Associate Director, Internal Audit

Recruiter
Biogen
Location
Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
23 Feb 2021
Closes
25 Feb 2021
Ref
386391232
Job role
Accountant
Experience level
Director
Job Description

The Associate Director of Internal Audit will be responsible for the development and implementation of a risk based audit plan to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Company's risk management, control and governance processes for the Europe, Middle East and Asia regions. This position will report to the VP, Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and play a critical role in supporting the Company's global expansion. In addition, this role will be influential in establishing departmental strategy, setting annual functional goals and executing / enhancing departmental practices.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Directs project team (Managers, Supervisors, Staff) in the performance of audits (and special requests such as investigations), and oversees execution of audit plan in the region
  • Ensures that project staffing is appropriate and plans are executed within approved budget and timeline
  • Ensures that project planning, fieldwork and reporting are of high quality and in accordance with professional and departmental standards
  • Critically evaluates issues identified during audit process and recommendations to enhance controls. Partners with the business to develop workable solutions
  • Reviews and approves all audit draft reports
  • Direct and manage certain Sox 404 testing elements / work streams as defined
  • As a member of departmental leadership team, contributes to the development of departmental strategy, risk based audit plan, budget / forecast goals. Helps identify, develop and implement improvements in departmental practices (reporting, policies, procedures, audit programs, computerized applications, etc.)
  • Establishes effective business relationships within the company and assists management in the understanding and adoption of internal control principles
  • Responsible for on-going mentoring, development and all HR related administrative activities for European team
  • Supports / drives cross-functional assurance initiatives (such as Risk Assessments, monitoring approach) with other assurance functions, such as Corporate Compliance and Corporate Accounting
  • Coordinates and supervises internal audit work provided by third-party providers as required
  • Responsible for performing assigned departmental administrative responsibilities and driving completion of selected departmental goals, such as: staff recruiting, preparation of Audit Committee Materials, Data analytics, trend reports, etc.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Master's Degree / MBA strongly preferred. Professional certifications should include CPA, Chartered Accountant or Equivalent
  • Extensive diversified auditing experience required, with some 'Big 4' experience preferred. Strong English language skills
  • Non-audit experience (such as financial planning & analysis, operational accounting or compliance) and Life Sciences industry experience preferable. Work experience should indicate progressively more responsibility
  • Ability to travel up to 25% to work in HQ (Cambridge, US) and international markets for assignments as necessary
  • Other attributes and skills include:
    o Ability to lead and stand-up (build) an international audit satellite location
    o Ability to attract, develop and retain top talent
    o Well-developed business partnering and relationship management skills
    o Flexibility and ability to team
    o Ability to apply business acumen to complex and diverse business issues
    o Excellent organizational and project management skills
    o Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    o Strong analytical and negotiation skills
    o Detail oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
    o Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently
    o Strong understanding of core accounting concepts
    o Strong knowledge of audit methodology, risk assessment and internal control concepts
    o Awareness of fraud risks and schemes
    o Ability to analyze process workflows and identify gaps and bottlenecks
    o Ability to identify issues, perform root cause analysis, relevant business risks and present to management


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