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Global Compliance Investigations Lead


Smyrna, Georgia, United States

Job Function:  Regulatory Affairs
Job ID:  68811

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?





To strengthen the Ethics and Compliance Team based in Smyrna, Georgia, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of Global Investigations Lead. This role will be based in Smyrna, Georgia or Brussels, Belgium.

This role will partner with geographies, Ethics & Compliance (E&C), Legal and Talent leadership to ensure internal E&C effectiveness & efficiency in conducting and reporting on investigations, including management of root cause analysis, corrective actions and disciplinary actions. 


You like to work in an environment where you will be responsible for:

•    Designing the investigations framework including governance and disciplinary matrix.
•    Coordinating intake, assessment and conduct of investigations including documenting of planned CAPAs and associated outcomes.
•    Providing analytics and reports on investigations.
•    Supporting design of global solutions as subject matter expert when assigned.


You will contribute by:

Fully understanding Ethics & Compliance risk environment and its impact on the area, partnering with stakeholders to properly manage those risks:

•    Maintaining knowledge of all industry codes, and in cooperation with Legal, and all applicable laws and regulations. Monitor and follow up of key developments that would impact the business. 
•    Managing all cases reported to UCB through the hotline, Ethics and Compliance, Talent and other mechanisms and conduct assessment of cases in collaboration with the E&C Regional Head and the relevant Talent Partner to determine categorization of incoming matters as incidents or investigations.
•    Designing and conducting investigations in a thorough and efficient manner operating through established internal governance process.  
•    Ensuring that all investigations are effectively followed up including Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs) and any necessary disciplinary action.
•    Identifying and reporting, through the investigation processes, practices that create legal risk to mitigate organizational liability.
•    Initiating analysis / reports / statistical data which may affect performance and/or related business initiatives.
•    Actively participating in local industry trade association compliance (or related) committees, helping drive appropriate decision-making on key issues, integrating best practices and benchmarking into the overall approach.


Working with the relevant stakeholders to ensure Area/Affiliates maximize the effectiveness of the compliance program, ensuring that business leadership is committed to the highest ethical and compliance standards: 


•    Ensuring development, implementation, management, maintenance, continuous improvement and interpretation of investigations-related compliance-related policies, procedures, country specific requirements and practices. 
•    Working with relevant internal stakeholders, develop, implement, coordinate, and deliver awareness education, policies and procedures training, and other necessary training programs to internal and external business partners. 
•    Ensuring accountability is exercised through enforcement of our policies and applicable regulations; ensure allegation of misconduct are reported timely and discipline actions are implemented after investigations are done. Provide support during investigations as needed.
•    Partnering with Area/Affiliate and Global Internal Audit (GIA) on audits, while maintaining full objectivity and independence from both parties.
•    Ensuring ethics and compliance documents, records, and files are organized and maintained in an effective way.

Management of direct reports: 
•    Acting as a coach and mentor to develop Investigations Partners competencies.
•    Providing guidance to Investigations Partners to ensure consistent E&C standards and counseling.
•    Coordinating Investigations Partners to ensure highest quality deliverables.


Interested? For this position, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:


Minimum Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree required
•    5+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry
•    5+ years of experience (direct or indirect – confronted and operated) in healthcare compliance
•    Proficiency in Healthcare Compliance requirements including self-regulated industry codes
•    Experience in a transnational and multicultural environment
•    In-depth knowledge of federal and state laws governing employment and labor (Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, National Labor Relations, etc.)
•    Awareness of emerging HR compliance issues, internally and externally, and the implications to the company
•    Previous experience in a HR investigations role


Preferred Qualifications:
•    Master’s degree preferred

Why you should apply:
Do you want to contribute in bringing real value to patients living with severe diseases while driving innovation forward?  Join UCB’s dynamic, inspiring and innovative environment. You will be recognized for impactful performance via a competitive compensation and benefits package and you will enjoy ample personal development opportunities.


Tell us what makes you the perfect match to our team and join one of the most dynamic & forward-looking organizations in the world. To apply, please go to www.ucb.com/careers.  



About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything 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 worldwide 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. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

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. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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