Audit Manager, IT & Digital

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Audit Manager, IT & Digital

Location: Macclesfield UK

Competitive salary and benefits apply

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused pharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of life-changing medicines across our three strategic priorities – Oncology, Biopharmaceuticals, and Rare Disease.

We’re proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity. We work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges.

Group Internal Audit (GIA) provides independent assurance that we’re achieving our objectives effectively and in the right way. Our remit is to provide assurance over compliance, operational, strategic, and technology risks and ensure they are being managed effectively. As valued partners across the enterprise, Group Internal Audit provides AstraZeneca Leaders the independent assurance and insight to navigate risks as they push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We draw on our network of diverse minds, harnessing our unique views and ideas, to improve how AstraZeneca runs.

You’ve probably worked in a managerial-level role in a Big Four firm or a large global organization and your experience with IT & Digital capabilities and associated risks, coupled with a global outlook, would make an exceptional Internal Audit Manager with AstraZeneca in Macclesfield, UK.

Reporting to the Head of Audit (IT & Digital), you’ll have the ability to drive value to our business partners and be recognized as a key player in a leading Internal Audit function. The successful candidate will be expected to lead audits in specialist areas of IT such as cloud computing, cyber security, enterprise architecture, artificial intelligence (AI), data loss prevention, identity and access management and operational technology (OT) / manufacturing environments. Experience of either working in these areas, and/or delivering audits, assurance or consultancy engagements in these areas will be beneficial.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and possess a natural curiosity. They will see this role as an opportunity to understand and learn about AstraZeneca’s business operations, providing them with the skills to further their career within AstraZeneca.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, manage and execute the annual Audit Plan for IT & Digital.

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

  • Prepare insightful written reports and verify that recommendations are implemented in a timely manner.

  • Utilize knowledge of industry best practices to suggest improvements to the company's IT governance and IT/business processes through ongoing consultative recommendations.

  • Utilize innovative techniques, including digital/ data-driven techniques to inform audit planning, fieldwork, and reporting and to drive impactful insights to the business.

  • Promote high levels of ethical awareness within the organization.

  • Build honest and trusted relationships with key stakeholders across the AZ IT function to establish a deep understanding of the IT strategy and control environment.

  • Contribute to wider GIA operational effectiveness initiatives, bringing ideas and enthusiasm to help the function achieve its strategy and objectives.

Candidate Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Minimum of five years of information technology (IT) or IT auditing experience. Relevant audit and/or consulting experience with a Big Four accounting firm, consulting firm, and/or experience within an Internal Audit department of a large global organization is strongly preferred.

  • BSc in management information systems, computer science or related business field or equivalent experience.

  • Ability to "deep dive" into the details of the IT function and business, while staying focused on the big picture.

  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to organize, manage and deliver on multiple priorities.

  • High level of personal integrity, tenacity, and independence.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills - both written and oral. Ability to articulate complex concepts in simple and easy to understand terms.

  • Ability to undertake travel internationally (potentially up to 20% of working days) to work on a range of audits.

  • Flexible to support audits in other domain areas such as Human Resources, Enabling, Operations and R&D.


  • Relevant life sciences or biopharmaceutical industry experience.

  • Familiarity with SAP, cybersecurity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), information management, digital transformation, and / or emerging technologies.

  • Experience using digital or data-driven auditing and visualisation techniques to drive impactful insights.

  • Relevant certifications such as CISA, CISSP and CISM.

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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.

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