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Human Resource Business Partner & Employee Relations Manager

Requisition ID:  963

Deerfield, Illinois, US


At Lundbeck, we are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health so every person can be their best. Headquartered in Copenhagen with a U.S. home office in Deerfield, Ill., Lundbeck is the only global pharmaceutical company focused solely on brain diseases. Our legacy in neuroscience goes back seven decades and we have a long heritage of innovation. Lundbeck has developed and commercialized some of the world’s most widely prescribed therapies for psychiatric and neurological disorders. Today, we remain uncompromisingly committed to improving the quality of life for people impacted by brain disorders. Lundbeck is unique from other biopharmaceutical companies in that we are 70 percent owned by a research-focused foundation. We have a deep and productive pipeline, and we continue to bring forward symptomatic therapies to help people live better lives, while simultaneously pursuing disease-modifying treatments.



The purpose of the HR Business Partner and Employee Relations Manager position is to lead the management of the HR partnership with the Human Resources, Finance, Compliance and Legal organizations.  This individual contributor's role will be a collaborative, trusted business partner to the business to drive business results. Additionally, this role will partner with management to execute all employee relations issues for our field-based teams. This position reports to the Director of HR Business Partners and Talent Management.



  • Acts as the lead HR business partner and consultant to the leaders and managers of the HR, Finance, Compliance and Legal organizations. Establishes trust and credibility with leaders and acts as a valuable sounding board on organizational and talent issues. Actively undertakes coaching conversations to challenging leaders’ current thinking to get to the best decisions.
  • Maintains working knowledge of each groups’ strategy and goals, and identifies opportunities to enhance the groups’ capabilities and structure. Promotes leadership aligned with Lundbeck’s purpose and beliefs and My Competency behaviors.
  • In partnership with Compensation, consults and recommends pay decisions, policy and guideline interpretations and job evaluations, including designing and creating solutions to specific compensation related problems/needs.
  • As a key driver of our high-performance culture, ensures managers and employees understand and participate in the performance management and development programs. Facilitates the annual review process, inclusive of calibration sessions, career development planning and mentoring.  Coaches employees and managers on the process of resolving and/or addressing performance gaps.
  • Participates in cross-functional projects, new initiatives and process improvement teams. Results oriented in recommending improvements to ensure operational excellence across the HR function.
  • Manages complex employee relations issues for field-based employees and HR partner groups such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, and work/performance issues while ensuring legal compliance, leveraging employee abilities and managing risk. Effectively investigates issues, partners with lead HRBP to make recommendations and ensures appropriate action.
  • Conducts exit interviews; analyzes trends in turnover, hiring, promotions, separations and grievances to determine support or action needed to adjust unfavorable trends; provides data, analysis and predictive recommendations on turnover trends.
  • Provides consultation on the hiring and selection process. Works with hiring managers to develop robust job descriptions and ensures they have the resources and tools to identify and recognize the My Competency behaviors, key success factors and skills for the roles. Partners with Talent Acquisition and hiring manager to ensure diverse and inclusive candidates slate and interview panel. Provides informed, creative recommendations for workforce planning.
  • Serves as the US point of contact to facilitate all expat and inpat assignments in the US, partnering with global mobility and ensuring all immigration related requirements are completed
  • Uses informed, sound judgment: makes timely, effective and sound decisions; makes educated decisions under conditions of uncertainty




  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited University/College
  • Minimum five years of progressive human resources experience
  • Minimum three years demonstrated success in business partnering with senior leaders
  • Demonstrated employee relations experience, conducting workplace investigations, harassment claims and advising managers on implementing corrective action interventions
  • Demonstrated client focused orientation/consultative skills. Ability to influence and coach leaders to improve their leadership effectiveness.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong working knowledge of local, state and federal regulations/laws/statutes impacting employees in the work environment including but not limited to hiring practices and termination scenarios
  • Able to self-direct and work effectively to influence without authority all levels of the organization, business partners, team members and senior leaders.
  • Accepts clear responsibility and accountability for results
  • Committed to the delivery of quality services, creates efficiencies.



  • Preferred MBA; SPHR, SHRM certification or equivalent
  • Ability to develop clear, actionable steps to support overall business strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to support organizational change
  • Ability to develop clear, actionable steps to support overall business strategy
  • Experience working in a global company
  • Ability to prioritize workflow and requests to deliver high quality, value-added and timely advisory services to employees and management utilizing developed mediation/facilitation/conflict resolution skills



  • Willingness/Ability to travel up to 10%


Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employement opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify. 

Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best. 

An estimated 700 million people worldwide are living with brain diseases and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.

Read more at www.lundbeck.com/global/about-us/progress-in-mind.
Our approximately 5,000 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing and sales. Our pipeline consists of several late-stage development programs and our products are available in more than 100 countries. Our research center is based in Denmark and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 18.1 billion in 2018 (EUR 2.4 billion; USD 2.8 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site www.lundbeck.com and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.