Head of Human Resources, EMBL-EBI
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years
Grading: Depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 2 February 2021
Reference Number: EBI01762
We are looking for an experienced and exceptional HR professional to take on this leadership role in our internationally-renowned scientific institute as we grow in size and ambition

At European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)'s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), we make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform fundamental research and provide professional training in bioinformatics.  Specifically we help scientists realise the potential of 'big data' in biology, exploiting complex information to make discoveries, and supporting EMBL-EBI to fulfil its scientific mission

Key to this mission are our people - the HR team aims to attract, engage, support and develop highly talented scientists, skilled technical and administrative experts and specialists from around the world, currently around 800 staff

EMBL-EBI is a truly international organisation, with the majority of our people originating from outside the UK – as Head of HR you will nurture, support and celebrate this diversity, which is at the core of the Institute’s success

Drawing on your experience of leadership and successful organisational change, you will support the development and implementation of HR strategy and policy decisions, and lead a professional HR team to deliver operational excellence in a busy and demanding environment

Your role

You will be responsible for providing a comprehensive and high quality HR service -  working closely and advising the EMBL-EBI and EMBL HR colleagues and leading a team of 12 HR professionals, including HR partners and generalist, and specialists in recruitment, career development and HR systems, data and payroll

As an intergovernmental organisation, EMBL is outside the remit of many national frameworks including employment, taxation and immigration legislation - you need to gain a full and deep understanding of this context to be successful in the role

The HR team is part of a wider EMBL-EBI administration and the EMBL central HR teams -  this role reports jointly to the EMBL-EBI Head of Administration and Operations and the EMBL Head of Human Resources located at the EMBL Headquarters in Germany.  A limited amount of travel within Europe is required to build and maintain relationships across EMBL

Responsibilities include
  • Lead and develop the HR team to support and partner with the leadership, management and staff of the Institute, providing high quality professional HR advice and effective processes
  • Constantly seek to improve understanding of the aims and needs of the organisation and its people, and work closely with HR colleagues in EMBL Headquarters and EMBL-EBI leadership to develop and deliver HR strategy and policies and staff engagement
  • As part of the EMBL-EBI Administration work closely with colleagues in other support functions to provide integrated processes supporting the work of the Institute
  • Ensure consistent and transparent application of EMBL Rules and Regulations, as well as internal guidelines, policies and procedures
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff at all levels on performance management, recruitment, contracting and development
  • Initiate/contribute to process improvement and other change projects
  • Advise on compliance and risk management
  • Provide people information, data and statistics to guide decision-making and to support progress monitoring

You have

  • University degree and training in human resources management or similar
  • Significant HR leadership experience
  • Track record of delivery in multicultural and matrix organisations
  • Experience developing and delivering organisational change and improvement programmes
  • Experience working outside your home country
As well as proven leadership skills you bring integrity and an ethical approach

You are able to build strong professional relationships, inspiring confidence and trust

You work proactively to develop and implement solutions that benefit the organisation and the people who make it successful

Your exceptional communication skills equip you to work collaboratively and thrive in a complex multicultural environment

Excellent written and spoken English are essential  

You might also have

  • Experience working in the scientific, biotech or academic sectors is an advantage
  • Advanced or fluent knowledge of a European language other than English will be beneficial

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:
  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents:Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. 

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview. We believe in science without borders and this continues after Brexit.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.