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Director, Human Resources At AstraZeneca


Mississauga, On

Job Description

Job description
At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose – to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. This purpose underpins everything we do; our work helps to make hearts healthier, to help people breathe easier, and to help more people survive cancer. Every day, we make a meaningful difference by delivering potentially life-changing medicines to millions of people worldwide and by leading breakthrough science that promises to transform the treatment of disease.

Our purpose is bold and so is our approach. Becoming a more agile and innovative company means creating a vibrant, dynamic culture where we celebrate entrepreneurial thinking and act with a sense of urgency. We are courageous, taking smart risks and learning from both success and failure. We are curious, creative, and open to new ideas and ways of working. Above all, we are passionate about science and driven to always put patients first. Join us and be part of a great place to work; an environment that energizes and empowers each of us to contribute to achieving our goal to develop and deliver life-changing medicines.

Role Description:
As part of the Human Resources team at AstraZeneca, you will thrive in a fast-paced, creative and purposeful environment where bold, innovative thinking builds our platform for success. We believe our people are our greatest asset and are always looking for top talent whose curiosity, learning-agility and strong values orientation champion high quality, impactful outcomes that accelerate our people and business success.

Reporting to the VP Human Resources and Communications, the Director, Human Resources is will be a highly influential and impactful contributor to the organization, delivering strategic and tactical HR outcomes in support of our business strategy. You will provide strategic direction and leadership on various HR initiatives including workforce planning, talent, learning & development and operational excellence. You will play a critical leadership role within the HR & Communications Function, inspiring a high performing team of 3-4 direct reports, working together to deliver key change programs and building forward-thinking strategies that empower current and future business acceleration.

Are you a senior Human Resources professional with a motivational leadership background and experience leading HR teams, instilling accountability and excellence within all areas of HR? Do you love a fast-paced, creative environment with a strong focus on exceptional business execution? You will work in an organization with strong purpose, an engaging corporate culture and with people passionate about innovation.

You will lead a portfolio of strategic projects and processes that support the business and you will empower your team to provide strategic advice and partnership in key areas of Human Resources including: HR Operations Recruiting, Compensation, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, Reward & Recognition, Learning & Development, Inclusion & Diversity and People Relations.

Are you extraordinary at delivering excellence? In our role, you will:
  • Actively support your overall team to deliver: workforce and succession plans (including talent reviews); driving employee engagement; performance management; compensation; people relations and pull through of all reward processes
  • Positively influence the appropriate application of HR policies, operational processes, standards and procedures ensuring alignment with the organization's vision, mission and core values and adherence to changing legislation
  • Care and instill a strong process mindset into projects and solutions, to deliver exceptional HR Operations and work with Global Partners to troubleshoot enterprise issues and enable optimal solutions for the Canadian business.
Is your strength strategic leadership? We want you to:
  • Be an accomplished facilitator and seasoned Leader who can assess organizational needs (learning, talent, recruitment, compensation) and build impactful and sustainable enterprise strategies and solutions working with both global and local colleagues
  • Maintain a high level of communication with all levels of the organization (both globally and locally) and positively impact the key decisions
  • Support the execution of the overall business plan by building and implementing People Strategies to attract, develop and retain employees; drive competitive advantage; and address opportunities and threats.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and counsel on enterprise organizational design, people plans and people change management strategies
  • Own and deliver the Strategic Workforce Plan by actively collaborating with key business partners to actively plan, identify and develop leaders and employees for future roles; you anticipate and plan for future human capability needs by analyzing and interpreting workforce information, reviewing results of employee surveys, and discussing top of mind issues and concerns with the business and HR leaders
Are you passionate about Culture, Inclusion, Diversity and Innovation? You will:
  • Cultivate an inclusive, innovative, empowering and engaging culture across the enterprise; actively building both short and long-term plans to engage and prepare the workforce for the future
  • Maintain an awareness of emerging trends and practices to creatively and positively embed programs into enterprise people plans
  • Be a role model for inclusive, forward-thinking, learning-agile leadership

Your qualifications include:
  • Minimum 12 years of diverse Human Resources Leadership experience, with preference in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Extraordinary program management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Executive team and capable of providing effective guidance and challenge where appropriate
  • CHRP/CHRL designation or Human Resources Specialty would be considered an asset
  • Consultative approach to persuade/influence business leaders to action
  • Critical thinking skills to assess the root cause of complex issues and build sound HR/Business solutions
  • Exceptional communicator and facilitator with positive relationship management skills
  • Ability to attract, build, retain and inspire a best-in-class, high-performing, creative and engaged HR team

We offer a challenging, team-focused work environment, a rewarding compensation package, and opportunities for professional and personal development and growth.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements as outlined above, will progress in our recruitment process. Internal applicants interested in this position are advised to inform their manager before applying to this role.

straZeneca Canada Inc. is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, AstraZeneca will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in our process, please inform the Talent Acquisition Partner of your accommodation(s) need(s) to ensure your equal participation.

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