Human Resources Manager - Leiden, NL

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel) and in US, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Human Resources Manager!



Scope of the job

As HR Manager Leiden you partner with business leaders at all levels to help develop the organization and manage talent in line with Galapagos’ growth business strategy.

Through workforce insights and analytics you strengthen and empower the human capital at Galapagos in Leiden and you ensure the execution of all HR operations.


What is your role?

  • You are the spokesperson for all HR related matters in Leiden and align with head office and other Galapagos affiliates when necessary
  • You partner with leaders and teams in various HR domains to develop and implement people processes and plans
  • You work closely together with HR expert teams in Head office (Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards….)
  • You identify leadership and capability development needs and take necessary actions, aligned with your HR colleagues in the other locations
  • You are the driver of all talent processes for the Dutch organization; performance management and promotions, talent development review, workforce forecast and you execute them
  • You make sure global strategy is translated in local practices and support your business in all HR related matters
  • You act as an example for your HR colleagues
  • You make sure all on boarding of new staff goes smoothly and actively support this process together with the HR team and the relevant hiring managers
  • You ensure that all HR operations and payroll runs smoothly
  • You perform all administrative duties and maintain HR database related to (inter)national employment regulations, recruitment, contracts, benefits, onboarding, and employee and welfare



Who are you?

Our ideal candidate is a ‘do-er’ and ‘thinker’ with at least 10 years of experience in HR in preferably life science or biotech organization.

A team player who welcomes the opportunity to work across boundaries on various projects for the Galapagos group.

Agility is your middle name and you can work in a fast growing and changing environment.

You have a strong business mind-set and are passionate about people and HR.

You are a no-nonsense person bringing value to the team and Galapagos through experience and knowledge of the business.

Your curiosity helps you understand Galapagos business and manage innovation in HR and people processes.

Strong in analytics and with a solutions driven mind-set, you are able to support your business in all people related matters with a hands-on mentality driving operational excellence.

Your empathy is outstanding and you are a strong communicator with influential leadership skills without authority. 


What’s in it for you?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company’s international dynamic and diverse top HR team. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research.

Smart, courageous and ambitious is the definition of a Galapagos employee.

Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.