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Head of PAG - ER/LR Lead Ireland

Dublin, Leinster
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On the Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) team at Takeda, you’ll be part of a rapidly transforming industry that’s applying technology and data in new ways. Within our agile, innovative, people-centric organization, your work will matter every day as you use your skills to help us manufacture therapies for patients on our four platforms:

  • Small Molecules
  • Biologics
  • Plasma
  • Cell and Gene

As part of the GMS team, you'll have the opportunity to pursue unique experiences and build new skills, and you'll know that the work you do every day makes an impact — on our patients, our people, our planet, and on yourself.

Job ID R0127933 Date posted 07/10/2024 Location Dublin, Leinster

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Job Description

Head of PAG - ER/LR Lead

Are you looking for a patient-oriented, innovation-driven company that inspires you and promotes your career? Then take your future in your hands and become part of Takeda as the Head of PAG - Ireland.

Takeda's presence in Ireland was established in 1997 and our Irish operations have played an important role in our global leadership in rare diseases, oncology and gastroenterology. Since beginning commercial operations, Takeda Ireland has grown in strength thanks to substantial investment in our people and industry-leading technology.

About the role:

The Head of PAG – Ireland is an exciting role working within the Global PAG (People Advisory Group) Function. This is enterprise-focused, dedicated to supporting our Employee Relations and Labour Relations agenda across the PAG Geographies. Also, it will have specific focus on all within Ireland across our capabilities of business transformation, Labour Relations, Employee Relations, HR Governance & HR Policy, and Policy Framework.

You will be a critical member of the PAG community and will help shape the LR/ER agenda. You will comprise of the following core areas of responsibilities:

ER/LR - the Head of PAG – Ireland will take the lead on the provision of Labour Relations and Employee Relations guidance within Ireland, specifically about escalated cases where the risks are potentially. You will provide consultative support and management of complex employee and labour relations cases to employees and managers, in partnership with, and will create a employee experience across the different BUs in Ireland.

Manage Projects related to the PAG Strategy - You will manage the delivery of Employee Relations (ER) and Labour Relations (LR) projects across all, functions, and employees within Ireland. You will also help support, help, and v3_vb deployment of global systems and operational changes aligned with the Data and Digital strategic imperative at Takeda. Working on global to local plans you will ensure project management whilst advising as a subject matter expert in this field to ensure that the change is delivered smoothly and communicated following Takeda values and leadership behaviours.

Policy Development to allow Employee Experience - Create HR Policy Framework and Country HR Policy Suite for Ireland. Aligned with global / regional HR guidance, take a lead in developing and defining policies that position Takeda competitively in the country. Support policy implementation and socialize policies at the appropriate level ensuring the correct governance and procedures are in place following Global processes and frameworks.

Country Governance - Create and lead in Country HR governance Process for Ireland. Create platform to align HR issues that affect HR Strategy in country or multiple LR/ER impacts across different departments. Facilitate through the appropriate schedule and operating rhythm agreement for in country HR and consultation with Business Leaders on Country Wide HR Topics

Organisational Capability – Enhance the organisational capability within Ireland through partnership with HR

How you will contribute:

Employee Relations

  • Follow global processes and frameworks, roll out and implement agreed Employee-Related Investigations Policies and Process.
  • Provide counsel to HRBL and HRP on complex employee relations issues, proposing fair, and resolution while ensuring legal compliance and evaluating risk mitigation to the Company
  • Lead delivery of local processes and trainings related to employee relations including on matters of labour negotiation (written answers before negotiation, info on wage negotiation) and coaching to management and HR partners
  • Investigate complex (escalated) cases, involving senior managers or where the risks are potentially, being the central contact for Ethics & Compliance and Legal on those matters.
  • Create a collaborative dispute resolution environment by managing workplace mediation process and facilitate advanced to resolve disputes
  • Roll out specific frameworks and lead ER case management such as Performance improvement counselling, Employee investigations, Involuntary termination documentation, Disciplinary and RIF documentation across the region and following global plans
  • Strengthen Takeda's people strategy to avoid investigations and case management by and harmonizing people initiatives and annual processes and establish a broad and understandable compass for employees.
  • Attend and contribute to the PAG Community of Practice
  • Maintain knowledge of Global ER & LR trends and Regulations, Country labour law and tribunal cases
  • Ensure that the ER dashboard is up to date with relevant action plans
  • Work with the owner of other HR communication (E.G. Reward COEI) on their communication content, planning and approaches and collaborate with a range of to ensure that HR-related messages all BU and in the region are cascaded

