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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Job reference: R-049443
Posted date: Apr. 18, 2019

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re creating new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

There hasn’t been a more exciting time than now to be part of the team. With the recent financial results, and the Growth Through Innovation strategy launch, there is a strong emphasis on ensuring we build diverse succession pipelines across AstraZeneca’s business units including the development of next generation leadership. We are looking to appoint a Sr. Director, Talent & Development as part of our US Commercial team for BioPharmaceuticals and to partner with our Global Talent and Development team, leading the development of the local talent strategy along with execution of the Global AZ Talent & Development Strategy.

The AZ talent strategy will shape the way that we develop our early, mid and late stage pipeline of talent through implementing cutting edge development methodology, behavioral assessments, stretch assignments and analytical insights to help our people thrive and realize their full potential. As our team invests in fulfilling this important mission, we’re looking for an amazing and committed individual to come join the team.

Typical Accountabilities:

As Sr. Director, Talent & Development for our US Commercial BioPharmaceuticals team, you will lead, design and deliver activities to accelerate the development of AstraZeneca high potential employees. A strategic business partner to your key stakeholders will include the Senior Executive Teams (SET), Senior Leadership Teams, HR Leadership Teams, & HR Business Partners. 

You will work with the business to understand and translate the key 0-3 year succession pipelines and talent/capability insights, leveraging and reviewing the outputs from the SET area strategic workforce plan to lead, design, and deliver activities to accelerate the BCR pipeline of talent and development of our high potential employees. This also includes working closely with the Talent Scouts and HRBPs to build external succession insights, ensuring we have a full talent pipeline of ready now, ready later talent (internal & external) for all business-critical roles. Additionally, the incumbent will lead monthly People Moves meetings to ensure a proactive approach to key vacancies and talent moves within and outside of the US.

You will own the annual talent review cycle that informs SET area and AZ enterprise succession plan, working in close collaboration with the Head of HR and US Leadership Team to build and maintaining the plan, providing demographic analysis and insights into the progress and/or challenges versus the previous year. Through 1-1’s and talent engagement forums, you will build up a strong knowledge of the high potential candidates in your SET area, providing support with career coaching and development planning to accelerate their growth.  Working collaboratively across other SET areas to support building a talent market place, you’ll take the lead in ensuring that the candidates in your SET area are discussed and given exposure to exciting cross functional stretch development opportunities. As a key brand ambassador for the Talent & Development Center of Expertise (CoE) you will provide insights and connections to all aspects of the CoE’s value proposition, consulting with the business and involving other members of the CoE to support and contribute to the business deliverables as required (Leadership Development, Workforce Analytics etc). This includes championing the Growth through Innovation Strategy goal of building a culture of life-long learning, coaching and feedback, and a diverse pipeline of future leaders.

Working with the Global Head of Talent, and the network of T&D Partners - you will contribute to the development of our global suite of talent and development offerings. Providing both SME and business insights into the design to ensure the voice of the customer is embedded into our CoE outputs. This also includes supporting the establishment and leading the delivery of the SET area early talent programs, role specific development centers (e.g Country President, Legal or Operations Site GM), and identifying candidates to participate in key enterprise events such as Rising Leaders.

You will pull through global programs, such as Leading Self, People and Manager Essentials and create local programs based on local needs where global offerings don’t address the specific need. 

Additionally, you will be the accountable for the Great Place to Work Strategy and the US footprint lead for memberships and conference activities (e.g. HBA, PA Women’s Conference). You will have local accountability for employee engagement analytics and events as they align to our Great Place to Work Strategy.

Through a team of talent professionals, you will have broad accountability for oversight and leadership of the Early Talent MBA rotational development program.  The incumbent will partner with the global CoE to drive an aligned global MBA program offering, as appropriate. You will have broad ownership of the local Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) strategy and execution which includes our Employee Resource Group activity, leadership of our Inclusion Council and ensure that I&D is embedded in our Great Place to Work Strategy.

You will contribute to building and maintaining SET area Talent dashboards and the measuring of ROI, along with the design, development or execution of global Talent & Development products as required. Key success measures will be the engagement of our people.

Essential Requirements:

  • Extensive experience within Talent Development, Organization Development, or Strategic HR Business Partnering/large market HRD
  • Ability to demonstrate working across a global matrix, and leading complex projects
  • Experience consulting, facilitating and presenting to groups and leaders at all organizational levels including exec level.
  • Ability to effectively operate in an environment of constant change and able to work with ambiguity
  • Strong analytical mind, creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate expertise and global operational HR experience, ideally in talent development or related activity.
  • Business and commercial acumen (appreciation of the Commercial or R&D business environments) coupled with results orientation
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience in required areas
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills to create partnerships to implement change; consistently displays a readiness and willingness to share knowledge; is open to different perspectives and to building consensus
  • Believes in and champions the AZ values and actively works to develop a culture of inclusion & diversity.


  • Master's Degree in HR or related area

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law

Senior Director, Talent & Development
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