FACT Controls Manager – 12 Month Secondment/FTO/FTC

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Finance at AstraZeneca has a clear vision to drive growth through innovation by being trusted partners who add value through connection and innovation in support of the company’s purpose and ambition:

  • We’re trusted partners: we are more than an enabling function or service provider, we’re a true and trusted partner who works with the business to unlock value for our stakeholders and patients.

  • We’re connecting: we connect with each other across geographies – breaking down silos and acting as one team. Our leaders are connected to our people. We leverage ideas, systems and data, connect knowledge and create actionable insights and predictions.

  • We’re innovating: we identify new opportunities to introduce, adopt or modify effective ideas to solve problems. We find solutions to both existing challenges and anticipated changing needs. We use innovation to simplify, to make a bigger impact and to give us a competitive advantage.

  • We’re adding value: We know what it takes to deliver value, a laser focus on our strategic priorities and key enablers.

Working in Finance Architecture, Change & Transformation (FACT) is fast-paced, dynamic and challenging. We are looking for people who want to seize the opportunity to take an exciting step in their personal development journey and play a fundamental part of delivering a world-class finance organisation. .

If you can bring ideas and fresh thinking to the table, embrace the thought of taking ownership of the Finance vision, and can imagine yourself playing a key part in making it a reality, then we want to hear from you.

Acting as part of FACT, In this role as a diligent Controls Manager you will ensure the processes designed as part of the FACT projects comply with AZ’s policies and standards. You will work closely with the design leads, business, Financial Controls and Compliance Group (FCCG), GPO and policy leads to design/amend the controls that meet SOX standards and internal controls known as the Financial Controls Framework (FCF). In this role you will work closely with the FACT Compliance and Controls Lead, FCCG and various key stakeholder to ensure compliance regulations are adhered to.

You will work within the controls workstream to ensure financial controls are adequately designed, implemented across markets in a standardised way and operate effectively.

You will bring outstanding communication (written and verbal), strong financial control and technical knowledge (including SOx requirements/regulations) along with great influencing skills. You will provide practical hands-on support to enable the design, implementation, stabilisation and optimisation of internal controls. With support, you will be scoping, planning, coordinating and reporting on the design and appropriateness of SOX and FCF controls.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Use risk-based methodologies to assist in scoping of processes within the project to help understand which processes are in scope for SOX

  • Work with policy and design leads in developing and implementing the policies and standards and control matrix

  • Design and monitor control systems working closely with FCCG, GPOs & Business Improvement and Transformation leads

  • Write up descriptions of controls in all relevant areas including SOPs – RACM

  • Review and evaluate AZ’s procedures and reports to identify hidden risks and common issues

  • Lead stakeholder training and awareness sessions to ensure compliance is communicated and understood.

  • Work with internal, external auditors and consider/ incorporate feedback into the controls

  • Work with FCCG to ensure AZ’s compliance regulations are met.

  • Work with Engagement lead during transition to BAU

  • Assist in the handling of control matters with internal and external parties, including Risk & Controls Team, IT Controls Team, Internal and External auditors as appropriate.

  • Provide overall process and controls framework training as and when required

Essential skills and experience:

  • Qualified accountant or finance/ compliance related degree

  • Experienced in SOx programs in a professional services firm/large organisation. In particular, you will have knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley, 302 and 404 requirements, Business Process Controls and entity level controls.

  • Experience of testing operating effectiveness of financial controls

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities

  • An analytical mindset with excellent organisation skills

  • The ability to work autonomously to a high standard, whilst managing your time successfully

  • Ability to work well under pressure, whilst producing results

Desirable skills and experience

  • Knowledge of AZ and in-depth knowledge of industry processes and regulations

Opening Date 06/01/2022

Closing Date 06/02/202

Competitive salary & benefits apply

Location: Luton

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