Director Human Resources - France

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 the 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’.


For our site in France we are looking for a Director Human Resources


Scope of the job

As a Director Human Resources 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 France and you ensure the execution of all HR operations.

Your role

  • You are the spokesperson for all people and organisational related matters in France 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 Reward, Talent Development….)
  • 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 French organization; performance management and promotions, talent development review, workforce forecast and you execute them
  • You make sure global strategy is translated into 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 have oversight of the local HR team who ensure that all HR operations and payroll runs smoothly

Job requirements


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 to 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. You will get all the support you need to make your job successful. 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. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!