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Chief of Staff, People Team

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Chief of Staff (CoS), People Team is a strategic partner and thought leader for the People Team function. This position is responsible for improving current processes and coordinating organizational procedures to optimize communication, workflows, resource management, efficiency and productivity. As a member of the People Leadership Team (PLT), the incumbent collaborates with the Chief People Officer and the broader PLT to support with strategic alignment. The CoS, People Team is responsible for streamlining high importance projects and conducting leadership-level internal and external initiatives that have a very significant impact on the company’s business objectives.

Key Responsibilities

• Represent the People Team (PT) in the CoS community and on any ‘enterprise-wide’ initiatives requiring CoS leadership.

• Design, deliver and execute formal communication plan for full People Team, including a variety of different channels to achieve different objectives.

• Partner with the PLT to develop and maintain end-to-end annual PT planning calendar for enterprise-wide initiatives – performance reviews / promotion cycle / comp actions.

• Working with PLT, design & facilitate workshops / programs and “ways of working” to increase effectiveness of PLT (i.e. operating norms and behaviors and feedback mechanisms to ensure they are continuing to move toward being and sustaining a high performing team approach)

• Track and monitor progress on all People Team OKR’s.

• Lead a task team effort to audit all processes across the People Team and work to identify road map, prioritize the documentation of SOP’s that are most business critical across the People Team.

• Track, monitor, and manage actions via PT survey results (e.g., engagement survey, all-hands follow ups, etc.).

• Partner with IT on all People Team related initiatives / roadmap.

• Working with the PLT, design programs and initiatives specifically for the People Team to drive engagement / ANDEngage model for the team.

• Collaborate with Finance to manage PT budget (AOP).

• Lead community engagement activities / philanthropy efforts.

• Be responsible for project management on confidential projects on behalf of CPO and PLT.

• Manage People Team QBR, coordination as needed for Enterprise and Roche QBR content.

• Act as lead for Corporate People and Culture Objective – FMI Works.

• Create agenda’s / slides / speaking points for all PLT meetings / All Hands PT meetings/Offsite/Teambuilding and other related meetings as required.

• Lead the development of supporting communications and collateral to keep our People Team mission and model and brand alive with the People Team and out in the business.

• Partner with members of the PLT to support them on unique and special projects relevant to their area of responsibility.

• Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree

• 10+ years of experience working in; or broad understanding of the Human Resources or Operational Excellence, Finance, Communications, or applicable functions.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree, such as a Master of Business Administration or PMP Certification

• 5+ years of professional experience in the life sciences industry

• 3+ years of experience in a Chief of Staff role or equivalent leadership capacity

• Experience working in highly cross-functional teams

• Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing operational improvements

• Experience developing and managing a department budget and partnering with finance staff on monthly financial reconciliation

• Experience leading and managing strategic initiatives

• History of using advanced program and project management skills; including planning and execution; ability to lead multiple complex projects simultaneously within aggressive timeframes with minimal oversight

• History of handling highly sensitive matters with the utmost consideration for confidentiality

• Ability to multi-task continually and flex based on business needs and requirements

• Ability to lead through change in a fast-paced environment

• Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation skills

• Excellent facilitation capability

• Highly collaborative in a dynamic environment

• Excellent organization and attention to detail

• Process excellence, project management, process improvement mindset

• Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data

• Clear commitment to demonstrate and act on FMI’s values: passion, patients, innovation, and collaboration in combination with total embracement of FMI’s diversity, equity and inclusion philosophies


Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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