Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. Director, IT - Human Resources & Legal in Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Description

Sr. Director, IT - HR and Legal

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

The objective of the Sr. Director, IT - HR and Legal is to further transform and manage enterprise-wide HR and legal technology in support of our business partner’s strategy and roadmaps. The Sr. Director will provide oversight and leadership of all technology strategy, service delivery, operational effectiveness, continuous improvement and staff coaching / development. This position will help identify, build, change and implement efforts related to the current HR and Legal delivery model. The Sr. Director will partner with their Business Partners to provide efficient and effective services that support the ongoing needs of the global business. S/he will foster a team environment and a strong service culture that ensures delivery of timely and quality driven services to internal customers and meets customer service level agreements.

What will you do?

  • Maintain accountability for all Corporate HR and Legal applications/systems from planning/ implementation to operational support

  • Provide direction to internal technical teams regarding the design and development of systems, applications, reports and analyses to meet business needs and provide technical guidance and service as a point of escalation with internal partners, internal customers and vendors

  • Support the short and long-term IT strategy and service delivery models, including governance of the portfolio of technology projects

  • Standardization and Automation – in partnership with IT, create the technology footprint that will allow us to optimize the service delivery model

  • Recommend strategic investments in technology to automate manual activities, perform system upgrades, manage ongoing vendor relationships and use strategic outsourcing to complement internal technology or gaps in knowledge and expertise

  • Formalize and implement a standard operating model including service level agreements, project management methodologies, customer satisfaction surveys, and case management

  • Ensure the HR and Legal organization executes on its strategic projects, ensure service levels are met and/or exceeded and all operation metrics are trending in the right direction

  • Follow all establish controls by centralizing security, change control, and production migration for all accountable applications

  • Develop staff to take on leadership roles and introduce new ideas and concepts

  • Build team member capabilities through rigorous objective setting, clear roles and responsibilities, frequent feedback, and cultivation of an environment of accountability

  • Establish ongoing superior customer relationship with HR and Legal Business Partners by publishing metrics and conducting regular face-to-face satisfaction assessment meetings to periodically review operations, and soliciting feedback on the effectiveness of the IT Services team

How will you get here?


Bachelor’s degree required, with strong preference for major in Information Systems, computer Science or related field

  • Advanced degree preferred


  • 10+ years of HR, Technology, and/or Operations experience within a global, matrix organization

  • Prior significant role in an HR Technology and ideally has held an HR position within a large company

  • Experience working with ERP HR systems (e.g. Workday, SAP etc) as well as business intelligence and reporting tools (e.g., COGNOS, OBIEE) and 3rd party applications/SAAS

  • Strong Workday experience is required

  • Lean and Six Sigma certification is a plus

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong communicator and collaborator across and up and down the matrix

  • Strong knowledge of, and experience with applications that support HR Systems: compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, talent management (e.g., performance management, succession planning), learning management, payroll, time & attendance, interfaces and management reporting

  • Expert Excel skills with strong proficiency in MS Office applications – Word, Access and PowerPoint

  • Exceptional people leader with the ability to attract and retain high talent

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.