Associate Director Ethics & Compliance

Publication date: 04-09-2017 Job category: Legal
Location: Leiden Education level:
Country: The Netherlands Hours:
Level: Employment: Fulltime

Do you have pharmaceutical experience and a genuine interest for compliance, combined with sound experience in this area?  Are you interested in assisting the setting up of a new Ethics & Compliance program? Then Astellas has an interesting job opportunity for you!


Associate Director, Ethics & Compliance

Fulltime, 32-40 hours, Leiden, The Netherlands


Your job as Associate Director, Ethics & Compliance

At Astellas we have set up a new Ethics & Compliance program. As an Associate Director, Ethics & Compliance, you will be assisting the Head of Ethics & Compliance from the Astellas-companies and departments, based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Within this new department at Astellas, you will assist the development of Ethics & Compliance procedure within the Leiden Research & Development department, Astellas Pharma The Netherlands and the European manufacturing facilities (Meppel, Kerry, Dublin). You will be responsible for effective leadership of enhancing compliance culture locally, including accountability and consequences for non-compliance. You will show effective leadership of Ethics & Compliance locally, to ensure the business units maintain an effective compliance program. Astellas is working on a global compliance standard, so you will implement this effectively within the local organization. To achieve this, you will be involved in strategic planning, effective communication, training and monitoring policies.


Your personal qualifications as an Associate Director, Ethics & Compliance

  • At least an advanced degree in law, business administration, corporate governance, compliance or other related fields;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience with compliance with law, regulations and industry codes relevant to the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural regional and global environment;
  • Fluent and strong drafting and communication skills in English and Dutch (written and verbal).


As an Associate Director, Ethics & Compliance, you have strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret rules and guidelines, and ability to conceptualize policies, procedures and controls. You have the ability to work in a multi-cultural regional and global environment. You can be persuasive in convincing other people's point of view. You also have the ability to demonstrate sound and independent judgment, prudence and maturity in complex and sensitive cases. Furthermore, you have a strong commitment to integrity and professionalism and a commitment to excellence. Next to that you have the ability to be flexible, follow tight deadlines, organize and prioritize work.


We offer

  • A challenging and international job opportunity in an international setting;
  • Inspiring and dynamic work climate within a complex matrix-organization;
  • A wide scope of departments, from Research & Development to the commercial activities of Astellas;
  • Attractive remuneration, which includes:
    • a 13th month
    • excellent pension policy
    • health insurance compensation
    • collective health insurance
    • company own saving scheme arrangement
    • 25 Holidays + 13 so called ADV Days
    • and more….


At Astellas, we believe that nurturing a good relationship with our employees delivers good business results.

It is our stated aim in the VISION for Astellas to be recognised as an Employer of Choice. This means ensuring we are a highly effective organisation, that applies best-in-class people management, creates a positive working environment and has an inspirational company culture. This reflects the working culture of Astellas, outlines our expectations as an employer and captures the essence of our company ethos; CHANGING TOMORROW.


About Astellas

Astellas is a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company employing over 17,000 people worldwide with global sales exceeding 11 billion euro. The group’s EMEA headquarters are based in London, with affiliates throughout Europe engaged in research & development (R&D), manufacturing and sales & marketing. With over 4,500 employees, EMEA is an important and growing Astellas region, having key strengths in the therapy areas of Urology, Transplantation, Anti Infectives, Pain Management and Oncology. The global annual R&D investment of 15% to 20% of sales is evidence of the group’s commitment to improving the health of people worldwide through the provision of innovative and reliable products.

Astellas employs around 950 persons in the Netherlands, in Leiden and Meppel.


Mirai House, located in Leiden Bio Science Park, is home to a number of divisions, including the ethics & compliance activities for the Dutch market and the EMEA export market (Astellas Pharma International).


Interested? Please apply via this link.



Joost Bakker