Senior/Executive Director, Human Resources

Cambridge, MA
Jul 08, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Cygnal, a new biology platform company, was founded by Flagship Pioneering to pioneer the field of exoneural biology – the impact of the peripheral nervous system on cancer, the immune system, metabolism, and regeneration. The company is applying cutting-edge neuroscience to elucidate novel therapies to treat cancer progression and metastasis, autoimmune conditions, inflammation, and other diseases.

Flagship Pioneering conceives, creates, resources, and develops first-in-category life sciences companies to transform human health and sustainability. Since its launch in 2000, the firm has applied a unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures, resulting in over $30 billion in aggregate value. To date, Flagship is backed by >$3 billion of aggregate capital commitments, of which over $1.4 billion has been deployed toward the founding and growth of its pioneering companies alongside >$10 billion of follow-on investments from other institutions. The current Flagship ecosystem includes Denali Therapeutics (NASDAQ: DNLI), Evelo Biosciences (NASDAQ: EVLO), Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Rubius Therapeutics (NASDAQ: RUBY), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Syros Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SYRS).

Job Description

The Senior/Executive Director of Human Resources will be a key member of the senior leadership team and will report to the CEO at our rapidly growing company. As an accomplished leader, she/he will drive HR-related strategy and execution to achieve specific business results. He/she will be responsible for building and strengthening the overall company culture, attracting, developing, inspiring, and retaining talent and acting as a business partner to Cygnal’s leadership team and as a coach to the broader management team. The ideal candidate will be a people-oriented, business-savvy and hands-on leader with the ability to effectively combine creativity and pragmatism.


  • Define and execute Cygnal’s overall HR strategy to drive a culture of high employee engagement and success in alignment with our business strategy
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the management team in the development of company plans and programs, advising on the potential impact on people and resources
  • Coach managers at all levels on people and organizational development to positively influence workplace culture and employee development in alignment with our company values and objectives
  • Direct and deliver outstanding services across the full spectrum of HR activities including recruiting, employee relations, benefits, performance management/talent management, compensation/total rewards management, learning and development and compliance
  • Develop and implement short and long-range programs and initiatives to drive organizational effectiveness and professional development
  • Continually assess the competitiveness and equity of all programs and practices against relevant companies in the Boston biopharma community
  • Anticipate and plan for long-term human resource needs and trends -  in partnership with business management
  • Serve as a liaison to advise and consult on cross-functional policies and processes and facilitate relevant internal communication to employees and managers
  • Define and monitor relevant metrics to proactively diagnose and address employment and operational related trends.


  • 10-15+ years of progressively responsible and comprehensive experience including all areas of HR management, preferably in a combination of public and small (fewer than 250 employees) entrepreneurial environments. The ideal candidate will have a passion to lead and build an HR function which is proactive and results-oriented; thinks strategically and operates in a hands-on manner; possesses the highest integrity and a sense of urgency and is viewed as competent, trusted and with respect
  • At least 5 years of experience leading HR strategy development and execution within a growing company in the biopharma industry
  • Organizational Development training/experience in a growing, entrepreneurial environment
  • Significant experience, competence, and passion for the full range of talent management: recruiting, performance management, and employee and organization development
  • Outstanding communication and listening skills
  • Hands-on style and capabilities needed to work with a growing group of talented employees within a focused and dynamic goal-driven organization; an attitude of “no job too big or too small” and a willingness to roll up her/his sleeves and get things done
  • Ability to work effectively and smoothly with all levels within the organization, including members of the executive team
  • Confidence, experience and high comfort level working in a dynamic company and with a scientific and technical employee base
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving and the ability to work effectively with individuals both internally and externally
  • BA/BS Degree in Business Management, Human Resources or a related field; MBA or other relevant graduate training a plus; PHR /SPHR certification also a plus
  • Knowledge of, and experience implementing, HR databases and HRIS a plus
RECRUITING & STAFFING AGENCIES: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.