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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, Performance Management Lead in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing a Associate Director, Performance Management Lead opportunity in Northbrook, IL

Purpose & Scope:

To design and implement a global Performance Management strategy, process, and system to ensure managers and employees across Astellas are able to set clear and aligned objectives, manage performance throughout the year, differentiate performance ratings, and evaluate employees fairly and comprehensively. Institutes best practice approaches, tools, and systems to drive effective performance management across the company to maximize business performance, engagement, retention, and sustainability. Continuously improves the PM process in alignment with top management philosophy and business needs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Implements a common global Performance management strategy and process

  • Implements and sustains a common global performance management process

  • Sets all global timelines year over year for all phases of Performance Management

  • Direct all centralized communications for each phase of Performance Management: Objective Setting, Mid Year Reviews and Calibration and YE reviews

  • Develop, design and deliver best practice training in performance management- both the process and the system for Employees and Managers

  • Prepares HRBPs for each phase in the cycle with advanced communication and training so that they can meet the needs of the business

  • Develops and utilizes key data analytics to baseline, set course for improvements and track progress against key KPIs regarding performance management.

  • Reviews calibration statistics to ensure rating bias is monitored and eliminated to ensure fairness in rating outcomes

  • Monitors and reports on completion statistics to drive completion of YE reviews

  • Drives continuous improvement and change efforts associated with Performance Management process

  • Makes YOY improvements to the process, tools, systems, communications & training based upon feedback from the business, HR and KPIs

  • Drives change in alignment with changes made to Reward or Corporate Planning Initiatives

  • Conducts external best practice research to support continuous improvement initiatives

  • Manages Executive Leadership and Division Head PM Process

  • Designs overall PM process for senior leaders

  • Oversees process throughout the year and supports with targeted comms and training for Leaders and HRBPs.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Influences overall employee engagement and retention

  • Impacts overall productivity through providing clear alignment between organizational and individual objectives

Organizational Context:

This role reports to the Head, HR Talent, Performance & Change Management. The role is an individual contributor role but has informal responsibility to oversee and direct some activities of the Regional TM/ PM Program Owners and Regional TM/PM Specialists. This role must also interact and partner effectively with our Reward COE.



  • Relevant degree or professional qualification (I/O Psychology or Human Resources.)

  • Experience in designing, developing and deploying Performance Management strategy and best practices for organizations

  • Proven experience of leading in a global matrix organization

  • Understanding of Performance Management systems

  • Managing cultural sensitivity when leading and managing change in various environment, cultures and organizations.

  • Working knowledge of applicable employment laws, labor regulations and other legal requirements related to managing performance in organizations

  • Demonstrated independence, self-motivation, analytical, problem solving skills and initiative to achieve desired outcomes

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to effectively interact with individuals at all levels of the organization; ability to communicate effectively

  • Fluent in written and verbal business English


  • Relevant advanced degree (Masters level or PhD.)

  • Pharmaceutical or Life Science industry experience

  • Subject matter expertise in two or more key HR functions e.g. Talent management, Performance management, Organizational Effectiveness, Organization Design, Change, Learning and Leadership, Compensation, Recruitment to set/embed high standards and build capability in designated area(s) across the organization

  • Experience of working in a business function, outside of Human Resources


Category Human Resources

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