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Thermo Fisher Scientific HR Director, Business Partner in Needham, Massachusetts

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do meaningful work, that makes a positive impact on a global scale. Join 80,000 colleagues who bring our Mission to life each day to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. You’ll find the resources here to achieve your career goals and help take science a step beyond by developing solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges, like protecting the environment, making sure our food is safe or helping find cures for cancer.

The Director, HR Business Partner, will serve as the Strategic HR liaison for the Biologics Business Unit (BIO) global business unit and will develop HR strategies globally and lead all aspects of Human Resources for a full P&L business. This individual contributor position will lead and run business unit wide talent initiatives, change management efforts, organizational development and provide functional HR business partnership across six sites in North America, Europe, Australia and China.

As the HR Business Partner, this person will work closely across a highly global matrixed environment, engaging and aligning with business leaders, HR field teams in multiple countries, and HR centers of excellence (COE) to identify gaps and opportunities, and together develop the go-forward winning solutions. The HR Business Partner will be part of the Business Unit Senior Leadership team and the HR Drug Substance Division (DSD) Leadership team. As such, the role will include supporting certain Division wide initiatives and/or clients as needed.

How will you make an impact?

As a trusted advisor to the business, the HR Business Partner will translate business strategy and objectives into goals and workforce plan in alignment with business imperatives (talent management, organizational development, performance management, career development, employee relations, compensation planning and change leadership). The incumbent will demonstrate learning and leadership agility, showing a curiosity and passion the mission, setting priorities and taking action in an organized, proactive manner.

What will you do?

  • Facilitates organizational diagnosis and metrics to drive organizational efficiency through talent and organizational capabilities and culture. Acts as a motivator for change; guides and directs organizational design, development and change management solutions.

  • Develop a solid strategic human resource plan to support and drive the needs of the business; including attracting, developing and retaining top talent including opportunities for process improvements.

  • Stays on top of CDMO industry market trends as well as and functional trends, and uses these insights to develop appropriate global HR solutions.

  • Coaches senior leaders on complex leadership and HR issues including development and talent performance and issues which could have the potential to build a competitive advantage for the business.

  • Act as a change agent and lead key change management initiatives for the business. Participate in the broader division and group HR team to drive HR projects and initiatives.

  • Partner with site, HR and Business leaders to oversee and provide direction on activities, shape culture and drive employee engagement.

  • Perform other duties as assigned including Group and Division talent initiatives, projects and programs.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, HR or related field is required. A strong aptitude for business and financial acumen is highly recommended.


  • 8-10 years of dynamic experience in all aspects of Human Resources and as a HR Business Partner who has supported global clients.

  • Experience as the lead HR Business Partner for a full P&L business and experience supporting multiple manufacturing operations (or substantial non-exempt population) strongly preferred.

  • Experience successfully operating in a highly matrix organization environment. Ability to execute and influence across geographic/functional lines around the world.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Develops, implements, and executes strategic solutions locally to drive and deliver business results.

  • Translates data into information and succinctly communicates the business story to varying audiences.

  • Consultative HR experience, with a strong bias for action and results.

  • Executes and influences across geographic/functional lines and work within a global matrixed model.

  • Gains trust, respect, and support through business knowledge and functional competence.

  • Willingness and ability to travel globally at least 25% of the time.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.