Senior Director of Human Resources
WFH Flexible Chicago, IL Human Resources
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Our Human Resources Department is the foundational building block of our organization where you will collaborate with a diverse team of thinkers, innovators and doers in the biopharmaceutical industry.

From identifying and recruiting highly skilled talent to cultivating and fostering a dynamic culture of inclusion and continuous development, our HR team is people focused and aims to champion an environment where our employees can learn and thrive.

We’re looking for a strategic leader who is hands on with a track record of driving innovation through HR processes and creating effective change through strong project management and execution. 


What you will do:

  • Develop and implement HR strategies, initiatives and policies aligned with the overall business strategy.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and key stakeholders to understand business needs and the organization's goals and strategy.
  • Provide support and guidance to HR team, management and other staff when complex, specialized and sensitive questions and issues arise.
  • Oversee employee disciplinary meetings, terminations and investigations.
  • Help nurture a positive working environment for employees.
  • Oversee the performance review process that drives high performance.
  • Coach managers on performance management discussions, employee relations issues, discipline matters, and promotion/termination discussions.
  • Develop and implement learning and development programs for employees to grow professionally and work with leadership and key stakeholders on career pathing for their departments.
  • Work hands on with the HR team on a variety of HR projects and programs.
  • Regularly audit company procedures, practices and documents to identify improvement opportunities or maintain compliance.
  • Maintain cost-effective and market-competitive benefits programs and engage in training and administering employee benefits programs.
  • Research and stay abreast of industry trends and norms concerning benefit packages, HR laws, compensation plans, etc.
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations, and recommend best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Manage an effective mentoring program through utilization of external/online training and education opportunities to further develop employees and management.
  • Serves as a coach to both people managers and department leaders on employee engagement, performance management, development, skill development, rewards & recognition, employee relations, and leader effectiveness.
  • Partner with senior leadership to develop action plans to break down org silos and provide innovative talent solutions proactively to meet the changing demands of the organization.
  • Manage and resolve employee relations issues through effective and objective investigation processes, ensuring adherence to appropriate employment laws and policies. 
  • Manage payroll and compensation packages through benchmarking analysis, including compensation philosophies and salary bands.
  • Foster a culture of transparency and effective communication throughout the organization, ensuring that HR processes, policies, and decisions are clearly communicated and understood by all stakeholders.

What you need to be successful:

  • 15+ years of progressive HR experience across most/all areas of responsibility 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Social Sciences, Organizational Leadership, Business Management, Operations or similar field of study (master’s degree is a      plus).
  • PHR/SPHR certification is desired.
  • Strategic and operational thinking to drive scalable business growth who is hands on and willing to perform the work needed to get the job done.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to resolve complex, often ambiguous problems.
  • Superior communication skills and ability to present extensive and in-depth plans to leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects with minimal oversight.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Must be collaborative and team-focused with a high level of organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to act with integrity and a high degree of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Demonstrated experience working with an HRIS (Paylocity experience is a plus).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • In-depth knowledge of labor law and HR best practices.
  • Previous experience working with a biopharmaceutical company is a plus.

What You’ll Love About our Company:

  •  Watching your hard work have a direct impact on the success of the company. 
  • Hybrid Work Environment.
  • Competitive Pay.
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • 401K Company Match.
  • PTO and paid holidays.
  • Company paid wellness resources and fitness programs.
  • Relaxed, casual dress code.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer