Shire HR Manager (HR Business Partner) in Los Angeles, California

The individual is a key business partner providing HR strategic guidance to members of Shire’s Los Angeles Site Sr. Leadership team. The incumbent is a partner in designing strategic initiatives and delivering strategic actions to address current and future business needs by creating proactive plans and leads through effective execution of programs and initiatives that will meet short term and long term business objectives. He/she is the primary HR Business Partner to heads of various functions overseeing a population of 500+ employees at the Los Angeles facility, Van Nuys Warehouse, and Lawrence Mfg site and will be responsible for a team of one or more.


Strategic Workforce Planning

  • Partner with Sr. Leadership and the Head of HR to create a talent roadmap which enables the organization to achieve its strategy.

  • Support leaders in executing the business strategy

  • Translate workforce needs into short-term hiring and development plans

  • Conduct an assessment of workforce gaps, and identify opportunities to proactively build the talent pipeline

  • Participate in hiring process for key roles

Leadership & Management Development

  • Support leaders in building a strong leadership pipeline.

  • Influence and support the business to ensure that proactive leadership development is viewed as a core part of the business processes.

  • Facilitate processes to identify top talent.Serve as a partner to Senior Leaders on the creation of development plans for key talent and determine what development solutions may be appropriate

  • Serve as a champion for new leadership development solutions; articulate relevance to business strategy and objectives

  • Collaborate with leaders to identify development opportunities for key talent across the organization

  • Provide feedback to leaders to help them improve their leadership

  • Provide feedback on the design and implementation of leadership/management development solutions

Change Management

  • Enable leaders to effectively manage change.

  • Anticipate impact on people and organization as a result of potential changes

  • Consult with leaders on how to minimize disruption resulting from change

  • Advise leaders on leading their teams through organizational change

  • Maintain an awareness of changes in client business areas internally (within organization) and externally (within industry/discipline)

Organizational Effectiveness & Culture

  • Getting the best performance out of the organization

  • Diagnose opportunities to improve the performance of the organization utilizing tools to measure organization effectiveness (e.g. 360 feedback, surveys, employee metrics) as well as informal awareness of pulse of the organization

  • Work with the business and within HR to design and implement formal or informal initiatives to improve the performance of the organization

  • Ensure actions taken in the organization are aligned to the desired culture

  • Partner with leaders in creating a culture and work environment that encourages employee engagement and inspires performance excellence

  • Utilize data and predictive analytics to identify organizational effectiveness opportunities and to measure the impact of efforts

Performance & Rewards

  • Ensure robust practices that link performance and reward are embedded.

  • Provide business perspective on reward / recognition programs and ensures alignment with business strategy

  • Recommend tools, programs and approaches to attract, retain and recognize talent and improve performance

  • Educate, influence, and advocate reward and recognition philosophy and practice within the business to ensure fairness and consistency and inspire stronger employee and organizational performance

  • Work with leaders to ensure successful execution of the year-end compensation process including employee calibration

  • Advise leaders in dealing with complex employee relations issues. Partner with ER and the legal to understand trends in employee performance issues and advise on appropriate remediation

  • Must demonstrate effective HR leadership and build strong credible relationships with peers, management, and employees.

  • Must have excellent analytical, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and judgment.

  • Must demonstrate ability to initiate and lead strategic/proactive HR projects or initiatives.

  • Must be able to effectively multitask and keep up with a high volume, high standards, and a fast pace environment.

  • Must have strong process management/process improvement skills.

  • Must be approachable, customer focused, and be responsive to customer needs.

  • Must have strong listening, consulting, facilitation, and presentation skills.

  • Must have solid written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be able to build strong relationships through a good understanding of internal and external environments and the business.

  • Must be willing and able to enter the client group work areas on a regular basis and make self-available during off shift hours (as needed) to conduct business; including but not limited to investigations, listening sessions, or focus groups.

  • Must have strong relevant employee relations/conflict resolution experience and knowledge of applicable CA and federal employment labor laws.

  • Must have working knowledge/experience of other HR management components such as staffing, training, compensation, performance management, change leadership, organizational design/development and workforce planning.

  • Should have a proven track record of disciplined action and execution in Human Resource roles.

  • Should have ability to drive operational excellence, process improvements, and promote teamwork.

  • Should have the ability to persuade and influence, and generate and sell ideas.

Education and/or experience

  • Typically requires a Bachelors' degree, preferably in psychology, business or other human resources related field. 5+ years of related experience with 1+ in a management role.

  • Previous Biotech, Pharma, or Mfg industry experience is a plus.

  • PHR/SPHR Certification or other Human Resources Management certification is preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 25 lbs.

  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work or enter in controlled environments requiring special gowning as needed.

  • May be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body when entering these areas. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • May need to enter cold environments as needed.

  • Must be able to attend meetings schedule during off shifts, including weekends, as needed.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.