Pharmaceutical Head of Human Resources - Paris or UK based

Pharmaceutical Head of Human Resources - Paris or UK based

Job Title: Pharmaceutical Head of Human Resources - Paris or UK based
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Paris
Salary: €140000 - €150000 per annum
Start Date: 2020-05-14
Reference: V-46004
Contact Name: Steve Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 15, 2020 13:24

Job Description

In parallel with consistent growth, a recently increased effort to in-license further rare disease products and an ever-evolving HR function across the leadership teams, this highly efficient, people-led, SME Pharma company (40 headcount in EU team) have now opened up a newly created, first-in-company opportunity for a culturally-savvy Head of HR – Europe (can be based in Paris or UK) to join their already impressive leadership team. This position would only be suitable for a highly dynamic yet technically astute person that thrives on the rewards of an ever-varying executive level HR role across strategic, technical, operational and managerial responsibilities who has pharmaceutical industry experience.   This person will be a core member of both the European Executive Committee and the Strategy Committee, must be able to think strategically about the “big picture" impacts of HR decision-making whilst also rolling up their sleeves and deeply embedding themselves in the highly unified company culture at all levels.  
Key Information:
  • Member of the European Executive Committee alongside the Managing Director, Finance Director, Commercial Director and Compliance Director
  • Member of the Strategy Committee alongside Managing Director for Europe, European Heads, and affiliate Managing Directors
  • 4 years since the inception of EU HQ - lots of opportunity to influence ongoing and ever-evolving processes and policies, including cross-culturally
  • Extremely close working with EU Managing Director and EU Head of Commercial
  • Heavily weighted focus towards personnel and process development responsibilities
  • Minimal involvement with talent acquisition duties
  • Reporting to popular MD with 8 years’ experience in the business
  • Extremely low staff turnover – many employees having experienced exceptional internal progression routes and surpassing the 10-year mark
  • Lots of extremely fluid personal development potential – Many of the leadership team have had many of their previous roles created for them based on their individual strengths, motivations, and commitments to various parts of the business
  • Innovation proactively encouraged - Lots of projects going on internally that people can get involved with that have been born out of people’s own ideas and supported and promoted by the business to progress with
Core Skills required:
  • Experience of multi-affiliate HR management, gained across EU countries
  • Outgoing personality, able to engage at all levels
  • Pharma background experience – this is a key requirement; my client is ideally seeking those who have in-depth Pharmaceutical experience.
  • Leadership and line management
  • A person seeking a challenging high-impact role where they can make a real difference
  • An ability to speak French or German is desirable but not essential
 In return for your skills and experience my client is able to offer an exceptional benefits package that includes :
  • Social fund for many team activities such as regular money behind the bar, Vegas nights (casino night, meal, and drinks), clay pigeon shooting, theatre, London dungeons, Gin distillery visits etc.
  • Flexitime (10-3pm - core hours)
  • On the spot reward and recognition
  • “chilli bottles” provided to encourage employees to drink more water
  • George Foreman grills introduced to the kitchen
  • Wellbeing expert visits
  • Free fruit
  • New coffee machine with every type of combination you could ever need
  • Fitness trackers recently given to staff with ongoing global corporate “steps challenge”