Associate Director/Director, Human Resource (New Jersey)

Company Background

Tessa Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of cell therapies for a broad range of cancers.

Tessa’s clinical pipeline derives from  two innovative cell therapy platforms; CD30 Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CD30-CARs) and Virus-Specific T cells (VSTs). Our lead candidate comprises autologous CD30 CAR-T cell therapy targeting classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) and CD30+ non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

Tessa is also developing a novel, allogeneic platform technology, as a new approach to traditional cell therapy. By combining the unique properties CD30-CARs and VSTs, the platform holds potential for the creation of next-generation off-the-shelf cell therapies against a variety of hematologic malignancies and solid tumors.

Tessa’s state-of-the-art GMP cell therapy manufacturing facility will open in early 2021, and will substantially enhance in-house production capabilities. Tessa is focused on rapidly and reliably providing safe, effective treatment options for patients.

Job Position
Associate Director/Director, Human Resource (New Jersey)


  • Plan, direct and supervise all activities relating to the administration and maintenance of payroll, onboarding and employee benefits programs.
  • Develop, implement and control programs in a manner that ensures cost effectiveness, market competitiveness and internal equity among employees.
  • Administer benefits programs, including conducting analyses and serving as primary contact with providers (including group health and life), workers’ compensation, unemployment and retirement plans.
  • Assist the VP HR in the daily administration of other HR services as directed or assigned, including recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, and employee relations in accordance with quality management principles and overall objectives of the organization.
  • Identify trends that could affect organizational objectives and/or operational resources.
  • Develop, prepare, generate and analyze ongoing and ad-hoc special reports pertaining to employee personnel information and data, including issues such as benefits costs, staffing levels/deployment, turnover, absenteeism, recruitment, etc.
  • Monitor adherence to internal policies and legal standards
  • Comply with local, state, and federal legal requirements by studying new legislation and advising management on necessary actions
  • Interpret appropriate laws and policies and advise management and employees accordingly.
  • Supervise administrative activities in US office
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required
  • At least eight years of human resource management experience required.
  • Proficient in US employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Ability to work cross functionally in a global team across different time zones
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organizations HRIS and talent management systems.