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Astellas Pharma Director, Senior CRM Business Partner in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

Under the Head of Risk Management’s and Head of Resilience Management’s direction, to provide support to Astellas’ Corporate Risk Management programs.

This position is responsible for managing and supporting a broad range of programs regionally and globally with the purpose to identify and mitigate risk and extensively support the alignment efforts of these programs. The incumbent will support the Head of Risk Management and Head of Resilience Management in senior and strategic matters related to the direction of the function. The incumbent will primarily support and focus on the following organizational units and divisions:

  • Japan Commercial

  • Pharmaceutical Technology

  • Research

  • Global Risk Management Cycle

  • Other units and divisions as delegated to by the Head of Risk Management

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Compliance

  • Embed Compliance Culture across all Regions of the business ensuring Integrity in Action is actively applied in all initiatives.

  • Ensure Corporate Risk Management Function(s) strictly adopt a culture of ethics and compliance; leading by example and appropriately challenging non-compliance.

  • Ensure adherence to Astellas policies relating to Ethics and Compliance standards and interactions with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs), Healthcare Organizations (HCOs) and Patient Organizations (POs).

  • Core Tasks

  • Manages and supports the integrated Corporate Risk Management (CRM) programs such as Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity & Crisis / Incident Management

  • Responsibility to operate and support the Enterprise Risk Management program including but not limited to stakeholder interviews, review and assistance in development of risk mitigation plans, follow-up activities, reporting and the management or support of the Divisional Risk and Resilience Committee for the delegated areas of responsibility.

  • Operationally manages the Global Enterprise Risk Management cycle in close collaboration with other CRM Business Partners.

  • Accountability for accuracy and integrity of risk registers and reporting data in the central data repository

  • Supports on initiatives and regular operation of global and divisional Risk Management programs

  • Responsibility to manage and operate the Business Continuity and Crisis Management programs including but not limited to support crisis response planning, monitoring, and gathering crisis and incident matters, conducting Business Impact analysis, establishing Business Continuity planning and monitoring Business Continuity Management Activities for the delegated areas of responsibility.

  • Lead role to manage and operate Business Continuity and Crisis Management programs for all relevant facilities in collaboration with the relevant divisional Corporate Risk Management Business Partner

  • Establish rapport and a positive working relationship with individuals of other functions entrusted with risk management responsibilities regionally and globally

  • Ambassador and leading contributor for the Astellas Combined Assurance Network (ACAN) cross functional working group.

  • Collaborates efficiently and effectively with individuals within the relevant region and globally; supports or facilitates governance activities as required.

  • Work with Internal Audit and Financial Compliance to satisfy internal and external audit requirements including J-SOX controls

  • Leads and supports strategic projects as required and directed by the Head of Risk Management

  • Support the Head of Risk Management and Head of Resilience Management related to conducting business with division leaders and other senior individuals in the organisation.

  • Manages consultancy resources effectively and efficiently

  • Performs job duties with minimal direction

  • Other such duties as may be reasonably required by the business.

  • Mandatory Compliance requirements

  • To be aware of Astellas' Group Code of Conduct and associated policies and procedures and other applicable laws, codes and regulations.

  • Clarify and seek guidance as required, and raise any concerns, in a timely manner, with relevant manager; which may include reference to the Ethics and Compliance Team and/or Ethics and Compliance Helpdesk.

  • Undertake and comply with relevant mandatory Ethics and Compliance training and updates to maintain personal awareness; all training to be undertaken in a timely manner.

  • Be aware of and comply with, the Astellas Way and Astellas Competences, in terms of expected values and behaviors, in addition to Astellas’ HR policies, procedures and guidelines.

Organizational Context:

  • This position reports to the Executive Director, Head of Risk Management

  • Peers:

  • Senior CRM Business Partners (GG18), CRM Business Partners (GG17) and other members of the Corporate Risk Management organization.

  • Director, Insurance and Risk Management

  • individuals at Senior and Executive level globally



  • Business degree

  • At least eight years of experience related to Enterprise Risk Management, four of which need to be in the pharmaceutical or life sciences industry experience with strong customer focus; in multi-disciplinary, matrix and cross-cultural settings.

  • In-depth experience in implementing, transforming, and managing Business Continuity and Crisis Management programs

  • Track-record of leading planning process with excellent organizational and collaboration skills

  • Demonstrable examples of ability to develop, coach and enable high performance teams and proactively promote best practice and knowledge sharing.

  • Willing and able to undertake International travel (including staying away)

  • Proven ability to influence, (appropriately) challenge and engage diverse senior stakeholders.

  • Substantial experience in complex multi-country/region matrix structures with high degree of geo-complexity

  • Experience in cross-functional assurance collaboration projects and working groups

  • Knowledge and understanding of key business and compliance issues within pharma and life science industry

  • Hands-on, cross-cultural experience

  • Experience in leading multi-functional, cross-cultural projects

  • Excellent understanding of risk management and internal control and well-developed commercial awareness

  • Demonstrated experience of coordinating projects in complex and challenging environments

  • Fluent in written and verbal Japanese and business English


  • Fluent in written and verbal Japanese and business English

  • Post graduate qualification such as MBA or equivalent is highly desirable.

  • Experience in managing Enterprise Risk Management implementation and transformation projects

  • Proficiency in other relevant languages


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program



Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans