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Astellas Pharma Senior Manager, Global Learning & Development 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 .

Purpose & Scope:

The Senior Manager, Learning & Development will be responsible for supporting the design, development and implementation programs, tools & services related to both professional development for employees and high potential programs for top talent at key inflection points in their career journey. This role will provide design and development support to build global learning programs, tools & services for employees, people managers and senior leaders.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Design, test, deploy and evaluate global programs, tools and services (delivered regionally) for individual contributors, people managers and high potentials

Including ensuring that the latest content is delivered through excellent modalities as needed to build individual capabilities within the general population and contribute to increased organizational effectiveness and overall increase in organizational capacity. This may include online & classroom professional development for individual contributors, online & classroom for people managers and high potential programs at key inflection points in the employee career lifecycle (Emerging Leaders Program, the Developing Leader Series, the Senior Leadership Series). Evaluates the effectiveness of learning solutions for their impact and continuously improves.

  1. Incorporate Astellas best practice & external best practice

Including ensuring that both external and internal best practices are vetted for each program, tool or service along with grounding in the Astellas culture and current business environment. Also including utilizing feedback & input from direct manager who has gained input on needs from the L&D LT and HR Business Partners input to ensure that programs & services are meeting or exceeding client expectations and benefiting Astellas overall in terms of building overall organizational capabilities.

  1. Support excellent program execution & delivery by providing vendor management and collaborating with specialists to coordinate program and service delivery

Including New Employee Induction, professional development for individual contributors & people managers (online & classroom), career development high potential programs, Executive Coaching for high potentials, and 360-assessments.

  1. Contribute to the team by being exceptionally customer-focused and striving to go above and beyond to support other excellent learning solutions

Demonstrates strong customer-focus mindset, strives for excellence and goes above and beyond to ensure exceptional design, development & delivery of learning programs in concert with our learning strategy. Also builds strong relationships with Strategic Vendor Partners, colleagues across the Learning & Development team, HR Business Partners and client groups to help support continuous improvement on design & delivery. Ensures solutions are marketed to ensure high update of learning solutions across the region and the clients they support in Global projects.

  1. Contributes to overall reputation of the global Learning & Development team by consistently delivering strong learning programs

Across all functional business areas including Commercial, Shared Services, M&D and other global functions. Actively contribute to leadership, providing appropriate insight, support and challenge, and role modelling the Astellas Way.

  1. Develops Learning Processes that support a mature learning organization

Creates Global, Regional and local learning processes in accordance with HR Operations Team that delivers operationally efficient Learning and Development services and provisions. This includes maximizing and full utilization of learning technologies e.g. LMS.

  1. Manages local L&D needs in alignment with the Global L&D agenda (no more than 10% of role). Ensures local L&D requests are prioritized appropriately, aligned to Global L&D Tower, and ensures maximization of resources and budget for Astellas. Sources appropriate external L&D solutions, and where there are capacity designs, delivers solutions and/or feeds back local L&D needs into the Global L&D agenda.

  2. Manages and ensures any local legislative learning processes related to Professional and Leadership & Management Development are met e.g. GDPR, Workers Councils requirements if appropriate. Develops appropriate policies and procedures maximizing efficiency, and educates relevant stakeholders are educated and consulted. Monitors and ensures policies are followed and continuously improves them and digitizes where appropriate.

  3. Manage expenses to ensure budget constraints are met

In partnership with direct manager and the L&D LT, take ownership for managing expenses to meet budget in accordance with the guidelines defined by Finance, Procurement and HR Leadership, escalating early to line manager any concerns or issues.

Quantitative Dimensions:

This role will support programs, tools & services for all 14,000 plus Astellas employees. It will also contribute to the delivery of excellent learning at the individual contributor, people manager and senior leader levels. In addition, it will support the development of high potentials and thus is a key part of the Attract, Develop, Retain HR focus

Interpersonal Relationships:


  • Employees at all levels (associate, people manager, senior leaders, executive leaders) globally

  • Senior Director, Learning & Development

  • Established Markets Risk & Resilience Committee

  • Affiliates European GMs

  • Medical & Development globally

  • Medical Affairs global / regional / affiliates

  • Management/Colleagues in USA/Japan/Asia


  • External suppliers and consultants

  • eLearning providers

  • Learning systems providers

  • Professional Learning & Development organizations such as the Academy of Management, the Association for Training & Development, etc.

Specific Physical or Environmental Requirements:

Willing and able to undertake domestic or international travel as required (including staying away)

Willing to work such additional hours as required by the business

Professional Profile:


Customer Focus:

  • Fosters a culture where everything is done to enhance value to patients. Intentional about meeting/exceeding customer expectations (internal/external).

Strategic Orientation:

  • Credible informal leaders: engages colleagues to effectively deliver strategic plan and secure the confidence of key stakeholders.

Innovation and Change:

  • Acts as ambassador for change; proactively fosters a continuous improvement and ideas generation culture.

  • Secures commitment from peers/colleagues to adopt new work processes, systems, and approaches to embed change.

Results Orientation:

  • Demonstrates personal accountability for business performance; consistently delivers high performance results.

  • Demonstrates integrity, sound judgment and decision-making skills.

  • IT literate; able to utilize MS Office and virtual collaboration tools

Communication & Collaboration:

  • Strong collaborative skills: able to work cross-functionally and with virtual teams, to build trust, commitment and engagement. Adjusts approach to secure a positive and respectful outcome.

  • Ability to deliver management reports and metrics and give 'formal' presentations and updates to diverse audience(s)

Developing & Inspiring:

  • Is a model for self-awareness and for developing self and supporting others to develop in key areas of future growth.

  • Is strong at receiving constructive feedback and demonstrating willingness to learn & grow as a member of the Learning & Development team.

Working as One Astellas:

  • Acts in a collaborative manner with colleagues across Learning & Development, the Talent Tower, Human Resources & the business.

  • Incorporates cross-cultural perspective when addressing challenging situations.

  • Contributes to an environment which fosters mutual respect, integrity and trust.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree, either BA or BS

  • A minimum of 5-8 + years progressive experience in Learning and Development roles

  • Strong business acumen skills

  • Proven experience of collaborating effectively for strong performance in a learning & development team

  • Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation to achieve business results

  • Demonstrated collaboration skills and strong motivation to "team up"

  • Strong detail orientation

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills

  • Strong communication skills and ability to keep others appropriately included & informed

  • Effective presentation skills and solid stand-up training experience

  • Fluent in written and verbal business English

Preferred Experience:

  • Pharma sector experience with strong customer focus; in multi-disciplinary, matrix and cross-cultural settings.

  • Experience working a global learning & development team

  • Graduate Degree or equivalent professional qualification in relevant HR, L&D or OD subject area


  • 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

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


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