Location: Macclesfield


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining cutting-edge science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

It’s a dynamic and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or transforming the roles and work of colleagues, forever. This is your chance to be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, disrupt an industry and change lives.


Protecting AZs license to operate through industry leading delivery and maintenance of world class compliant innovation, projects and services. This function comprises forward thinking IT Quality Management professionals that understand the evolving external regulatory landscape, AZs internal business processes, and are experts at integrating business appropriate risk management techniques. This function will also consult and educate the business and broader workforce on effectively integrating Compliance Requirements into all IT Lifecycle activities. The team is truly global in scale with resources in Asia, EU, North America and South America supporting a broad stakeholder community.

AstraZeneca is registered on the US stock exchange, and as a result needs to meet the Legal Requirements set out by the Sarbanes Oxley Act. The Act requires all public companies to annually assess and publicly report on the effectiveness of their Internal Control over Financial Reporting. For IT that means being able to demonstrate control over key areas such as Change Management, User Access, Computer Operations and Physical Access.

This is an exciting entry level opportunity to join the IT Quality Management team as an IT Quality Analyst – SOx. The role will report to the IT SOx Compliance Lead and support AstraZeneca’s Senior Management in demonstrating that an appropriate level of internal control exists to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting and to prevent fraud. This role can lead on to careers across both IT and the broader AZ business through the development of key transferrable skills and capabilities.


In this role, the SOx Analyst will develop skills and understanding of SOx by working alongside the relevant experts to support the delivery of the annual IT SOx testing/financial audit activities. After training, you will be able to work as part of a team using your knowledge to:

  • Test and assess the compliance of our IT SOx applications and services
  • Use your analytical skills, intelligence, and intuition to understand the intent of the control and to interpret the evidence before concluding if the control is operating effectively
  • Support the full audit process from control design through operation and testing
  • Support the delivery of digital ways of working and automation to standardise and simplify key SOx testing processes
  • Excellent communication, influencing and relationship building skills, capable of interpreting and discussing technical IT terms with a non-technical business audience
  • Ability to make pragmatic decisions by analysing complex situations and assessing risks
  • Concern for impact, analytically minded and able to prioritise and plan using initiative
  • High levels of drive, energy, resilience and a desire for professional excellence
  • Ability to hold self and others accountable for actions
  • Strong team working skills


  • Understanding and practical knowledge of IT controls (testing or control operation)
  • Understanding of Lean principles, tools and techniques


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into exploring new leading-edge technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions, unlocking the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification.

A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate, and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


If reading the above has tickled your senses and you’re ready to join us, hit the apply button and we look forward to reviewing your application soon.


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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.

Open Date: 31/01/2022
Close Date: 21/03/2011

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