Head of People

Head of People

  • 1, Boulevard Pasteur, Paris, 75015
  • Permanent contract 
    Hybrid remote
    Education: Not specified
    Experience: Not specified

    This position was filled!

    Who are they?

    Aqemia is a next-gen pharmatech company generating one of the world’s fastest-growing drug discovery pipeline. Their mission is to design fast innovative drug candidates for dozens of critical diseases. What sets them apart is their unique quantum and statistical mechanics algorithms fueling a generative AI to design novel drug candidates. The disruptive speed and accuracy of their technology platform allows them to scale drug discovery projects as technology projects.

    Job description

    At Aqemia you will work in a multi-disciplinary team of passionate drug hunters, AI engineers and developers who are committed to our mission of finding many drugs, at high pace, to cure diseases.

    As part of our growing team, you will enjoy a fast-paced, challenging, science-driven and creative environment, working at the very forefront of AI & Deep physics-powered drug discovery. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring your own impact on changing the way medicines are discovered and be involved in shaping the direction of our fast growing business and team.

    We are looking for highly skilled and collaborative individuals who are naturally curious, have a passion for learning and solving complex problems with a “can-do” mindset.

    If this sounds exciting to you, come and join us!

    The difference you’ll make

    HR is key for us since our brilliant people are one of our key assets - that we need to attract, develop and retain - in the line of the fast-paced and interdisciplinary culture that we have been developing so far.

    The Head of People role is critical as it is responsible to drive the building of HR function and team at Aqemia, and help us to address many challenges including

    - Grow fast our team (now 45, x2 by 6-12 months) without compromising on the quality of our new recruits.

    - Make Aqemia a great place to work, learn and develop for great scientific and tech talents.

    Job description

    Head of People is responsible that all HR topics are set up and improved in the right way to attract, develop and retain our employees:

    - Talent acquisition

    - Talent onboarding and management

    - HR administration

    Head of People is responsible to recruit and manage its team based on the identified needs.

    What you'll do

  • Set the HR objectives in line with Aqemia’s objectives and culture, drive and improve on a regular basis the execution on several topics:
  • - Talent acquisition: Sourcing strategy and execution, recruiting process.
  • - Talent management: Initial onboarding, feedback and development reviews, trainings, compensation & benefits scheme, followup of people staffing.
  • - HR administration: Payroll, contracting, CSE, occupational medicine, ...
  • - Office management
  • Ensure our culture and ways of working are embedded in HR key processes and initiatives.
  • Recruit and manage Aqemia HR team (full or part time employees) and external partners (eg. headhunters, payroll software, ...) including providing leadership and giving feedback on a regular basis.
  • Run regularly step back analyses and reporting on key topics.
  • Anticipate HR implications of Aqemia development goals - eg. international development, ...
  • Who you are

  • You have a wealth of experience (5+years) in demanding environments including ideally in HR in fast-paced tech start-ups / scale-ups.
  • You have a genuine interest for People / HR topics with a transversal / broad view.
  • You are eager to contribute to find faster better drugs by recruiting and developing our talents.
  • You have an objective-driven mindset and a high degree of organization, commitment and drive.
  • You like to innovate and deliver measurable and impactful results.
  • You are curious to work with people who have very scientific and diverse backgrounds (Chemistry, Machine Learning, Physics, Software engineering).
  • You are an open-minded fast-learner, keen to get feedback from your colleagues to develop yourself.
  • This position offers exceptional development opportunities for every candidate with passion for HR in Deeptech.

    Our Workplace Environment

    - Fast-paced, intellectually and scientifically demanding, results-driven.

    - Our Founders boast : 10+ years experience in research at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, not to mention a stint in Oxford and Cambridge / 10+ years experience in strategy consulting at BCG.

    - Aqemia has a rapidly growing team of +50 people from world-class institutions (AstraZeneca, GSK, Sanofi, Harvard, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique, BCG)

    - Our premises are conveniently located in the center of Paris (1 Bd Pasteur), with a possibility of up to 2 days of remote work.

    - We are part of the French Tech 2030 program (https://lafrenchtech.com/fr/la-france-aide-les-startup/french-tech-2030/).

    - Working language: English

    We are growing fast, if you feel that you don't fit this job description but you’re still excited to join, then please get in touch! 

    Aqemia is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability status or any other basis under applicable law.


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