Job Location:
USA – California – Irvine

The Sr. Director, Human Resources operates as a strategic value creator, partnering with people leaders to drive business outcomes by providing strategic advice, consultation, and talent strategy execution with a customer-centric lens. In this role you will connect your supported teams to the appropriate HR Practices to achieve talent and business objectives. You will work alongside business/functional areas, driving and advising decision-making through analytics and insights that drive business performance and enhance employee experience. This role provides consulting and advisement to the Sr. Vice Presidents of Global Supply Chain (GSC) Worldwide Engineering, GSC Digital Transformation and GSC Finance, along with their respective leadership teams.

This is an onsite position based at Edwards Lifesciences’ global headquarters in Irvine, CA.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as a strategic thought partner; review and analyze business and talent data and metrics to support decision-making, as well as identify and recommend systemic and programmatic improvements needed by the business, region, or function. Contribute to the design and delivery of local people plans which integrate with the wider HR Strategy and enable the delivery of strategic and operational business plans and a consistently great employee experience.
  • Use highly effective consulting skills and principles to advise, influence and partner with leadership on talent strategies and actions to build organizational capabilities and an engaged and high-performing organization. Consult with and coach front-line people managers/leaders, serving as the HR point of contact for non-HR Solutions services.
  • Aid in the execution of the Talent and Organization (T&O) strategy by connecting supported teams to the appropriate HR services. Provide broad HR consulting services to leaders and managers in areas such as talent development, assessment of skill needs and gaps; work with HR resources to address talent needs
  • Proactively drive improvements to business performance by providing expertise on organization design and change.
  • Provide diagnostic services on a range of HR issues; analyze and define problems, and in collaboration with COE and HR Solutions colleagues, produce a range of solutions. Anticipate business needs and communicate them to cross-functional HR colleagues.
  • Influence colleagues, managers, and employees to adopt new HR processes and tools

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, Management, Organization Development, or a related field  
  • A minimum of 15 years of progressive HR experience, including experience providing HR Business Partner support to technical teams with a global footprint.
  • Proven track record of working across geographical boundaries and different cultures
  • Cross-functional Human Resources domain expertise with working knowledge across the HR service catalog
  • Ability to support decision making with insights from workforce data and effective storytelling
  • Familiarity with HR and people strategy, provides coaching to managers in areas such as employee relations, employee experience, and people leadership development initiatives
  • Experience and understanding of HR enabling technologies
  • Experience with Microsoft tools and applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent; a minimum of 14 years of experience is required with a master’s degree.
  • Experience working in an operating model that leverages shared services delivery
  • Experience with Workday
  • General knowledge of the life sciences industry
  • Adept at functioning effectively within a team environment, and presents ideas and opinions in a respectful and collegial manner
  • Employ a mix of operational and strategic thinking during decision-making
  • Demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity to compliance-related matters
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute projects with successful outcome
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment with minimal direction/guidance but also knows when to escalate issues to HR leaders/executives
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with strong results/goal orientation
  • Ability to establish relationships and influence across multiple levels and functions
  • High degree of adaptability to change; champions the importance of change in the workplace
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edwards is committed to complying with the requirements and guidance from our government authorities and to protecting our vulnerable patients and the healthcare providers who are treating them around the world.  As such, all Healthcare Interacting positions require COVID-19 vaccination, which includes anyone who directly interfaces with patients and those who interact with healthcare providers as part of their role.  If hired, as a condition of employment, you will be required to submit proof that you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption from being vaccinated.