Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Senior Director, HRBP Lead Europe

2 weeks ago
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Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

Our therapeutic areas of focus include sleep and hematology/oncology – areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team.  If you’re looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients’ lives and being a great place to work, we hope you’ll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals. 

Position Profile

  • The HR Business Partner role serves as a critical and strategic role within Jazz by contributing to the achievement of business results by effectively partnering with EU & Rest of World (EU & RoW) executives and members of the HR team in creating, implementing and driving strategic, organization wide initiatives while at the same time leading the HRBP EU&RoW and Ireland team in delivering on the day to day aspects of the HR support to the business.
  • This position requires the proactive and continual partnership and collaboration with the Functional HRBPs based in the US and in Europe, business executives and clients in the EU & Rest of World organization as well as internal teams in HR both in Europe and in the US (e.g., Leadership and Development, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, and HRBPs EU & RoW)as well as other internal partners (e.g., Payroll, Legal, and Finance)
  • Focus areas include: organizational design and development, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and retention initiatives, leadership development, workforce planning as well as performance management. The HRBP contributes to creating a culture where Jazz’s mission, values and strategies, as well as focus on high performance, help sustain a long term competitive advantage. The HRBP will build strong partnerships across HR functional areas and will effectively lead and leverage existing knowledge, expertise and systems to broker and deliver HR solutions and programs to the business.

Essential Functions

  • Partner with the executive leader in Europe to help realize their strategic vision and business goals by translating their vision into organizational objectives and actions.
  • Lead, coach and mentor the European based HR Team consisting of HRBPs and Generalists in Oxford and Dublin, with a dotted line coaching and mentoring responsibility for the HRBP supporting Technical Operations based in Dublin
  • Responsible for the works council and union relations across our EU business
  • Be the HR key point of contact for any European M&A activity
  • Lead HR due diligence activities in Europe as appropriate prior to M&A activity
  • Be a key member of the relevant HR Matrix teams, working closely with global leads for Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Operations, Learning and Development, HR Operations and partnership with Employment Counsel at Jazz
  • Participate meaningfully in the creation of business strategies and provide relevant HR insights and solutions to business challenges
  • Play a leadership role in creating and implementing key, long-term strategic programs in the areas of strategic HR, employee and leadership development, talent planning, employee engagement programs and organizational culture.
  • Assist in leading the business through transformations and adapting to changing business conditions. Consciously strive to build networks of support for change initiatives (including the continual evolution of Jazz as a company).
  • Initiate and drive organization-wide calibration sessions with executives during annual focal process and Work Force Planning initiatives.
  • Effectively partner with US and International HR team members to execute HR strategies and initiatives globally
  • Coach executives toward goal-oriented and results-driven leadership that will engage and inspire employees. Influence their thinking and decision-making by adding insights and solutions with clarity and conviction.
  • Facilitate executive business meetings including: off-sites, project team meetings, new leader assimilations, etc. as appropriate
  • Lead and be accountable for HR services for the business by partnering closely with the HR matrixed team that is dedicated to the EU & RoW organization as well as with other members of the HR team.  Know and leverage the entire Jazz HR delivery chain and help educate team driving business initiatives
  • Ensure effective application of the annual performance management program through evaluation, analysis and feedback. Ensure that personal development plans are completed and that managers are equipped to deliver development discussions.
  • Be a Jazz Culture champion. Implement initiatives that will result in strong employee engagement and are in alignment with the Jazz culture
  • Participate as appropriate in key hiring decisions.
  • Partner with appropriate clients, internal/external partners and HR team members in the management and closure of employee relation issues in a way that is consistent with Jazz values while maintaining a focus on risk mitigation.
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of HR programs and processes.
  • Manage the communication of HR policies, procedures and practices to ensure sound leadership application and legal compliance.
  • Recommend or revise Human Resource policies, processes and procedures as it relates to International HR responsibilities to meet business requirements and needs.


  • A minimum of 10 years related experience.
  • Lead, motivate, develop a high performing HR team in Europe
  • Prior experience working in a Pharma /BioTech industry is strongly preferred.
  • Strategic thinking – focus on critical areas of strategic contribution and translate these into appropriate management and HR actions; demonstrated proactive value add leadership in HR Business partner role
  • Excellent communication skills, judgment and discretion.
  • Change leader – anticipate the need for change, consult with clients on effective approaches to change, architect change plans and assist clients with leadership and execution.
  • Personal credibility – operate without vested self-interest. Consistently offer quality advice, counsel and insight. Demonstrate sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to address issues constructively by providing independent, objective and courageous advice.
  • HR expert – apply experience and knowledge in HR technical areas across Europe to increase organizational performance.
  • Strong organizational development and employee relations experience.
  • Ability to influence at multiple levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge of UK employment law, and EU regulations and compliance.
  • Experience with host country Works Councils or Trade Unions-
  • European language skill an advantage
  • Must be able to operate independently with good judgement while communicating well with multiple international stakeholders
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and HR systems (preferably Workday).


  • CIPD fully qualified – MCIPD or FCIPD

Description of Physical Demands

  • Responsibilities may require working outside of “normal” hours, in order to meet business demands.
  • Extensive international travel

This is a Senior Director level role attracting a competitive salary and benefits package.

Applications will be accepted until December 1st 2017.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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