Interim HR Business Partner


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

About Us

An idea conceived in a University of Cambridge laboratory in 1998, Abcam plc ( began life as an innovative and entrepreneurial start-up, spearheaded by like-minded individuals who shared a common purpose of providing the scientific community with quality antibody reagents, as well as trustworthy and up-to-date information about their uses and limitations. Abcam has now grown to become a leading supplier of protein research tools to life scientists, whilst always maintaining the core collaborative values assumed at its inception.

Abcam now supports life science researchers in their quest to understand the cause of disease and ultimately offer improvements to diagnoses and treatments. To achieve this outcome, the company both develops and manufactures its own products in specialist facilities across the globe, and sources from over 400 partners, offering scientists the newest, most innovative and highest quality research tools available globally, regardless of source. With a customer base of research scientists who require high performance products with detailed technical specifications, 64% of global researchers use Abcam products.

We are incredibly proud to be recognised as the ‘3rd Best Place to Work in the UK in 2021’, as per Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award. Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging.

Pay and Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (including our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks full paid maternity leave and 6 weeks full paid paternity leave), a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development, and a highly flexible working environment.

What’s more, as a WORK180 Endorsed Employer, we are recognized globally as an organization that’s diverse, inclusive and supports women in the workplace.

This position is open as a Job Share. If you are applying for this role with a job share partner, then please inform us within the application form.

Inclusion & Diversity

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Description

About the role

Working within our Partnering group, this role will partner SCM & R&D to help develop and execute upon their people strategies, drive engagement, and ensure alignment with Abcam’s overall growth strategy. Working to support the Heads of HR for SCM & R&D, the HRBP will be primarily responsible for delivering key projects and initiatives.

Working in collaboration with the Centers of Excellence, the HRBP will be integral in building their business areas’ talent base, design their ways of working and operating models, and drive transformation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop strong relationships with leaders across the business area to establish a level of influence over key decisions regarding talent and people, even in the absence of direct authority
  • Understand the engagement challenges of the teams you partner, coach leaders around activities to increase engagement, as well as support and lead of any engagement initiatives
  • Develop a deep understanding of Abcam and its functional capabilities and partner with the functions to assess gaps and develop resolution plans in collaboration with CoE
  • Understand Abcam’s people and business strategy and support the development and delivery of functional people strategies that drive real value
  • Ensure people changes are landed successfully through effective communication plans, and help functional leaders manage the impact of changes on the wider team
  • Work with people analytics team to analyze data and trends and provide insight to your function and wider HR team


Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong influencing skills, with the courage to coach and feedback to senior leaders,
  • Broad knowledge of HR best practices,
  • Strong bias for action and a “solution orientated” attitude,
  • Fluent written and spoken English,
  • Able to work both on a team (as member and/or leader) and independently to deliver results,
  • Ability to convey ideas and recommendations in a clear, compelling, and succinct way in written and verbal communications,
  • Good attention to detail and an ability to analyze and use data in decision making,
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills with ability to balance competing priorities,
  • Experience identifying, diagnosing, and resolving issues independently; will take initiative even under unfamiliar or ambiguous circumstances,
  • Anticipates need to re-prioritize; can shift gears and comfortably makes decisions based on new information,
  • Flexible and adaptable team player with a supportive attitude towards the team,
  • Ability to perform in a collaborative, fast-paced environment,
  • High levels of personal drive and ability to balance multiple projects and processes simultaneously.

Additional Information

About You

  • Passionate about making Abcam a great place to work,
  • Solid understanding of how businesses operate and create value,
  • Ability to influence and support senior stakeholders over who you don’t have direct control,
  • Exceptional communication skills with internal and external stakeholders at different levels of seniority,
  • Able to collaborate both in a team (as member and individually, to deliver results,
  • Good attention to detail and an ability to dissect and use data in decision making,
  • Experience in identifying, diagnosing and resolving bottlenecks; will take initiative even under unfamiliar or ambiguous circumstances,
  • Ability to convey ideas and recommendations in a clear, compelling and succinct way in written and verbal communications.

Information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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