Associate Director Internal Controls

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals   •  

Princeton, NJ

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 42 days ago

Requisition ID2019-10646


The Associate Director of Internal Controls is responsible for defining and assessing control objectives and monitoring compliance of the accounting and financial JSOX controls at Otsuka. This individual will review test findings from both the Internal/External Audit Team, facilitate the remediation of control gaps, and escalate possible critical issues to the senior leadership team. The Associate Director of Internal Controls will identify areas of potential improvement for key processes and procedures and supports the management of the related processes and procedures. He/she will be responsible for working with different business owners to partner on implementation, execution and compliance with entity level controls, while formalizing the assessment and improvement of the JSOX control structure. The Associate Director of Internal Controls will lead the creation and maintenance of a highly effective control structure, have high visibility to Senior Management and be viewed as the subject matter expert for internal controls.

Maintain the Control Environment and ensure the control framework is strictly implemented and maintained across all organizations. Ensure JSOX controls are optimized, implemented and enforced for each business process.

Establish working relationships with business leaders and executive management to build an awareness of the importance of a strong internal control environment.

Establish close working relationships with external auditors for all JSOX related issues. Reach agreement on a scope and testing strategy. Ensure appropriate resolution and agreement during each phase of the annual process including documentation, walkthroughs and testing.

Develop audit plans and execute audits of various business processes using established or new audit

techniques, including writing audit finding, recommendations and presenting to senior leadership.

Implement a process of continuous improvement that enhances a well-controlled business environment, while emphasizing control automation that minimizes disruption to the day to day process of the business.

Build a strong working relationship with the parent company Internal Audit team. Assist in the coordination of audits and provide guidance to the business on process improvements with actionable plans.

Research new accounting standards. Prepare analysis of the accounting treatment and financial impact of the new standard.

Coordinate and conduct the quarterly Audit Committee meeting and annual Disclosure Committee.

Oversee the coordination and development of policies and procedures.

Lead direct reports in day to day activities.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related discipline
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in external or internal auditing
  • Strong knowledge of auditing principles, auditing standards, PCAOB and JSOX
  • Strong personal computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office Excel
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Willingness to work efficiently under time constraints.
  • Up to 10% travel is required based upon business needs

Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.


Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016.