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Head of HR

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At this entrepreneurial non-profit research institute, they are dedicated to impactful strategic basic research in life sciences. Our world-class researchers benefit from cutting-edge facilities and support. They translate the gained insights and scientific breakthroughs into real-world applications, which leads to both societal and economic benefits. The institute operates in close partnership with the five universities in Flanders.

This person will shape the HR strategy and initiatives, through which you will be fostering a positive and innovative work environment for our exceptional researchers and staff. You will be an integral part of the management team, contributing to organizational changes and strategic projects. You will be responsible for developing and implementing an HR strategic plan, policies, and programs that align with the scientific and entrepreneurial mission.

The role is supported by a strong and experienced HR team, both a central team as well as staff located in the research centers. You will closely collaborate with the Center Directors.



  • Oversee all aspects of the HR function including HR operations (payroll, single permits, onboarding-offboarding), compensation, and benefits
  • Ensure compliance with labor laws and regulations
  • Develop an integrated HR strategy, plan, and budget to drive talent acquisition, development and retention
  • Foster a culture of well-being, transparency and diversity
  • Provide proactive support to the Center Directors and heads of the other support units to identify their HR needs and develop tailored solutions
  • Enhance their image as an excellent employer towards external and internal stakeholders, on the local and international scene to attract top-tier researchers and staff to the institute
  • Implement and manage performance management programs to foster a culture of continuous improvement and recognize excellence
  • Develop and update HR policies and procedures
  • Expand and maintain partnerships with university stakeholders
  • Pro-actively prepare the EU directives regarding the Pay Transparency Reporting
  • Develop metrics to track HR performance, and make recommendations based on results to leadership
  • Lead the central HR team (about 12 persons)



  • Several years’ experience in leading an HR team
  • A strong knowledge of HR best practices, employment laws, and regulations
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing a HR strategy
  • Up to date with the latest trends and best practices in the field of HR
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Affinity with a multicultural and international workforce
  • Experience in change management
  • Proficiency in HRIS systems and other HR-related software, to streamline HR processes and data management
  • Proficiency in English and Dutch



  • A chance to contribute to an institute that values innovation and collaboration, and that has a major impact on society
  • An attractive salary package with extra benefits
  • A smart working environment in our state-of-the-art head office (move foreseen early 2024)


Executive search


Minimum 10 years


University Degree


Dutch, English


Pharmaceutical industry



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