Internal Audit Director - Operations (Supply, Engineering & Procurement)

Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
22 Jul 2021
14 Aug 2021
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You've worked in a senior-level audit role, in a large global organisation. You have Pharma sector or relevant subject matter expertise (in Supply, Engineering and/or Procurement), with a record of success influencing senior stakeholders. Your knowledge, audit experience and global outlook mean you could make an exceptional Internal Audit Director (Operations) within AstraZeneca, a world-leading pharmaceutical company.

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you'll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve no matter where you start with us.

At AstraZeneca the only one who can put limits on the scope of your career is you. With the right skills and passion we'll help you explore what AstraZeneca has to offer.

This role sits within our global Internal Audit Services (IAS) team, providing independent assurance that we're achieving our objectives effectively and in the right way. Our remit is to provide assurance over compliance, operational and strategic risks and to ensure they are being effectively managed.

Reporting to the Head of Audit, (Operations & Transformation Lead), you'll have real scope to make an impact as our aim is to be a top-performing internal audit function.

Main duties and responsibilities!

You'll work with internal and external teams on a complex portfolio of global audits, working collaboratively throughout the audits to highlight issues and propose solutions. You'll be required to quickly develop relationships with senior leaders and management teams, and to evaluate a range of judgemental issues around risks and controls. We'll expect you to provide oversight, coaching and feedback on peer and team member performance to support their development.

We'll also expect you to work closely with the IAS Senior Leadership Team to generate and ensure delivery of the annual IAS Audit Plan, and to periodically revisit this in the context of a fast evolving business, risk landscape and assurance needs. Another key focus will be to identify insights and themes to share with the business on the challenges and risks that arise. We'll expect you to have an appetite to learn and develop, given the range of audit and advisory projects you'll be involved with.

Essential requirements
  • Previous experience of auditing / advising on governance, risk and controls within the Pharma or Biotech sectors, ideally across Manufacturing / Supply, Engineering and/or Procurement
  • Ability and desire to act autonomously, effectively prioritising and leading a portfolio of audits and associated tasks, supporting the overall performance and development of the function
  • Ability to lead a number of the most complex and challenging audits and managing assigned audit team members
  • Ability to undertake travel internationally (up to 25% of working days) to work on a range of audits
  • Ability to work in a matrix organisation, managing and motivating multi-disciplinary teams across various global locations
  • High level of personal integrity, tenacity and independence
  • A flexible communication style, able to adjust your approach and influence others, including senior leaders
  • Ability to analyse complex issues from a range of perspectives and form considered judgements around the actions to be taken
  • Strong project management skills to both manage individual assignments, and co-ordinate and monitor broader programmes
  • A relevant degree or postgraduate professional qualification
  • Strong business English, including both written and verbal communication. Fluency in a relevant second language would be desirable

  • GMP audit or advisory experience

Opening date: 15th July

Closing date: 5th August

Competitive rates of pay apply

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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