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Director, Human Resources

Company: Danaher
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Dream. Drive. Do. At Cepheid, we tackle problems that are larger than life. We are relentless in our pursuit of solutions for patients. And every day, we wake up and face challenges head-on. "Dream. Drive. Do." is our call to action. It reminds us why we are here. And it motivates us to keep going - even when it seems impossible.

We are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. As a member of our team, you'll get to make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, to develop rapid groundbreaking solutions for the world's most complex health challenges.


The Director, Human Resources will partner with business leaders in our U.S. Operations organization to understand business priorities and align talent solutions to attract, engage, develop and retain our associate population. The ideal candidate must have the ability to partner with leaders to develop talent strategies, lead programs, handle initiatives as well as execute activities from idea generation through implementation.


  • Develop and execute talent strategies for Cepheid's Manufacturing Operations organizations in the Bay Area inclusive of growth initiatives, leadership development, acquisition of early talent and diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborate with leaders to build and support an employee engagement strategy that facilitates organizational performance and enables successful organizational change.
  • Partner with business leaders on initiatives that engage associates and promote retention of key talent. Understand associate needs and facilitate effective communication channels between leaders and associates.
  • Champion the company's values and culture partnering with business leaders, COE' s and HRBPs to align and support organizational planning, talent acquisition, diversity initiatives, talent development, compensation planning, performance management, and engagement.
  • Provide mentorship and leadership to the HR Business Partners to ensure functional excellence. Ensure the growth and development of their team as well as succession for the function.
  • Lead special HR projects to achieve desired outcomes and participate on project teams as assigned.
  • Analyze HR metrics to drive key business strategies, enhance HR organizational effectiveness and drive process improvements.
  • Collaborate with process owners to explore opportunities to optimize activities utilizing continuous improvement processes and the Danaher Business System (DBS). Act as a change leader for improvements.
  • Ensure company policies are communicated clearly and administered in compliance with all labor laws and reporting requirements of the countries supported.
  • Act as point of resolution for escalation issues.


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time
  • For people managers, ensure your associates attend and complete all required trainings satisfactorily and on time.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • 10 years of HR experience, with minimum of 5 years leading / managing people and teams.
  • 7 years of focusing on business partnering, succession planning, engagement, leadership development, workforce planning, diversity initiatives, organizational development and coaching.
  • Broad understanding of the technical and functional components of human resources, including: recruiting, talent management, organizational design/development, goal setting, leadership development, compensation, compliance, planning, M&A due diligence and integration, employee communications; training and development and employee relations.
  • Must be able to work onsite in Sunnyvale, CA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • US Citizen or Permanent resident of US

Knowledge and skills:

  • Proven strategic human resource business partner, with an excellent sense of business operations and an appreciation for the interplay between the functional groups.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence teams and individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Independent, self-starter - able to set agenda and drive progress with little direction.
  • Prior experience managing significant change/project initiatives including change management experience
  • Critical thinking and decision-making, analytical problem solving, business astuteness, and process orientation
  • Proven ability to recruit, train, and motivate employees to balance staffing strength and develop future leaders
  • Results oriented with the ability to balance other business considerations
  • Strong command and utilization of talent metrics and analytics and tools that support these including Microsoft Office products: PowerBI and Excel
  • Knowledge of US, employment laws and relevant institutions, including EEOC, ADEA, ERISA, ADA, FMLA and FLSA


  • Prior experience working in high impact and innovative company cultures
  • Experience using lean six sigma tools and methodologies
  • Strong business acumen and ability to influence and communicate at the L1 level

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

As part of the Danaher family of companies, our work at Cepheid is supported by a global science and technology innovator. In addition to Danaher's unrivaled leadership training and professional development programs, this relationship also provides expanded career opportunities across industries and brands. Together, we are united by a shared purpose: Helping Realize Life's Potential.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available here.

Keywords: Danaher, Sunnyvale , Director, Human Resources, Other , Sunnyvale, California

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