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Director, Talent Management in Brea, California at Danaher

Date Posted: 1/30/2019

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Job ID: DEN000258

About Us

Danaher's Dental Platform is a $3B global business focused on all aspects of dental care.  With the intention to spin-off the Dental Platform to become its own public company in the second half of 2019, “Dental Co” will become one of the largest and most innovative dental companies in the world.  We are changing the face of dentistry with our differentiated portfolio of products designed to serve every dental professional’s need. It is our mission to make our dentist's work simpler and better connected so more patients are cared for in a shorter time. Our dental brands include traditional consumables and equipment (KaVo Kerr) and specialty products (Ormco and Nobel Biocare).


POSITION SUMMARY:  The Director, Talent Management will play a vital role in supporting the talent management function at the corporate level. The leader will be responsible for driving talent development and engagement across the organization through talent analytics to guide better business decisions, talent planning (performance management, talent and organizational reviews, succession planning and internal movement), employee engagement, and organization development and effectiveness. 

The Director Talent Management leads key global and corporate-wide talent management and development strategies that drive business and associate career growth and development. With a strong focus on bringing meaningful, best practice approaches to our talent management practices across Dental Co. and driving execution excellence and results deep into the organization. The Director Talent Management will deliver compelling approaches that translate into retention, greater visibility to talent and internal mobility, strong talent pools for the future, diversity and engagement. This includes the design, development and execution of new processes and programs and continuous improvement of existing processes. This role will collaborate closely with OpCo HR and the Dental Co. leadership teams. 

  • Lead Performance, Talent, Engagement and Organization Processes and Initiatives for Dental globally.
  • Partner with VP Global Talent Management and organization to identify and develop talent management strategies, identify gaps, and plan processes to support business initiatives.
  • Drive high-potential management and development programs that align with long-range business strategies.
  • Develop a strategic development plan driving diverse talent development and supports business objectives.
  • Improve organizational effectiveness through the development and deployment of solutions to enhance leadership, improve productivity, and drive a performance culture.
  • Evaluate current talent management offerings and programs, and develop a formal plan for immediate and long-term realization of the function.  Focus on further professionalizing the full employee life cycle through talent management for the global corporation. (i.e. on-boarding>>>progression through the talent funnel>>>retention & engagement).
  • Strengthen organizational capability through coaching on organization design and facilitation of organization & team effectiveness.
  • Enable Movement of Talent by being a champion of succession planning and talent movement within Dental and across OpCos; prepare for and participate in chessboard process and partner with OpCos HRBPs to drive internal search process/maximize internal fill.
  • Partner with operating company HR leaders, along with the DBS organization (DBSO), to leverage and optimize existing capabilities, while bringing new offerings to ensure sustained growth and development of talent in critical business segments and markets. Provide well integrated global talent management capability, taking Dental to a new level of talent optimization impacting the businesses in a measurable way.  
  • Develop People Leaders Broadly. Lead development planning within Dental and coach on development of senior and emerging leaders.  Solicit VOC for design of core talent processes and development initiatives and coordinate nomination process of development programs.  
  • Serve as a “Thought Leader” driving innovative processes and solutions; “Consultant” to the team of HR leaders responsible for the successful execution of all initiatives; and a proven “Manager”, ensuring flawless execution of all plans, programs and initiatives, and taking on any other tasks as required.
  • Partner with Leadership Development and support associate career development and growth by designing and leveraging technology systems and improving existing processes. 
  • Act as the Workday Talent Process Work stream leader, guiding design decisions to ensure the system efficiently enables our current talent processes and is optimized to deliver the right data analytics to drive meaningful decision making.  
  • Act as the Engagement program leader, to manage survey design, communication, people leader tools, and analytics to drive meaningful decision making and actions.
  • Partner with HR Ops team to analyze our talent data and design reporting tools and capability that enable informed talent decisions, predict potential issues and plan for future needs.
  • Proactively identify and manage risks and dependencies with stakeholders and work with the appropriate teams to develop mitigation plans and options.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master in Business Administration degree preferred. 
  • 10+ years HR experience; experience in talent development, organization development, or succession planning preferred.
  • 3+ years as a proven leader in leadership and talent management and development, having led end-to-end talent management across a global company with measurable results of success in: ROI of the talent function, programs and initiatives; retention of key executive talent; and development of a robust leadership pipeline that meets the growth agenda of businesses around the globe.
  • Global experience required, working across cultures and geographies. Prefer experience in emerging markets.
  • Domestic and international travel required 25% - 40%.

  • Experience in working in a lean/Kaizen culture with track record of utilizing this methodology as a business practice preferred.

  • Talent Management – Solid knowledge of and experience driving the talent agenda across functions, regions and stakeholder groups. Brings strategic insight to ensure a winning talent strategy and strength in execution to drive improvement in talent metrics. Ability to interface with all levels using discretion, confidentiality and solid judgment to navigate talent issues and drive change.   
  • Demonstrated ability to translate data, analyses and insights into clear, succinct messages and presentations in terms relevant to both HR and business audiences.
  • Program Management – Disciplined and proficient at initiating, planning, executing, controlling and measuring large-scale initiatives with a distributed and diverse, indirect team to achieve specific goals and results.
  • Process & System Orientation – Skilled in thinking through “how” things are done and translating complex processes into a user-friendly operating model, technology system and set of tools to drive execution.
  • Change Leadership – Ability to inspire others into new ways of thinking and performing.  Champions a vision, encourages other to commit, energizes the change process and removes barriers to change.
  • Collaboration – Proven ability to effectively influence and collaborate at all levels, including executive level. Acts as a “connector,” creating partnerships and working relationships across multiple businesses, geographies and functions, working closely and confidently with talent and senior leadership.
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Danaher Corporation Overview

On July 19, 2018, Danaher announced its intention to spinoff the Dental Platform to form a new publicly traded dental company. The new company “DentalCo” (to be named later) will create one of the largest and most innovative dental companies in the world. The benefits of this spinoff will allow the Dental business to be more impactful, with greater focus around organic and inorganic growth; be more agile and quick to respond to changing market environments; allow increased access to capital to innovate and invest in clinical and practice workflows; as well as, allow for significant career opportunities for associates and leaders. DentalCo will be a public entity traded on the NYSE. Collectively, its businesses generated roughly $2.8 billion in revenues in fiscal year 2017 with a global presence in 100 countries, with 20 manufacturing sites. The spinoff of DentalCo will enable the new company with increased growth and future value. The Company will be driven by the same strong core values and a foundation provided by the Danaher Business System, Danaher's associates are pursuing a focused strategy aimed at creating a premier stand-alone Dental company – “Danaher 3.0”.