Director, Human Resources

Accent Therapeutics

Lexington, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Post Date: 02/02/2021
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  • Company Address: 65 Hayden Ave, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421, US

About Accent Therapeutics

Founded in 2017, Accent is a biopharmaceutical company developing oncology-focused small molecule therapies in the field of epitranscriptomics. Epitranscriptomics is an emergent area of biology relating to post-transcriptional modifications of RNA that provide cells a unique mechanism to regulate proteins critical for cellular growth and differentiation.

Job Description

Position Summary:

As a key member of the Operations team reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director, Human Resources will be essential in driving HR strategy, championing employee engagement, growth and development and delivering core HR functions, including HR planning and management, recruiting and retention, organizational learning and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee engagement and communications, and organizational structure and design.


  • Serve as a visible, involved and engaged leader to employees throughout the organization;
  • Provide thought leadership on organizational and people-related strategy and execution to ensure a high-performing, engaged workforce;
  • Identify, prioritize, design and implement HR programs and solutions that support employees and business objectives;
  • Work with management of all levels on a variety of HR and business-related issues, both strategic and operational;
  • Partner with the executive team and senior management to align the organizational structure, practices and communication with the Company’s strategy and culture;
  • Provide human resources technical advice, guidance, knowledge and leadership to others within the organization;
  • Lead efforts to prioritize employee engagement, growth and development in both group and 1:1 settings;
  • Oversee and guide talent acquisition efforts;
  • Lead organizational development efforts, including: management training, leadership development, performance review process, onboarding and interview training;
  • Develop progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to attract prospective employees and motivate, incent, reward and retain existing employees in a manner that fosters high performance;
  • Design programs to support a diverse and inclusive culture through hiring, promoting and rewards initiatives;
  • Evolve HR infrastructure to a best-in-class function;
  • Oversee HR related topics and initiatives for presentation to the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee

Qualifications and skills:

  • Outstanding communication and listening skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and establish rapport with all levels of the organization, as well as influence positive behaviors and values throughout an organization;
  • Strong background in designing and implementing organizational structures, strategic hiring and selection, employee and organizational development, compensation philosophy and total compensation programs;
  • Ability to coach and counsel at all levels;
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in HR management, preferably in a combination of public and entrepreneurial environments;
  • Experience in pharmaceutical, biotech or other life science companies is preferred

Position:  Full-Time, Exempt

Location:  Lexington, MA

Accent values diversity and 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, marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status. Accent will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


Note to Third Party Staffing Agencies:  Please do not forward any agency resumes. Accent Therapeutics is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.

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