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People & Experience Director



People & HR
Vancouver, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Absci is a generative AI drug creation company on a mission to create better biologics for patients, faster. We are the company unlocking the design of new antibodies on a computer from scratch, and we’re just getting started. It will take a state-of-the-art wet lab, artificial Intelligence, and above all else a team of brilliant Unlimiters working together to achieve our vision of breakthrough therapeutics at the click of a button, for everyone. We are gritty, creative, and we are pushing the limits of science in a way that no one has done before because that’s how we will save lives. Join us as we redefine what’s possible.

Absci is a global company with a state-of-the-art lab and headquarters in the beautiful Pacific Northwest US, ten minutes from Portland, Oregon, and its AI Research Lab in the heart of New York City. Check out this short video to learn more and see how #Unlimiters are creating drugs at the speed of AI.

Director, People & Experience

Vancouver, WA (Onsite, Hybrid)

The Director, People and Experience (P&E) leads the development and implementation of HR deliverables in line with Absci and HR’s mission and vision. The director leads the team in delivering HR services, policies, and activities, as well as partnering with the business. With the team, the Director supports Absci’s business and cultural transformation. This role is responsible for optimally connecting business to the workforce and individual needs and opportunities while running the P&E department with data-driven, efficient execution and measurable outcomes.


P&E Leadership

  • Report to Chief People Officer and partner with the P&E leadership team to identify and drive initiatives in line with P&E’s mission and vision and business plan, connect to the broader organization's mission, vision and values; motivate people to commit to these and to doing extraordinary things to achieve business goals.
  • Lead exceptional organizational and talent development; drive initiatives that build a culture of diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging
  • Support management and partner with leadership on all matters related to People and Organization issues.
  • Identify and manage stakeholders up to top management level, doing what matters most to support their business opportunities and challenges and to ensure any HR initiatives support their people and organizational needs.
  • Serve as a role model for Absci culture and values, exemplary in building trust and demonstrating integrity.

Core HR - Direct responsibilities

  • With the objective to run P&E like a business: 1. Ensure budget management, 2. Drive efficiencies and drive optimized processes, 3. Measure results and share insights with leadership and management .
  • Design and recommend program and practice changes by assessing current impact, (cost) effectiveness, competitiveness, and industry practice.
  • Lead performance and compensation planning and execution.
  • Support current P&E team members as needed, by contributing to:
    • HRIS strategy and corresponding suite of HRIS tools and applications.
    • Benefits strategy
    • Talent acquisition strategy
    • Engagement and retention strategy

Employee Relations

  • Make recommendations and implement strategies for maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Serve as business partner to the Innovation Leadership Team and Innovation groups in particular.
  • Ensure a sustainable employee relations solution and as needed drive employee relations investigations


  • Ensure up-to-date, well-communicated policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Ensure compliance with global, federal, state and local laws in the field of HR


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years experience in human resources with breadth and depth HR experience and specialization in multiple HR disciplines
  • Experience with labor and employment law in multiple jurisdictions
  • Experience of planning, managing and organizing resources within short/medium timescales within the overall policy framework.
  • Ability to work onsite at Vancouver, WA office for minimally 25% of the time

Preferred (but not required):

  • Experience in biotech, pharma, life sciences or tech companies
  • Experience leading teams
  • HR degree or certification

The salary range for this position is $180,000- $220,000/year. Competitive equity package applies. Pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition to equity, compensation packages include a wide range of medical, dental, vision benefits and ability to participate in our employee stock purchase plan.

We seek candidates who will dive into our creative company culture that’s collaborative, multidisciplinary, and committed to a big vision for positive impact. We are defying conventions and innovating without boundaries. We are disrupting an industry with bold ideas and passionate pursuit of new possibilities. We are looking for original thinkers, creative scientists, and data-devoted gurus. Successful candidates will be excited to work in a dynamic environment and contribute as a key member of a project team. If this sounds good to you, we invite you to join us in our quest to redefine possible.

Legal authorization to work in the United States is required. Absci 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, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Absci will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Absci offers a dog-friendly work environment - bring your pup along for the ride.