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Astellas Pharma Senior Manager Internal Audit in Northbrook, Illinois

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Purpose & Scope:

The Sr. Manager is responsible for the formulation of appropriate audit programs for complex and various global and regional topics. Work involves managing or conducting financial, operational, IT, and compliance audit projects, assigning and directing internal audit members and/or co-sourcing resources to complete the audit plans as scheduled, generating final audit reports, and conducting thorough follow-up audit work on previously identified issues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Supporting the Associate Director, Internal Audit, the Sr. Manager Internal Audit will:

  1. Operational Audit Execution and Reporting

Lead complex global and regional projects as assigned. Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing the preparation of Audit Planning Memorandum documentation for individual assignments, including assignment budgets (both in actual and elapsed timeline) for presentation to the directors of Internal Audit.

  • Managing the audit process by conducting interviews, reviewing documents, developing and administering surveys, composing summary memos, and preparing working papers.

  • Managing the audit process in the identification, development, and documentation of audit issues and recommendations.

  • Communicating the results of audit and consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations to management.

  • Developing and maintaining productive client, staff, and management relationships through individual contacts and group meetings.

  • Providing advice and counsel about recommendations to improve results and/or mitigate risk with management, including senior management.

2. Co-source Oversight

Provide day to day oversight of third party co-source members supporting the projects, including:

  • Ensuring roles and responsibilities are well understood for the support team.

  • Timely delivery of agreed deliverables that meet the quality requirement outlined within IA SOPs.

  • Managing budget of individual projects and provide advance communication of any potential overrun to audit leaders.

3. Annual Risk Assessment

  • Assist in the review and evaluation of the organization's risk areas and provides input to the development of the Annual Audit Plan.

4. Other Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and partner with other governance functions including Risk Management, Compliance, Quality Assurance to ensure risk coverage and avoid duplication.

  • Lead other internal key initiatives to achieve the vision of Internal Audit.

Organizational Context:

Position reports to the Associate Director, Internal Audit.

Position works, as directed, with all company operational areas and employee levels in gathering, evaluating, and communicating information about the activity or process being examined.

The role holder will assist in managing a fluid population of Internal Auditors (Astellas and co-source); and Astellas Global IA audit personnel located in other regions when delivering global audits.

Qualifications: Required

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree

  • Relevant professional accounting, auditing certifications preferred (e.g. Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information System Auditor etc.).

  • 6 to 10 years of work experience in accounting, auditing or compliance ; previous management / supervisory experience. 3 of the 6 can be project management, team management and other relevant organization skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

  • Strong data analysis, analytical and organizational skills.

  • Proven experience in managing and leading internal audits consistent with professional standards, policies, and procedures is required

  • Resilient to continual changes and ability to navigate in a global working environment

  • Ability to work in a hybrid working model


  • Previous public accounting experience in a nationally recognized firm (preferably Big 4) working in public companies as well as life science industry preferred

  • Previous experience working with data analytics tools (e.g., Qlik, Tableau)

  • Secondary degree / Certificates / Coursework to support Data Analytics (e.g., Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Information Systems)

  • One of the specialized subject matter expertise in healthcare compliance, fraud, cybersecurity or clinical research compliance


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

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

  • 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


Category Internal Audit

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