VP Human Resources, R&D (onsite at Sunnyvale)

    • Danaher Corporation
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Posted 19 days ago | Updated 7 hours ago


On Site
USD 250,000.00 - 350,000.00 per year
Full Time


Research and Development
Human resources
Health care
Business systems
Talent management
Organizational architecture
Employee engagement
Strategic management
Organizational structure
Organizational development
Problem solving
Work ethic
Life sciences
Value engineering

Job Details

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world's most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we're working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world's biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

Learn about the Danaher Business System which makes everything possible.

The VP, Human Resources will be responsible for driving the strategic HR planning and execution aligned to global and regional business and HR priorities (with emphasis on talent management, leadership coaching, organizational design, DE&I, employee engagement and creating a world-class associate experience). Reporting to the SVP of Global Human Resources, the VP HR, R&D will be accountable for end-to-end HR leadership for the R&D organization globally and serve as the primary strategic business partner to the SVP, R&D. The VP, Human Resources will join the R&D leadership team and serve as a member of the global Human Resources Leadership Team (HRLT).

The VP, HR R&D will have a team of Director and HR Business Partners reporting into the role, and will also act as a coach and mentor across the organization for HRBPs. The VP, Human Resources must collaborate with the Centers of Excellence in alignment with global HR leadership to ensure proper alignment of talent, compensation and operational effectiveness. As such, the leader will interface effectively with relevant global business and HR leaders to maximize both global, regional, and local opportunities and create a high-performance working culture to enable the business to achieve its ambitious performance and people objectives.

As part of the HRLT, the leader will also influence and shape the global strategic direction of the HR function which may include further evolution to the strategy, organization structure, and ways of working.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide leadership to direct reporting HR members and participate as member of the HR Leadership Team (HRLT) serving as a representative of HR leadership globally, creating opportunities for coaching and collaboration across the full HR organization.
  • Serve as lead HR partner for the SVP, R&D joining as a member of their senior leadership teams to provide the strategic direction in organizational design, talent management and other key people initiatives; serve as subject matter expert to align people programs globally.
  • Function as an integrated senior leader of the business, working with and influencing other business leaders to make data-based decisions in areas such as organizational design, talent development and pipelining, and leadership expectation and accountability to further talent progression in pursuit of overall business strategic goals.
  • Identify the need for HR programs and strategies to support business objectives and collaborate across the HRLT to deliver in the areas of organizational development, performance.
  • Responsible for aligning and maintaining critical KPIs that are identified to best drive the strategic talent initiatives that will impact the overarching goals of the organization, problem solving and implementing solutions when not on track
  • Lead the development and execution of large-scale transformation initiatives, managing change across multiple departments and functions to achieve strategic goals.

The essential requirements for the job include:

  • Bachelor's degree and 20+ years of experience OR Master's with 18+ years of experience and 6 years people leadership experience
  • Strong track record leading in an international and matrixed HR team
  • Strong data-driven approach to analysis and decision making with the knowledge and ability to interpret and develop key insights from available data to drive strategy
  • Strong work ethic and personal integrity; engender trust and influence all levels across matrix
  • Strong executive presence with ability to command respect and gain credibility through exercise of sound business judgment, clear decision-making, and excellent communication
  • Travel will be required, both domestic and international, up to 20%
  • Having experience within the healthcare industry is preferred.

Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at danaherbenefitsinfo.com.

When you join us, you'll also be joining Danaher's global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you'll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we'll empower you to push the boundaries of what's possible.

If you've ever wondered what's within you, there's no better time to find out.

The salary range for this role is $250000 to $350000. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future. This job is also eligible for bonincentive pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

At Danaher we bring together science, technology and operational capabilities to accelerate the real-life impact of tomorrow's science and technology. We partner with customers across the globe to help them solve their most complex challenges, architecting solutions that bring the power of science to life. Our global teams are pioneering what's next across Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Biotechnology and beyond. For more information, visit .

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