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Life Technologies


Carlsbad, CA, United States

Education Level


Work Experience

5-10 Years



Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

Manager, Talent Selection

About the Organization

At Life Technologies, we believe in the power of science to transform life and the power of people to make it happen. If you’re ready to take charge of your impact in the world, you can do it here. We’re a diverse group of 9,000 employees in 160 countries dedicated to improving the human condition and united in the privilege of shaping discovery and improving life. Created by the combination of Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems in November 2008, Life Technologies is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific exploration, driving discoveries and developments that make life even better. Our 50,000+ products can be found in 90% of U.S. labs and our 75,000 customers worldwide span the biological research spectrum, working to advance personalized medicine, regenerative science, molecular diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st century forensics. EOE - we believe in the power of diversity.


About the Job

The position reports to the Learning & Organizational Development Leader and is responsible for using best practices to develop the overall strategy and design of assessment processes and practices for the business. In this role, the Sr. Manager of Talent Selection will lead the design and deployment of validated and legally defensible assessment programs that help organizational leaders make strategic talent decisions for external and internal talent selection to drive a competitive advantage. Additionally, this role will be responsible for standardizing practices regarding job analysis and role definition, employee assessment, and assessment validation that mitigate risk and maximize workforce capability.

The Sr. Manager of Talent Selection plays a key leadership role in supporting the global Learning & Organizational Development group in providing consultative support to leaders across the business to develop and deploy assessment systems that support selection, re-organization placement, employee development and team effectiveness. The effective candidate will interact with and support key business units across the business, and will build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with all areas of the Company.

This role requires deep expertise in assessment, including related scientific methodology, statistics, and legal standards (e.g., Uniform Employee Selection Guidelines and Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures). A strong knowledge of Organizational Design and Analysis, Succession Management, Career Management, Performance Management and measurement of human capital is also required.

  • Collaborate with leaders to understand ongoing assessment needs, align solutions to address needs, and strive for continuous improvement 
  • Lead the development and validation of assessment tests for critical roles across the organization 
  • Conduct job analysis to include interviews, observations, JAQ development/analysis and job-analysis documentation 
  • Develop written exams, oral interviews and assessment systems in accordance with business needs and industry guidelines 
  • Develop assessment system and structured interview training and conduct training with leaders, hiring managers and HRGs 
  • Analyze psychometric properties of tests and assessments; conduct data analysis on job analysis questionnaires, etc. 
  • Write technical documentation sufficient for legal inquires and in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures 
  • Assist HRGs and the Learning & Organizational Development team on selection and other OD projects; travel as necessary to aid in the administration of assessment

Job Requirements

  • Ph.D. in in I/O Psychology, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior or a related field of study 
  • 5-8 years experience in assessment design and development 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic scientific research methodology and statistics within assessment design and development. 
  • Skilled with MS Office and statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, Excel, MS Access).
  • Ability to build trust and confidence with clients throughout the organization 
  • Must bring systems thinking/ strategic perspective to effectively develop and deploy learning & organizational development programs 
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication, as well as strong presentation skills with a variety of audiences. 
  • Exceptional project management skills, independent problem solving skills, attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to collaborate with others and to work in a fast-paced environment are all qualities necessary to be successful in this position.


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