Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, Head of Talent Strategy & Design in Boston, Massachusetts

WORKING AT ALEXION: OUR CULTURE VALUES

At Alexion, patients are our Guiding Star – we serve them every day with our hearts and minds. Our ambition is to be the global leader in rare disease and the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for innovative and talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases and who share our culture values:

SERVE PATIENTS: We listen to patients with humility, dedicating ourselves to understanding their unique journeys and delivering transformative therapies. With passion and persistence, we help each patient find answers and overcome obstacles.

ACT WITH INTEGRITY: By operating with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, we build trust with patients and their families.

EMPOWER PEOPLE: We genuinely care for and respect each other, working together as a high-performing team to deliver extraordinary results.

INNOVATE FOR SOLUTIONS: We push ourselves to imagine the possibilities, redefine innovation, and change lives. We have the courage to ask the difficult questions, explore and embrace bold ideas, and learn from one another and the world around us.

Patients are the real heroes. They inspire us daily and are the living embodiment of the purpose behind our work. As our Guiding Star, they remind us of that every day.

POSITION SUMMARY

Alexion is currently seeking a Head of Talent Strategy and Design based in Boston, MA. This individual will build and implement world class, differentiating global talent programs and processes that build the capabilities to enable Alexion’s strategy based on customer-centricity, innovation, value creation and changing lives, and to create the most rewarding company to work for.

In this role, this individual will set strategy and lead the design of global talent programs and processes including workforce/talent planning performance management, career development, team effectiveness, and talent management key performance indicators.

This individual will partner heavily with the Head of Leadership Strategy and Design, HR Executive Partners, Employee Experience Leader, People and Culture Partners, HR Services, business leaders, and external vendors to strategize, build out and implement global talent programs.

This individual will report directly to the VP, Talent Strategy and Planning. The position is located in Boston, MA. Global travel of 10% will be required particularly as we seek to co-develop and implement new processes and methods across our global locations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES AND OUTCOMES

  • Lead the strategy, design and implementation of global talent programs and processes including: workforce/talent planning performance management, career development, team effectiveness, and talent management key performance indicators.

  • Align talent practices to support integration of payer, patient, leadership and employee experiences in developing the most rewarding place to work

  • Develop competency frameworks to build competitive capabilities

  • Design and implement talent planning processes, linked to business planning, including workforce plans aligned to business strategy, and a robust process to identify high potential talent, facilitate experiential moves, and develop required organizational capabilities.

  • Define, implement and continuously improve world class yet simple performance management process, tools, and frameworks, including manager capability building.

  • Build and implement progressive and innovative methods for career development.

  • Actively seek to understand the employee experience to optimize processes and programs for capability building and to engender a world class employee experience.

  • Act as thought partner to HR Executive Partners, Employee Experience Leader, People and Culture Partners, and line managers as they execute talent programs.

  • Define, analyze and communicate Key Performance Indicators to measure the health of our talent programs and the impact on the business.

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to integrate across disciplines and functions

  • Builds communities, both internal and external to company

  • Stimulates others through ideas and knowledge

  • Acts as a change agent

  • Inspires others and creates followership beyond direct reporting relationships

  • Actively seeks stakeholders perspectives

  • Authentic and shows humility

  • Purpose-driven and passionate

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 10 years of experience in Talent/Organizational Development

  • Demonstrated passion to be part of a mission-driven, customer-focused, organization

  • Has a strong point of view about leadership challenges influencing healthcare key stakeholders – payers, patients, etc.

  • Demonstrated progressive thought-leadership in areas of talent

  • Develops a clear view of organization, capability, and talent gaps and moves quickly to resolve them

  • Experience with talent analytics, using data to shape predictive models and influence investment decisions

  • Experience partnering with external consultancies to build strategies, methodologies, processes, tools, and communication

  • Experience with design thinking methods and practices to optimize customer/employee experiences

  • Proven success at building strong, credible advisory relationships and communities at all levels of the organization.

  • Excellent working knowledge of HR/Talent/OD principles, practices and standard processes as typically acquired through related HR experiences.

  • Able to communicate succinctly and powerfully with Senior Management; stellar oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent program management skills and ability to engage multiple stakeholders from design to implementation.

  • Entrepreneurship mindset, accountability, agility, overcoming obstacles and focus on action and implementation

  • Consulting experience preferred

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical/ biotech preferred

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, advanced degree and/or professional certifications preferred

  • Master’s in organization development or behavior or equivalent experience (i.e. BS with 8 – 12 years of OD experience)

LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS: WHAT WE VALUE IN All EMPLOYEES AT ALEXION

INNOVATE: Driven to advance novel approaches into solutions by building a welcoming environment for surfacing ideas, respecting diverse opinions, and embracing the best internal and external thinking.

CHANGE LIVES: Transformative force for developing and delivering change by actively listening and inspiring others to build a sense of purpose and community to create life changing treatments.

CREATE VALUE: Understands the core attributes and future potential of our company and how these bring unique value to our current and future patients.

SHAPE THE FUTURE: Has a patient-centric vision for the future, informed by internal and external stakeholders, and a clearly defined roadmap and engagement strategy to achieve that vision.

GET THINGS DONE: Enables high-performing teams through defined decision-making protocols, strong governance processes, and clear accountability for delivering results.

ENGAGE TODAY’S TALENT: Creates an engaged workforce through relentless communications, strategy alignment, continuous mentoring and coaching, and strong collaboration both within the team and with stakeholders.

BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION: Has a clear view of organization, capability, and talent gaps and moves quickly to resolve them; invests in talent to enable career growth and advancement; is an ambassador of the Alexion brand both internally and externally.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Has a high degree of emotional intelligence and a strong sense of self; is often sought out by others for guidance and counsel; is engaged and passionate about our work.

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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 multinational biopharmaceutical company with approximately 2,500 dedicated employees serving patients in more than 50 countries through the innovation, development, and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology, Alexion developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). In addition, Alexion 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). Our research efforts focus on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade, and our development efforts focus on our core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders.

Alexion’s aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team.

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. To learn more about Alexion, please visit www.alexion.com.

Alexion is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative action employer