EHS Audit Director, Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
08 Apr 2021
21 Apr 2021
Contract Type

We are building capability in our Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) function that will enable our transformation into a leading Consumer Healthcare organisation

The EHS Audit Director will define and implement the EHS risk assurance strategy and plan for Consumer Healthcare facilities and those of our contract manufacturers and key suppliers. Through a range of assurance services and positive relationships with the business, you will inspire meaningful action before EHS risks harm our employees, communities and the environment or disrupt our R&D, Supply Chain or Commercial activities.

To deliver these objectives, you will network with audit and risk communities across the business and externally, ensuring alignment and collecting and incorporating good practice within the range of audit products. You will influence and convince regional, site and functional leaders to address potential shortcomings in their EHS risk management programme, and consequently drive up the performance of their business. As the role involves international auditing, there is significant international travel expected, potentially up to 50%.

The role itself offers the successful candidate the opportunity to deliver a far reaching, impactful contribution to deliver better everyday health with humanity. The post is very visible within, and outside, GSK, developing a reputation for quality, safety and success. You'll gain far reaching exposure to the processes and activities in all areas of Consumer Healthcare and will build with a fantastic network as a result.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and executing the annual EHS assurance plan, providing clear and engaging insights for delivery to senior leadership on the status of risk management across our end to end supply chain, R&D and commercial business activities.
  • Leading internal and outsourced EHS audit teams, ensuring their audit and assurance work is connected to the company's strategy and expectations
  • While retaining independence, building strong working relationships with senior leaders, peers in other control functions, colleagues and partners such that the assurance programme is regarded as a crucial and highly valued input to business strategy, an indicator of business performance and a vital tool for continuous improvement in the management of risks and opportunities.
  • Identifying emerging trends in assurance and internal controls through scanning the internal and external business and risk environment.
  • Continually developing the range of EHS assurance products: facility audits, thematic audits, third party audits and merger, acquisition & divestiture audits, applying judgement, creativity and flexibility to generate new and innovative ideas and approaches.
  • To ensure appropriate and timely management and escalation of significant issues, including anticipating and addressing obstacles in audit delivery, and significant business and compliance issues.
  • Providing quality oversight and driving accountability within teams for audits and outputs at all key stages, ensuring compliance with Institute of Internal Auditing standards.
  • Providing the training programme for guest auditors, and scope of work for third parties to ensure consistency in approach and EHS auditing practice across Consumer Healthcare.
  • Working with the EHS Management Systems and Performance Lead to improve quality, fitness for purpose and implementation of our EHS framework and global written standards
  • As a member of the CH EHS Leadership Team, contribute to wider EHS strategy in Consumer Healthcare.

About You:

In order to build and deliver a successful EHS programme globally, we need someone with excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate sophisticated information at an audience appropriate level, with partners right up to 'C-Suite' level. You will work often through others, and head matrix teams to deliver audits, so excellent matrix management skill and an aptitude for leadership and influencing are important. Working globally, you must be culturally sensitive and flexible, focusing on building relationships that enable partnership and collaborative working. Given the scale of the audit programme, you will need to be organised, able to multitask, handle contending priorities, absorb information quickly and respond with speed whilst maintaining quality of service.

This role calls for a credible leader. Living our values and demonstrating excellence, you will be a coach and a mentor, and ideally an inspiration to the wider business. You possess good interviewing skills with the ability to identify root cause and systemic issues. This credibility and relationship-building will allow you to competently handle conflict, including within your team, with auditees, guest auditors and Senior Leadership: you will stand your ground when necessary but do so with diplomacy.

CLOSING DATE for applications: Wednesday 21st April (COB)

Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert.

Why You?

Required Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM subject and Masters' level specialisation in Audit, Risk Management and/or EHS
  • In-depth knowledge of risk management frameworks and management systems specifications (eg. ISO 31000, 14001 and 45001) and risk-based auditing models (e.g., IIA, COSO, ISO 19011).
  • Experience of working in a multi-national company's internal audit group or a related field such as corporate governance or risk management.
  • High level of knowledge of EHS and Engineering standards how to assess their practical implementation.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements, approach and perspectives of regulatory agencies in one or more jurisdictions.
  • Knowledge of audit processes and the expected standards for execution and record keeping.

Preferred Qualifications and experience:

  • Experience of decision-making and operations management in a high-risk industrial facility.
  • A technical specialism such as process safety, occupational hygiene, environmental management.
  • A solid understanding of industrial psychology, behavioural safety and human factors.
  • Project management certification (e.g. ADP, Prince 2, PMP).
  • Fluency in a second language - Spanish particularly preferred.

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