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

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Division Specific Information

The Sr. Director, HR Business Partner, will serve as the Strategic HR leader for the Biologics Business Unit (BIO) global business unit and will be responsible for developing HR strategies globally and leading all aspects of Human Resources for a full P&L business. This individual contributor position will lead, drive and run business unit wide Talent initiatives, Change management efforts, Organizational development/design and provide Functional HR business partnership across six sites in North America, Europe, Australia and China.

As the Sr. Director, HR Business Partner, this person will work closely effectively 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 senior 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 global 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 a global 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?

• Lead and facilitates organizational diagnosis and metrics to drive organizational design, development, effectiveness through talent capabilities and desired culture. Acts as a catalyst 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.

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

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

• Successful change agent and lead key change management initiatives. 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 guidance 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 interest in business and financial competence is highly recommended.


• 10-15 years of progressive 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 implement and influence across geographic/functional lines around the world.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

• Demonstrated experience in developing strategic solutions, yet able to plan, implement at complete locally to drive and deliver business results.

• Ability to organize detailed data into information, communicate the business story, and explain data for varying audiences in a concise manner.

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

• Biased for action along with ability to implement and influence across geographic/functional lines and work within a global matrixed model.

• Ability to gain trust, respect, and support through business knowledge and functional competence.

• Willingness and ability to travel globally at least 25% - 35% of the time.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 80,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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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.

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.