Associate Director, Human Resources

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Curia provides global contract research and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The Associate Director, Human Resources is responsible for both the Burlington, MA and Hopkinton, MA manufacturing sites and will serve as a member of the Site Leadership Team. The Associate Director will work with site leadership as well as functional, scientific and manufacturing support staff to facilitate human resources activities related to employee relations and engagement, benefits administration, recruitment, onboarding, staffing, professional development, performance management and any other employee-orientated practice or program that will attract, motivate and retain the workforce.

Join our talented workforce, where a commitment to excellence and a customer focused attitude is everything. We pursue excellence because our work has the power to improve patients’ lives with the pharmaceuticals we develop and manufacture.


  • Lead Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes safety, quality and productivity standards; goal attainment and performance management
  • Act as the primary employee relations contact and consultant to client groups. Coach supervisors, managers and employees in matters related to all facets of employee-company engagement, policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the facilitation of site-specific investigations, documenting findings and recommending outcome to the VP, Human Resources and the Curia Legal Department
  • Assist site leadership and department managers with planning and projecting current and future staffing needs
  • As a member of the Site Leadership Team, participate in and promote all site and corporate initiatives
  • In collaboration with the VP, Human Resources, facilitate a plan for employee development. Help develop and implement an appropriate development plan for identified individuals
  • Coordinate various professional development programs and compliance presentations (ex. Leadership Interview Skills Training, Performance Management, Harassment and Discrimination, etc.)
  • Provide practical, consistent, and proactive support, direction, coaching, and advice to other managers on HR procedure, policy, best practice, employment rewards, benefits, and legislation to facilitate in achieving the objectives and targets of an organization
  • Raising proactive issues with managers, identifying practical solutions to complex and diverse HR issues, and recommending appropriate action plans
  • Participate in new hire orientation process for site-based employees
  • Conduct all other duties as the Human Resources contact for respective customer groups including but not limited to: replying to requests for benefit plan interpretation, general employee inquiries, responding to policy-related questions and liaising with functional teams (payroll, finance, etc.)
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and labor law related to employment and stay current on such topics


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related field
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in Human Resources in a high-energy environment
  • Understanding of current state labor laws
  • Pharmaceutical or manufacturing experience


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities

Skills and Abilities

  • Proactive thinker that can analyze organizational issues, suggest changes and implement a project plan
  • Ability to influence and persuade through the senior management level
  • Articulate communicator and ability to interpret and explain written and statistical data to a wide range of audiences
  • High standard of attention to detail
  • Solid commitment to employee and customer service
  • Proficient in dealing with highly educated and technical work-force
  • Ability to analyze issues/situations and develop action or work-around plans
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, clients, customers, and the external agencies
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

All interested applicants must apply online. Please be aware of scammers. Curia will only send offer letters and requests for sensitive personal information from a email address. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Curia is an E-Verify employer.

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