Internal Auditor

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 11-Dec-2018

Ref#: FER-0080/R0006961

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit

In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for an:


Your mission:

  • To assist the Internal Audit team in the performance of planned audits across any function and any global site in operations, finance, production, research, development, compliance, legal and external regulations as well as develop new audit tools and contribute to reporting documentation.
  • Main responsibilities:
  • Execute audit work and adapt work scheduled in light of emerging field work results to be able sufficiently evaluate the control environment for units of varying complexity using best practice approaches and techniques in accordance with the Ferring Group Strategy and Regulatory Landscape, and as aligned with professional standards for internal auditing. IT and System audit design and execution are to be included.
  • Prepare and present audit results both verbally and in writing to management of the audited unit so they are persuasive, placed in the appropriate context and understood by the recipients.
  • The Internal Audit team in general administrative matters which are related to the audit cycle, promotion of the Internal Audit and maintenance of department sites and intranet.
  • Assist in the preparation of risk assessments and setting up the annual Internal Audit plan.
  • The department in investigating and /or developing additional audit tools or techniques.

Required Experience & Competences:

  • Final degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Information Systems or qualified accountant or other professional qualifications in at least one area, such as CISA, CISM, CIA
  • Proven practical knowledge of finance & controlling or system’s audit/ development. Other Pharma business experience may be considered
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in an audit / advisory or finance & controlling function (Big 4 experience is an advantage)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Working knowledge in Oracle ERP, MS Navision considered an advantage.
  • Strong team player with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive, independent, self-starter, capable of prioritising multiple tasks, hands-on, results oriented
  • Pragmatic and problem solver
  • Strong technical/information system skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 50%
  • Second language highly desirable

Are you curious to learn how pharma gets the right medicine to the patient at the right time?
Do you have the desire to understand production, commercial operations, marketing & clinical activities?
Can you help the business optimise the resources that drive lean systems, finance processes & human resources utilisation?

If so, then Ferring can offer you the opportunity to grow within its Corporate Internal Audit team. 
We are seeking a person who thrives on a constantly changing environment, is agile, people orientated, has ability to listen & probe, offer solutions & is a team player. Cultural sensitivity & a willingness to travel (50%) are essential; as is a second language. Candidates with business related systems experience are welcomed.

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