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Associate Director, Talent Acquisition

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Primary Location: Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom Additonal Locations: Barcelona, Spain,ESP; Bratislava, Slovakia,SVK; Madrid, Spain,ESP; Rome, Italy,ITA; Warsaw, Poland,POL Full time R1243427

Job description

We are looking for an Associate Director to lead a team of ~10 recruiter/manager professionals, in a direct line, to assure business delivery and results and assist with establishing employer branding across Clinical team.

Overall, this role provides strategic support for continuous improvement of the recruitment function through development and implementation of all recruitment programs in the assigned geography and/or business line. This leader will provide expertise, support and advice on the talent acquisition process to assigned management teams. With senior management they will establish strategic goals and priorities and direct/oversee their delivery. 


  • Manage a talent acquisition team for assigned business function/region, through a direct line or matrix reporting structure.

  • Develop a talent acquisition team to ensure the provision of high-quality HR support and consultancy.

  • Manage the TA team in accordance with organization’s policies and applicable regulations. 

  • Establish and cultivate strategic, value add relationships with senior business leaders and external clients as required.

  • Drive and present meaningful metrics to business leaders thought weekly, monthly, quarterly and or annual reviews that inform of areas in which we excel and where we have opportunity to improve.

  • Create and conduct presentations that increase the value of information by incorporating, synthesizing and visualizing data into stories with clear, engaging, influential messaging.

  • In still a customer-focused, partnership model and approach across the team to ensure delivery of a consistently outstanding candidate and hiring manager experience, maximizing the team’s strengths to achieve high performance.

  • Work with key business stakeholders and TA Team to develop and oversee the execution of recruitment strategies that enable the engagement and hiring of top talent for business critical roles in a competitive market.

  • Initiate and participate in the production of collateral and content (off-and on-line) that attracts and drives brand reputation amongst top industry talent.

  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of business.

  • Elevate team to everyday excellence through coaching, developing and leading through vision and values.

  • Ensure completion of Annual Performance Reviews, Competency Reviews & Individual Develop Plans while providing ongoing feedback.

  • Partner with HR specialist functions/Centres of Excellence to ensure delivery against strategic business imperatives and deliver solutions to meet business needs.

  • Direct and manage regular evaluations of the applicant pool and assess, track and report on time to hire, cost to hire, diversity of hires, to identify trends and cost effectiveness.   Provide reports to senior management as required.

  • Ensure key stakeholders are informed and up to date on progress against key recruitment initiatives.

  • Promote a growth mindset and strategic agility, driving innovation, learning quickly, and pushing for what’s possible near and long term.


  • 3 years direct line management experience.

  • 8 years of experience within a Talent Acquisition function as a recruiter or combination of recruiter and TA manager experience.

  • Experience operating with senior/executive management teams.

  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate and provide clear, concise, verbal and written communication when engaging with business leaders, colleagues, team members and external audiences.

  • Sound knowledge of legislation in the recruitment process.

  • Knowledge of CRO, CSO or pharmaceutical/other related business industries is preferred.

  • Strong ability to work in a matrix environment.

  • Excellent problem solving, judgment and decision-making skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Excellent leadership skills.

  • Strong team management skills.

  • Expert coaching and counselling skills.

  • Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications and HRIS applications.

  • Good attention to detail.

  • Highly effective influencing skills.

  • Organization and project management skills.

  • Very high degree of discretion and confidentiality.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, managers and clients.


IQVIA is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. We believe in pushing the boundaries of human science and data science to make the biggest impact possible – to help our customers create a healthier world. Learn more at

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