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Senior HR Business Partner

Requisition ID:  197

Deerfield, Illinois, US

Date:  Feb 25, 2019

At Lundbeck, we believe life is too precious to be interrupted by brain disorders. Lundbeck is uncompromisingly committed to the research, development and delivery of targeted therapies for people living with significant psychiatric and neurological disorders. We pursue imaginative solutions, driven by passionate people committed to do the right thing for our patients, our company and our communities. Lundbeck strives to be a leader in depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. 


For Lundbeck, making a meaningful difference for patients is more than an aspiration; it is a commitment that shapes everything we do. Patient advocacy is at the core of who we are and motivates every individual at Lundbeck. Our engagement with the communities we serve grants us better understanding of the needs of patients and their families; and that drives us to develop innovative therapies and impactful programs for patients and caregivers.



The purpose of the Senior HR Business Partner position is to lead the management of the HR relationship with the Neuroscience Sales and Marketing, and Market Access organizations.  This role will challenge, support and add value to the business in pursuit of their objectives and overall strategy. Additionally, this role will create HR plans that drive optimal business performance in terms of Change Management, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, Performance Management and Leadership Capability, ensuring all are in line with HR polices and standards and the goals of the Lundbeck organization. This position reports to the Director of HR Business Partners and Talent Management.



  • Acts as the lead HR business partner and internal consultant to the Neuroscience Sales and Marketing and Market Access organizations. Establishes trust and credibility with leaders and acts as a valuable sounding board on organizational and talent issues. Actively undertakes “positive tension” coaching conversations to challenging leaders’ current thinking to get to the best decisions.
  • Maintains deep understanding of each groups’ strategy and goals, and identifies opportunities to enhance the groups’ capabilities and structure. Rigorously promotes leadership aligned with We Are Lundbeck vision and principles, and My Competency behaviors.
  • Proactively provides guidance and advice to managers and leaders on employee engagement.  Influences leaders and managers to assess results and build comprehensive action plans. Ensure accountability for proactive dialogue throughout the year.
  • Partners across North America affiliate and with Corporate work partners in support of HR initiatives and organizations that span regional boundaries.
  • 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. Additionally, 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.
  • Leads 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 such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, and work/performance issues while ensuring legal compliance, leveraging employee abilities and managing risk. Effectively investigates issues, makes recommendations, and takes 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 comprehensive 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 candidates slate and appropriate interview panel. Provides informed, creative recommendations for workforce planning.



  • Accredited Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 7 years of progressive human resources experience with 5 years demonstrated success in HR business partnering with senior leaders
  • Demonstrated client focused orientation/consultative skills. Proven ability to empower, influence and coach executives to improve their leadership effectiveness.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously accepting clear responsibility and accountability for results
  • Ability to develop clear, actionable steps to support overall business strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to support organizational change
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Uses informed, sound judgment: makes timely, effective and sound decisions; makes educated decisions under conditions of uncertainty
  • Demonstrated employee relations experience, conducting workplace investigations, harassment claims and advising managers on implementing corrective action interventions
  • 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
  • Ability to develop clear, actionable steps and efficiencies to support overall business strategy
  • Ability to self-direct and work effectively to influence without authority all levels of the organization, business partners, team members and senior leaders.
  • 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




  • Accredited MBA; SPHR or equivalent
  • Prior pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industry experience
  • Experience working in a global company and effectively partnering with global colleagues



  • Willingness/Ability to travel up to 20%.


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.

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 and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.