Sr. Director of Human Resources - Menlo Park

Menlo Park, California, United States

Human Resources

Over the past 12 months, the organization has tripled in headcount globally, and in 2019 is forecast to increase by over 100 individuals. The company also has plans to commission a 100-150,000 square foot manufacturing facility, which would create an additional 100 positions in the state of California.

Given that a large proportion of these hires will sit within the technical operations division, the organization has created the position of Sr. Director, Human Resources.


The position summary:

  • Provide support and oversight for the global technical operations division, along with the manufacturing site in California.
  • This position is a key component of the HRBP team and will take responsibility for all the components required to support technical operations.
  • Acting as the business partner for technical operations, this HRBP would be responsible for stakeholder engagement and support across all locations enabling the business to function as required and hit company goals. This will initially be a stand-alone role, reporting into the VP, Human Resources and leading the function but with support from shared services and colleagues within the team.
  • The HRBP team serves as a critical and strategic role within the company by contributing to the achievement of business results by effectively partnering with global executives and members of the HR team in creating, implementing and driving strategic, organization wide initiatives while at the same time leading all HR technical operations initiatives to deliver on the day to day aspects of the HR support to the business.
  • This position requires the proactive and continual partnership and collaboration with the Functional HRBPs based in the US and in Europe, business executives and clients in the global organization as well as internal teams in HR both in Europe and in the US (e.g., Leadership and Development, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, and HRBP )as well as other internal partners (e.g., Payroll, Legal, and Finance).
  • Focus areas include: organizational design and development, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and retention initiatives, leadership development, workforce planning as well as performance management.
  • The HRBP contributes to creating a culture where the company’s mission, values and strategies, as well as focus on high performance, help sustain a long-term competitive advantage. The HRBP build strong partnerships across HR functional areas and will effectively lead and leverage existing knowledge, expertise and systems to broker and deliver HR solutions and programs to the business.
  • The organization operates a matrix management structure and as such, team work and a partnership approach to work is highly valued. Additional support in the form of global rewards and Learning & Development will also be added to the human resources structure in 2019.
  • This is a business focused role first, therefore the HRBP should be well versed in both change management and organisational management initiatives.


  • Partner with key internal stakeholders in Europe and the US to help realize their strategic vision and business goals by translating their vision into organizational objectives and actions.
  • Act as the HR subject matter expert for Technical Operations globally.
  • Be a key member of the relevant HR Matrix teams, working closely with global leads for Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Operations, Learning and Development, HR Operations and partnership with Employment Counsel.
  • Participate meaningfully in the creation of business strategies and provide relevant HR insights and solutions to business challenges.
  • Play a leadership role in creating and implementing key, long-term strategic programs in the areas of strategic HR, employee and leadership development, talent planning, employee engagement programs and organizational culture.
  • Assist in leading the business through transformations and adapting to changing business conditions. Consciously strive to build networks of support for change initiatives (including the continual evolution of the company).
  • Effectively partner with US and International HR team members to execute HR strategies and initiatives globally
  • Ensure effective application of the annual performance management program through evaluation, analysis and feedback. Ensure that personal development plans are completed and that managers are equipped to deliver development discussions.
  • Be a company Culture champion. Implement initiatives that will result in strong employee engagement and are in alignment with the culture
  • Participate as appropriate in key hiring decisions.
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of HR programs and processes.

Job requirements

  • Extensive Human Resources experience within Life Sciences, with clear examples of generalist duties and responsibilities including including implementing HR strategies, organizational effectiveness and change management.
  • Ideally experience working within an SME Biotechnology company.
  • Strategic thinking – focus on critical areas of strategic contribution and translate these into appropriate management and HR actions; demonstrated proactive value add leadership in HR Business partner role.
  • A background in a company that has gone through large growth and scaling in a short period of time would be helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills, judgment and discretion.
  • Change leader – anticipate the need for change, consult with clients on effective approaches to change, architect change plans and assist clients with leadership and execution.
  • Personal credibility – operate without vested self-interest. Consistently offer quality advice, counsel and insight. Demonstrate sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to address issues constructively by providing independent, objective and courageous advice.
  • HR expert – apply experience and knowledge in HR technical areas globally to increase organizational performance.
  • Strong organizational development and employee relations experience.
  • Ability to influence at multiple levels of the organization.
  • A complete understanding of California Employment Laws along with clear experience, both Internationally and across the United States.
  • A strong foundation in change management and organisational management
  • A strong business acumen, this position being very focused on the commercial realities of building a structure within the environment of a lean Biotechnology company.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of professionalism, quality, and prioritization
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment with experience managing people and project teams
  • Must be able to operate independently with good judgement while communicating well with multiple international stakeholders
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and HR systems.