means being connected to one of the world’s most creative and innovative communities; and it also means being supported through an inclusive and diverse workplace, where all voices are being heard, and where entrepreneurial spirit can flourish

The Role and key responsibilities

Legal and Compliance Manager for Italy

Based in Venice, this is a position in the Legal & Compliance Department (LCD) reporting functionally to the Legal & Compliance Director for Europe based in Paris (France) and locally to the Vice President in Venice.

The role focuses on legal, regulatory and compliance issues, including those arising from data privacy and 231 Model. It also responsible for providing astute and commercially savvy solutions to a wide range of matters faced by the business team in Italy, including relating to e-commerce and digitalization.


Key Responsibilities


Legal function

  • Advise on legal issues and help manage the Italian law legal issues affecting the Company, including e-commerce and digitization implementation, in close cooperation with the Legal & Compliance Director for Europe and the other LCD team members,
  • Take a lead role (in conjunction with outside counsel, where appropriate) in the negotiation, drafting and management of material commercial contracts, in particular those relating to retail store (Fondaco dei Tedeschi) for the merchandising and the marketing teams,
  • Review vendor contracts for Procurement in accordance with the Group internal process

Support on corporate secretarial matters and on improvements in general governance


  • Advise on the compliance with the Legislative Decree no. 231/2001, provide support in the implementation of the 231 Model as well as drafting/ revising the relevant organizational procedures,  
  • Guide management on regulatory and compliance issues to ensure business is conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and in coherence with the Group policies
  • monitor compliance and data practices internally to ensure the business and its functions comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • review local policies and procedures to ensure they meet the set standards for Europe as well as the local requirements
  • assist with communications with regulatory authorities and individuals whose data is held by DFS Italia


Generally, raise employee awareness on legal, regulatory and compliance matters through training operational staff and other methods.

Key requirements

Candidate Profile/ Qualification

6-8 years of experience in major law firm or equivalent in-house position in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, ideally in a consumer business (retail).

The performance and personal competencies required for the position are:

Business Acumen

  • Grasp key drivers of the business and industry and quickly become immersed in the business and legal issues facing the Company
  • Seek to understand the Company’s business, policies, people, goals and risks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Detail-oriented with strong, organizational, analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of 231 Model and GDPR framework and regulation

  • Abilities in coordinating and developing policies and associated training
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Fluent Italian and English required

    Executing for Results

  • Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple deadlines
  • Demonstrate a good work ethic with an ability to handle a fast-paced vigorous schedule
  • Assess the appropriate level and mix of legal resources (internal and external) as required by circumstances
  • Raise the quality of both content and delivery of legal and compliance services to protect and promote the business.


Building international collaboration and liaison and Using Influence

  • Demonstrate a positive, professional, and collaborative demeanor and strong business acumen to gain the confidence, trust and reliance of colleagues
  • Maintain established relationships with external legal resources

Demonstrate excellent written, verbal and listening skills

DFS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy and practice to employ, promote and treat all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency and to provide all employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. Employment decisions are based on qualifications such as education, work experience and talent, and are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis protected by law.