Director, Human Resources

South San Francisco, CA, United States
May 11, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About Assembly: Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ symbol ASMB) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing two innovative platform programs: a Hepatitis B-Cure program consisting of a new class of oral therapeutic candidates for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and a novel class of oral synthetic live biotherapeutic candidates, which are designed to treat disorders associated with the Microbiome. We pride ourselves on creating a culture and work environment that is scientifically driven, ambitious, and collaborative. We encourage diversity of thought that leads to great innovation and are looking to add to our dynamic team great people who are driven to transform the lives of patients.

We believe our Microbiome platform represents the best in class approach to developing biopharmaceutical agents from live biotherapeutic products. ABI-M201, our lead program in ulcerative colitis, is currently in IND enabling studies and is expected to enter the clinic in 2019. This program is part of a broader partnership we established with Allergan in 2017 for GI programs with a potential total development and commercial milestones of up to $2.8 billion. Our internal pipeline will represent first in class or best in class microbiome approaches in areas such as immuno-oncology, liver diseases, and other areas of high medical need.

Assembly is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, while the R&D headquarters is in South San Francisco. The Company also has a microbiome manufacturing facility in Groton, CT, and offices in China. Assembly has a strong balance sheet having raised approximately $166 million in July 2018, and is positioned well to build the next phase of Assembly toward global development and commercialization of our innovative medicines in HBV-cure and the Microbiome.

Summary: Reporting to the SVP, HR and Organization Development, the Director, Human Resources, will lead a team responsible for the day to day HR operations including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and HR employment law staff functions as well as EH&S for a dynamic and growing organization. He/she will also be responsible for identifying/resolving a full range of employee relations issues and to ensure similar practices are instituted throughout the Company's multiple locations—South San Francisco, Indiana, Connecticut, Shanghai and Beijing.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop and implement all human resources programs and activities in alignment with corporate philosophy, business strategy and corporate goals
  • Lead in the areas of recruitment, retention, management training, employee relations, employee communications, compensation and benefits, recognition and rewards, HRIS, legal compliance and reporting, and EH&S
  • Direct the organization's staffing and resource planning activities to attract and retain a diverse pool of highly-qualified and well respected candidates to meet corporate resource needs
  • Design and manage compensation and LTI plans to ensure effectiveness in terms of equity and competitiveness
  • Direct the corporation's benefits programs, with particular attention to the competitiveness and cost-effectiveness of services provided
  • Support employee development and career planning
  • Promote multi-site cohesiveness of practices, philosophy and company culture

Qualifications include:
  • Senior human resource generalist with at least ten years of relevant experience in a dynamic, fast-paced environment within the Life Sciences Industry
  • BA/BS or equivalent in human resources
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP preferred
  • Experience that demonstrates strong consultation and influencing skills, recruitment, compensation, project management, employee relations, facilitation skills and excellent judgment
  • Outstanding communication, influence and conflict resolution skills demonstrated by experience and solution orientation
  • Track record of effective interpersonal skills including maturity, creativity and a high energy level
  • Self-confidence and skill to effectively work with, gain the respect of, and be able to influence a highly educated and talented workforce
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership and be a highly effective communicator with a strong grasp of organizational culture
  • Team player who provides strategic direction and guidance on the development of all people-related objectives, programs, and processes to maximize the organization's performance

AAP/EEO Statement
Assembly Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.