Director, Human Resources and Senior Business Partner (Vancouver)

About Aquinox:

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) (“Aquinox”), is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing novel drug candidates to treat inflammation, inflammatory pain, and blood cancers.

Aquinox's lead drug candidate, rosiptor (AQX-1125), is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), a debilitating condition marked by chronic pain and urinary symptoms, for which there are currently few FDA approved and/or effective treatment options. Rosiptor has a novel mechanism of action, activating SHIP1 (SH2-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1), an enzyme that serves to down-regulate inflammation through its role in the PI3K signaling pathway. Rosiptor has been generally well tolerated in multiple completed clinical studies, with more than 395 subjects dosed.

Aquinox currently has approximately 60 employees in offices in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and San Bruno, CA., USA. We are a focused team, achieving our goals through our values-based culture. Our people are highly results-oriented, proactive and collaborative.

Top line data from our Leadership 301 trial is expected in Q3, 2018. If this data is positive, Aquinox will be growing rapidly and adding to all departmental teams. If you are interested in speaking with us about this role and joining us after our data announcement, please send your cover letter and resume to

The Location of the Position:
This position will be located in our Vancouver, BC office.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, the Director, Human Resources and Senior Business Partner will lead and/or support a wide range of HR programs and client groups. Specifically, the Director will:

  • Provide expert counsel for assigned groups in California and British Columbia on all Human Resource (HR) programs – workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, compensation, training and development, employee engagement and relations - partner with business and science leaders to coach and to ensure HR programs are optimally leveraged by managers and employees to positively impact employee attraction, orientation, engagement, development and retention
  • Act as HR lead for BC and Canada policy and legal (related to employment, human rights, immigration) and BC benefits
  • Act as HR functional lead in two or more of the following areas:
    • recruitment (brand, marketing and candidate sourcing, selection, hire and relocation)
    • learning and development (orientation to business and leadership programs to inclusion and diversity)
    • performance management and competency modeling
    • total compensation (base, bonus, equity, benefits) and recognition
    • Human Resource Management System (selection, implementation, operations, metrics and reporting)
  • Collaborate with Human Resources colleagues on issues related to assigned employees living and working in British Columbia and conversely, collaborate with Human Resources colleagues in the US on issues related to US employees
  • Develop, facilitate and support new and evolving business systems, structures and processes to enable rapid growth and change
  • Act as a champion for Aquinox’s culture and values
  • Plan and/or support actions as needed arising from organizational health and effectiveness survey(s)

What you bring:

  • Minimum relevant undergraduate degree; Master’s degree strongly preferred; Human Resource certification preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Human Resources management and/or business partner role in public, multi-national company - preferred in life sciences/pharma or engineering/technology – experiencing rapid growth and change 
  • Knowledge of and experience with multi-national companies, including relevant expertise in BC employment, human rights, and privacy laws and Canadian immigration.
  • Track record of delivering high quality results
  • Highly proactive
  • Strong abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Strong business acumen
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Strong influencing and coaching skills
  • High level of empathy, maturity and sound judgment, ability to balance business needs with the role of employee advocate
  • Ability to multi-task, propose and establish priorities in accordance with company objectives
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and interact with all levels in the organization

Our current clinical trials, exceptional team, and strong track record make it an excellent time to seize this exciting opportunity! We provide a collaborative and innovative environment with competitive incentive packages and rewards. 
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of resumes we receive, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.