Head of HR UK (Senior Director)


Oxfordshire, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Post Date: 02/26/2021
  • Website: adaptimmune.com
  • Company Address: 351 Rouse Boulevard , Philadelphia, PA , 19112

About Adaptimmune

Adaptimmune, a leader in T-cell therapy, is a multinational, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel immunotherapies using its proprietary SPEAR T-cell receptor platform to treat solid tumors, which has the potential to transform the treatment of cancer.

Job Description

Primary Responsibility

A senior strategic HR generalist and advisory role responsible for leading and implementing the global HR strategy in the UK in support of Adaptimmune’s strategic objectives and priorities.  Leading and managing the UK HR team to ensure the successful delivery of all HR functional activities and initiatives.  Strategically supporting, advising and coaching Senior Leaders and managers at the UK site in all HR areas to maximize their ability to create a high performing organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  1. In collaboration with VP Human Resources, inputs into, develops and is responsible for implementing the global HR strategy in support of Adaptimmune’s strategic objectives and priorities in the UK
  2. Provides strategic HR advise to Senior Leaders and managers, acting as a business partner to support their functional activities.  Provides coaching and mentoring as needed.
  3. Leads, manages and direct the UK Human Resource team to deliver a comprehensive HR service to the UK business

  • Provides guidance, mentoring and leadership to the UK HR team members, ensuring appropriate use of resources in order to provide a comprehensive and effective HR service to the UK business. Responsible for team development across the UK HR team

  • Coaches and advises UK managers and leaders, as necessary, on all areas of HR including employee relations, employee engagement and retention, organisational design and development talent acquisition, performance management, absence management, remuneration and benefits and terminations

  • Ensures UK employment practices and policies are competitive and current in order to retain and attract talent to the organization. Leads and directs the development and implementation of new policies and practices. 
  • Responsible for reward practices in the UK in line with our Global Compensation Framework.  Will lead external UK benchmarking exercises, benefit design and all reward initiative implementations
  • Manages senior level talent acquisition and succession planning activities with Senior Leaders
  • Manages complex employee relations and HR issues, using HR and company knowledge evidencing appropriate decision-making skills

4. Designs and delivers organizational development strategies, processes and interventions that support the company’s ambition to be a high performing organisation; to include initiatives which foster a high-performance culture, where valuing learning, continuous improvement and diversity are the norm.

  • Designing and running (delivering) management and leadership development programmes

5. Provides guidance on development for leaders, managers and teams as necessary.  Designing and/or implementing training and development initiatives; identifying areas that need attention and improvement.  Develop coaching, mentoring and secondment schemes to support staff development and the achievement of Personal Development Plans


Qualifications & Experience


  • BA/BSc in Human Resources or relevant related field.
  • Qualification by experience also welcome.
  • Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Extensive experiences of leading/managing an HR function and operating as an HR Partner at a senior level to senior leaders in an organization
  • Extensive HR generalist experience in all areas of HR in a pharma /biotech environment.


  • Previous experience in a site lead HR position
  • MA/MS or MBA

Skills & Competencies

Required :

  • Ability to manage ambiguity and operate in a flexible environment
  • Ability to work as a site lead working in partnership with other HR partners including US Head of HR and Centre of Excellence leads, all under the direction of a Global HR lead
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills (both spoken and written).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills with people at all levels and across various cultures
  • Strong coaching/mentoring skills
  • Effective planning and project management skills with the ability to set and work to personal, team and organizational deadlines.
  • The ability to engage, conduct diagnosis, analyse findings, generate options and build commitment to solutions.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and results-focus.
  • Flexible, adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Strong analytic skills and strategic thinking
  • Pragmatic and solution oriented.
  • Committed to high standards and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to move between big picture and detail.
  • Ability to build rapport quickly with key members of the executive team.
  • Ability to represent the Human Resource function as part of the bigger business picture
  • A professional and commercial approach to HR, with the ability to deliver high employee satisfaction, appropriate development and reward for individuals.

decision making authority

HR Strategy - Developing HR strategy in response and in support of company strategy

Organisational Development  - Developing OD HR strategy in response and in support of company strategy

Reward - Remuneration for UK employment offers, promotions and equity adjustments below executive team (those roles not governed by the Remuneration Committee)

Employee Relations - Company response and direction to employee relations issues including terminations, conflict resolution, disciplinary and grievance issues


At Adaptimmune we embrace diversity and equality of opportunity. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, colour, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other legally protected category. It is our intent that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

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