Michael Page Human Resources

Head of HR

London, England
£80000 - £95000 per annum
24 May 2021
18 Jun 2021
JN -022021-2004361
Cameron Leather
Job Type
HR Director
Contract Type
Full Time

A leading Gene Therapy biotech business based in London is looking for a Head of HR to lead the Human Resources and Personnel team

Client Details

A leading Gene Therapy biotech business based in London is looking for a Head of HR to lead the Human Resources and Personnel team


Purpose of Head of HR:

This role requires a strong understanding of the HR fundamentals and experience in implementing, executing and delivering HR projects within a high-growth company as well as a strong business acumen. As Head of HR, you are required to have senior level experience that consists of various practices and activities that will provide employee engagement, a high-performance culture that strengthens empowerment, quality, productivity, business growth and goal achievement in our company.

Major Activities

  • Manage the smooth operation of the UK and Ireland Human Resources department within agreed cost budget
  • Adopt and adapt existing HR practices and policies, developing local approaches to manage an effective HR function
  • Provide professional HR support and guidance to managers while ensuring compliance with relevant country HR policies. In particular supervise and provide consultation to management on strategic resourcing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and employee relations.
  • Conduct HR initiatives and activities to meet the overall business goals
  • Lead the organisational development and business transformation by partnering with Senior Leaders and take the leadership role in developing a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance with strategic business objectives.
  • Ensure delivery of HR initiatives and processes in collaboration with Global Senior Management
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of all positions
  • Focus on Talent Management activities
  • Performance management and improvement systems
  • Focus on employee engagement and communications
  • Manage the outsourced payroll process and administration
  • Develop a 3-5 year vision and HR strategies to deliver


Background required:

  • Minimum MCIPD Qualified or equivalent
  • Degree level education or equivalent
  • Proven experience from working in a similar role
  • Ideally Pharma / BioTech background
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of operational HR processes
  • Business acumen and highly commercial focus
  • Strong IT skills including Excel
  • Stakeholder management
  • Experience working at a senior level as part of a leadership team
  • Change management experience
  • Ability to work with others - across borders and culture, gain co-operation and build relationships
  • Strong coaching and influencing skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a changing environment
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and written

Job Offer

Very competitive package

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