Global Investigations Director - Global Sustainability
At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Every single day, we make a difference by delivering potentially life-changing medicines to millions of people worldwide and by leading breakthrough science that promises to transform the treatment of disease.
Our purpose is ambitious and so is our approach. Becoming a more agile and creative company means building a dynamic, inspiring culture where we encourage diverse thinking and act with a sense of urgency. Join us and be part of an extraordinary place to work!
Our Global Sustainability strategy is built around three pillars that put health at the heart of our work: Access to Healthcare, Environmental Protection and Ethics & Transparency. We work on initiatives ranging from preventative health screenings in regions with unmet medical needs to workforce wellbeing.
As the Global Investigations Director (GID) you will be a member of the Global Compliance Investigations (GCI) team within the Global Sustainability function. Reporting directly to the Head of Global Investigations, you will conduct investigations into alleged violations of external law or regulation, as well as alleged violations of the AstraZeneca Code of Ethics and supporting our policies.
We will consider Cambridge (UK), Macclesfield, Luton or Warsaw as locations for this position.
This role requires some flexibility to travel internationally on an occasional basis, sometimes at short notice.
Summary of accountabilities:
- Oversee management of cases reported through AstraZeneca’s anonymous reporting line (AZethics line).
- Proactively collaborate with colleagues in Global Sustainability, Legal and HR to provide guidance, advice and support in the conduct of compliance investigations to ensure that they are investigated in an appropriate, efficient and timely manner consistent with the governing Standard Operating Procedure on Investigations.
- Lead the investigation for Global cases (e.g cases triggered by receipt of a government notice or commencement of a government investigation alleging violations of local law, other cases involving serious unlawful / unethical conduct or misconduct by senior management), which will often include coordinating support from designated local or functional investigators, as well as other local personnel.
- Communicate the nature, status and outcomes of relevant investigations to senior stakeholders in Global Sustainability, Legal, HR and/or line management.
- Analyse and present or disseminate case data as required.
- Assist in the review and root-cause analysis of substantiated violations and the development of corrective actions as well as recommendations to prevent future violations.
- Support with the training of practitioners across various functions on the conduct of investigations to promote consistent and best practice.
- Contribute to the quarterly and annual reporting obligations of the Chief Compliance Officer.
- Perform other duties related to GCI as required.
- Legally qualified with experience as a practising lawyer.
- Experience conducting internal corporate investigations across multiple countries/regions, including fact finding (e.g. conducting interviews, reviewing business records etc.), assessing the nature of the allegations and applicable policy or external requirement and assessing potential compliance/reputational risk raised by a given set of allegations.
- Strong collaboration and partnership skills, including proven ability to lead cross-functional investigative teams across different countries, business areas and levels of the organization.
- Strong critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, evaluate and resolve issues quickly.
- Ability to conduct investigations with the highest levels of objectivity, thoroughness, discretion and respect for the individuals
- Willingness to learn about different areas of the business and different compliance frameworks based on the needs of a particular investigation.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective written and oral reports on complex subjects to senior executives and/or other senior stakeholders.
- Proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgement.
- Flexibility, creativity and the ability to cope with change in a fast-paced environment and evolving company.
- Experience in law enforcement, litigation and/or auditing/monitoring.
- Knowledge of global pharmaceutical compliance and legal environment.
- Proficiency in languages other than English, such as Spanish / Portuguese
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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.