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HR Business-Talent Partner


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Clinical Development
Job ID:  66417

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?


To strengthen our Human Resources Team, based in our Boston Office in Cambridge, MA, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of Clinical HR Business-Talent Partner.  


The Talent Partner serves as the primary HR resource to an assigned internal customer base and will be focused on developing high performing teams by influencing and coaching assigned leaders, as well as providing other strategic Talent support including talent management, organizational design, strategic workforce planning, reward and cultural evolution. 

Aligned to the business strategy, the Talent Partner defines a holistic, strategic, talent plan that delivers the right organizational outcomes on a short, medium and long-term basis.

As a member of the US Talent Management Team, the Talent Partner contributes to the formulation of the US Talent Strategy, in line with the Global Talent Strategy.


You will contribute by:


Being an active & proactive key partner for assigned business and organization decisions.

  • Identifying strategic & tactical needs of the business
  • Developing holistic talent agenda for department, coordinates experts in executing talent agenda within the business, executes strategic & tactical Talent activities


Being accountable for (develop, co-ordinate) talent agenda in line with business strategy:

  • Based on business strategy and global talent strategy, identifying and continuously evaluating key talent agenda items for the department including communicating talent agenda to internal stakeholders, translate talent agenda into actionable plans and monitors success of implementation
  • Acting as champion for global Talent processes; explains & educates (advocates) the business, providing input to Talent Centers of Excellence.


Maximizing impact of key talents & key positions:

  • Organizes & facilitates the Talent and Organization Reviews (TOR). Coaches leaders in identification of key talents and proactively co-creates, with manager, development and succession plans (& follow-up execution) for key talents/positions.
  • Supports the hiring of key talents (as defined by the business) with the support of the Talent Acquisition team.
  • Partners with local and global Mobility on Expat and other colleague moves between locations
  • Proactively assesses the talent landscape to account for changing demographics


Developing high-performing teams:

  • Identifies needs/assesses team status in journey, develops action together with the leader to plan for high-performing team building aligned with global approach, executes high-performing team actions
  • Manages performance: Coaches leaders on managing performance, validates decisions to exit based on performance, follows-up on execution with support of Talent Operations Liaison
  • Manages resolution of complex employee relation issues for assigned customers; ensures investigations are effective, thorough and objective. Recommends / approves decisions to involuntarily terminate employees, as needed; partners with Legal as needed/required


Organization design & development – (Strategic) Workforce Planning:

  • Capability building: Works on gap analysis & needs identification, executes capability development plans with support from Talent Acquisition & Learning Development Leads
  • Organization design: Leads Workforce planning for the assigned customer base, identifies allocation of resources, Co-create/challenge: identifies opportunities by regularly looking ahead 18-24 months
  • Manage overall change management for key change projects


Ensure equitable & differentiating reward across organization

  • Facilitates Performance management / Compensation Review process:
  • Advises and challenges assigned Leaders for the promotion process:


Facilitate cultural evolution

  • Identifies gaps & needs on cultural adoption and Patient Value Strategy implementation and develops plans to facilitate & accelerate cultural adoption & PVS implementation with department, in line with global approach and supported by the Corporate Strategy and Organization development team,
  • Coaches leaders in driving cultural change on the department, enhance local, cross-functional collaboration & Diversity & Inclusion


Interested? For this position you’ll need the following education, experience and skills:

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of US Employment Law
  • 10 years of progressively responsible Human Resources experience
  • Biopharmaceutical industry; supporting scientific roles experience.
  • Experience working in a global, multi-national organization.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to develop trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, influence executive-level leaders and collaborate remotely in a global organization.
  • Encourages and leverages diversity to improve outcomes.
  • Ability to take initiatives and to work towards delivering results, managing multiple and conflicting priorities, and to make courageous decisions and balanced risks to create value.
  • Understands the impact of own actions on other areas of the business and looks for synergies inside and outside the organization.
  • Demonstrates curiosity, learns from experience of success and failure and proactively shares knowledge with others to affect continuous improvement.
  • Inspires, motivates, influences and coaches others to create value for patients and UCB; creates a culture of accountability that provides space for colleagues to contribute to their full potential.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong communication skills, both oral and written, and strong conflict management and negotiation skills, in order to interact effectively at all levels of the organization in identifying and resolving complex issues.



Why you should apply

At UCB, we strive to attract passionate and outstanding talents who thrive on change and are ready to bring real value to patients. Working for us you’ll discover a place where you can grow and express your full potential. We place an emphasis on innovation, collaboration and impact. Through meaningful recognition and a motivating work atmosphere, we aim to provide an optimal experience by caring about and valuing our employees – just as we do for the patients we serve.


If you believe you are the perfect match to join us on our pioneering adventure, then we invite you to apply and tell us more about your profile and motivation.


About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees worldwide operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.


UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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