Labour Relations

  • Communicate the Global Labour Relations Strategy regionally and locally, following the Labour Relations Framework sharing relevant information with the Strategy Enablement Group.
  • Roll out of Local Education Materials for HR and Business Leaders on Labour Relations
  • Work with the Labour Relations Strategy & EWC Lead to ensure positive labour relations is maintained across the region. Where required attend and influence the make-up of External Enterprise Agreements and ensure HRPs are aware of consultation requirements and act accordingly
  • Working with the Multi Country PAG team to ensure positive labour relations is maintained across the designated geography, the PAG will ensure that local procedures that cover ER matters are in place, communicated and act accordingly.

Project Management & Governance

  • Provide end-to-end project management on plans (such as HR policy introduction and roll out) and alongside the Project Lead.
  • Help deploy global systems across the region by providing technical advice to project lead in the design phase of projects from an ER/LR perspective
  • Provide end to end technical advice, expertise in HR change proposals and programs ensuring that correct governance is in place and implemented, providing progress reports
  • Socialise, and simplified, solutions with that enhance the employee experience across the region
  • Aligned with global / regional HR guidance, take a lead in developing and define policies that position Takeda competitively on matters such as maternity, family care, leave, Rehire eligibility, Programs/counselling due to life event changes, work schedule, over time, Local employment policies, reports and action plan (e.g., disability, affirmative action), Workplace health and safety policy, local severance plan development.
  • Where required support Labour relations activities including the management of acquisition integration/ divestment communication/consultation
  • Create following Global Guidance the appropriate regional and country governance for HR.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • An expert Employee Relations
  • Specialist in Labour Relations
  • Manage the complexity of implementing business change
  • balance and mitigate risks and provide credible advice
  • Collaboration skills with all relevant in HR and the business
  • Experience working in a unionized environment and with Works Councils an advantage
  • Track record in implementing plans to employee experience
  • Cross multiple groups and coach leaders
  • Required to convey complex information
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a background in labour or employment law
  • At least 5 years' experience in Labour or Employee Relations with evidence of LR/ER expertise
  • Experience in complex and multi-country HR organization with understanding of local and regional diversity of thought and application
  • Accountability in previous roles for multiple geographies is necessary
  • Experience with employment regulations and labour law across multiple geographies
  • Human Resources experience in the health care or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Proficient in multiple languages
  • Partnership and collaboration focus to create sustainable processes and increase efficiency
  • HR Project management experience is desirable but not essential

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Great compensation package and performance-based bonus
  • Employer retirement plan contributions
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Revenue approved profit share scheme
  • Employer funded income protection
  • Employer funded private medical insurance with dependants' cover
  • Employer life insurance contributions
  • Electric charging points available at parking locations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellbeing and engagement teams
  • Takeda Resource Groups
  • Flexible time-off
  • Family friendly policies
  • 26 vacation days plus additional days for service milestones
  • Coach
  • Educational programs and formal training
  • Development opportunities
  • Humanitarian volunteering leave options
  • On-Site Gym
  • Flexible employee funded options like Dental Insurance, Partner Life Insurance, Serious Illness Protection, Fuel Card, Bike to Work, Commuter Ticket, and Insurance Deals

More about us:

Takeda is focused on creating better health for people and a brighter future for the world. We aim to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments in our core therapeutic and departments, including gastrointestinal and inflammation, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, oncology, neuroscience, and vaccines.

Takeda Ireland was established in 1997. Our story in Ireland is one of substantial growth, rapid change, and. Over the past two years, Takeda Ireland has invested over €55 million in Ireland to develop our manufacturing sites. Solidifying our commitment in our people and contributing to the local economy. Takeda in Ireland has commercial operations, corporate services, and manufacturing facilities across four locations: Baggot St, Bray, Citywest, and Grange Castle. We have been certified as Top Employer for several consecutive years.

How we will support you:

Takeda is proud of its commitment to create a diverse workforce and to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are living with disabilities, chronic illness, or neurodiversity, please feel free to let us know so that we can provide you with appropriate support during the application process.


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