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Senior Director Human Resources

We are looking for a Senior Director Human Resources (HR). to lead the UK Human Resources team and contribute to overall strategy and policy-making by advising the Management on human resource implications of its decisions.


You will contribute as a senior manager within the Pharmaron UK management structure, providing human resources leadership and input to guide strategy development and operational management. You will also lead the organisation’s HR departments, including talent acquisition, learning and development, employee engagement, employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent management, HR information system (HRIS) and financial planning of the department in line with organisational objectives and in compliance with legislation.



• Guide, and keep informed, Management and Global HR, of strategic HR matters, providing strategic counsel on all people matters and challenge the Management where appropriate suggesting alternative options

• Contribute to long-term goals around business and people development, including succession planning and c-suite talent acquisition.

• Champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.

• Update and review HR policies, procedures and guidelines and enforce organisation values and culture.

• Lead the analysis and translate key data into an effective and commercially focused HR and people strategy, working with senior management and influencing them on the best course of action, with the aim of creating a better working environment and engaged culture.

• Control the HR budget and report on current and future staffing costs and initiatives.

• Lead on special projects and communicate and direct on strategy and implementation.

• Champion change initiatives getting buy-in from the Management.

• Stay up-to-date with employment law and GDPR requirements.

• The role requires meticulous attention to detail and for all work to be conducted strictly in accordance with company Policies and Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures.




• BSc degree in Human Resources or an equivalent degree

• Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (or equivalent) qualification would be advantageous



• Minimum 15 years’ experience in relevant role within a fast paced organisation

• Held previous position of seniority, able to establish credibility and build department accountability

• Proven experience in motivating, developing, managing and empowering team members

• Proven experience of applying updated legislation to a variety of HR situations

• Experience in mapping and improving processes and systems


Knowledge & Skills:

• Solid employment law knowledge

• In-depth knowledge of GDPR

• Thorough knowledge of human resource management principles and best practices

• Role modelling - demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of the organisation

• Excellent operational and strategic skills

• Accurate with a close attention to detail

• Effective written and oral communication skills

• Excellent presentation skills

• Negotiation skills

• Interpersonal skills

• Good stakeholder and relationship management

• Influencing skills

• Knowledge of data analysis and reporting

• Excellent planning and organization skills - Ability to multi-task, manage time and accept changing priorities

• High proficiency in the use of MS Office (especially Ms Word, Ms Excel and PowerPoint)

• Proven leadership skills

• Performance Management skills

• Coaching and Feedback skills

• Time Management skills


Attributes (Qualities/Behaviour)

• Self-motivated with a positive ‘can do’ approach

• High personal integrity and strong focus on personal accountability to deliver effective outcomes

• Strong leadership abilities with a ‘lead by example’ approach that is embraced, respected and valued by team members

• Asking the right questions and challenging the assumptions

• Being Dispassionately Passionate - remaining strictly logical about feelings and beliefs to be able to make better, more effective decisions

• Performance driven

• Results oriented

• Solution oriented

• Ability to work effectively under pressure

• Team player

• Evidence of strong motivation for continued learning

• Willingness to share information and help others

• Open to constructive feedback

• Professional and approachable attitude

• Flexible and able to respond to change


Our Company: Our global network of scientists are in the lab every day working to make a difference in the life sciences community. Each member of our team is driven by an unwavering belief that we must quickly find solutions for diseases afflicting the world. We work hard, however, Pharmaron provides the best support possible to our employees by creating an atmosphere that fosters growth and innovation.

Our immense experience and knowledge in our service areas is in extremely high demand, which is why we are working to build the most talented team in the industry by investing in our people, providing a supportive environment that both nurtures and challenges, and hiring the greatest leaders from around the world.


Why Should You Apply?

This is an opportunity for you as a Senior HR Leader to make a real impact in a highly scientific and regulated environment, demonstrate leadership, ambition and the desire to grow with the department. Build and shape your career in an environment that sets and commits to the highest standards. To be part of a team who support each other, embrace and solve technical challenges and put excellence at the heart of all that we do.  


Pharmaron is a premier R&D service company supporting the life sciences industry. Founded in 2004, Pharmaron has invested in its people and facilities having established diverse drug R&D service capabilities, ranging from synthetic, medicinal, and analytical chemistry, biology, DMPK, pharmacology, drug safety assessment, radiochemistry and isotopically labelled metabolism, chemical & pharmaceutical development to clinical development.  With operations in China, US and UK staffed by over 20,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in the delivery of R&D solutions to its partners in North America, Europe, Japan, and China.


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