Internal auditors work within businesses and organisations to evaluate how well risks are being managed, the business is being governed and internal processes are working. They also provide a consulting service, advising management on how to improve systems and processes. The work of an internal auditor differs to that of external auditors as they look at more than financial and accounting risks. They also consider factors such as reputation, growth, environmental impact, treatment of employees and ethics. Their work helps senior management to provide evidence to stakeholders that they are managing the business effectively.
The Internal Auditor is responsible for organizing, completing and reporting evaluations of financial and operational control processes. In addition, the auditor is responsible for developing/revising the core test plans (audit working plan) as directed by line management, to ensure a standard approach is in place.
This position primarily covers audits within EMEA region & ROW (i.e., European countries, Russia and Middle East/Africa). However, from time to time, the auditor will also be expected to provide audit support on global transversal audits either in Ipsen Headquarters (Paris, France) or other Ipsen locations.
- Internal audits are conducted within a matrix organizational model. As such, regardless of his/her functional reporting line, the Internal Auditor is expected to take direction from the assigned Lead Auditor.
- Travel (including international) is anticipated at approximately 30% depending on annual audit plan requirements.
Main Tasks (not limited to)
Internal Audit Missions
- Ensuring missions are executed and communicated effectively and to quality expectations.
Management of Action Plans and Dashboards
- Liaises with auditee(s) and relevant senior management to ensure action plan and recommendations are agreed with timelines, ownership and deliverables.
- Monitors the implementation of agreed actions, tracks and updates dashboards for GIA reporting.
- Verifies actions as completed and escalates late /incomplete actions to senior management and Head of Internal Audit
- Contributes to audit dashboard and metrics reports required for presentation to senior management.
Audit Methods and Standards
- Participate in development/enhancements of risk - based audit methodology
- Participate in development of standard testing plans/working plans for each audit area
- Participate in development of data analytics methods and tools
- Participate in development/revision of IA functional standards and templates
Ideal: Individuals who have more than 9 years’ collective experience within the pharmaceutical or a related services industry sector. Candidates must have held positions in finance/accounting or business or internal control functions plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience as an internal/external auditor.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree: Major in Business or Finance/Accounting/ Economics/Taxation or similar field.
- Hands-on working experience in financial / accounting role preferably in a pharmaceutical or related service industry.Plus, a minimum of 3 years internal or external audit experience.
- Will consider candidates who have no audit experience but who have more than 8 years’ experience in a finance/accounting role within the Pharmaceutical Industry
DATA ANALYTICS SKILLS: financial data analysis capabilities will be essential
IT SKILLS: Microsoft, SAP, Microstrategy. Advanced Excel is essential.
LANGUAGES: Fluent in English. A second language is ideal
Certified Internal Auditor – ideal but not essential
- Hands-on financial / accounting process related experience in a pharmaceutical or related service industry.
- Internal or External Auditing experience in pharmaceutical or related service industry
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to build and manage relationships cross-functionally to cultivate trust and respect in the audit function.
- Understanding of the pharmaceutical business and its governance, risk and compliance requirements.Fraud awareness and use of data analysis techniques.
- Advanced Excel including use of Macros
- Membership of anyone of the IIA regional bodies ( e.g., CIIA – UK or IFACI- France)
- People management: No direct reports.
This position requires travel for periods of 1-2 weeks at a time depending on audit mission (in average 30% of time). Candidates must understand the need for and be willing to commit to international travel.