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Director of Human Resources

Escient Pharmaceuticals is a San Diego based clinical-stage company focused on developing novel therapeutics to address a broad range of neurosensory-inflammatory disorders. The company’s pipeline includes two first-in-class small molecule antagonists targeting MRGPRX2 for the treatment of various mast cell mediated disorders and MRGPRX4 for cholestatic pruritus. Escient is led by an experienced management and scientific team and funded by top-tier life science investors.

Our team is driven by the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of patients. We are passionate about innovative science and strive to discover and develop novel medicines, to bring value to the healthcare ecosystem, and to address significant unmet medical needs. We foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, transparency, mutual respect, and integrity and an environment where employees feel fulfilled by the work they do and are recognized for the contributions they make.

Escient is seeking a dynamic, creative and highly motivated individual for the position of Director of Human Resources to manage all personnel related matters. These include personnel strategy, employee relations and development, compensation, benefits, recruiting, performance management, and training. He/she will be responsible for development and maintenance of HR policies and procedures and ensuring employee compliance with labor regulations and company policies.  He/she will serve as an HR business partner and will work closely with senior management across the organization to develop people strategies and to identify and fill any personnel resource gaps. The Director of HR will help to maintain an innovative culture and foster a working environment reflective of our company mission and values.

The ideal candidate is forward thinking, creative with high ethical standards, and experienced in all areas of human resources. To be considered, candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with drug development professionals and able to respond to changing priorities in a thoughtful, creative manner.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 10+ years of progressive Human Resources experience; or Master’s degree and 7+ years of Human Resources experience required.
  • Experience in Life Sciences preferred.
  • Broad understanding of and appreciation for all aspects of managing the human resources function at a biopharma company
  • Ability to form strong partnerships and trust with employees regardless of level
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with competing demands
  • Robust organizational skills and attention to detail, including digital skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong problem-solving skills; ability to craft innovative strategies and deliver pragmatic solutions
  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of how to use data to inform decisions
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to build a team and inspire
  • Experience leading or participating in enterprise-wide initiatives in a fast growth environment
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related regulations
  • Solid experience with human resources information systems
  • SHRM or PHR certification preferred

If you thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and are in search of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team focused on discovering and developing therapies that will positively change the course of the health and well-being of underserved patients, we encourage you to apply. Escient Pharmaceuticals offers a positive and exciting work environment with competitive pay structures and benefits. Escient is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position please email your cover letter and CV to

Escient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Human Resources team manages its own recruitment and employment process. To protect the interest of all parties involved, Escient will only accept resumes from a recruiter if an executed search agreement is in place at the start of the recruitment effort for a particular open position. Unsolicited resumes sent to Escient from recruiters do not constitute or create any type of relationship between the recruiter and Escient, and Escient shall not pay any fees should we hire any individual from those resumes. Recruiters are requested not to contact or present candidates directly to Escient’s hiring manager or employees.