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Senior Internal Auditor

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Bridgewater, NJ
$100,000 - $115,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Jan 19, 2018
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The Company:

Our Client is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people they serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, they transform scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions, consumer healthcare, established prescription products and generics. More than 100,000 people at our Client are dedicated to making a difference in patients’ daily lives, wherever they live, and enabling them to enjoy a healthier life.

The Position:  Senior Internal Auditor

Primary responsibilities for this this role will include the following:
  • Every 7 weeks (usually 4 weeks of preparation in Bridgewater, NJ, followed by 3 weeks of fieldwork) you will have to audit a process within one of the business units, in either North or South America, and with a changing team of colleagues. The scope and project will change for each assignment.
  • During the audit preparation, you will need to get familiar with the process, through training, reviewing of Corporate Guidelines, local SOP, interviews of global or regional process owners, analyzing data, reviewing usual area for improvement for that process, benchmarking versus internal or external best practices.
  • You will also have to get familiar with the business  environment, entity performance and organization to be able to put area for improvement into perspective. Based on your knowledge of the process and risks you will have to develop your audit program to be conducted on the field.
  • During fieldwork you will have to develop a deep knowledge of the actual local process and identify areas for improvement to better manage the associated risk. This will require asking the relevant questions to several individuals involved in the process, to dig into data, to identify trends and vouching documents to spot inconsistencies and complete the relevant testing strategy.
  • When you have identified areas for improvement you will have to debrief the process owner, convince her/ him and work with her/ him on how to concretely improve the process.
  • During all the different phase you will be exchanging with the team leader who will help you developing the most relevant and reliable approach.
  • Since the time available will be limited, you will have to constantly manage your priorities and manage short timelines.
  • Your work will also have to be properly documented so that it can be reviewed to ensure  reliability and relevancy,  since one of our value propositions is to provide reliable conclusions.
  • During audit wrap up, you will have to write your recommendations, straight to the point, short and easy to understand for individuals not familiar with the process who will receive the report.
  • You will also have to follow-up on the action plan committed to by the auditing organization.
  • Besides, the audits you will be assigned a Center of Expertise depending on your background (manage medical, market to promote, plan to manufacture, procure to pay, or manage finance).   For this area you are expected to train your colleague, to share your knowledge and good practice. You will also have to interact with the Senior Leaders of the function for the US and LATAM to inform them on the identified recurring findings, on how to address them more globally and to get familiar and provide feedback on any global guidance or requirement. You will have to improve the way we are reviewing those processes and up-date the audit program.
Team Leader Role:
  • At first, the Senior Internal Auditor is in charge of auditing the processes assigned to him/her by the Team Leader.
  • When Internal Management considers that you have acquired enough knowledge within the department and you have the necessary management skills,  you will also be a Team Leader responsible for  leading some of the assignments. Based on past experiences, on average it takes between 9 and 15 months for a Senior Internal Auditor to be given the opportunity to  serve as a Team Lead on these assignments.
      In this role you will be responsible for the following:
  • Prepare the assignment with the support of the team. Get familiar with the audited organization, the audit environment and processes.
  • Identify main risks and define priorities for the assignment, set the audit strategy and customize the audit program and allocate the auditors’ work.
  • During fieldwork you will review the auditors work and adjust the audit strategy accordingly.
  • Review identified findings to ensure accuracy and the relevant root cause.
  • Propose corrective action plans leveraging on good practices identified on other assignments.
  • Debrief the findings to the Senior Manager.
  • Complete your own audit steps (depending on the assignment this part may vary from 20% to 60% of your time).
  • Conduct the opening and closing meetings.
  • Be the contact point for the supervisor (either the Hub Head or the Deputy head) during the fieldwork.
  • After fieldwork, prepare the draft audit report to be reviewed by the supervisor.
  • Ensure that the audit documentation is completed as per defined standards.
  • Review the proposed action plan by the auditees to ensure they will remediate identified risks.
  • Provide feedback to each team member to develop them.
  • Contribute to the follow-up of the agreed action plan.
  • Provide assistance and individual advice to the audit team.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required. 
  • Master’s Degree is preferred. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of Professional work experience in one of the following functions: Medical, Procurement, Supply Chain, Finance, Compliance, Internal Control, Commercial Excellence  and/or Internal/External audit is required. 
  • Previous experience in Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, and/or the Biotech Industry is preferred. 
  • Previous Audit experience is preferred.       
  • International exposure and/or global experience is preferred.  
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese or French is preferred. 
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate is inquisitive, persuasive, service oriented, able to recognize and  respond to diverse thinking styles, learning styles and cultural qualities and has a global mindset.  This role will require extensive travelling within the US, to Latin America, and also occasionally elsewhere in the world. Travels can be as long as 3 weeks in a row and can take 10 to 22 weeks per year.