Associate Director, Global Employment Law Investigator

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Associate Director, Global Employment Law Investigator

Location: Cambridge, UK / Macclesfield, UK / Gothenburg, SWE

Competitive salary and benefits package

The Associate Director Global Employment Law Investigator is a member of the Global Compliance Investigations (GCI) team within the Global Sustainability SET area. This role reports directly to the Head of Global Investigations, responsible for the GCI team.

The Associate Director Global Employment Law Investigator conducts investigations into alleged violations of external law or regulation, with a specific focus on Employment Principles allegations such as bullying / harassment / discrimination, as set out in the AstraZeneca Code of Ethics and supporting AstraZeneca policies. The role can be located either in the UK or Sweden at an AstraZeneca site.

This role demands some flexibility to travel internationally on an occasional basis, sometimes at relatively short notice.

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives everyday. Our mission is ambitious and it takes the skills of a collaborative team to really deliver on what science can do and to always put patients first.

We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Candidate Focus & Challenge

  • Oversee management of bullying / harassment / discrimination cases reported through the Company’s anonymous reporting line (AZethics line).

  • Work proactively and collaboratively with colleagues in Global Sustainability, Legal, ER/HR and/or relevant business units to provide guidance, advice and support in the conduct of Employment Principles investigations to ensure that they are investigated in an appropriate, efficient and timely manner.

  • For Global cases, (e.g., cases triggered by alleged misconduct by senior management), lead the investigation which will often include coordinating support from designated local or functional investigators, as well as other local personnel.

  • Effectively communicate the nature, status and outcomes of relevant investigations to senior stakeholders in Global Sustainability, Legal, ER/HR and/or line management.

  • Analyze and present or disseminate case data as required.

  • Assist in the review and root-cause analysis of substantiated violations and the development of corrective actions as well as recommendations to prevent future violations.

  • Assist in the training of practitioners across various functions on the conduct of Employment Principles investigations to promote consistent and best practice.

  • Contribute to the quarterly and annual reporting obligations of the Chief Compliance Officer.

  • Perform other duties related to GCI as required.

Candidate Knowledge, Skills & Experience required

  • Relevant background as a practising Employment Lawyer with experience conducting Employment Principles investigations across different countries/regions, including fact finding (e.g., conducting interviews, reviewing business records etc.), assessing the nature of the allegations and applicable policy or external requirement and assessing the nature/magnitude of risk raised by a given set of allegations. Experience in conducting internal corporate investigations is strongly preferred; experience in labour law enforcement, litigation and/or auditing/monitoring may also be helpful.

  • Strong collaboration and partnership skills, including demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional investigative teams across different countries, business areas and levels of the organization.

  • Strong critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, evaluate and resolve issues quickly.

  • Ability to conduct investigations with the highest levels of objectivity, thoroughness, discretion and respect for the individuals involved.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective written and oral reports on complex subjects to senior executives and/or other senior stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.

  • Flexibility, creativity and the ability to cope with change in a fast-paced environment and evolving company.

  • Qualifications as a legal professional.

  • Strong working knowledge of global pharmaceutical compliance and legal environment preferred.

Job open date: 12/07/2022

Job closing date: 26/07/2022

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