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Associate Director – Ethics & Compliance

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-148655 Date posted 21/09/2022

The Non-Commercial Compliance team leads delivery of the Compliance programme across all non-commercial units at AZ, which includes Global Operations, R&D and enabling functions such as HR and Finance. The team is ambitious, agile and collaborative with personnel located in 6 countries across the globe. We now have an exciting new opportunity for an ‘Ethics & Compliance Associate Director’ within our team.

As the ‘Ethics & Compliance Associate Director’ you will partner with a variety of leaders and business units across the global organisation providing advice to embed a culture of ethics and integrity. You will also provide strategic direction for compliance initiatives, training campaigns, and assist with individual compliance investigations and risk assessment activities. We need you to strategically contribute to the direction of AZ’s Compliance function and AZ’s broader Sustainability objectives.

As such the role is incredibly varied and provides global leadership opportunities across a broad range of disciplines and risk areas. For example, in a single day you may be asked for advice upon: a medical ethics question, input on supply chain aspects, how to mitigate anti-bribery & anti-corruption risk, advise on a potential conflict of interest, or, whether a particular proposal could give rise to an off-label promotion risk.

With that in mind the role is best suited to candidates with a high degree of flexibility and learning agility. It is also important to have a ‘Can Do’ attitude and the ability to generate simple solutions to complex challenges whilst balancing the need for sensible risk management. Most importantly, you will need to have a proactive ‘Business Partnering’ mindset and the personal credibility to effectively communicate and establish trust with senior stakeholders and leadership teams across the globe. This is critical to enable you to influence decisions and thereby sustain the Compliance Framework.

Typical accountabilities:

  • Partner with colleagues across the Global Compliance Function to execute our “second line of defence” accountabilities (for example, monitoring, internal investigations, training and awareness, risk management) to support the continuous improvement of our compliance programme;
  • Implement and maintain an effective compliance programme by empowering colleagues in the business to tackle critical challenges and make sustainable choices that benefit patients;
  • Drive implementation of compliance training and support development of business-relevant case studies and tools to assist business stakeholders in the application of global policies and standards, as well as local regulatory requirements;
  • Translate questions and issues into concrete improvements in policies and procedures to simplify ways of working, strengthen our compliance programme and sustain an ethical culture;
  • Develop and deliver compliance objectives (aligned with Global Compliance strategy and objectives) to ensure an embedded and streamlined approach to governance and assurance;
  • Interact with leaders, management teams and across different levels of the organization to provide advice, share learnings and influence decision-making, including constructive challenge where needed;
  • Establish diverse and deep networks across the business and within support functions (e.g., HR, Legal, IT, Internal Audit, Media Relations) and act as an ambassador for the broader Global Sustainability strategy and champion our Code of Ethics;
  • Identify and focus effort on prioritised compliance risk areas across the business (for example, data privacy, anti-bribery/anti-corruption or fraud);
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Qualifications: the following experience is essential:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advance degree preferred (e.g., JD, MBA, PhD etc.);
  • 7 plus years of experience
  • Significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry required and hence a good understanding of the compliance risks in at least one area/discipline: R&D, Manufacturing and/or Enabling Units (e.g. Procurement, BD);
  • Demonstrated experience advising in applicable risk areas (e.g., bribery & corruption, healthcare fraud, data privacy, regulations around the promotion of bio-pharmaceuticals and scientific exchange, bioethics, etc.);
  • Proactive business partner mindset and proven ability to establish credibility and trust with Senior Leaders and at the Leadership Team Level across the different business units;
  • Confident in exercising independent judgment and identifying when to involve other team members with relevant subject matter expertise and/or escalate matters;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be able to maintain effective and collaborative working relationships across several countries (virtual interactions);
  • Excellent analytical, written, oral, and listening communication skills in English;
  • Pragmatic and solution-oriented thinker with a strong desire to find simple solutions to complex challenges;
  • Uncompromising professional ethics and integrity; able to “stand-alone”, treat individuals with respect under all circumstances and able to scrupulously protect confidential information;
  • Capable of dealing with a fast-paced and fluid environment with constant change and frequent ambiguity;
  • Self-motivated, committed to self-development/growth and a team player that shares with and supports their colleagues.

Ideally, you will have practical experience in a Compliance, Audit or QA role. However, you will work closely with Senior Compliance Professionals in the initial stages of your career within Compliance at AstraZeneca. Therefore, if you have broad experience in the pharmaceutical industry, all the right skills and abilities and a clear desire to learn Compliance at AstraZeneca we will still be interested to know more about you.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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