Director and VP-level HR Business Partners (HRBP)


San Diego, CA

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 52 days ago

These roles are central to our vision of building an organization that is vibrant, high-performing and innovative. In these roles you will have an opportunity to have your fingerprints all over our global HR approach and ethos as we leverage our current capabilities and continue to elevate the impact of HR on the business. Because these are newly established senior roles, the selected individuals will have the opportunity (and be expected) to help shape the HR organization drawing from their extensive experience, perspective and passion to help build a team where each member makes the others better.

What you’ll dive into

At the most basic level, the individuals in these roles, together with their client group leaders, are responsible for ensuring we are attracting, retaining and deploying talent effectively, efficiently and in alignment with our values. These positions:

  • Are the “next generation” of the HR Business Partner, working side-by-side with their business units/functional executives driving Organizational Effectiveness (OE), drawing upon extensive business and HR acumen to provide advice and counsel
  • Will be proactive partners with senior leadership to ensure the right prioritization of human capital investments deliver on the business objectives and the company’s strategy and will set the vision for HR within the client group
  • Will proactively lead and serve as the internal consultant for designing and driving talent transformation and change, including providing insight, education and perspective to discussions and decisions relating to talent, organizational change management, and people development (considering future talent, bench strength, gaps and strategies to close those gaps)
  • Will, over time, manage HRBPs and/or Project Managers, including all the care and feeding required to build, engage and develop high quality team members
  • Will establish and set the day-to-day priorities for the team

What we expect

Candidates must be highly professional, business-minded leaders who have a reputation for excellence and build strong relationships based on expertise, impeccable follow-through, and strong inter-personal and teaming skills.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

These positions require a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources management, organizational develop or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and 10+ years of progressive leadership experience as an HR Business Partner or HR COE leader. The positions require experience working in sophisticated environments, where the expectations of human resources were high and you were challenged and expected to performance using modern and innovative practices, building and utilizing processes, tools, techniques and experiences accelerated execution or avoided risk. The ideal candidates will have a mix of experience in small, entrepreneurial companies and medium-to-large multi-national companies and a demonstrated capability to operate effectively in both. In addition, the ideal candidates will have the experience and perspective gained from multiple years of experiencesupporting a multi-national workforce (EU in particular).

Critical Skills

  • Deep and broad knowledge of HR practices, principles and procedures based on functioning in or working closely with colleagues across the HR function (talent, performance, compensation, compliance, etc.) and internal partners (COEs, Finance, etc.)
  • Experience designing and implementing talent strategies that accelerate the client group priorities and the overall business strategy
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to create and lead highly effective/efficient and successful teams and create a work atmosphere that high quality professionals want to be a part of; experience working in environments that drove excellence, held high standards and took a practical, but creative/innovative approach to human capital
  • Experience managing projects, including defining scope, managing budgets, driving deliverables, meeting deadlines and managing competing priorities
  • Well-developed analytical skills and problem-solving skills, and the ability to “connect the dots” between the business needs and how we can best meet those needs
  • Strategic orientation and critical thinking skills with ability align and integrate disparate talent management programs toward holistic global approach with respect toward localization and business applicability
  • Advanced interpersonal, listening and communication skills, including presentation and facilitation skills, and a track record of effectively communicating with and influencing at all levels, including providing critical feedback and the ability to help our executives, managers and employees navigate through difficult situations
  • Strong people and organizational skills to lead, build and develop a global team and elevate the HR delivery model in multiple, global locations
  • Experience successfully leading and managing organizational change

In addition to these critical skills, to be effective in the role, candidates must:

  • Have a strategic mindset and understand the business and how HR can influence the business, but also enjoy rolling up their sleeves; we call this “zooming in and zooming out”
  • Have a strong sense of pride, accountability and ownership and a high-quality and continuous improvement orientation
  • Be highly organized, detail oriented and a stickler for accuracy
  • Be highly collaborate and have a track record for working in a matrix environment and successfully operating across organizations and levels
  • Have a point of view and the confidence/courage to (appropriately) challenge assumptions, coupled with a high level of professionalism and the sophistication and finesse to push through issues while maintaining relationships
  • Be a logical, linear thinker, who doesn’t take things at face-value, but is also creative and can develop solutions which consider both facts and circumstances (form and substance, context and content)
  • Possess and demonstrate exceptional judgment, self-management, impeccable ethics, and a high degree of personal and professional maturity
  • Be results and customer oriented; views obstacles as opportunities, tenacious
  • Be resourceful, thrive is a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment
  • Be curious, a continuous learner and a student of our business, human resources and HR technology and regulations to both maintain current knowledge, but also to ensure compliance
  • Have a growth mindset and approach
  • Serve as a strong represented of our culture and value and further that by demonstrating the behaviors and workstyles that support our stated values and culture
  • Have experienceworking with modern HR technology and strong Office skills, as well as be willing to travel occasionally.