People & Culture Business Partner - Pharma Global Product Development

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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Product Development Overview 

Product Development's (PD) mission is to improve patients’ lives around the world with unique medicines that have meaningful impact. We conduct global clinical trials, analyze results, monitor safety, and work with regulatory authorities to provide truly differentiated medicines to patients. Our primary disease focus areas are Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Ophthalmology, and Neuroscience. We attract, develop, and retain the most talented people in the industry, and have Development centers in Basel, Switzerland; South San Francisco, California; Welwyn, England; Mississauga, Canada; and Shanghai, China, as well as operations in many other countries. 

Position Summary

This position partners flexibly across leadership areas in the Product Development (PD)  organization. While primarily based within the Genentech organization, this position will contribute to global,  highly matrixed work and teams that span countries. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong and demonstrated project/program management skills that could be utilized to manage our PD P&C cross functional initiative portfolio

This position collaborates closely with other PD Business Partners & relevant business leaders to understand long term business needs and strategic P&C priorities. This position then translates business strategy into P&C strategies for their leadership areas and drives fit for purpose implementation. This position leads and drives change initiatives, people streams, Work Product Teams (WPTs) and squads to embed and implement the overall P&C strategies for their leadership areas. This position can also support Work Product Teams/squads or initiatives in other parts of the business based on overall priorities. This position is accountable as a trusted strategic partner and coach, advancing organizational design and effectiveness (including driving transformation in mindset, behaviors and ways of working), for building a diverse and inclusive work culture, and securing future talent and capabilities.


Business Acumen

  • Aligns P&C strategy, goals, and objectives to overall business strategies and objectives; translates P&C strategies to drive key business results; provides guidance on talent management, workforce strategies, organization design and reward and recognition in partnership with Business Partners, other P&C Chapters and subject-matter experts to develop high quality solutions

  • Maintains broad-based knowledge of multiple leadership areas across the organization 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

  • Recommends business practice/work process improvements to identify opportunities for leveraging human capital; ensures P&C initiatives adds organizational value

  • Maintains knowledge of external environment and other related information on peer and comparison groups to effectively diagnose and implement strategies to help drive business decisions


  • Strategic sparring partner and coach for fostering a leadership culture in line with the Roche leadership framework

  • Translates the business vision, mission, and strategy along with the 10 year ambition and P&C Aspirational Goals into projects and initiatives with milestones and delivery schedules; leads or participates in WPTs/squads to effectively meet planned objectives; develops clear  action plans with results-oriented goals for measuring success; drives alignment and buy-in within multiple leadership areas as part of a network

  • Diagnoses P&C needs and identifies interventions that address issues of retention, change leadership, employee engagement, and leadership development, partnering with Business Partners, WPTs/squads and other P&C Chapters as appropriate; uses appropriate tools for leadership competency and skills assessment

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

  • Influences, develops, mentors and provides leadership to networks and WPTs/squads in partnering with Advisory Business Partners at our Costa Rica People Support Solutions Center


Strategic P&C Insights & Innovation

  • Gathers and analyzes internal and external data, evidence-based research, benchmarks, P&C and business metrics to make critical decisions; shares insights with leaders and recommends innovative solutions based on the P&C decision principles that support the culture, strategic direction and resources

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


Qualifications & Experience

  • 10+ years of broad and progressive HR management or consulting experience in or with organizations recognized for best HR practices  

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources (related field) preferred, and/or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred

  • Passion for and focus on building a diverse and inclusive work culture

  • Proven ability to lead with a creative mindset, acting as a coach and mentor for leaders 

  • Systems thinking, proven ability to work effectively across multiple business areas, teams and key leadership areas in a fast paced environment 

  • Ability to influence with courageous authenticity and build trust with individuals at all levels within the organization, challenging the status quo when appropriate

  • Effectively diagnose long term P&C needs, and shaping and leading initiatives to address them

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) to effectively address all organizational levels 

  • Biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, or sales organizations experience are preferred

  • Fluent in English

  • Ability to travel (including global travel) approximately 10% of the time

This position is not eligible for relocation