The senior auditor (SA) plan, execute and deliver high quality audits that meet Novartis Internal Audit (IA) methodology standards, strategies and directives.
To lead audit teams in activities including assessment of business / information technology risks and evaluation of related internal controls.
Lead effective audit teams throughout assignments in different divisions and functional areas taking responsibility for the team members, providing support and encouragement for good performance and maintaining an appropriate work / life balance on assignments
Plan, execute and deliver audits that provide assurance on enterprise-wide risks (e.g. above markets), that do not have pre-
established control frameworks, facing off with senior management at Group, Divisional or Global Function management. This requires from the senior audit a significant higher level of Learning Agility, Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Risk and Assurance Thought Leadership and experience as a senior auditor
Mastering key company policies that Internal Audit provides assurance on, including their implementing guidelines and procedures
Apply effective project management to audit assignments in order to deliver work which meets quality standards, deadlines and the expectations of stakeholders
Identify root causes of control issues and investigate, analyse and test possible solutions or measures for improvement
Prepare audit reports and review and agree issues with responsible management
Establish and maintain key-contact relationships with local management in assigned countries and / or functional area(s) of responsibility to support the Regional Head Internal Audit (RHIA) in assessing risk across the region and developing the annual audit plan
Lead the risk-prioritized planning of standard operational audits and support audit managers and the Regional Head of internal audit in the planning of more complex audits on entBuild effective business partnering and advisory relationships witherprise risks without pre-defined control frameworks
senior management on the audit and with managers in the relevant functions, while maintaining the independence and objectivity of self, team and the Internal Audit function
Rate potential and capacity of team members and provide feedback to IA management
Coach team members and guest auditors, and provide technical support and feedback
Deliver On-boarding to new team members regarding methodology,
process and the use of tools in day-to-day operations
Perform special projects and lead initiatives to improve the technical and operational effectiveness of the audit group.
Evaluation of the above objectives by the RHIA / HITA as well as feedback from IA’s stakeholders Specific indicators include :
feedback from key stakeholders on IA effectiveness, primarily determined by quality of reports and extent to which they identify important issues and control improvements
the extent to which IA recommendations are being implemented
evaluation of compliance with IA’s standards by IA Quality Assurance
job appraisals by all team members and the Audit Manager / Regional Head.
Degree preferably in accounting, finance, economics or IT. Ideally qualified accountant (i.e. Chartered Accountant or CPA) For non-
audit / finance / IT profiles, degree in Pharma relevant sciences Fluent in English (oral and writing), and at least one other language desirable;
additional languages is an advantage. At least 6 years broad business experience, particularly in finance, operations, business processes and systems and controls and / or as an auditor and with global teams.
For audit / finance / IT profiles, ideally above include experience with one of the big four accountancy firms and 2 or more years internal audit expertise gained from a global company.
For Operations profiles, ideally above include careers in Pharmaceutical core functions. Developed leadership skills based on prior experience within audit or operations.