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Associate Director - Human Resources Business Partner

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

in San Dimas, CA

Ref. Number: 3544
Position Type: Regular
Working Hours: Full Time

Specific Responsibilities

As the site HR leader, this position requires experience in Manufacturing HR leadership, consultation and coaching as a member of the Senior Leadership team in the following areas:

  • Organizational Effectiveness, Team Development, Employee Communications, Developing Workforce and Strategic Staffing Plans, Performance Management, Total Rewards Programs, Leadership/Management Development, Coaching and Employee Development, Organization Interventions, Proactive Retention, and Building Employee Commitment.
  • Serve as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team and contribute as a dynamic business. Solid written and oral communication skills, proactively bringing forth alternative recommendations to programs and processes.
  • Ensure business specific and Gilead Sciences HR programs, procedures and policies are implemented to fulfill both organizational needs and corporate requirements.
  • Assesses, diagnoses and designs solutions that are aligned to the overall Gilead Sciences and business HR plans. Anticipates and addresses organizational issues/challenges, leveraging wherever possible Gilead Sciences-wide processes, tools, centers of expertise, etc.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to develop and implement strategies for increasing the overall organizational capabilities including the enhancement of management competencies and overall bench strength including management training and succession planning. This position owns the site Talent Management planning in partnership with the Talent Management and Reward teams at Gilead. Ensure consistency within budget parameters and PDM / Gilead compensation philosophy.
  • Lead organizational change management processes within the San Dimas client organization. Ensure clients receive flawless transactional service delivery by understanding and maximizing the use of technology and centers of expertise. Deliver Gilead Cultural workshops to new hires and work to maintain the Gilead culture throughout the site.
  • Develop and implement strategic staffing plans to ensure the successful attainment of business objectives. Work with Finance partners, Gilead Talent Acquisition and Contract Employment Agencies to ensure appropriate work force levels.
  • Proactive leadership for Employee Relations concerns and investigations.
  • Participate as requested as process lead for the functional HR leader on assignments or in Gilead Sciences-wide initiatives.
  • Support Gilead Sciences values, legal requirements and HR policies throughout the company.
  • Provide leadership in the drive to create an energizing and productive culture, and in making Gilead Sciences a great place to work. This position is the advisor to the Employee Advisory Committee (ACE).

Essential Duties and Job Functions

  • As the site lead HR Business Partner, directs the planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting for the entire HR Function at the manufacturing sites located in San Dimas and LaVerne.
  • Advises site management on HR policy and program matters, making or recommending appropriate decisions, as necessary.
  • Serves as a consultant to management and is responsible for identifying the need for HR programs or strategies to support business and scientific objectives, as well as strategic direction. Provides management with an interpretation of current HR policies (including California Labor practices) and oversees the onsite training of managers and supervisors on HR programs and policies.
  • Working with HR senior management, develops new policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Manages training needs analysis and training solutions to build capability within organization.
  • Develops and conducts presentations for employees and managers on a variety of HR subjects.
  • Participates as a site/group lead on broad, global HR initiatives and lead smaller-scale, local HR projects.
  • This position may manage additional HR professionals and support staff.
  • While not necessarily the subject matter expert in each HR specialty area, must be able to independently discuss with senior management, organizational development changes and the fundamental issues of the HR functional areas (training, compensation, benefits, etc.).
  • Influences managers to make important changes in organizational structure or processes.Directs the planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting for a portion of a large client group, or a specific geographic area.
  • Challenges are unique and solutions may serve as a precedent for future decisions
  • Provides support directly to senior management and defines the HR strategy for the client group or groups supported.
  • Within client group, facilitates the management and development of the corporate culture and values, and leads employee and manager engagement initiatives to foster teamwork and enhance employee engagement.
  • Viewed as subject matter expert and maintains contacts with external sources to stay apprised of current trends and new legislative changes.
  • Accomplishes results as an individual contributor or through HR subordinates or specialist employees/CoE. May select, develop and evaluate HR staff to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
  • Develops concepts, techniques, and standards for flawless execution on the delivery of HR services including talent acquisition, performance management, talent reviews, compensation planning, and project management.
  • Develops new applications based on professional principles and theories.
  • Provides analysis and recommendations about the reengineering and optimization of the organizational structure, roles, process and resource allocation, and facilitates change management.
  • Designs, develops and implements communication strategy using various media. Ensures effective communication strategies are in place within the organization and builds two-way communication channels.
  • Proactively questions the decisions of management that impact the long-term direction of the client group.
  • May be responsible for representing client group or site with labor unions and/or works councils to ensure compliance with relevant labor laws and a favorable climate with employee representative groups.
  • May require strong business knowledge as well as a sophisticated understanding of labor relations and union negotiation rules.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • 12+ years of relevant experience in the HR field and a BA or BS degree, preferably with an emphasis in HR or Business.
  • A Master’s degree can be substituted for 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience managing an HR staff in a manufacturing environment.
  • Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical industry experience is desirable.
  • Thorough understanding of HR functional disciplines, e.g., employee relations, staffing, compensation, organization development, and employee development.
  • Project management skills.
  • Excellent coaching, facilitation and communications skills, including written and oral.
  • Ability to align HR programs with business strategies and partner w/site management to proactively move strategies forward.
  • Proven track record of successfully implementing HR programs and policies at a manufacturing site.
  • Organizational development (including diagnosis and design) and change management skills

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Have strong influencing/negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to have constructive conversations with site leaders.
  • Be able to build relationships and establish personal credibility with a leadership team and organization
  • Be resilient and adept at multi-tasking
  • Have the confidence and courage to operate independently and the teamwork skills necessary to collaborate with other HR Business Partners and the Centers of Expertise (Total Rewards, HR Services, Talent Acquisition, and Learning and Development)
  • Strong knowledge of California Labor Laws including wage and hour requirements.
  • Ability to manage and influence across complex organization.

As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the ‘EEO is the Law’ poster.

Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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