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Associate Director, People Analytics

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Associate Director, People Analytics (PA) defines, leads, contributes to, and ensures execution of the People Analytics strategy. The overall mission is to make people analytics a competitive advantage at FMI through enhancing our people’s performance, productivity, engagement, and ability to transform cancer care. This role builds and leads an analytics function with the main objective of answering critical people-related questions through data-driven insights.

This leader engenders their team to uncover data-driven insights to solve business challenges across the talent lifecycle and enable transformational change. They envision and implement modern value-add reports and dashboards that indicate “people strength” for each function, monitor top talent, identify action areas for enabling our DE&I aspirations, conduct organization scans, detect volume of organizational change, determine cost of turnover, and propose data-driven engagement recommendations.

The Associate Director leads a team and collaborates with the People Team (i.e. HR Function) to define the most important questions and partners with them to assure the answers are understood and embraced. The PA leader consults to FMI senior leadership in partnership with People Strategy Leaders (i.e. HRBPs) to influence decision making through data, reports, and insights.

A primary objective of this leader is defining and leading the people, processes, technology needs, and culture for achieving the People Analytics strategy. Furthermore, the PA Leader outlines and synergizes the most critical reporting and insights to enable data driven efficiencies and focus while eliminating reporting that does not result in critical decision making.

Key Responsibilities

• Establish and manage the FMI People Analytics (PA) function; lead a team of People Analytics professionals; engender and sustain engagement; coach and support them in line with accomplishing the PA objectives and key results.

• Define a modern People Analytics vision and strategy; envision a scalable three to five-year plan; describe the approach for achieving the strategy that enable simple and complex data analysis; architect reporting and insight frameworks that add unique value to FMI’s senior leader’s decision making.

• Lead a small team of brilliant analytic practitioners. Demonstrate great people leadership, coaching, performance management, and prioritization.

• Architect value-add reports and dashboards; ensure ongoing high-quality data integrity of reporting and insights; consult and enable leaders to make data-driven decisions through interpretation of the analytics and insights. Amplify the existing portfolio of people analytic reports with modern, research-based innovative ideas.

• Outline the processes and systems, and define the technology and applications needed most for accurately and efficiently enabling reporting, creating visualizations, and generating insights.

• Ensure reoccurring reports that result in regular data-driven decision making are available; Retire recurring reports that do not offer regular value.

• Build credible relationships with People Strategy Leaders (HRBPs), People Team (HR) senior management, and the FMI Leadership Team with the purpose of enabling collaboration, influence, and consulting.

• Empower the team to provide prescriptive, research-driven guidance to PSLs, share clear and actionable recommendations, and co-create data discovery projects with People Team leaders to drive substantive change for FMI.

• Partner with Head of Talent Acquisition and Head of Total Rewards to determine and action high value-add reporting.

• Analyze complex business problems and concerns using data from internal and external sources to provide insights to decision makers.

• Direct the design and reporting of aggregated data from psychometric tools and assessments.

• Put in place simple self-service tools (dashboards, reports) and metrics to management, resulting in faster, more accurate results with less need for direct PT consultation.

• Ensure high standards of quality; perform QA and regularly audit the data and analytic approaches.

• Partner with PSLs to consult, communicate, and help senior leaders interpret people report findings and recommendations to influence them to act on the results.

• Create effective governance structures to instill trust across the organization by encouraging transparency, defining purpose, explaining value, and enforcing rules for all people analytics work.

• Keep up-to-date and introduce latest trends from machine learning and data science research.

• Focus Areas

  • Establish the framework, input, cadence, and delivery of a regular ‘People Insights Report’ that reports on the people strength of each Function.
  • Ensure Talent Review Succession Planning (TRSP) analytics are conducted with highest quality in time for the Executive Team TRSP calibration and Talent Board meetings.
  • Consult on results of salary equity analysis in line with FMI’s compensation, performance management, and DE&I philosophies.
  • Produce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) dashboard on regular cadence with highest data integrity.
  • Ensure reporting for our VA and affirmative action data requirements.

• Other relevant duties and assignments in line with changes to the market, FMI, and People Team.


Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree

• 8+ years of experience curating, analyzing, and synthesizing data and information into coherent recommendations with a strong emphasis on enabling data-driven insights that answer critical people-related questions

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree related to analytics, statistics, industrial and organizational, or applied psychology

• Prior experience in Life Sciences with emphasis on pharmaceutical/medical device industry

• Advanced statistical analysis and data visualization skills using tools or programs such as R, Python, Tableau, Excel, SQL, Visier, PowerBI, etc.

• Experience with cloud-based people analytics software and applications; familiarity with Oracle, Glint, and Cornerstone.

• Experience managing, engaging, and leading a team

• Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research using innovative and novel approaches

• History of using advanced program and project management skills; including planning and execution; ability to lead multiple complex projects simultaneously within set timeframes with minimal supervision

• Demonstrated ability to lead through change in a fast-paced environment

• Demonstrated ability to develop, communicate and execute strategic, creative, and well-communicated insights

• True passion for working with data and using analytics to discover new insights

• Strong attention to detail

• Outstanding communication skills -- in person and in writing

• Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy

• Commitment to reflect and act on FMI’s values: passion, patients, innovation and collaboration in combination with total embracement of FMI’s diversity, equity and inclusion philosophies


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