Vice President: Human Resources: 2020-104

San Diego, CA, United States
Jul 11, 2020
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Mirati Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRTX) is a San Diego-based clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to advancing novel therapeutics that extend the lives of patients by directly addressing the genetic and immunological drivers of cancer. Mirati is developing sitravatinib, designed to selectively target a spectrum of tyrosine kinases implicated in both tumor growth and the suppression of immune responses to tumors. Sitravatinib has demonstrated durable responses in lung cancer patients whose cancer has progressed despite treatment with checkpoint inhibitors - an area of significant unmet medical need. Sitravatinib is being evaluated in multiple clinical trials to treat patients who are refractory to prior immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, including a potentially registration-enabling Phase 3 trial of sitravatinib in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that is currently enrolling patients.

Mirati is also developing novel direct inhibitors of KRAS mutations including MRTX849, a potent and selective inhibitor of KRAS G12C. This historically difficult to drug target is present in approximately 14% of NSCLC adenocarcinomas, 4% of colorectal cancer as well as smaller percentages of several other difficult-to-treat cancers. MRTX849 is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial as a treatment for patients with KRAS G12Cpositive tumors. Our research on G12C has led to breakthroughs in targeting other KRAS mutations including G12D which drives tumor growth in more patients than G12C and includes pancreatic, colorectal and other types of cancer.

Mirati's Development Pipeline

This San Diego-based company was founded in 2013. Currently with over $4B in market capitalization, the company is focused on delivering the next big technology on cancer research with a mission to discover, design and develop breakthrough therapies to transform the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones. With that in mind, the company operates with these values and behaviors.

At Mirati it takes fearlessness, compassion, and ingenuity to be successful. The company is looking for leaders who operate with a willingness to push boundaries, demonstrate perseverance and willingness to take risks when necessary, to deliver meaningful outcomes for patients and their families. Transforming the future of cancer treatment for generations to come takes passion. And it takes a team. At Mirati, this leadership role would be joining a group of people who share a desire to make change happen. With a belief that employees are their greatest asset, the company operates with a level of pride in themselves and their culture, because together, teams can do amazing things. For more information, visit

About this position

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) the Vice President, Human Resources (VP, HR) will be responsible for overseeing the overall human resources function focused on the planning, development, implementation and administration of the company's human resources strategies and programs. This includes compensation and benefits, training and development, talent acquisition and management, performance management and employee relations programs. S/He will establish long-range human resource strategies and practices for the organization to meet specific business objectives while shaping the organization for the future. The VP, HR ensures HR processes comply with regulatory and legal requirements to minimize risk to the organization.

Additionally, will advise the executive leadership team on their leadership impact, engagement within the executive leadership team and their teams.

Key Job Responsibilities
  • Lead human resources business initiatives that drive business goals and accelerate business results. Translate strategic and tactical business plans into practical and effective human resource practices.
  • Support and enable the organization by providing expertise on all HR aspects of the business.
  • Partner with the CEO and leadership team to drive corporate culture and core values and ensure they are embedded in all organizational activities.
  • Establish relationships with influence, built on trust with internal, client, and partner stakeholders to drive growth and scale of the team.
  • Lead and influence employee engagement initiatives with leaders, in order to address issues that will enhance overall performance and build the talent capability of the teams. Partner with leaders on talent needs of the organization and develop workforce plans.
  • Implement creative talent acquisition, development and performance programs to ensure a high performing workforce while driving employee engagement.
  • Ensure competitive and equitable compensation and benefits to attract and retain top talent.
  • Advise on best practices to achieve optimum results while maintaining compliance with Federal and Regulatory employment requirements.

Leadership Attributes
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic small company environment with ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Critical thinker with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with both leadership and teams, demonstrating ability to influence, make sound decisions and drive alignment.
  • Natural leader with a positive management style and ability to have fun, combined with superior communication skills and unwavering ethics and integrity.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and executive presence, with an effective ability to quickly establish credibility, trust, and support within all levels of the organization.
  • Leads and reinforces company values and culture in day-to-day behaviors, management style, and expectations.
  • Self-starter, able to drive work forward within an agile environment with a track record of executing against results.
  • Effective problem-solver, willing to respectfully challenge the status quo.

  • A minimum of 15 years of progressive relevant HR experience with 10 years leading human resources teams. Experience working in a drug development or biotechnology organization with a key role in the commercialization and scaling process is highly preferable.
  • A bachelor's degree in Business Management, Human Resources or a related field; advanced degree such as MBA is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting at the executive and Board levels to obtain support and investment in HR initiatives. Experience working with the Compensation Committee is preferred.
  • Proven experience in leading change management initiatives through periods of rapid expansion.
  • Operate with the utmost ethics and discretion, earning trust with peers, executive leadership, and entire staff.
  • Able to understand and communicate effectively at all levels and present complex and/or new ideas with clarity and simplicity.
  • Significant experience developing, implementing and executing core HR tools and processes.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations related to Human Resources, including broad based knowledge of global employment laws.

Mirati's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.