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Associate Director Internal Audit


Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium

Job Function:  Finance
Job ID:  65151

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?

In order to further strengthen our Global Finance team and contribute to our overall company strategy towards digital transformation, UCB is currently seeking an

Associate Director, Global Internal Audit in Brussels, Belgium


The successful candidate for this role will assist Global Internal Audit (GIA) senior management in the execution of the GIA ‘terms of reference’ (mission and operating principles) and its integration into the audit plan:


  • Client excellence – to build effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders; manage mutual expectations and timely report information regarding the results of GIA work.
  • Audit organization & strategy – to conduct GIA activities based upon professional practices such as due professional care, competency and integrity; enhancing the internal control environment, and assisting management in financial reporting governance.
  • Audit planning and processes – to assist in the development and execution of the audit plan based upon risk assessment and assist management in continuous improvements.


Key Responsibilities:

Work closely with all levels of financial and operation management within the Company, in a partnering environment, to take a leadership role over the process of control improvement.

Risk-control self-assessment - program:


  • Promote and facilitate the enhancement of company-wide internal control environment.
  • Assist in the company wide roll-out of internal control programs.
  • Facilitate the development of and completion of internal control awareness and education programs and partnered risk-control self-assessments.
  • Assist management in completing self-assessment reports, and in developing solutions

Internal audit - program:


  • Assist in the planning and execution of audit engagements based upon a risk-based audit plan.
  • Lead cycle/process audits both at global and entity levels.
  • Be a key player in the assessment of digital projects and identify potential partnership opportunities (with advanced analytics and digital transformation)
  • Draft audit observations and recommendations.
  • Present audit results to stakeholders




  • At least 8 years' of total working experience
  • 3-5 years’ of experience in finance, accounting or operations, external (big 4 preferred) audit firm or internal audit – preferably with experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • A key interest in bringing innovation into existing processes around artificial intelligence and advanced analytics
  • Knowledge of Finance and Accounting, or experience in an operational role.
  • Essential personal characteristics for the role, including integrity, reliability, self-motivation and respect for the confidentiality inherent to the profession.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management and within a matrix organization.
  • Mature, able to work in team as well as autonomously.
  • High degree of integrity and objectivity
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Self-starter, motivated.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Performing effectively under pressure.
  • Promotable in a short-time frame within the global UCB organization
  • Competence in using audit tools and techniques.
  • Knowledge of SAP is an advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of English, any other language is an asset.
  • Willing to travel up to 40 % (worldwide).



About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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