Human Resources Business Partner - Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove, Illinois at Leica Microsystems

Date Posted: 8/6/2019

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Job ID: LEI004347

About Us

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the company’s history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming a global enterprise.  Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems’ tradition of innovation, which draws on users’ ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division, and Medical Division. Leica Microsystems has seven major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.

Leica Microsystems, Inc offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. 

Leica Microsystems, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The Sr. Human Resources Business Partner will partner with business leaders and associates to provide HR services in a proactive and solution oriented manner and aligned with the business strategy for assigned client groups.   The Sr. HRBP will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, and active support to assigned client functions at Leica (approximately 100 associates).  The Sr. HRBP will drive HR programs and tools to provide and maintain a high performing, developing and engaged workforce with the business leaders.  


Talent Acquisition (20%): Initiate the recruitment process for assigned client group(s).  Duties include understanding staffing needs, vetting specifications of various roles, acting as point-person for requisition approval process, interviewing, creating and receiving approvals of equitable offers, and onboarding plans of new hires.  Assist managers in writing and maintaining job descriptions.

Performance Management (20%): Establish and drive applicable goals and competencies aligned with the Performance Management process.  Work with managers and associates to identify and address performance related issues. Provide coaching and support to managers on corrective action items including performance improvement plans and discipline issues.

Associate Relations (15%): Apply conflict management and communication skills to facilitate resolution when associate-to-associate or manager-to-associate conflict arises.  Investigate (interview, gather evidence, consult legal) allegations of employee misconduct including harassment, discrimination, etc.  Guide management on disciplinary and termination procedures. 

Training (15%): Identify training needs in the organization in conjunction with the HR team.  Train associates and managers on various different content (i.e. performance process, development process, benefits, new hire orientation, leadership, benefits).

HR Operations (15%): Enter and manage employee change data (hire, transfer, promotions, terminations) in Workday and related downstream systems. Perform timely exit interviews. Coordinate unemployment responses, employment verification, vendor credentialing. Support Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) initiatives, Workers‘ Comp, and OSHA reporting. Administer leave of absences. 

Talent Development (10%): Drive identified staffing actions for assigned client groups, consult with and train management to create associate development and succession plans to improve bench strength and achieve Talent Review objectives.

Compensation (5%): Analyze and understand compensation programs for assigned client groups including annual merit review and incentive programs. Ensure proper system administration of compensation process and records (e.g. grade changes, promotions, salary changes, etc.).  Coordinate, review and submit for final approval merit pay plans and annual incentive plans.

Job Requirements


Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of HR experience or relevant business or management experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience supporting a commercial organization preferred
  • Solid knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines including talent acquisition, talent development, performance management, associate relations, training, compensation
  • Experience within high growth and changing environment


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s Degree or Professional HR certification preferred


  • English

Travel (required estimated % of time)

  • ~20%


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrate a sense of urgency
  • Results driven and mindset of Continuous Improvement
  • Proven ability to successfully tackle complex situations



  • Reports directly to HR Director Americas
  • Direct Reports include:
  • None
  •  Support assign Business group and all LMS Americas associates


  • Establish and maintain vendor relationships for various programs.
  • Work with Danaher HR Team

At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
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Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.