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Astellas Pharma Director HR M&D in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose & Scope:

Responsible for directing human resource policies and programs that support achievement of the

company's business objectives. Directs human resources activities for assigned organizations within

Astellas, functioning as a human resources "generalist". Remains informed of state and federal laws

and regulations, and competitive practices, ensuring the company's policies and programs conform to

laws and regulations and are designed to attract and retain employees.

Partners with management for assigned organizations within Astellas, in support of business objectives.

Serves as an employee advocate on business issues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Plans and executes new programs that support the long-range strategic direction of the

company, within assigned organizations. This may include staffing, compensation, benefits,

development, and other human resources initiatives.

  • Works with senior management to proactively identify HR issues and creative solutions to

support the business needs. This may include conducting exit interviews, and/or analyzing exit

interview trends. Coaches managers and employees, as appropriate. Develops, proposes, and

implements plans to address issues.

  • Directs implementation of the Standards for Disciplinary Action Policy for assigned

organizations. This includes managing investigations involving misconduct, and working with

managers and employees to address unacceptable performance. Makes recommendations on

disciplinary action for misconduct and unacceptable performance.

  • Works with management for assigned organizations on job and organization design, job

descriptions and postings, and interviewing and selection. Participates in recruiting for strategic

positions; oversees recruiting for other positions.

  • Works with management for assigned organization on compensation issues. Collaborates with

  • Compensation team to ensure jobs are accurately evaluated in a timely manner, and that total

compensation is competitive.

  • Directs implementation of the Performance Development System (PDS) for assigned

organizations. This includes developing objectives, appraising performance, and paying for

performance, working with compensation.

  • Ensures that human resources policies and programs assist managers in attaining business

objectives for assigned organizations. Protects interests of employees in accordance with

company's policies and applicable labor, and pay and benefits laws and regulations. Works with

management for assigned organizations in EEO compliance and in the development of plans to

achieve AAP goals.

  • May manage team of one to four HR Generalists including: setting and supporting team to meet

annual performance objectives; providing on-going coaching, development, and recognition; and supporting career development including using Taking Charge of Your Career tools, Talent

Review and Succession Planning processes.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Quantitative Dimensions:

In addition to the staff responsibility delineated below, this position is responsible for the HR service

provision of employee relations and approximately 25% of the employee population of the Americas


Organizational Context:

This position reports to the SR. Director HR. Reporting to this position are typically 3-5

Associate/Assistant Director-level direct reports. This position can also serve as a member of and

sits on the senior leadership teams of one or more client functions.



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or Business, or equivalent experience.

  • At least 10 years related experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industries.

  • Minimum 7 years managerial or project management experience.

  • Demonstrated Human Resources generalist knowledge required, specifically including employment law.

  • Incumbent must have demonstrated ability to work in a challenging, multi-cultural work environment.

  • Ability to manage confidential information imperative, including influencing others to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Some travel required, up to 30% depending on assigned organizations; may include international travel


  • Master's degree.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Human Resources

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans