Position Description

Head of Human Resources
Location CORPORATE - Seattle
# of openings 1
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Head of Human Resources



Good things are happening at Omeros!

Come join our Human Resources Team!


Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Human Resources will lead the strategy and growth of the organizations Human Resources, working closely with leadership,helping align and shape organizational and people capabilities with the business strategy and operational objectives. The Head of Human Resources will be responsible for strategic human resources while supporting and assisting with the execution of daily operational tactics. This position will take us from 250 employees to approximately 1000 employees with multiple FDA approved products.



Who is Omeros?


Omeros is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, complement-mediated diseases and disorders of the central nervous system.

The company’s drug product OMIDRIA® (phenylephrine and ketorolac intraocular solution) 1% / 0.3% is marketed in the U.S. for use during cataract surgery or intraocular lens (IOL) replacement to maintain pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis (pupil constriction) and to reduce postoperative ocular pain. In the European Union, the European Commission has approved OMIDRIA for use in cataract surgery and other IOL replacement procedures to maintain mydriasis (pupil dilation), prevent miosis (pupil constriction), and to reduce postoperative eye pain.

Omeros has multiple Phase 3 and Phase 2 clinical-stage development programs focused on: complement-associated thrombotic microangiopathies; complement-mediated glomerulonephropathies; Huntington’s disease and cognitive impairment; and addictive and compulsive disorders. In addition, Omeros has a diverse group of preclinical programs and a proprietary G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) platform through which it controls 54 new GPCR drug targets and corresponding compounds, a


What are your job responsibilities?


  • Leads strategy and growth of the Company’s Human Resources department including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, organizational development, career development, performance management, and employee relations


  • Develop and implement effective hiring and employee retention programs


  • Influences and advises executive leadership team on Human Resources strategies, issues and topics of interest. Provides counsel and collaborates with the executive leadership team on Human Resources related activities


  • Provides counsel to executive leadership on how the people strategy contributes to the business strategy, both the short-term and long-term vision, facilitating any scaling of growth that may occur


  • Provide objective and strategic input and guidance to employees at all levels of the organization including career development, and general management / employee relationship issues


  • Oversee benefit programs and ensure Human Resource Managers, and Business Partners provide local employee benefit support and leave of absence processing including FMLA, STD, and Workers Compensation


  • Help lead an organization through a period of high growth while creating HR programs and policies that support this stage of development of the organizations


  • Oversees the development and implementation of Human Resources Company policies and procedures, initiatives related to talent management, compensation, benefits, organizational development, performance management, and employee relations


  • Oversees the Company’s compensation and benefit programs, developing and implementing equitable, competitive compensation programs that supports the Company’s philosophy while assessing the competitiveness relevant to comparable companies, the biotech/pharma industry, and markets and attracts, retains and rewards top talent


  • Create career ladders and development plans that support a growing organization


  • Enhance, implement and enforce Human Resource policies and procedures


  • Establish trust and credibility throughout the organization


  • Create aligned goals for self and department achieving results that drive the business, the vision and operational needs of the organization


  • Build, develop and inspire a team that is trusted and valued and supports the organization


  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements with regards to employment law, etc.


What education and experience do you need?


  • BA/BS required, MS level preferred; Human Resource certification a plus


  • 15 + years of experience in progressive cross-functional Human Resources leadership roles which include management/leadership of professional staff


  • Biotech/pharma experience


  • Global experience is a plus


  • Experience with successfully guiding a company thru rapid growth and change


  • Previous experience developing and implementing programs for a growing company


  • Solid understanding and working knowledge of HR practices, employment law, talent acquisition, compensation, organizational development, employee relations, performance management, immigration, etc.


  • Demonstrated ability to work across multiple functions in a matrix environment coaching, consulting, partnering, and influencing leaders and peers across the organization


  • Excellent facilitation, coaching and counseling skills


  • Strong collaboration, business acumen, interpersonal, relationship management, and communication skills


  • Experience in implementing HRIS systems, preferably Oracle based


  • Effective listener and problem solver


  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to think strategically, analytically and creatively


  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic and changing environment


  • Ability to engage, inspire and influence people


  • Ability to relate to people at all levels within an organization


  • Ability to deal with ambiguity


Behavioral Competencies Required: 


  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with management, peers, and subordinates


  • Exceptional leadership and consultative/ collaboration skills


  • High integrity, team player, ability to drive strategy, willingly to defy conventional wisdom


  • Strong emotional intelligence and be able to read people and business situations effectively


  • Progressive mindset, with ability to bring truly innovative ideas to fruition


  • Strong business acumen; must have a high level of comfort around senior management


  • Outstanding interpersonal, coaching and listening skills, with the ability to communicate within all levels of the organization


  • Proven ability to remain objective, discrete and exercise common sense at all times. Able to develop strong, trusting relationships within department and organization


  • Thrives in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and able to work on numerous projects simultaneously, requiring strong organizational and time management skills


  • Able to influence and bring about major change even when there is not a direct reporting relationship and collaborate across levels and with differing stakeholders


  • Excellent verbal and written communication


  • Strong follow-up and follow-through skills


Physical Demands Required: 


  • Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, or lifting up to 20 lbs. 


  • May encounter prolonged periods of sitting


Omeros is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation to anyone with a disability who needs assistance completing the job application process. If you need assistance, you can either send an e-mail to hr@omeros.com or contact Omeros, asking for Human Resources, at (206) 676-5000.


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