Sr. Talent Acquisition Business Partner (R&D / Med Affairs)

Nov 09, 2021

Job Description

21,000! That’s how many people Novartis hires globally every year. We want curious, courageous and collaborative people like you to join our inspiring environment! At Novartis you’re given opportunities to make a genuine impact on our patient driven mission. Here, you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

As a member of the Global Talent Acquisition (TA) organization, you will be responsible for attracting and hiring top talent for all Novartis companies which it supports. This role will be functionally aligned with a focus on building functional depth and talent market knowledge for the R&D and Medical Affairs function / skill. This role will ensure recruitment delivery for the business team it supports while managing customer expectations with a shared vision of impacting the quality of patient lives. This role will manage and drive appropriate sourcing, assessment, selection and pre-onboarding strategies for the client group supported by the role.

Your Key Responsibilities:

Strategy & Planning:
• Render business consulting by providing effective staffing solutions keeping in mind internal business context as well as external talent / market landscape
• Drive the hiring for niche skilled and/or senior level roles
• Develop overall hiring strategy for open assigned headcounts
• Educate the Hiring Manager / interview panels on the recruiting process and help build their interview capabilities on an ongoing basis
• Guide Sourcers to build & maintain a strong candidate pipeline to support current and future hiring requirements with specific focus on niche & business critical skill areas.
• Lead and drive the hiring planning meeting with Hiring Managers; Conduct interviews and lead the debrief session

Process Management
• Accountable for the overall recruitment process to ensure recruitment delivery of the open position for client groups. Coordinate with Sourcers & TA Admins to ensure zero process lags
• Partner closely with Sourcer to implement the defined sourcing strategy to attract right talent for the roles. Focus on direct sourcing through low cost sourcing channels and reducing agency spend thus resulting in effective cost per hire
• Provide accurate documentation to facilitate offer and pre boarding processes including pre-employment background verification and pre-employment medicals
• Ensure best in class candidate experience throughout the hiring process by providing timely feedback / responses to candidates etc.

Data Management & Reporting
• Ensure data compliance within Applicant Tracking Tool (Brassring); Ensure periodic hiring status reporting/ dashboards to business stakeholders, manage & deliver them in a timely and consistent basis

Monitoring & Control
• Ensure adherence to relevant geographic labor and employment laws as and when necessary; Ensure adoption and adherence to Novartis HR practices and policies.
• Ensure process and policy compliance as per Novartis TA guidelines; Ensure compliant usage of all tools (social media, job boards, ATS, etc.)

People & Organization (P&O aka HR)
• Support Sourcers & TA Admins to develop functional and TA operational depth and clearing roadblocks while executing if any.
• Effectively collaborate with P&O Business Partners, Hiring managers and other HR COEs ensuring great stakeholder experience.
• Being the Novartis brand ambassador to external market by responsibly dealing with candidates, vendors and external associates while showcasing Novartis Values and Behaviors to the core.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role:

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Human Resources discipline preferred.


• Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in agency/ consulting and/or in-house recruitment environment
• Experience in full life cycle recruitment
• Experience in hiring for senior level roles (Director and above) in similar or comparable organizations
• Understanding and demonstrated capability to source passive candidates via niche websites, social media, ATS etc.
• Demonstrated proficiency in understanding organization culture and ability to establish relationships both externally and internally.
• Ability to manage local / global stakeholders in a remote working environment
• Self-directed, detail oriented, problem solver with a burning desire to contribute.
• High energy, driven, articulate and friendly personality with a customer- service mindset.
• Ability to manage/ negotiate multiple stakeholders at all levels of the organization is a plus.
• Experience with any R&D or scientific recruiting preferred alternatively experience in pharma/healthcare desired

This position may be located in East Hanover, NJ or Cambridge MA

You’ll receive:
Competitive salary, annual bonus, long term incentive for select levels, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements, subsidized dining facilities, employee recognition scheme.

Why consider Novartis?
769 Million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2020. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

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East Hanover, NJ
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