Associate Director, Business Human Resources

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Oct 26, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

AbbVie is a global research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013. The Company's mission is to create an innovation-driven, patient-focused specialty biopharmaceutical company capable of achieving sustainable top-tier performance through outstanding execution and a consistent stream of innovative new medicines. With market leadership in attractive growth segments including Immunology, Oncology, Aesthetics, and Eye Care, AbbVie employs approximately 47,000 colleagues worldwide and markets medicines in more than 175 countries. We are looking for an HR Colleague to join our Bay Area Team based in South San Francisco, California.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director, Business Human Resources (BHR) supporting our Research and Development organization. Reporting to the Head of HR for AbbVie Bay Area, this leader will be the trusted people advisor and strategist to critical R&D functions that support our Oncology pipeline and on-market presence. The BHR leader is central in shaping local culture, inform & support business strategies, and attract & develop the talent necessary to make a remarkable impact on patients around the world and here in the Bay Area.

In this key position, you will understand the business strategy and partner with leadership to build and implement people strategies & tactics that achieve both short- and long-term strategic objectives. As Oncology is one of AbbVie's growth areas, this is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced BHR leader to work with Leaders from R&D and Human Resources in the Bay Area as well as our Global Headquarters in Lake County, Illinois (north of Chicago) and our Oncology Clinical Development office in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Key Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Serve as the HR technical expert to all colleagues across the business, developing HR strategies, needs assessments, and resulting HR solutions for the defined R&D functions
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement HR strategies that meet & anticipate changing organizational needs and growth plans
  • Ensure the effective awareness and delivery of all of AbbVie's HR programs and services, which include performance management, talent management, total rewards, organizational effectiveness, and equality, diversity & inclusion
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with HR Centers of Excellence partners to ensure all elements of HR are successfully coordinated to meet business needs
  • Be the ambassador of the AbbVie HR organization to our local business by partnering with the on-site AbbVie Bay Area HR team as well as with Chicago-area colleagues regularly; lead or co-lead initiatives on behalf of both teams anchoring to our All for One AbbVie philosophy
  • Balance hard work and impeccable ethics with creating an inclusive environment that builds upon and protects AbbVie's strong reputation as a great place to work



  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred
  • 8-10+ years of breadth of experience across diverse HR functions at large complex environments
  • 5-7+ years of experience as a Business HR Partner
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving ability leveraging broad HR practice knowledge across a broad range of experience from such areas as Talent Management, Total Rewards/Compensation, Employee Relations, and Talent Acquisition
  • Strong coaching, influencing, and communication (written, verbal, and presentation) capabilities demonstrated across multiple stakeholders/audiences
  • Successful experience partnering effectively across geographies, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Strong business acumen, project management, and technical proficiency in workplace technology & systems (e.g., Workday, meeting platforms, Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations and standards affecting employment, in particular in the state of California
  • Prior pharmaceutical/biotech experience preferred
  • Open to future assignments at AbbVie locations in California and other geographies to continue long-term growth and development

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence", and can change course quickly when necessary
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions, championing continuous improvement
  • Embraces the ideas of others; nurtures innovation and manages it to reality
  • Readily applies good judgment and situational leadership, flexing between high IQ and high EQ

Significant Work Activities
Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type
Job Level Code
Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.