Associate Director, Internal Audit

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 3 months ago

Position Summary

The Associate Director, Internal Audit is a pivotal member of the Internal Audit team, with responsibility to support the delivery of a robust internal audit program. The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated understanding and desire to help drive a strong overall internal control environment for Alexion. The candidate should have a specific background in audit including experience with financial, operational and compliance (such as anti-bribery and anti-corruption) auditing. Additionally, the candidate should have a demonstrated track record of advancement and managing people. A strong professional presence, robust written and verbal communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities are also required. The candidate should be willing to travel up to 30%. Relevant industry and international experience will be highly valued. The role reports to the Vice President of Internal Audit and will have direct reports.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Drive a systematic, risk-focused, disciplined and balanced approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of risk management, internal controls, and governance processes.

  • Plan, manage and execute complex, risk-focused financial, compliance and operational audits, both domestic and abroad to effectively assess the internal control environment at Alexion.

  • Verify internal accounting controls are adequate, safeguard company assets and in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley legislation.

  • Prepare insightful written reports and support the internal audit team in partnership with the business to verify that recommendations are implemented in a timely and effective manner.

  • Drive excellence within the function, aligned with the internal audit strategy and with a focus on attracting and developing a high performing, engaged team.

  • Promote high levels of ethical awareness within the organization.

  • Maintain a dialogue with other industry colleagues from professional audit organizations and commercial enterprises to keep abreast of industry issues and trends in audit processes and techniques.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Combined minimum of 8 years of experience in audit and control functions.

  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and manage people effectively.

  • An understanding of financial and compliance audit principles balanced with an ability to understand key business drivers, and issues having successfully implemented those principles in a complex environment.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build effective and long-standing partnerships across the organization at all levels.

  • Possess the ability to provide value added recommendations that will support the long-term growth of the business via process improvements that truly enhance the internal control environment.

  • Must be able to "deep dive" into the details of the business while staying focused on the big picture and be able to conceptualize both problems and solutions.

  • Must possess the highest professional and personal standards, unquestioned integrity and business ethics.

  • The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and possess a natural curiosity to learn. They will see this role as an opportunity to understand and appreciate the nuances of Alexion's global business platform, providing them with the skills to further their career within Alexion.

  • Relevant experience with a Big Four accounting firm and/or experience within an internal audit department of a large multinational company.

  • Experience with data analytics a plus.


  • Undergraduate degree in finance or accounting or related discipline.
  • CPA, CIA or equivalent professional certification is required.
  • LI-JD1

Boston, MA, United States

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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Associate Director, Internal Audit

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.