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Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partner

Location: Milpitas, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000042639


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The Senior Director, Human Resources - Advanced Technology will be responsible for providing strategic HR Business partner support for the global advanced technology groups at Western Digital.  This role leads a team of HRBP’s to identify and support the global talent strategies required to execute the business unit strategies and represents the voice of the business on the HR Leadership team as we set strategic HR direction and determine initiatives for the company.   The position reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).



  • Acts as a trusted advisor and strategic HR partner to a designated senior executive

  • Actively participates with business leaders to plan and execute effective business strategies

  • Leverages deep understanding of the business to translate business plans into clear business-focused talent, engagement and organization strategies that achieve business outcomes

  • Ensures strong execution of identified people strategies

  • Drives the BU talent agenda and provide clear leadership on BU talent management – including assessing, developing, coaching and mentoring critical executive talent as part of implementing the company-wide talent management processes

  • Supports BU level M&A activity – both in assessing targets, evaluating cultural alignment, and ensuring smooth implementation and harmonization

  • Actively engages with business leaders to ensure organization effectiveness and optimal organization design

  • Develops and leads a strong, high performing HR Business Partner team that has deep connection to the business and drives/creates tangible business value

  • Provides change management counsel and support

  • Partners with executives on executive hiring and reward decisions

  • Leads and participates in cross-functional working teams on strategic initiatives

  • Actively engage and collaborate with the HR Leadership Team to lead functional transformation, determine proactive enterprise-wide strategic priorities, and drive positive business results

  • Proactively partner and collaborate across the global HR organization, share information, and provide thought leadership and a solution-oriented mindset to optimize the business value of the HR function

  • Effectively and strategically manage assigned budget



  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with Master degree or relevant certification preferred
  • 12 years plus of experience in Human Resources or relevant experience with at least 8 years leading/managing teams in a global environment.
  • Experience providing strategic HR support for semi-conductor engineering, R&D and innovations preferred.
  • Demonstrates an inclusive leadership style with an emphasis on results and developing high performing team members
  • Experience working and navigating globally -  experience working with Asia markets and cultures a plus
  • Demonstrated success in developing cutting edge global strategy and driving process improvements in a global workplace.
  • Experience leading transformation.
  • Proven track record of influencing, leading and facilitating large scale strategic initiatives with multiple senior stakeholders (Exec Leadership Team and Business Leadership Sponsors).
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills (including presentation skills) across levels, with an ability to persuade and influence, and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment
  • Goal-oriented, proactive, accountable and passionate about driving results
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • An agile and continuous learner with personal resilience and an ability to deal with ambiguity




Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 


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