Astellas Pharma Senior Manager, Internal Audit in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing a Senior Manager, Internal Audit opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

Responsible for performing intermediate level and professional internal audit work. Work involves managing or conducting financial, operational, IT, and compliance audit projects or providing consulting services to Astellas management and staff. May provide training, coaching and supervision to Internal Audit staff and consultants. Demonstrate good judgment and follows all organizational and professional ethical standards. Work independently under supervisory direction with latitude for initiative and judgment.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Executive Director Internal Audit in managing out-sourced internal audit service provider and in the planning, organizing, directing and monitoring of Internal Audit assignments, including assisting in training and evaluating staff, taking corrective actions to address performance needs.

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

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

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

  • Develops and maintains productive client, staff, and management relationships through individual contacts and group meetings.

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

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

  • Collaborates with global Internal Audit teams to execute global projects

  • Pursues professional development opportunities, including external and internal training and professional association memberships, and shares information gained with co-workers.

  • Performs related work as assigned by the Executive Director, Internal Audit.

  • Represents Internal Audit on organizational project teams, as assigned.

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position will evaluate and contribute to the improvement of governance, risk management, and control processes for the areas being assessed.

Organizational Context:

Position reports to the Executive 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.



  • CPA or CIA.

  • BS / BA degree in accounting or finance, business administration, Finance or related field

  • Minimum 6 to 10 years of work experience in accounting, auditing or compliance; previous management / supervisory experience

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation required (can be inactive)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Certification as CIA, CISA or CFE or MBA

  • Experience in an internal audit supervisory role preferred

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

  • Strong ethical conduct and business acumen

  • Strong data analysis, analytical and organizational skills

  • Working knowledge of professional auditing standards (IIA and AICPA)

  • Maintains strong knowledge of MS Word, Power Point, Excel and Visio and have the aptitude to easily learn financial software programs

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; work will require extensive personal contact with others

  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities concurrently and complete projects on schedule with a high degree of accuracy

  • Ability to manage a team of other internal auditors, co-sourcing resources and managing their responsibilities with their own

  • Ability to work well under pressure, deliver results, achieve timely goals, set appropriate priorities and maintain confidentiality

  • Attention to detail and accuracy* Willingness to travel, domestically and internationally (less than 15%)


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Internal Audit