Head of Audit - Science Units & GPPS

12 Jan 2018
23 Jan 2018
Job role
Contract type
Full time
AZ operates in a three lines of defense risk governance model, where IAS operates as the third line, providing assurance to the Audit Co over the business (first line) activities and business oversight functions (second line) activities. We aim to be a top–performing IA function, known for our integrity, objectivity, confidentiality and competence – all underpinned by a high–performing team culture., * Build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships with Science Unit & GPPS Senior Executive Team members and their teams through an understanding of: + Business challenges and risks in research, development, and commercial strategy. + Business perspective on AZ's strategy, priorities and operating model, internal and external business processes and external risks and external practices (in the Pharma industry and elsewhere). + Audit strategies and methodologies for providing effective assurance against specific risks. + Accepted practice in governance, risk, project and change management and emerging risks on the horizon. * Build and maintain view of internal and external risks across the Science Units & GPPS to inform the IAS annual audit plan. Regularly challenge the plan to take into account the changing risk profile. Proactive working with other assurance groups to ensure an integrated approach to provision of assurance across the business. * Use external and internal networks to understand current practice and innovations in pharmaceutical auditing to identify improvement opportunities for AZ. * Use audit outcomes and understanding of risk to impactfully communicate insights on themes and emerging risks to the business. * Design and implement the audit strategy for our Science Units & GPPS working with 2nd line assurance colleagues to ensure good alignment with their activies. * Accountable for the delivery of a complex portfolio of audits across the Science Units & GPPS. Lead teams of highly qualified and experienced auditors to identify strategies (including alternative audit approaches) to deliver the assurance objectives efficiently and in a timely manner. Drive high quality audit work in line with methodology through reviewing audit engagements, working papers and reports. * Demonstrate flexible and open communication and influencing style and the ability to adapt this style to a variety of situations across the business. Deal effectively with resistance from business units and form effective ways of resolving issues or differing views. * Provide leadership and coaching support to Audit Directors and Managers. Provide open, honest and valuable feedback on the performance of audit team members in support of longer term development. * Accountable for performance management of nominated Audit Directors and Auditors. * Actively participate in relevant governance committees (as required) and be responsible for presentation of audit results to relevant governance committees and senior management. * As a member of the IAS Senior Leadership Team (SLT), demonstrate the required leadership behaviours, to bring about continuous improvement for the function and be specifically accountable for delivering on elements of the scorecard. Demonstrate effective decision making to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the IAS function. * Demonstrate model behaviours in personal and professional conduct, and adherence to methodology within IAS and externally to the business. * Wide range of business experiences at a senior level, line management, project management and change. * Track record of working effectively at a senior level. * Ability to analyse complex issues from a range of perspectives and form fine judgements around actions to be taken. * Ability to translate key audit findings into impactful insights and quality written reports. * Ability to remain calm and collected under pressure. * High personal integrity and an ability to take an independent perspective and be tenacious. * Ability to empathise with others and be diplomatic in response to contentious matters. * Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team across a range of locations, and with a wide range of backgrounds (business, finance and audit). * Ability to act as an ambassador for risk management, governance and control in the business, helping to promote the function to wider senior management and other staff. * Experienced in key internal control frameworks, world–class audit methodologies and practices. * Excellent written and verbal skills with fluent English (written and verbal) * Relevant university degree and/or post graduate professional qualification and/or relevant internal or external senior assurance role. (212)–, The Compliance Search Group, LLC. 450 Seventh Avenue Suite 1409 New York, NY 10123 ?? 2018 Compliance Jobs – All Rights Reserved X

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