HR Solutions Partner, Commercial Business Units

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

HR Solutions Partner, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit

Location: Cambridge

Type: 12-month Secondment/Fixed Term Contract

Competitive Salary and Benefits package

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being ambitious, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world.


As part of the Human Resources team at AstraZeneca, you will have the opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced, creative and purposeful environment where bold, innovative thinking is encouraged. We believe our people are our greatest asset and are always looking for top talent whose curiosity, learning-agility and strong values orientation results in the delivery of high quality, impactful outcomes that accelerate our people and business success.


The HR Solutions Partnerwill primarily support the global functions of the BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology Business Units and will work with the global HR business partners and HR Centres of Expertise (CoE) to deliver strong HR support for the leaders and employees in the UK and for the larger BBU team. The HR Solutions Partner will report to an HR Solutions Manager that leads a team of HR Solutions Partners globally.


You will collaborate with HRBPs to provide guidance and coaching to managers and HR colleagues on all HR policies, processes and programs. You will also support business specific HR programs and initiatives in a fast paced, evolving organization.   

This role is based in UK-Cambridge.


Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide generalist HR advice on a range of employment related matters (e.g., disciplinary and grievance cases, attendance management, parental leave) and advance to Employee Practices Specialist or COEs as appropriate.

  • Ensure flawless execution of key people processes across the business – leading and supporting HRBPs with Performance Development, Reward, Employee Relations, change management, and Workforce Planning processes

  • Co-design, lead and drive key HR project delivery within BBU functions, in line with defined People Plan priorities, with support, coaching and guidance from the HRBPs; such as Inclusion and Diversity, Talent and Development activities

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues located in Global and Regional HR Center and other HR Services teams in other countries to improve the customer experience, through accuracy and pace of delivery

  • Deliver sound generalist HR support, acting as a key point-of-contact and a trusted partner for provision of professional advice and support to a range of HR activities and programs

  • Deputise for HRBPs on key meetings and functional communication activity, where necessary

  • Maintain a high level of communication with all levels of the organization (both globally and locally) and positively impact the key decisions


Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant HR experience

  • Practical experience providing HR advice to colleagues

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Technical HR knowledge / skills associated one or more of the following fields - Resourcing, Performance & Reward, ER, L&D, organisational change

  • Attention to detail; accomplishes tasks and processes accurately and completely

  • Effective communicator and able to build relationships quickly

  • Self-starter, being able to deliver on own initiative

  • Hunger for personal learning and hard-working development

  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office products is required (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Box)


Desirable requirements:

  • Possesses knowledge and understanding of HR systems (Workday, ServiceNow)

  • Experience in managing / interacting with sizeable internal customer base

  • General knowledge and understanding of AstraZeneca policies and procedures

Hybrid working:

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world. 

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours

Where can I find out more?

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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