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Head of HR (Full Time)

Dublin, Ireland


Head of HR

APC Ltd is an award-winning and rapidly growing science and technology-driven pharmaceutical process research company.  In the space of 5 years, we have pioneered innovation in the sector and we now partner with 8 of the top-10 pharma and 5 of the top-10 biotech firms in the world.

From our world-class facility, we offer specialised chemical and process engineering solutions.  Powered by novel technology and world-class scientific research, we help companies accelerate the development & launch of their medicines. Our rapid growth has come from a commitment to excellence, a drive to innovate and the desire to develop a challenging, creative and rewarding environment for our team. 

APC is currently looking to appoint a strong HR leader with excellent HR operations skills who has the capability to deliver both a strategic and ‘hands-on’ HR service to the organisation.

Role Purpose

Reporting to the CEO, the purpose of this role is to achieve optimum utilisation of human resources across the organisation, and to initiate and implement contemporary HR practices in engagement, technical and leadership development and employee relations.

Key Responsibilities

HR Business Partner

  • Act as a Business Partner, strategic solution provider and coach to the Leadership Team.

  • Understand the business strategic needs and identify and implement opportunities to improve organisation capability, employee engagement and well-being.

  • Lead on strategic HR planning and define the HR strategy across the organisation. Assess gaps between current and desired states, and deploy action plans and change management to resolve them.

  • Build and maintain effective employee relations.

  • Design, develop and implement HR strategy, policies, processes and systems in relation to organisational excellence, resourcing and talent planning, learning and development, performance and reward, employee engagement, employee relations.

  • Participate in the recruitment, selection and decision-making process on key positions.

  • Provide guidance and direction on complex HR and business issues.

  • Continually scan the external environment and employment legislation for new risks, new opportunities and best practices.

  • Provide support and guidance to managers on complex employee relations issues and to be the key case worker and/or act at the investigating or hearing manager for cases that may result in 3rd party intervention.

  • Collaborate with EHS to ensure that the provision of occupational health services meets the defined service level agreement. Coach and advise managers on process and responsibilities.

 HRIS & L&D Systems

  • Design, develop and deliver a L&D strategy which is aligned to organisation’s growth strategy.

  • Implement a training and development system and establish workflows in line with operational requirements.

  • Analyse and trends key HR metrics in order to identify gaps in performance at individual, team, management or organisational level, and provide tools to support managers in achieving target levels of performance.

  • Enhance the leadership and managerial capabilities across the organisation.

  • Collaborate and engage with SMEs and training owners e.g. Quality, EHS, internal trainers to ensure effective management of training plans and the LMS.

Leadership of the HR & Training Team

  • Lead, motivate and inspire by promoting continuous improvement and best in class strategies.

  • Promote an agile and passionate environment which drives a standard of excellence in everything the team does.
  • Sustain and develop employee engagement by fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.
  • Creates a positive, open forum for effective communication and learning.
  • Develop the HR & Training team through the deployment of effective roles and responsibilities and career development pathways.

Key Competencies

  • Natural leader of people with excellent managerial and motivational skills.
  • Enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, where integrity and teamwork is valued.

  • Demonstrates personal flexibility and adaptability in a continuously evolving environment.

  • Resilient, self-starter, innovative thinker.

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills.

 Required Experience

  • Chartered member of the CIPD with relevant HR qualification.
  • Demonstrable success in operational HR management role, with 6 years’ experience.

  • Research/development type environment within pharma /biopharma would be an advantage.

  • Experience of implementing HR systems.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Ability to think strategically and deliver using a focused, commercial approach.
  • Excellent coaching, consulting and team building skills and observational techniques.

  • Up-to-date understanding of employment legislation in Ireland.




If you believe you have the capability required and the interest in being part of this dynamic rapidly growing organisation, we would love to talk to you.