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Internal Audit Manager

Synthorx

Synthorx

Shanghai, China
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Role summary:

An extension of the Singapore Hub, you will be based in Shanghai, China, and support the overall operations and planning of risk-based audits and/ or advisory assignments primarily in China and APAC region with opportunities for participation in global assignments.

In the context of an assignment, you will play the role of an audit team member or an audit team leader depending on your knowledge of the business, management skills and other development consideration. An audit supervisor will be responsible for the overall review of each assignment to ensure the identified risk areas have been sufficiently addressed, and the audit team leader is responsible for the daily/ overall organization and completion of the audit. The audit supervisor may or may not be your functional reporting manager depending on the type and location of the assignment.

This role functionally reports to the Head of Internal Audit, China, who reports to the Head of Internal Audit Singapore Hub. The position will also involve other ad-hoc requirements and projects as they arise (e.g., training, continuous improvement, etc.).

Main responsibilities:

• Work collaboratively with audit teams and/ or co-source audit resources to perform planned operational, compliance and integrated-IT audits across different functions and sites. Each assignment typically lasts between 6 to 7 weeks with 3 to 4 weeks 2/4 of preparation phase, followed by 3 weeks of on-site fieldwork. Key responsibilities during the assignment are as follow:

Audit preparation

o Get familiar with the audit scope, through various measure such as (not exhaustive): training, reviewing corporate guidelines, interviews of global or regional process owners, data analysis, and reviewing issues identified in past audit assignment.

o Get familiar with the business environment, the organization and relevant performance measures to be able to put areas for improvement into perspective.

o Based on your knowledge and risk assessment, develop effective audit test steps to be conducted on the field.

Audit fieldwork

o Develop a deep knowledge of the actual process and identify areas for improvement to better manage the associated risk. This will require asking relevant questions to process participants, data deep-dive, identification of trends and vouching of documents to identify inconsistencies and complete the relevant testing strategy.

o Provide the audit team leader with timely update of your progress and when significant information is identified. o When you identify areas for improvement, be prepared to have open discussion within the team to investigate the root cause(s) and develop perspective on possible action plans which are practical, clear, and easy to understand.

o You will have to debrief process owners, convince them and work with them on how to concretely improve the process.

o Draft audit recommendations in a concise and impactful manner which is easy for individuals not familiar with the process (and who will receive the report) to understand the risk and/ or lost opportunities identified.

Audit wrap-up

o Complete audit work papers and ensure that documentation is sufficient to justify the tests performed and audit findings identified.

o Formalize assignment feedback with the team leader and audit supervisor and discuss development opportunities with your functional manager.

During the different phases of the audit, you will be coached by the audit team leader who will help you to develop the most relevant and reliable audit approach. Since the time available will be limited, you will have to constantly manage your priorities within short timeline.

• Periodically follow-up on the action plans agreed with and committed by the audited organization.

• Keep abreast of the evolution in China environment and support the Head of Internal Audit, China in the preparation of communication to SIA management on significant, recurring and emerging issues in China

About you

Education and Work Experience

• University Degree or equivalent in Accounting, Finance, or other business discipline.

• Member of a professional body (i.e., CPA, CA, CIA, CISA, CFE or equivalent) strongly preferred.

• SAP knowledge and strong Excel/Word/PowerPoint skills would be an asset; Data Analytics experience preferred.

• Excellent spoken and written English is essential, and fluent Mandarin is required.

• International exposure and/ or experience working with a diverse team preferred.

• Experience in pharmaceutical/ healthcare industry is preferred but not mandatory.

Professional Skills and Attributes

• Minimum of 7 years prior public accounting or internal audit experience, including experience in managing financial, operational or compliance audits preferably in a large, multinational publicly traded company.

• Ability to work transversally and within a highly matrix environment.

• Self-driven and proactive with a willing attitude to learn and patience to guide inexperienced team members. • Inquisitive and persuasive with a global mindset and able to recognize and respond to diverse thinking styles, learning styles and cultural sensitivities.

• Strong project management and communication skills. Effective in prioritizing work and following through on commitments.

• Maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity as well as respect for confidentiality of sensitive matters.

• Operate with a collaborative mindset.

• Acute attention to detail with strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills; Ability to take large volumes of complex data and/ or information and present it in a clear and concise manner.

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