Summary: Reporting to the CEO, the VP, Human Resources will lead the global HR efforts for Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (HBIO).  The VP will operate as part of the HBIO Executive Leadership Team to provide leadership and execution in HR strategy, programs, policies and practices to support the HBIO’s business plans and objectives. This includes developing effective solutions for talent acquisition, management and development, total rewards, automation of people related processes, employee relations, organizational development, learning and succession planning. Based on an understanding of HBIO’s business, growth strategy, and culture this individual will create practical HR solutions that position the organization for future success.


• As a member of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO, work closely with functional and business unit leaders to determine, develop and execute global HR strategies that effectively support overall business strategies

• Determine talent acquisition needs and help establish recruitment plans

• Proactively lead the development of HR policies, processes, programs, and practices that support the continued evolution of the business

• Ensure a relevant, competitive total rewards offering that enables the company to attract and retain top talent

• Design health benefits and retirement savings plans for employees of the company that encourage employee engagement; oversee selection and management of benefits broker relationships

• Serve as an advisor to senior leadership team by providing insight, coaching and HR related solutions to functional and business unit leaders in the effective management and development of their people and their organizations

• Provide leadership and guidance to the global HR team

• Build organizational bench strength by ensuring business wide commitment to talent management & succession planning

• Partner with senior leadership to analyze organizational trends in employee engagement/satisfaction, retention, etc. and establish plans to ensure employee satisfaction and company success

• Champion company culture, team spirit and a collaborative work environment

• Monitor State and Federal laws, along with industry best practices to develop and maintain company policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the various government regulations

• Implement employee relations best practices and the training necessary to ensure success • As needed, prepare BOD Compensation Committee materials and other management presentations


• Ten (10) plus years of progressive, generalist experience in all aspects of Human Resources management, with five (5) years in an executive level position in a comparable size organization, preferably non-clinical biotech, or manufacturing

• Master’s degree in Human Resources Management or equivalent preferred

• Global experience working directly with senior business leaders with the ability to influence

• Experience developing and leading a high performing diverse team of HR professionals and managers in multiple locations

• A track record of successfully aligning HR strategies with company culture

• Strong knowledge of Talent Acquisition, Benefits, Compensation, Leadership and Organizational Development and Employee Relations functions

• Knowledge of US state/federal labor laws and regulations required,

• Experience with Global HR regulations and building teams outside of the United States

• Ability to travel both domestically and internationally 20% of the time

Ideal Candidate:

Currently number one or two HR leader in a global business that serves the life science research communities internationally.  Someone who exhibits strong collaboration and influencing skills in a diverse organization.

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