HR Business Partner

Canada, Ontario, Mississauga

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Roche is a company with a 125 year history and our ongoing success is based on our strong focus on delivering meaningful value for our customers and society, and we will need to evolve our offering and approach in order to do so.

In response to the increasingly volatile world we live in, Roche People & Culture (Human Resources) has began a wide scale global transformation process - changing our ways of working to be more agile, less hierarchical, highly collaborative.

Now we take the next step in our journey focusing on how we can deliver the greatest value and make a meaningful difference to our customers, patients and society.

All this to provide our stakeholders with the greatest expertise, leveraging local resources and an international network and support faster and more equitable access to innovation.

As a Business Partner, you will harness your mindset of being a business leader with an expertise in People & Culture.  You will utilize your knowledge and experience, along with the power of the Roche network, to ensure that you partner with your relevant business leaders to translate business strategy into People & Culture (P&C) strategies for their leadership areas and drive fit for purpose implementation. 

In the role of Business Partner every day you will be able to:

  • Have an impact that will be felt locally and globally because you are recognized as a strategic partner leading People & Culture strategies in your business area.

  • Grow and develop, and coach for fostering VACC (Visionary, Architect, Catalyst and Coach) leadership.

  • Invest your time in advancing organizational design and effectiveness (including driving transformation in mindset, behaviors and ways of working). 

  • Focus on building a diverse and inclusive work culture, and securing future talent and capabilities.


You are an empowered leader that partners closely with Business Partners (Enterprise) & relevant Business Leaders and gains a deep understanding of their needs in order to connect Roche’s People & Culture priorities. You…

  • Are at the center of the new Roche P&C organization, turning upside down the role we play in the business

  • Embrace and lead experimentation, risk taking and failing forward

  • Are a passionate, self-directed, continuous learner, whose curiosity will uncover new opportunities to bring value to stakeholders

  • Are courageously authentic offering productive challenge to reach greater heights by being that strategic sparring partner

  • Value and role model the importance of leveraging networks and sharing knowledge and solutions that bring value and impact for stakeholders

  • Are someone who is willing to look beyond traditional human resource roles to bring innovative solutions across the system


  • Act as a trusted partner who maintains broad-based knowledge of multiple leadership areas and its operations; uses knowledge of business and P&C Insights, metrics, expertise and decision principles to effectively diagnose topics with a wide range of complexity.

  • Share the stakeholder community needs internally, prioritizes and secures resources, and drives solutions that deliver outcomes faster.

  • Drive and implement change with proven ability to influence business leaders and P&C professionals to required outcomes

  • Work with partners to diagnoses P&C needs and identify interventions that address issues of retention, change leadership, employee engagement, and leadership development to uncover all potential opportunities

  • Diagnose root causes of work environment issues, disruptive team dynamics and ineffective organizational setups; initiate interventions and shape solutions in collaboration and co-creation with key stakeholders across multiple leadership areas 

  • Pull in expertise and resources locally and from the network (internal and external) as needed, including collaboration with other ecosystem teams, including Advisory Business Partners located in our Shared service centers.

  • Work within a peer to peer coaching, feedback and mentorship model within self-organizing teams that distribute and share accountabilities and deliverables in order to deliver meaningful impact in the most efficient way.

  • Learn and grow in a self-directed way and with experiential learning that is part of our way of working


You will succeed in this role if you can say YES to the following statements:

  • I think from an enterprise level on behalf of the organization and team with an ability to effectively diagnose short to mid-term People & Culture needs, and can shape and lead large scale global initiatives to address them

  • I am a visionary when defining and embedding the strategy around People & Culture creating improved leader and employee experiences.

  • I bring a strong entrepreneurial mindset and systems thinking with outstanding partnering capabilities across multiple leadership areas, global teams and networks through coaching, consulting, deeply listening, and questioning to understand

  • I am contributing to the local and global network and commit to approaching work in a self-managed and self-directed way

  • I act with integrity (ie. open, honest, ethical and genuine) putting employees at the center of all actions

  • I will leverage the internal and external networks to create value, share back and scaling

  • I boldly act on key decisions and opportunities

  • I boldly stop any activity that is not adding value

  • I have the ability to say “No” to stakeholders when the value is not predictable/foreseen

  • I can easily move and flex to be in position to make the greatest contribution

  • I demonstrate passion for and role-modeling of VACC leadership.

What Capabilities & Skills you bring to this role?

Qualifications & Experience

  • Demonstrated passion and drive to shape People & Culture across large and diverse parts of our business areas and/or business areas in previous companies

  • Demonstrated passion for and role-modeling of VACC leadership, with proven ability to lead with a creative mindset, very high self-awareness and for acting as a coach  and mentor for other leaders and professionals

  • Demonstrated passion for and focus on building a diverse and inclusive work culture, fostering psychological safety and a strong sense of belonging with a strong understanding of how each employee contributes with the highest impact possible to the Roche purpose and 10 year ambitions

  • Demonstrated enterprise mindset and system thinking, proven ability to work effectively across multiple leadership areas, global teams and networks in a fast paced VUCA environment

  • Demonstrated ability to navigate the P&C system, leverage different Chapters for business impact and form WPTs/squads to deliver on business and P&C strategies

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in effectively diagnosing short to mid-term P&C needs, and shaping and leading large scale global initiatives to address them

  • Demonstrated ability to influence with courageous authenticity and build trust with individuals at all levels within the organization

  • Demonstrated excellent situational assessment and objective evaluation skills, with an ability to comprehend and translate complex topics into manageable pieces, to then position the topics with strong communication and group facilitation capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to leverage technology and data to generate insights as foundation for diagnosis, recommendations and decisions

  • Demonstrated passion and ability to leverage digital tools for collaboration, co-creation and sharing across the system

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize work to align with overall Roche vision and stop/prioritize activities not aligned with P&C operating model and decision principles

This position is open to applicants legally authorized to work in Canada.

NOTE: All employment is conditional upon the completing and obtaining a satisfactory background check, including educational, employment, references and criminal records (for which a pardon has not been granted) checks.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination based upon any legally protected ground. Roche will make a good faith effort to accommodate the individual needs of applicants with disabilities in our recruitment process

AGENCY NOTICE: Please note that Roche Canada does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Services Agreement with agency/recruiter, Roche Canada will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Roche Canada explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.