Global Candidate Experience & Onboarding Lead, Talent Acquisition

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Introduction to role:

Join our dynamic team at AstraZeneca as the Global Candidate Experience & Onboarding Lead, Talent Acquisition. In this role, you will be responsible for the global strategy for Candidate Experience (CX) and Onboarding – impacting all moments that matter and ensuring an inclusive experience from Attraction through to Day 90 for all hires/internal moves globally.


You will develop and own the global strategy for Candidate Experience and Onboarding and oversee the operational delivery within these areas. As the main point of contact and subject matter expert, you will interact/partner with stakeholders across the Global HR community and the wider organisation to embed our principles and global standards for CX and Onboarding. You will also support the identification of improvement opportunities across all stages of the candidate journey and drive holistic improvements to CX, leveraging data and insights to measure the impact of these efforts. You will also play a leading role in enterprise-wide programmes to deliver world class Candidate and Onboarding experiences which will include change management, process optimization, operating model design and technology implementation.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Leadership in a global environment in a HR or Talent Acquisition Centre of Excellence

  • Strong knowledge of Recruitment systems, processes and workflows which impact CX

  • In-house recruitment background with strong experience and track record in implementing CX enhancements

  • A digital first mindset with a strong understanding of technology implementation and continuous improvement

  • Strong project and change management skills with experience delivering global programmes

  • Strong networking, relationship building and influencing skills – able to operate at a Senior level and globally without authority

  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and experience developing engaging and impactful insights and analytics

  • Experience of working within a complex global matrix environment

  • Strong communication skills with experience in training and presenting

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Lean Six Sigma or equivalent

  • Experience in a dedicated Candidate/Employee Experience role

  • Experience managing a team (both directly and indirectly)

  • Experience within an operational Talent Acquisition role

  • Experience in the Pharma/Life Sciences sector

  • Knowledge of Design Thinking Methodologies

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working give us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

At AstraZeneca, we are a team of bright minds, high-performing, digitally savvy innovators, who unite together as one to simultaneously support and push each other forward. We are restless improvers, always wanting to stretch and grow. Our approach is inclusive and consultative. We foster an entrepreneurial spirit where we run fast and take balanced risks. We always do it in the right way. Ethics, compliance and transparency are front and centre of everything we do.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now to join our team and help us unlock the power of what science can do!

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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