P&O (HR) Business Partner- Technical Research & Development, Cell & Gene Therapy

San Diego, CA, US
Jul 10, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Imagine\u2026 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives. This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapies are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.

The P&O Business Partner TRD CGT San Diego is responsible for the Technical Research & Development (TRD) Cell & Gene Therapies (CGT) group and serves as P&O Business Partner for the local GTx site in San Diego. The incumbent serves as a key partner to management on P&O related matters for multiple functional groups and acts as liaison between the client and other P&O services (specialists and shared services) and supports Global P&O Business Partners in providing high quality P&O support to TRD Biologics & CGT.

They also manage P&O projects on a Global Drug Development (GDD) TRD level (Year-end Evolve process, Promotion cycle, Our Voice (organization & culture survey) and other developmental projects in line with interest).

  • Assesses and anticipates P&O related needs and communicates needs proactively with our P&O department and business management.
  • Develops integrated solutions and formulates partnerships across the P&O function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization.
  • Maintains an effective level of business knowledge, understands the culture, and integrates into the environment as a true business partner.
  • Implements corporate policy at the business unit/function level.
  • Facilitates organization and leadership development efforts, working with employees and managers to address root causes of people & organization issues.
  • Plays a significant role in administering talent management and succession planning activity within client organization.
  • Resolves employee relations issues through a systematic approach.
  • Develops and drives company-wide programs and initiatives (e.g., performance and salary review, workforce planning, and organizational change).
  • Serves as a strategic business partner, change agent, and member of the line management staff.
  • Works with the culture ambassadors and advocates the Technical Research & Development (TRD) culture journey by role modeling our culture aspiration
  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
  • Integrates talent and performance management related actions and outcomes across all functions within aligned organizations. Measures, monitors and activates outcome-based talent actions.
  • Ensures the effective delivery of all P&O programs and services. Responsible for P&O results in the business, including client satisfaction, P&O effectiveness and associated financial results.
  • Establishes, builds and maintains strong relationships with key P&O partners from all practice areas to ensure elements of P&O are successfully coordinated to meet business needs and priorities.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains credibility with Senior Management to maximize successful outcomes.
  • Identification of trends and new approaches to business processes should be both incremental as well as "ahead of the curve."
  • Diagnoses, develops and delivers P&O strategies, programs and services that influence and drive the needs of the respective business.
  • Builds trust-based, collaborative, sustainable relationships with executives, managers and customer groups.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree; Master's in Labor Relations, Business, Industrial Relations or similar discipline is a plus.
  • Experience at a senior level HR position, demonstrating success working in a complex operating environment, preferably biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and leverage partner HR functions to deploy resources and programs that positively impact the business.
  • Demonstrated understanding of organizational development activity including high performing teams.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders and collaborate with staff at all organizational levels.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of employment/labor regulations.
  • Ability to learn fast, know the business, and change course quickly when needed.
  • Ability to model and demonstrate work behaviors that are consistent the organizations values.
  • Strong communication, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Novartis Gene Therapies Benefit Summary:

Annual bonus, long term incentive, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements (based on role) and an employee recognition program are available for this position, among many other benefits provided to employees of Novartis Gene Therapies.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.