Head of People

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic diseases, initially cancer.  Our products are being designed to herald the transition of adoptive cell therapy from a hospital based treatment to outpatient therapy, like most other cancer treatments.  Our people are our greatest asset, they bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

The Head of People will foster the culture and develop a thoughtful people strategy as the company goes through a time of profound change and growth, partnering closely with the CEO and ArsenalBio’s Scientific Leadership Team (SLT). The person in this role will scale the People organization and oversee all areas of human resources and focus in particular on fostering ArsenalBio’s unique culture through organizational practices, organizational development and design, recruiting, leadership development, change management, total rewards, employee engagement and retention, employee communications, performance management, and HR operations.

Team and Reporting Relationship

  • The Head of People will report into Ken Drazan, CEO President, Director and will partner closely with members of the SLT and be a champion for ArsenalBio’s Mission
  • What You Will Do:

  • Coach, counsel and advise leadership on all people and organizational related issues to create insight and to drive action
  •  Design and deliver scalable human resources programs aligned with ArsenalBio’s business objectives and their strong company culture
  • In partnership with the leadership team, continue to foster the unique culture that Arsenabio is known for during a time of growth & transformation
  • Build a world-class HR function through hands-on contributions as a domain expert Partner with the leadership team to develop and deliver effective performance management systems and leadership development programs
  •  Assess and lead the total rewards philosophy and function ensuring competitiveness and alignment with the business strategy and culture
  • Oversee talent acquisition and talent management developing and implementing pragmatic best practices that result in attracting and retaining the highest performing employees
  • What You Bring:

  • 10+ years of progressive HR experience with a BS in Organizational Design/Psychology or the equivalent, an advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience working with a rapidly-growing workplace, as well as a background in teaming with an ambitious and results-oriented executive team
  • Creative thinking who questions conventional practices and projects a confident demeanor and strong sense of self who welcomes the opportunity to contribute their opinions and influence leaders. 
  • Highly self-aware of what she/he can do and gains gratification from. Should be entrepreneurial, analytical, flexible, proactive, and self-sufficient, and not afraid to roll up their sleeves when needed. 
  • The ability to understand the big picture and where the company is going. 
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, hard-working and expanding company dealing with complex HR issues Leadership experience working in a fast-paced, start-up environment 
  • Strong understanding of biopharmaceutical organization design, management evolution from early R&D through Development and Commercial Launch
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary biotechnology organizations composed of engineering, computer science, data science, biology, clinical, regulatory, and administrative functions
  • Presentation skills in verbal and digital form that evidence the ability to provide clarity, tactics, and strategy
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or Arsenalbio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


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    ArsenalBio was formed by its investors and scientific founders to discover, develop and commercialize curative and safe cellular therapies for patients with life threatening diseases, initially cancer.

    We believe the most productive and secure route to achieving this goal is to build scaled platforms of technologies challenged with scientific questions to yield informative data from hypothesis driven, well controlled experiments. These data will inform the design of ambitious, best-in-class, lead compositions. Our leads will be rigorously evaluated and honed until we are convinced our matured leads, called development candidates, can be prepared for testing in needy, and vulnerable patients.

    Our products will be designed to speed the transition of cell therapy from hospital-based to outpatient treatments, increasing access to more patients at lower cost to patients, health systems, and insurers.

    To achieve this mission, we are building diverse teams of talented, curious, and caring individuals who believe in our mission and our vision to be sustainable in our business plan, our work habits, and our personal lives.

    Our values create: a foundation for mutual respect, an engaging harmony from many voices, and unselfish behavior to aid our colleagues.

    This is ArsenalBio.
    This is our Company.

    Ken Drazan, MD
    Founding CEO


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits