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Inzen Therapeutics: Vice President of Human Resources

Company: Flagship Pioneering
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

Inzen Therapeutics is a privately held, early-stage biotechnology company dedicated to understanding the microenvironment of many different diseased tissues in a much more comprehensive and systemic approach. Inzen believes that until now, we have been missing a broad range of important signals in those microenvironments and that identifying these new signals will allow for the development of truly differentiated therapeutics. The first kind of new signals Inzen has identified are the signals dying cells send to living cells around them. We call these signals Thanokines, and we believe that ThanokineTM Biology is an important driver of disease. While the ability of living cells to respond to messages from other living cells is a well-established concept, Inzen has shown that living cells also respond to messages released by cells as they undergo turnover and die. Many forms of programmed cell death are now known, but to date, very little has been done to understand the interactions of the symphony of bioactive factors that are released into the cellular microenvironment when cells undergo one of these varied forms of programmed death.

Inzen Therapeutics was founded by Flagship Pioneering , an organization dedicated to the origination and development of first-in-category life sciences companies. Since 2000, Flagship has originated and fostered the development of nearly 100 scientific ventures resulting in $20+ billion in aggregate value, 500+ issued patents, and more than 50 clinical trials for novel therapeutic agents.

Position Summary
The VP, Human Resources will drive key Human Resources (HR) best practices, initiatives and provide strategic direction and expertise for the full scope of the HR function. Reporting directly into the CEO, the VP, HR will develop and execute the HR strategy for the organization and be responsible for leading the company's people function, structure, and policies. This role will serve as a thought partner to the CEO and Leadership Team (LT), provide HR advisory services with regards to leadership, coaching, employee relations, talent acquisition, engagement, culture, compensation, organizational design and change, performance management, learning and development.

As the VP, Human Resources, you will:
Develop and implement an HR plan that aligns with the overall mission and strategy of the organization, resulting in innovative, best practices and policies that will service the full range of the company's HR needs to help build a high-performing culture of passion, accountability, innovation and collaboration.
Act as a strategic partner to all members of the LT and provide insightful, innovative thinking and problem solving on critical HR issues.
Oversee development of HR operations, systems and processes that will scale to support the organization as the company grows and improve operational and organizational effectiveness.
Lead, manage and develop the TA Lead on recruitment efforts to enable rapid company growth.
Advise on people programs and processes to enhance talent attraction, retention, development, and succession.
Partner closely with Finance in overseeing organizational headcount budget, people related costs and departmental budget.
Develop and implement onboarding and offboarding programs.
Partner with Flagship HR business partner and total rewards team to ensure equitable and market competitive compensation and benefits and oversee their implementation.
Create and implement training and organizational development programs to support opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Partner with legal counsel as required to ensure compliance requirements are met to mitigate organizational risks.
Ensure layering of equity into the lifecycle of talent management: recruitment and retention of diverse candidates and staff; organization engagement and performance management that is inclusive and equitable; training and development; succession planning; and compensation and benefits, all of which are also inclusive and equitable.
Coach and counsel LT in developing themselves and their teams to achieve improved performance and engagement.
Counsel, coach and guide managers and staff in addressing concerns and complaints to assure fair and equitable treatment while ensuring compliance with local labor regulations and practices.
Build a culture that cultivates talent, enhances learning and development, inspires the employees, and positions Inzen as an employer of choice.

Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree or MBA preferred. Certifications in HR helpful (SPHR, GPHR).
10+ years of progressive leadership experience in HR leadership positions, ideally in a biotech or startup environment. Previous experience supporting R&D organizations is a bonus.
Business minded with deep knowledge of HR functions and experience in HR strategy development and execution.
Successful track record scaling an organization by developing, implementing, and driving HR best practices.
Broad knowledge of state and federal legal compliance requirements.
Working knowledge of benefits, 401k, compensation and other operational HR matters.
General business and financial acumen with the ability to develop and utilize HR data and metrics as they relate to and impact business areas in Finance, Legal, IT, payroll, and administration.
Excellent communications skills - written, verbal and interpersonal - and an ability to tailor communication style to diverse audiences.
Strong coaching, consulting and facilitation skills.

Who you are:
Results-driven, agile, change agent with the commitment and confidence to assume a leadership role in an evolving complex environment.
Brings positivity, enthusiasm, and an approachable demeanor to work each day
Bring a strategic mindset but have the desire and ability to 'roll up your sleeves' and be an individual contributor.
Someone who thrives in a start-up environment who wants to create foundational structure.
Have unquestionable personal integrity, fairness and credibility necessary to gain the trust and commitment of individuals at all levels of the organization.
Demonstrate success at cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating partnerships at all levels within the organization to achieve results.
Empathetic and engaging individual, who listens well, is responsive, solutions focused and results oriented.
Passionate about the mission of the company, enthused by the challenges confronting the organization, and dedicated to achieving its goal.

Joining Inzen Tx will allow you to:
Be energized by an exciting startup culture
Surround yourself with inspirational colleagues and leaders
Support innovative breakthroughs in IO therapeutics
Expand your horizons with opportunities for professional growth

EEO Statement: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliate Flagship Labs companies (collectively, "FSP"), are proud to be equal opportunity workplaces and are affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Recruitment & 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.

Keywords: Flagship Pioneering, Cambridge , Inzen Therapeutics: Vice President of Human Resources, Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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