HR Operations Specialist

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Alkermes is seeking an experienced HR Operations Specialist to join the Human Resources team at our Waltham, MA location, expected to work onsite a minimum of three days per week.

Reports to: Vice President, HR Operations & Technology.


Employee Records Management:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date employee records, including personal information, employment contracts, and documentation related to promotions, transfers, and terminations
  • Ensure compliance with data privacy and confidentiality regulations

HR Process Administration:

  • Process employee onboarding, offboarding, and internal transfers
  • Handle HR-related inquiries from employees and provide timely assistance (includes responding to and triaging HR Operations, HR Benefits and Leave of Absence mailboxes)
  • Support benefits administration, including enrollment, changes, and terminations
  • Assist with payroll processing and resolving payroll-related issues
  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics with vendors and internal departments as needed for Benefits and Wellness programming, including onsite/virtual seminars, onsite benefits fairs, flu clinics and biometric screenings
  • Facilitates and tracks Purchase Orders, Contracts and SOWs for Benefits & HRIS teams

Compliance and Reporting:

  • Coordinate with HRIS team to pull data for compliance reporting (Veterans, 4212, EEO and Affirmative Action).
  • Prepare and maintain HR reports and analytics to support data-driven decision-making
  • Participate in HR audits and assist in the implementation of audit recommendations
  • Support Affordable Care Act reporting and compliance

Policy and Procedure Maintenance:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of HR policies and procedures
  • Educate employees on HR policies and ensure consistent adherence

HR Technology:

  • Utilize HRIS (Human Resources Information System) to input, retrieve, and analyze HR data
  • Assist in system upgrades, testing, and troubleshooting

Documentation and Record Keeping:

  • Maintain and organize HR-related documentation, including employee handbooks, forms, and templates
  • Manage the electronic and physical filing systems

Process Improvement:

  • Identify opportunities for process improvements and efficiency enhancements within HR operations
  • Participate in projects aimed at enhancing HR processes and services

Leave of Absence Coordination:

  • Responsible for coordinating administrative tasks related to leave of absence, such as reporting leave time to payroll, updating leave status in HR system, reconciling state benefit payments, tracking return to work, etc.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field (preferred)
  • 3-5 years of experience in HR operations or a related HR role
  • Knowledge of HR laws, regulations, and best practices
  • Strong organizational and attention-to-detail skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Detail oriented with excellent follow-up skills and high level of accuracy
  • Problem-solving skills and a proactive approach to tasks
  • Able to work cross functionally with various departments (e.g., Finance, Legal, Facilities, Corporate Communications)
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task to handle quickly shifting priorities
  • Proficiency in HRIS software (Oracle HCM preferred) and Microsoft Office Suite
  • HR certification (e.g., PHR, SHRM-CP) is a plus



Alkermes plc is a fully-integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines in the fields of neuroscience and oncology. The company has a portfolio of proprietary commercial products focused on alcohol dependence, opioid dependence, schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder, and a pipeline of product candidates in development for neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes’ website at 
Alkermes, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.  Alkermes also complies with all work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Alkermes is an E-Verify employer.

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