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Director, HR Business Partner

Company: Foghorn Therapeutics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Our Culture: Why work with us?

At Foghorn Therapeutics, we believe in "People First, Mission Always."

We put "People First" because we know our people are the key to everything we will accomplish. We value the diversity of background, ideas, perspectives and experiences that our team members bring to Foghorn Therapeutics - demonstrated by our community speaking more than 22 languages and representing over 24 nationalities. We value our teammates as people, not just as employees - validated by our actions that let our people know that we care about them, their families, and their lives.

We say "Mission Always" because we know a relentless commitment to our mission will make a difference in the lives of others. We believe our success will come from evaluating the data to follow the science. We work hard to develop a new class of therapies that could improve the lives of over 2.5 million people with cancer.

Our culture is focused on succeeding through the evaluation of data, not people. And in that, relationships can flourish and develop.

Our Science:

The groundbreaking science behind our therapies continues to yield vital insights into diseases that have confounded physicians and researchers. Our core scientific approach is centered on the chromatin regulatory system, which opens and closes the right sections of DNA at the right time. Breakdowns in the chromatin regulatory system lead to a wide range of diseases, including cancer, impacting millions of people.

Our proprietary Gene Traffic Control - platform is a powerful tool for understanding and modulating the chromatin regulatory system. We are pursuing multiple treatments for breakdowns in this system. We are the only company with the ability to study and target the chromatin regulatory system at scale, in context, and in an integrated way.

The Role:

This role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of the People Department of a high growth organization that is radically changing the biotech industry. The HR Business Partner (HRBP) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization. The HRBP maintains an effective level of business literacy about the business unit's financial position, its midrange plans, its culture and its competition.

What you will be doing:

Conduct weekly meetings with respective business units.

Consult with line management, providing HR guidance when appropriate.

Analyze trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.

Manage and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.

Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partners with the legal department as needed/required.

Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).

Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.

Provide HR policy guidance and interpretation.

Develop contract terms for new hires, promotions and transfers.

Provide guidance and input related to employees talent management and performance matters.

Identify training needs for business units and individual executive coaching needs.

Participate in the evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success. Follows up to ensure training objectives are met.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum of 10 years of experience resolving complex employee relations issues.

Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, performance management, and federal and state respective employment laws.

Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization's hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.

Bachelor's degree preferred.


Foghorn Therapeutics is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive suite of benefits, including:

Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options

FSA and HSA for medical expenses and dependent care expenses

Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes

Unlimited paid time off policy

Discretionary winter shut down

Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 12 weeks of 100% paid parental leave

Paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options

Free parking or subsidized commuter passes

Foghorn Therapeutics is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Foghorn is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Foghorn Therapeutics will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Keywords: Foghorn Therapeutics, Cambridge , Director, HR Business Partner, Executive , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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