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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, Culture in Boston, Massachusetts

*This position is Boston based and may require up to 15% travel

The Director, Culture is responsible for driving local and enterprise culture transformation efforts and providing strategic guidance to senior leadership. This highly impactful role is one of leadership and partnership across the enterprise. S/he is a valuable thought leader who will enable Alexion to achieve its corporate objectives, long-term strategy, and ambition of becoming the most rewarding company to work for. This position reports to the Head of Culture.


  • Refine and execute an enterprise culture strategy and plan that enables Alexion to achieve our corporate objectives, business success and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our 4,000+ team members and people living with rare diseases and devastating conditions.

  • Engage with various teams to enroll the global organization in building a culture of purpose-driven performance, patient- and employee-centricity, innovation, leadership, & quality and compliance, resulting in a competitive advantage.

  • Lead cross-functional, global Culture Coalition comprised of SVPs and VPs, and over 250 Culture Champions, to embed cultural change across the Alexion footprint and inspire cultural change.

  • Influence senior leaders at the enterprise level, including but not limited to Country, Cluster, and Function Heads, Chiefs of Staff, and HR Executive Partners and the People and Culture Community by providing guidance and strategic advice on how to advance our culture transformation efforts.

  • Develop and successfully launch enterprise tools and resources to equip and coach senior leaders to set the tone and create the environment to transform the culture, embed our values, and drive business performance, including ways to engage with their teams and bring the values to life.

  • Proactively embed our values into priority business processes and systems.

  • Lead the development, process, and results analysis of the Annual Culture Survey, and reinforce our values by ensuring that leaders, culture champions, Human Experience partners, and teams are equipped to communicate results, deliver on action plans and continue momentum.

  • Translate findings from culture assessment into meaningful enterprise strategies, prioritized tactics and recommendations, and prepare analysis for Executive Committee.

  • Lead execution of a 2-day annual Global Culture FORUM to build a community of culture champions and strengthen our patient and employee-centric culture by sharing best practices, generating insights, and enhancing collaboration across functions and geographies.

  • Drive talent philosophy in alignment of our values and ensure talent practices advance our culture.

  • Elevate and shape a speak-up culture where every voice matters by building and influencing leadership capabilities world-wide and providing strategic advice, and partner with Compliance as needed. Develop and launch resources to foster and sustain a psychologically safe environment.

  • Identify opportunities to further advance our culture of gratitude and appreciation and improve awareness and utilization of Alexion’s Rewards & Recognition Program.

  • Set the strategy and standards for building a sense of community within and across sites and make Alexion the most rewarding company to work for by driving progress on enhancing the employee experience, diversity, inclusion, & belonging, and our learning culture, and providing guidance to Site Leadership Teams.

  • Ensure our pandemic response continues to be aligned to our values and keeps employee wellbeing at the heart of our decisions. Ensure Future of Work, workplace design principles, behaviors and processes are aligned to our values, encourage collaboration and innovation, minimize disruption, and incorporates team member feedback.

  • Serve as a Change Influencer and leader by engaging with employees, gathering feedback/suggestions, and providing recommendations and strategies for implementation.

  • Partner with Head of Internal Belonging to ensure our strategy is aligned to our values, culture and ambitions.

  • Partner with Corporate Social Responsibility on key enterprise initiatives, including brain health programs and resources.

  • Partner with survey and analytics team on the design of the weekly pulse surveys, results interpretation, and recommendations for addressing employee feedback, as needed.

  • Develop internal and external communications, including culture narrative, that reflect our identity and values and build a strong employment brand.

  • Effectively on-board and judiciously manage external agencies, as needed.

Essential Qualifications

  • 10+ years of related experience in pharma or biotech leading and influencing cross-functional, global teams

  • Recognized thought leader in driving culture transformation and strategic insights

  • Has led large scale change initiatives and driven enterprise behavioral change

  • Experience working directly with and influencing senior leaders

  • Demonstrated success in creating strategic plans and proven ability to drive and sustain business improvement and results

  • Experience managing a global and matrixed environment


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s preferred.


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.