AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Human Resources Business Partner in Wilmington, Delaware

AstraZeneca is one of only a handful of pure-play biopharmaceutical companies to span the entire value chain of a medicine from discovery, early- and late-stage development to manufacturing and distribution, and the global commercialization of primary care, specialty care-led and specialty care medicines that transform lives.

Their primary focus is within three important areas of healthcare: Cardiovascular and Metabolic disease (CVMD); Oncology; and Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (RIA). AstraZeneca is also active in the Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal (ING) disease areas.

The organization operates in more than 100 countries, has over 51,000 employees worldwide and their innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. They manufacture in 16 countries. The pharmaceutical firm wants to be valued as a source of great medicines and trusted as a company that delivers business success responsibly. Sales have totaled more than $25.7B. They are committed to operating with integrity and high ethical standards across all activities. AstraZeneca pushes the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) will be responsible for developing, planning and delivering human resources programs and services for the Respiratory TA Biologics, Infectious Diseases and Portfolio business units, serving approximately 500 employees across the Respiratory TA. He/she will support the Lead HR Business Partner for Respiratory and provide HRBP client support to 5 Respiratory Leadership Team Members and provide HR leadership and support to their LT teams. The Human Resources Business Partner will oversee all people management related issues including talent management, talent acquisition, succession planning, performance management, culture and engagement and organizational design and development. The HRBP will lead change management initiatives and will work closely with senior leaders to create an environment where talent can develop, flourish and achieve outstanding business performance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of the Respiratory Specialty Care business strategy and link the human resources business plan and the functional human resources plan.

  • Along with Lead HRBP for Client Area, support, assess and manage the human resources strategy, policies, systems and practices in the areas of talent management, talent acquisition, organizational development and design, and employee relations. Ensure these practices are aligned with business goals and are implemented with consistency across the AstraZeneca enterprise.

  • Support 5 Respiratory Leadership Team members as they: lead transformational change; assess, identify and develop critical talent; develop accountability; foster more collaborative teamwork; promote efficiencies; and support the growth of the business.

  • Build and maintain responsive human resources practices possessing the business insight, service orientation and professionalism necessary to support the company’s performance and business objectives.

  • Serve as an internal consultant and coach to the leadership team, managers and colleagues on all human resources and people management issues.

  • Provide business perspective and insight to ensure the company continues to grow and remain innovative.

  • Lead organizational change and design by working with management to identify business needs and implement appropriate solutions.

  • Actively identify gaps as well as propose and implement changes as necessary to manage and cover risks.

  • Build effective and strong business relationships with internal clients.

  • Actively participate in the recruitment of key talent in a creative and responsive way to meet the demanding, ongoing needs of the organization and its clients.

  • Drive performance improvement processes and promote positive changes in the people management arena.

  • Drive succession planning processes for key talent and critical hiring needs.

  • Identify potential employee relations issues, offer guidance and provide strategic initiatives to promote a productive and engaged workforce.


  • Minimum of 10 to 12 years of progressive human resources experience in a large, fast-growth global business. Experience working in complex and matrixed environment is important.

  • Proven experience in all areas of human resources with a strong focus on talent management, recruitment, change management, employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and training and organizational development. Possesses a working knowledge of compensation.

  • Possess a solid business, analytical and process-oriented approach to human resources that positions human capital solutions in business terms.

  • Outstanding client service orientation.

  • Strategic thinker who is also accustomed to working in a hands-on manner to accomplish multiple priorities.

  • Effectively coaches leaders on performance, effective management practices and other business issues.

  • Outstanding business acumen with analytical/metrics capabilities; highly accountable and empowered style.

  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced, flexible and high-growth environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build trusting relationships as well as influence employees at all levels. Strong team player.

  • Direct, confident and assertive style with a comfort level in “speaking up” and challenging the views of others while simultaneously serving as a collaborative partner.

  • Willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” to accomplish projects and day-to-day responsibilities.

  • Solid judgment with a high degree of integrity that encourages others to trust and seek advice and counsel. Serves as a sounding board.

  • Strong intellectual horsepower.

  • Proactive in identifying solutions to business issues; responsive with a high sense of urgency.

  • Seasoned change management skills; possesses an understanding of innovative approaches to engaging the workforce.

  • Consistently brings drive and initiative to the position and organization.

  • Flexible and adaptable style; comfortable navigating through ambiguity.

  • Solid project management skills.

  • Possesses the ability to see ideas through to execution with attention to speed and quality.

  • Takes initiative and is comfortable working in an autonomous fashion. Results-oriented.

  • Possesses the confidence and poise to work under pressure and with a diverse workforce. Unflappable interpersonal style.

  • Have an ability to travel domestically in support of 2 Sales Organizations ( up to approximately 30 % travel)

  • Willingness to travel globally as needed. Open to considering global assignments.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.