VP of People and Culture

HR · Norwich, Norfolk
Department HR
Employment Type Full-Time

About Tropic Biosciences

Based in Norwich (UK) and with a team of over 110 professionals, Tropic Biosciences is one of the world’s leading agricultural gene-editing companies. Our team is dedicated to the development and commercialization of high-performing varieties of tropical crops to provide significant benefits to growers, processors and consumers globally.

Tropic’s vision is to become a dominant seed business with significant ownership of its products from the laboratory to the field, while maintaining constructive relationships with growers and consumers based on transparency and trust.

What we are looking for

To support our continued growth, and having doubled in size since the start of 2020, we are looking to recruit an experienced VP of People and Culture. Our employees help us create unique value in the world and this role will aim to create innovative human resources services and programs that enable our people to develop, grow, and succeed. 

The VP of People and Culture will maintain a strategic and high-level perspective of the company while engaging in the daily operations of the business. This role reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will partner closely with the executive leadership team to ensure successful strategic alignment across the organization.

Core Responsibilities

The VP of People and Culture will lead the development and execution of Tropic Biosciences’ Human Resources long term strategic plan as well as shorter term initiatives in line with our business objectives. The successful candidate will understand where we are in our evolution as a company and will be ready to define and build the highest performing organization, excel at this stage of our growth and proactively plan and prepare for our next stage of growth. Specifically, the VP of People and Culture will manage, improve, and grow all the following core HR and Recruiting areas:

Talent Vision and Strategy: Contribute to and develop our vision for talent, and translate this vision into bold, action-orientated, and organizationally coherent strategies.

Cultural initiatives: Create value for the organisation through an ambitious, aspirational, and positive multi-faceted culture that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive. Work with executive leadership to develop effective internal communications among our people to achieve our ambitious, company-wide goals

Organisational design, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition: Design a strategy for attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent. Help design and implement and organization that is capable of extraordinary scale, including the network of capabilities, roles and people, with particular focus on the value created at the intersection between roles.

Employee Learning, Development & Retention Programmes: Partner with executive leadership on development of leadership skills, behaviours, team dynamics and culture. Provide leadership, mentoring and development for the team and build relevant organizational capabilities. Develop and implement succession planning strategies for deepening our leadership and help define and provide the tools, skills and knowledge sharing capability to enhance our people.

Reward: Develop a fair, competitive and mission appropriate compensation philosophy (base, bonus, equity) and lead compensation and review cycles and provide routes for career progression.

HR Operations: Implement situation-appropriate HR systems with a view to rich business intelligence, data availability and quality. Ensure HR processes align with business and operational cadence, and compliance in all employment related aspects of the organization.

Key Skills & Experience

  • CIPD Level 7 or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience in a similar VP (or senior HR Manager) role, working as part of the senior leadership team to develop a HR strategy in line with the wider company goals
  • Stakeholder and relationship management and communication is key, as you will be interacting with all members of the company.
  • A growth mentality is important, as well as the ability to scale up processes as we grow
  • The ability to work proactively and independently is key.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to support the wider team is crucial and will be reciprocated by other HR team members.

Additional information

  • Job Location – Option to work from the Norwich office, London office or remotely with regular travel to Norwich
  • Time Requirement - Full time position.
  • Compensation – We offer a competitive compensation package to successful candidates
  • Benefits – 25 days annual leave, Private Medical Insurance through Vitality, 4% employer contribution to pension, day to day cash back off of medical expenses, Group Income protection scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme, good learning and training opportunities, social events throughout the year.

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