Job ID R-376210 Date posted 07/10/2020 BACK TO SEARCH RESULTS Apply

HR Director UKI & Nordics

Job Description Summary


BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers.

BD aspires to become the leading partner for customers to deliver value-based healthcare to patients across Europe. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to adopt new commercial strategies to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations and to drive profitable growth for BD. Organisation strategy and aligning the capabilities of our associates to implement these strategies is fundamental to our future success and HR is at the heart of leading this in partnership with commercial leaders.


The HR Director is responsible for the overall HR strategy and execution for UK/I & Nordics, with primary focus on the Commercial Organization but oversight of all plants and sites in the region, covering about 2200 associates.

In this crucial role, you will be trusted HR Business Partner to the CGM UK/I & to the CGM Nordics and their leadership teams, as well as a member of the Commercial Leadership Team and the EMEA HR Leadership Team.

Job Description


You will provide insight into talent management decisions, support leaders in driving people and capability objectives, and provide a full-range of strategic HR Business partner support to the client groups. As a member of the HRLT in EMEA, the role also contributes and drives Pan EMEA initiatives as well as collaborates on design, development, introduction and/or integration of HR processes, practices, programs and initiatives that contribute to individual and company success.

Some of your other responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership in Organizational Effectiveness & Development - provide strategic HR business partnering support for leaders to identify and resolve the business needs. Lead and support client groups with organizational capability and capacity analyses and strategic workforce planning, organization design, associate engagement.

  • Talent Management and Acquisition - Identify opportunities and support leaders to fill competency gaps in their organisations. Partner with Talent Management and Talent Acquisition teams to identify and secure top talent for BD.

  • Compensation - provide consultative advice on compensation and facilitate reviews, benchmarking and reward setting.

  • Associate Engagement and Relations - guide managers and provide strategic HR advisory support for any employee issues including works council and performance. Utilise data and metrics to drive engagement and outcomes, look for trends and root cause to monitor and improve satisfaction.

  • HR Function effectiveness - be an ambassador for our OneHR team. Partner with HR COEs to facilitate smooth and holistic approach.

  • Management of the HR team - lead and continue building highly capably HR team across UK/I & Nordics including full (#4) and dotted lines reports.   Establish performance objectives and priorities, making sure both the strategic objectives and country compliance priorities are executed and accounted for.

About you:

To be successful in this role, you will have worked in a major, global corporation and have experience navigating a matrix structure.

You will be a highly pro-active and strategic HR leader capable of providing true business partnership to our leaders. In our dynamic and rapidly transforming organization, you will also need to be a real change agent, able to bring and deliver fresh approaches and ideas.

Other requirements include:

  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in HR, with at least 5 - 7 in key HR Generalist Leadership roles that required change management, strategic business partnering, organizational effectiveness/development, employment law, positive employee relations among others.

  • Experience in partnering with diverse client groups, manufacturing would be a plus.

  • Global experience is preferred, understanding and experience with several countries in Europe is a plus.

  • Experience in employee relations and works council management and strategy

  • Working knowledge & understanding of all HR related disciplines including: talent acquisition, retention, reward & recognition, development, succession planning, organizational design, etc

  • Experience in working with others in the process of restructuring an organization (organizational design).

  • BS/BA degree in Business Administration, HR Management or related field required.

  • Advanced degree (MBA/ Masters in HR or equivalent) is a plus

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills across all functions and international locations

  • Managerial courage and organizational savvy

  • Action oriented including the ability to make decisions in  the face of ambiguity

  • Change management expertise and the desire to make an impact

  • Demonstrated flexibility in responding to business and environmental needs

  • Analytical skills demonstrating the ability to extract, format, analyze and interpret data

  • Demonstrated success in translating ambiguous business needs into strategies and concrete team and individual development actions

HR Competencies

  • Business Acumen - Proficient

  • Organization Development - Proficient

  • Building/Developing High Performing Teams - Mastery

  • Leading and Managing Change - Proficient

  • HR Integrator - Mastery

  • HR Analytics - Proficient

  • HR Advocacy – Mastery

  • HR Strategy - Proficient

  • Talent Assessor and Developer - Mastery

Primary Work Location

GBR Winnersh - Eskdale Road

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