Associate Director Talent Acquisition (Alps and Nordics) (m/f) Job

Date: May 2, 2019

Location: Luzern, LU, CH

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Requisition ID: REC000390

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Right now, thousands of MSD associates are working to cure the world’s most complex diseases. We know that our people are the key to our success, which is why our Talent Acquisition Team takes pride in building teams of skilled, forward-thinking individuals who contribute to MSD’s pioneering medical advancements. Our Human Resources department shares a spirit of attentive enthusiasm that helps support our associates in achieving new milestones in global healthcare.

As a new addition to our Global Talent Acquisition Team, we are looking for an Associate Director Talent Acquisition (m/f) responsible for our MSD Sites in Switzerland, Austria, Nordics and Baltics (Full-time, indefinite).

As an Associate Director Talent Acquisition, you will be accountable for a cluster of countries where you will partner with cross divisional business / HR leaders to understand their needs and translate these into actionable talent acquisition strategies and deliverables. You will hire and manage a number of Talent Acquisition Advisors who will consult the business and support hiring of senior roles in the organization. You will also act as a project manager and change agent by supporting the transformation to ensure that your team are capable of senior consulting and managing stakeholder expectations.
The Global Talent Acquisition organization at MSD is transforming. Our vision is to move from a recruitment delivery function to a value-add HR function / Talent Acquisition CoE that not only delivers hires, but also consults the business to offer talent business intelligence, map the market for business-critical talent and develop a strong employer branding strategy (with focus on employee advocacy) and a university relations strategy (to attract our future talent). A key enabler for this shift is a significant investment in headcount, budget and technology and a new partnership with an RPO organization to outsource much of our transactional Talent Acquisition work.

The primary activities include but are not limited to:
  • Partner and consult with the business to understand business needs and develop, gain commitment and execute against talent strategies to deliver value
  • Develop and implement the country Talent Acquisition strategy
  • Understand the internal talent landscape (including Talent Reviews and Succession Planning)
  • Accountable for end to end recruiting in the respective business area / geography for business niche (senior) positions for all divisions in the markets
  • Be personally responsible for executive hires and contract negotiation for the region
  • Consult & influence selection decisions ensuring a diverse pipeline
  • Partner with Sourcing team to develop deep candidate pipelines; network proactively and have a passion for identifying and securing top talent externally
  • Partner with the Talent Acquisition CoE leads to identify and deploy Employee Branding, Social Media and Diversity strategies, etc.
  • Lead regional/ global Talent Acquisition CoE continuous improvement projects
  • Drive Diversity initiatives with HRBPs, Managers and RPO (where needed)
  • Consult on and conduct assessment/selection approach when needed
  • Educate the business on hiring progress and competitive landscape utilizing internal and external metrics and data
  • Drive consistency in the hiring process and ensure a best in class hiring manager and candidate experience
  • Build strong relationships with business, HR CoEs, HRBPs and RPO
  • Represent Talent Acquisition in the local HR leadership team and towards senior management
  • Adhere to local Compliance requirements
  • Ability to deliver on or exceed stated KPIs
  • Lead the team of local talent acquisition advisors 

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 7 - 8 years of end-to-end recruiting experience; a combination of search firm / RPO and corporate recruiting experience is strongly preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience managing a Team
  • Experience with an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
  • Prior experience recruiting in a global matrix environment would be an advantage
  • Strong sourcing capability to direct our sourcing team to identify world class talent
  • Ability to consult and collaborate at all levels of the organization
  • Strong business acumen, external labour market and best practice knowledge
  • Excellent project management capabilities and a mindset of optimization
  • Good communication skills with strong influencing, negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Business fluency in English

We offer:

  • An exciting opportunity within a stable and growing company
  • Development and career opportunities within the company
  • A competent, motivated and great team

Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life.

Interested in becoming part of a dynamic, developing team and contributing your know-how to an innovative environment that allows you to show initiative and that offers long-term perspectives? Please apply using the link to our career site!

MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MSD via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of MSD. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or through other means.


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Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
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