Director, HRBP (2286-R-820-PPL)

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.

Arsenal seeks a Director, HR Business Partner to support the Technical Operations, Discovery, Medical Sciences and Technology organization.  The role will report directly to the Chief People Officer. This is a newly created position that will play an integral role in supporting the growth and development of teams and our employees. 

The successful candidate will partner with the CPO  on areas such as organizational design, talent management & development, succession planning, performance management, and coaching. The HRBP will also work with the leadership teams to assess the technical skills required to transform the business by doing a workforce gap assessment and skills analysis to determine the appropriate internal development and mobility strategies. This HRBP will also help to drive necessary leadership development and succession initiatives to increase managerial capability and to shift the way employees and managers leverage the HR team through a full partnership model.   
This new HR Business Partner will help drive performance of a workforce with a mix of long tenured and new employees. Leading with a positive and inclusive mindset will be a critical focus while partnering with business leadership to advise and support all key activities related to organizational talent, design, and development.  

About You:
Curious, innovative, and energized by the challenges of joining a fast-growing company, you are seeking an opportunity to put your experience and expertise to use by joining our early-stage HR team.  You will play a significant role in shaping Arsenal’s culture, talent strategies and business outcomes.

What You Will Do:

  • Serve as an advisor and partner to business leaders on the development of long term organizational and people strategies required to execute its business objectives; translate workforce needs into talent and development plans; support managers and leaders in building internal capabilities and creating a strong culture aligned with Arsenal’s values.
  • Provide subject matter expertise on organizational effectiveness and change management; partnering with leaders to ensure that actions and plans enable the Arsenal culture to evolve as we rapidly grow the organization.
  • Serves as a coach to both people managers and department leaders on employee hiring, onboarding, engagement, performance management, development, skill development, rewards & recognition, employee relations, and leader effectiveness.
  • Keeps current on external trends, developments, or activities that could impact talent, organizational effectiveness, culture, and leadership development.
  • Partners with senior leadership to provide guidance on organizational change, develop action plans to break down org silos and provide innovative talent solutions proactively to meet the changing demands of the organization.
  • Influences leaders to make changes in organizational structure or processes to support growth within the organization.
  • Manages and resolves Employee Relations (ER) issues through effective and objective investigation processes, ensuring adherence to appropriate employment laws and policies. Also, develops a plan for how ER issues should be handled in the future.
  • Develops and conducts presentations to leaders and managers on a variety of HR subjects.
  • Manage and execute talent management strategies and processes to meet the needs of the overall business strategy.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of HR initiatives and projects including talent planning, DEIB efforts, and feedback cycles.
  • Collaborate with the HR team to analyze trends and metrics, develop performance metrics in partnership with the HR group to assess effectiveness and develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Supportive role in change management initiatives, helping to ensure thorough and effective planning, communication, execution, and follow-up throughout the organization.
  • Ensure that HR practices remain in compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

  • What You Will Bring:

  • B.A. or B.S. required
  •  Min. 8  years of HR business partner  experience. Experience in various people functions across business units; experience across talent management/acquisition, employee relations, organizational design, inclusion & diversity, and culture is beneficial. 
  • Experience within the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry is preferred. 
  • Experience working with leaders at all levels of the organization
  • Experience in a rapidly growing organization with responsibility for creating solutions and processes where none had existed previously.
  • Demonstrated business acumen and analytical skills
  • An excellent communicator, both written and verbal, with the ability to educate and influence through formal and informal communications.
  • Innovative and creative approach to problem solving
  • High level of initiative and ability to quickly resolve problems
  • Solid organizational skills, including the ability to accomplish demanding timeline objectives
  • Must have the ability to work at strategic, operational, and tactical levels
  • Knowledge of federal and state labor law.
  • Strong project management experience and effective organizational skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills 

  • Leadership Capabilities:

  • Must be able to exercise judgment and independently determine and take appropriate action within defined HR policies and procedures.
  • Must possess in-depth negotiating, influencing, coaching, and consulting skills.
  • Must be able to develop solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems, which require an in-depth degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Maturity of temperament; able to render a calm stabilizing presence without compromising influence and authority
  • Passionate about people and culture, with an emphasis on inclusion.
  • A strategic thinker, inspiring leader, effective manager, and team player
  • Demonstrate credibility, integrity, and trust.
  • Collaborative and with the ability to create opportunities that facilitate buy-in and teamwork.
  • Lead innovation and constantly drive for results; a disruptor who thinks bigger, beyond incremental improvement.
  • Enjoys working for, and with leaders who are, pragmatic, logical, direct, and transparent.

  • ArsenalBio prioritizes the providing of a safe and healthy workplace that is consistent with COVID-19 public health guidance and legal requirements.  In order to protect our employees and visitors, we require all visitors (including candidates) and employees to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when coming onsite.

    We are committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds. A diverse workforce engenders richness of thought, creativity, and discovery. We invite individuals who embrace intellectual achievement to bring their unique personal and professional journeys and together we will build transformative cell therapies for cancer patients.

    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.


    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

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