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Sanofi Group Internal Audit and Risk Assurance Lead (IS background) in Bridgewater, New Jersey


As an Internal Audit and Risk Assurance Lead within the organization, you are eager to continuously learn new parts of Sanofi business and new ways of working to challenge the status quo , and share with management in an effort to drive changes within the organization. As a member of the Americas Hub you will be working in different project teams in a highly multi-cultural department .

The Sanofi Internal Audit & Risk Assurance Bridgewater Hub (approx. 15 people) is part of the Sanofi Internal Audit & Risk Assurance Department which reports to the CEO and the Audit Committee. The Sanofi Internal Audit & Risk Assurance Department relies on 3 hubs (in the USA, France and Singapore) and 2 expertise (Forensic and IS).

Every 7 weeks you will conduct a new project within one of Sanofi’s activities, in North or South America, and within a changing project team. Each project has a specific scope and purpose. Contrary to most of our peers, we do not conduct SOX or compliance with standards audits. Your contribution will grow from project to project and you will receive feedback for each project to help you develop.

  • During the Preparation Phase (3 weeks in the office), you will have to go from a general project purpose to a detailed identification of priorities, assumptions to be ascertained and ways to reach relevant conclusions. To do so you need to; review priorities, performance, understand the business model, the competitive, and regulatory environments, physical and financial flows, identify patterns within data, reviewing usual area for improvement identified elsewhere in the world, benchmarking versus internal or external best practices.

  • During the Fieldwork Phase (3 weeks, that could be abroad) you will have to develop a deep knowledge of the actual local process and identify areas for improvement to better manage the associated risks. This will require asking the relevant questions to several individuals involved in the process, to dig into data, to identify trends and vouching documents to spot inconsistencies and complete the relevant testing strategy. Since time available will be limited, you will have constantly manage your priorities and manage short timelines.

When you have identified areas for improvement you will have to debrief the process owner, convince her/ him and work with her/ him on how to concretely improve the process.

During all the different phases you will be exchanging with the team leader who will help you developing the most relevant and reliable approach. Your work will also have to be properly documented so that it can be reviewed to ensure reliability and relevancy since one of our value proposition is to provide reliable conclusions.

  • During the Wrap-up Phase (1 week in the office) you will have to write your recommendations, straight to the point, short and easy to understand for individuals not familiar with the process who will receive the report. You will also have to follow-up on the action plan committed by the audited organization.

During our recent assignments we have helped improve the project management, fine-tune the new company organization, foster coordination between market access and sales, increase procurement business partnering, strengthen talent management, rally stakeholders on workforce planning, or better manage disruption.

Besides, the assignments you will be assigned a Center of Expertise (medical, sales, marketing, manufacturing, finance, etc.). For this area you will train your colleague, share your knowledge and good practices. You will also interact with the Senior Leaders of the function for the US and LATAM to increase awareness and drive changes to better manage risks.

You will also be team leader on some projects. In this role, you will have to:

  • organize the team work, make the final proposal for risks to be covered and the associated strategy to cover those risks

  • guide the team members, supervise their work to ensure it meets the initial objective, provide feedback to each team member to help their development

  • build partnering relationships with management, debrief them, propose recommendations and agree on action plans with them, follow-up on action plan implementation

  • provide on-going insights on the assignments to the supervisor of the project (either the Hub Head or the Deputy)

  • depending on the project and the team you may have also have to cover your own area of risks

  • build the report with the team, develop the different presentations

We are looking for high-potentials with the ability to:

  • Challenge the status quo

  • Find out how to do things you have never done in the past

  • Identify different paths for a same solution

  • Adjust your communication style to different thinking styles to persuade your partners

  • Identify the risks, based on business environment analysis

  • Conduct interviews with empathy to obtain needed information in a multi-cultural environment

  • Conduct conclusive data analysis

  • Learn continuously and pass your knowledge to your peers

  • Teamwork exchanging views, possibilities, in a multi-cultural environment, and actively contribute to your part of the tasks

  • Communicate both verbally and in writing clearly, purposely and decisively

  • Preferably understand the pharmaceutical market in the US and overseas

  • Possibly conduct interviews and read documents in Spanish and/ or Portuguese

Education/Work Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, Masters preferred

  • More than 5 years of relevant working experience

  • Knowledge or familiarity with IS audit techniques

  • Experience in pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotech is preferred but not required

  • Audit / Consulting experience, with team management on some assignments, is preferred but not required

  • International exposure and/or experience would be appreciated

  • Fluent in English. Ability to work in Spanish and/ or Portuguese would be appreciated

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



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