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Zymeworks Inc

HRBP Director - Seattle

Human Resources · Seattle, Washington
Department Human Resources
Employment Type Permanent - Full Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Join our growing People team at Zymeworks! As a champion of Zymeworks’ culture and values, you will contribute both strategically and hands-on as we scale our business. This is a critical, highly-visible role that will partner with senior leaders to identify, develop and drive key People initiatives. You will engage with leadership and work closely with all levels, whether coaching your clients on how to lead their teams, navigating and resolving employee relations issues or managing programs that help engage, inspire and develop our employees. You will reflect and strengthen our culture and values. 


As an integral part of the People leadership team, you’ll need to understand every aspect of the business and be a thought leader on people and organizational topics. You will help set and deliver our People strategy. This will require you to think big, use data to guide your work and be comfortable challenging convention.


The HRBP Director role will report to the Chief People Officer. This is one of 2 peer positions. One located in Seattle, Washington. One located in Vancouver, British Columbia. 


Who We Are

Zymeworks is an innovative, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer. Our suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and our fully integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates. These capabilities have resulted in multiple wholly-owned product candidates with the potential to drive superior outcomes in large underserved and unaddressed patient populations.


Our lead product candidate, ZW25, is a novel bispecific (dual-targeting) antibody currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 clinical trial, targeting two distinct domains of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, or HER2, a protein that promotes the growth of cancer cells. Our second product candidate, ZW49, a novel bispecific antibody drug conjugate (ADC) is being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical trial.


In addition to our wholly-owned pipeline, two of our therapeutic platforms have been further leveraged through multiple revenue-generating strategic partnerships with the following global pharmaceutical companies: Merck, Eli Lilly, Celgene, GSK, Daiichi Sankyo, Johnson & Johnson, LEO Pharma, BeiGene, and Iconic Therapeutics.


Your Responsibilities

  • Embody and champion Zymeworks’ values:  Innovate. Act with Integrity. Collaborate. Care.
  • Build and cultivate strong partnerships with senior leaders to offer thought leadership on organizational and people-related strategy and execution to ensure a high-performing, engaged workforce.
  • Support the business with organizational change and development, influencing leaders to address complex organizational design issues where required for business success.
  • Analyze and present relevant metrics and insights to the business to drive the focus and execution of strategy.
  • Advise, guide and coach leaders at all levels within Zymeworks to navigate the complexities of managing teams, managing career development, developing a high performance culture, providing conflict resolution strategies, etc. Provide candid feedback about talent moves, gaps, promotions, and growth opportunities.
  • Work with managers and employees to address people relations issues, fairly representing all interests.
  • Collaborate with other HR functions (Recruiting, Compensation, People Operations) in the design and implementation of People programs.
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict confidentiality on matters that require discretion.

Your Expertise and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of HR / HRBP experience in roles of increasing complexity and scope. You are a subject matter expert, with demonstrated experience in coaching and development, organizational design and overall talent management.
  • Extensive experience influencing business leaders individually and collectively. You have courage to propose solutions others are reluctant to address, act in the face of resistance and advocate for the best interests of the organization.
  • A strategic mindset, equally able to focus on tactical and operational issues. You are comfortable rolling up your sleeves to get things done and the next moment being part of deeply complex strategic discussions.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment where change and ambiguity are common
  • A belief in a “People-first” approach to build teams and drive effective performance across the organization.
  • A deep sense of empathy. You connect well with employees of all levels and have the ability to flex your style to build trust and rapport.
  • Significant experience handling sensitive employee relations matters with tact and diplomacy. Well-versed in HR compliance, legislation and best practices.
  • Analytically driven, you are experienced utilizing qualitative and quantitative approaches to problem solving and root cause analysis. Strong aptitude to translate metrics and data-driven insights into actionable strategy.
  • A passion for innovative HR solutions and process improvement.
  • Exceptional communication and relationship building skills. Highly collaborative style and desire to work as a team with a results-driven approach.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and/or tech industries

Why Work for Us? 

Innovate. Act with Integrity. Collaborate. Care.


Zymeworks’ employees are passionate, engaged and extremely motivated to succeed.  We are excited by the cutting-edge science and technology, the endless possibilities this union holds and the sheer opportunity to be a part of something big.  To learn more about Zymeworks Inc. and our current openings, please visit our website at www.zymeworks.com.  


We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.


NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners. We will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us. Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    Human Resources
  • Employment Type
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Minimum Experience