Associate Director - Human Resources

Facility:  Human Resource Management

Fremont, CA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                 

Novo Nordisk, a global health care company, is committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people living with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives. To support this, Novo Nordisk is conducting research on stem cell therapy. Stem cell research raises hopes for improved treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and for future treatments with cell transplantation therapy. This treatment could be offered to people with many different serious chronic diseases caused by the degeneration of specific cells, such as Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is manifested by the selective destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the body, which leads to a life-long dependence on insulin injections to control blood sugar levels. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Cell therapy may offer a better treatment by replacing the lost cells with new insulin-producing cells derived from stem cells, thus avoiding daily multiple insulin injections as well as numerous blood glucose tests. This treatment may also offer better blood glucose control, which is crucial to avoid late-stage complications such as blindness and kidney failure. In this project Novo Nordisk will generate new stem cell lines to be used in future cell therapies to treat Type 1 Diabetes, Parkinson’s and chronical heart failure.  Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The HR Business Partner acts as a strategic advisor and partner to the Cell Therapy business unit within R&D in it's locations across the US and Denmark. Collaborates with area- and department leadership on strategic business challenges and opportunities to deliver relevant solutions which develop people, organization, and culture in a seamless collaboration with relevant HR- and business line functions. The ideal candidate is able to utilize in-depth knowledge of the business, industry and organization to establish and implement impactful and relevant solutions to progress talent- and organizational development, change management, resource management and leadership.



This job will report to the Head of Human Resources, US R&D. This role will interact with senior leadership teams and partner closely with HR centers of excellence, operational teams and HR Partner colleagues.


Essential Functions

  • Strategic Partnership:  Lead human resources initiatives that drive results and accelerate innovation. Align strategic and tactical business plans into a practical and effective human resource agenda. Support and enable the Cell Therapy organization by providing expertise on all HR aspects of the business. Partner with senior leaders to develop and implement solutions to organizational and people-related challenges based upon HR expertise and in-depth understanding of the business. Provide leadership on matters of performance management, effective communication, organizational change and the creation of a winning culture. Develop and implement change management initiatives which facilitate/enable organizational growth and transformation and effect continuous improvement. Establish credibility throughout the organization and position self as an effective problem solver of people and organizational issues. Coach and develop leaders, supporting them while engaging in critical people activities and enabling them to make sound decisions
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Develop and implement organizational development/design strategies which align with business aspirations and drive optimal business results. Partner with management to remove barriers in order to drive operational transformation across all areas of the business. Lead the effort for continuous improvement of leadership capability and organizational efficiency
  • Talent Acquisition: Partner with the area leadership team and Talent Acquisition team to develop proactive organizational staffing strategies to recruit and retain top caliber talent in a high-performance environment
  • Employee Relations: Act as senior advisor on all employee relations issues and effectively communicate to all levels of employees. Facilitate employee conflict resolution and the reduction of employee relations issues with a pragmatic approach grounded in business need and results.  Handle sensitive matters with confidentiality and professionalism
  • Performance Management: Develop, strengthen and implement appropriate programs to facilitate optimal performance of employees. Manage performance review process in pursuit of a culture of accountability and results-orientation, linking organizational and employee performance. Provide ongoing direct and actionable performance coaching and feedback to the organization’s leaders. Oversee annual performance review cycle and compensation planning for the line organization
  • Employee Communication: Encourage frequent and effective communication throughout the organization to ensure that employees are accurately informed. Foster a workplace environment consistent with the values and mission of the organization
  • Cross-Functional Involvement: Act as a mentor to fellow HR team members by providing guidance where appropriate. Assist the Head of Human Resources by providing critical information and project oversight for delegated projects/tasks


Physical Requirements

10-15% overnight travel required. Ability to lift 0-10 lbs.



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 8 years of Human Resources experience of which 5 years in a business partner capacity
  • Experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical organization, preferably supporting the R&D function
  • Elevated level of interpersonal skills to demonstrate active listening, provide coaching and advising to all levels within the organization and handle sensitive and confidential situations
  • Strong business process aptitude and understanding; and highly developed analytical and reasoning skills
  • Deep knowledge of state and federal compliance and regulations
  • Must be able to work independently and part of a team, as well as handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly developed and excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


The base compensation range for this position is $121,050-$211,840.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.