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Job Advert Title
Manager, Operational Audit
United Kingdom
Function/Business Area
Finance, Tax & Audition
Employment Class


Manager, Operational Audit

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society. Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About This Job:

Under supervision of an Internal Audit Business Partner, Manager is responsible for the formulation of appropriate audit programs for various global/regional topics (financial, operational, IT, and/or compliance), 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.


  • Preparation of audit planning package for individual assignments, including assignment budgets (both in actual and elapsed timeline) for presentation to the Internal Audit Business Partners.
  • Managing the audit process in 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.
  • Communicate the results of audit and consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations to management.
  • Develop and maintain productive client, staff, and management relationships through individual contacts and group meetings.
  • Provide advice and counsel about recommendations to improve results and/or mitigate risk with management. Assist Business Partners or Head of Operational Audit in providing advice and counsel with senior or executive level management.
  • Ensuring roles and responsibilities are well understood for the global support team.
  • Timely delivery of workpaper and agreed deliverables that meets the quality requirement outlined within Internal Audit SOPs.
  • Managing budget of individual projects and escalate potential overrun to audit leaders.
  • Support and participate in the annual risk assessment process as assigned.
  • Support the coordination and partnership with other governance functions.
  • Performs ad hoc projects as requested.
  • Position is required to assist the Business Partners / Senior Managers in managing outsourced audit resources within the assigned budget. Value management is also achieved through thoughtful use of controls; finding the right mix of process controls and management controls that allow Astellas to demonstrate control without an onerous number of controls.
  • The role holder will assist in managing a fluid population of Senior Internal Auditors from within the Co-Source arrangement; and, on occasion, audit personnel from other parts of the Group when delivering Global audits.
  • The scope of the work will be global in nature.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Relevant professional accounting, auditing certifications preferred (e.g. Chartered Accounted, Chartered Internal Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information System Auditor etc.).
  • Significant work experience in accounting, auditing, or compliance; previous management / supervisory experience.
  • Proven experience in managing and leading internal audits consistent with professional standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong data analysis, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to detect opportunities for change and facilitate change.

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Ability to apply appropriate IT control frameworks such as COBIT, GAIT, etc. as applicable, is beneficial
  • Previous public accounting experience in a nationally recognized firm (preferably Big 4) working in public companies as well as life science industry preferred.


  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.