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Associate Director, Talent Acquisition

Position Summary:

The primary focus of the role is to build strategy and programs to attract top talent into our company and to provide overall leadership to our Staffing team. Reporting to the Sr. Director, Human Resources, the Associate Director of Talent Acquisition will develop, implement and manage full talent acquisition lifecycle and programs to attract top talent at all levels to fulfill Achaogen’s growth and expansion need, while ensuring the best candidate experience with an eye for constantly improving the process for candidates and internal stakeholders. This position is an excellent opportunity for the right talent professional to significantly impact business results and be a part of a highly collaborative HR team and a fast growing biopharmaceutical company.


Essential Functions:

  • Design, develop, communicate and implement an integrated Talent Acquisition strategy with an emphasis on building a robust and diverse talent pipeline to ensure we meet future workforce needs.
  • Build the Achaogen Employment Brand in the talent marketplace aligned with our mission and core values.
  • Develop strategy for candidate sourcing by utilizing all available tools, including company website, social media, job boards, employee referrals, recruiting tools, and staying abreast of industry trends.
  • Build credible, trusted relationships with senior leadership and hiring managers to understand their hiring and business needs, challenges and business objectives.
  • Partner collaboratively with your team to design, develop, and implement best-in-class recruiting initiatives, practices, and solutions.
  • Coach and train hiring managers on employment and interviewing processes and deliver recruitment and interview training workshops, to ensure an optimized experience for the hiring team and candidates.
  • Assist in workforce planning to determine staffing needs and resource allocation; track and analyze key talent metrics and headcount reporting to gauge the success and cost of current programs, make recommendations as needed to drive desired outcomes.
  • Fully engage, develop and support your team to drive outstanding business results.
  • Build university recruiting and internship program.
  • Oversee the applicant tracking system including recommendations for and facilitation of upgrades and improvements.
  • Build and maintain relationships with outside talent agencies and vendors. Manage the contract and budget process with talent vendors.


Preferred Experience:

  • 7+ years of experience in full life-cycle talent acquisition/recruiting preferably in a related industry.
  • 3+ years’ in a talent acquisition management/leadership role preferably in a related industry and/or fast- growing workplace sourcing talent.
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical or life-sciences industry preferred.


Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Ability to be strategic and creative about linking people and organizational practices to drive effective business results and culture.
  • Strong leadership, both direct and indirect. Ability to work well cross-functionally and influence across the organization at all levels.
  • Ability to lead a high-performance team and fully engage, develop, and support each team member.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, inspiring trust and confidence from colleagues.
  • Strong project-management skills, and demonstrated commitment to delivering excellent results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer-service orientation and mindset.
  • Ability to be fluid and adaptable to our changing priorities and needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
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