Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Human Resources

Nkarta Inc
South San Francisco, CA, United States
Oct 13, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Human Resources

Founded at the birthplace of biotechnology, Nkarta's mission is to discover, develop and deliver novel off-the-shelf (e.g. allogeneic) natural killer (NK) cell therapies that profoundly impact patients' outcomes and survival . The company is based on the proprietary, robust and well-characterized NK cell expansion technology pioneered by Dr. Dario Campana. Nkarta is focused on leveraging the inherent power of NK cells to identify and kill abnormal cells and recruit adaptive immune effectors to generate responses that are deep and durable.

Nkarta combines its NK cell expansion and cryopreservation platform with proprietary cell engineering technologies to generate an abundant supply of NK cells, engineer enhanced NK cell recognition of tumor targets, and improve persistence for sustained activity in the body for the treatment of cancer.

Founded in 2015, Nkarta became a public company ( Nasdaq symbol NKTX ) in 2020. Our development pipeline of engineered NK cell therapy candidates consists of two co-lead programs, NKX101 and NKX019. The IND for NKX101 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory AML and higher-risk MDS was accepted by the FDA in July 2020. We expect to begin dosing patients in this study by the end of 2020. As we broaden the development of NKX101, we also plan to initiate studies in solid tumors. Our second co-lead program, NKX019, is designed to target B cell lymphomas. We plan to file our IND for NKX019 with the FDA in early 2021. In addition, we recently completed the construction of a GMP compliant clinical manufacturing facility in our South San Francisco location designed to produce viral vector and supply our initial clinical trials.

Position Title Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Human Resources

Location South San Francisco, CA

Reports to Senior Vice President, Finance

Position Summary

Leads and manages day to day operation of Nkarta's HR operations, including onboarding, compensation and benefits administration, performance management, payroll interface, employee relations and recruiting support,

Key Responsibilities
• Serves as a trusted advisor on people related matters for the company.
• Maintains HR personnel records and refines and owns onboarding/offboarding processes; manages people-related and operational duties.
• Supports the organization ' s recruitment processes, which includes working directly with hiring teams to post positions and manages the ATS.
• Assists the development, implementation, and evaluation of people programs that help establish and maintain a high performing culture where team members are engaged, recognized and developed.
• Provides developmental support and guidance to team members to ensure that they have the tools, information, and coaching necessary to carry out their work at the highest level.
• Helps create and administers progressive company policies for immigration, parental and medical leave, and related areas.
• Manages and helps evolve Nkarta's total reward programs including benefits and perks, compensation, and other forms of recognition.
• Handles payroll and personnel related transactions; manages company benefits programs and serves as the primary point of contact for external vendors.
• In partnership with Finance and Legal, manages and assesses HR systems.
• Ensures all recruitment, hiring, onboarding and compensation practices comply with applicable law.

Position Requirements
• Excellent communication, organization and people skills.
• 7+ years of increasing responsibility in HR/ People Ops related roles (preferably in life sciences and startups).
• Strong knowledge of HR federal/state/local laws and labor legislation, with emphasis on CA Employee Labor laws, is a must.
• Strong attention to detail; great follow through and execution skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work both at the strategic and tactical level with a can-do attitude to do what it takes to get the job done.
• Proven high sense of urgency in driving critical initiatives and resolution to sensitive issues, as well as positive attitude and unwavering motivation to succeed.
• Embodies the Nkarta culture of empowerment, diversity, and inclusion.
• Ability to build credibility and relationships quickly, and maintain those through and after difficult conversations/pushback.
• Able and willing to serve as a professional, enthusiastic ambassador of Nkarta's culture and mission.

Education / Experience

BS or BA and 7 years related experience, or 12+ years of related experience. PHR or SPHR highly preferred.

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The common requirements of an office environment (computers, computer screens, workstations, etc.) apply for this role.

About Nkarta

The 80+ team members at our South San Francisco, California headquartered location describe working at Nkarta, along with opportunities for improvement, in some of the following ways:

• "Work is interesting - lots of projects in the pipeline (so I don't have to worry about the one project failing). Leadership is open, straight forward."
• "Smart, capable, nice people. People I work with day to day are enjoyable."
• "Employee-centric."
• "I like that the company is open minded with a (people) -(looking for) a set of skills that can grow (as opposed to thinking you have to have exactly what's in a job spec now) Things that broaden their (employees) skills and growth."
• "Like any startup there are fires to put out; feel confident we have the people to control those fires."
• "Diverse people from different backgrounds."

To learn more about our work at Nkarta and the career opportunities that will drive us forward to serve patients, please visit the company's website at