The company

Nova has more than a decade of experience in the emerging field of in silico medicine. We are based in Lyon (France) and the US (New York & Boston) and have developed a unique platform, jinkō, for biotech and pharmaceutical companies as well as academic research centers to run clinical trials simulation with the objective to reduce the risks associated with the R&D of new treatments for the benefit of patients.
The company is currently backed by 2 strategic investors, Debiopharm Innovation Fund and Sanofi.
Through the collaborative work of our team of biologists, physicians, mathematicians and computer scientists we develop multiscale mechanistic models in various fields such as oncology, cardiology, immune disorder, viral infections or metabolic diseases and simulate these in our jinkō SaaS platform. Our vision is to make jinkō the first integrated clinical trials simulation platform, combining powerful knowledge management, modeling and simulation tools dedicated to the medical research community.
As we continue to scale aggressively in Europe and the US, attracting and retaining the best talents is critical to our success. Our strong company culture and diverse team (20+ nationalities) form the bedrock of our organization. We view PeopleOps not as a technical function but rather as a strategic contributor to our overall mission.


The People Operations Director is responsible for leading the PeopleOps Team and setting the overall operational HR strategy for nova to optimize employee experience and help nova reach its goals. This comprises success management, talent assessment and recruitment, performance reviews, employee satisfaction and to help managers be successful in their daily role. They will also provide guidance and oversight for many critical HR processes including compensation, benefits, payroll, leave administration, recruiting, connectivity, HR systems, employee data, and HR governance.

Your mission and main responsibilities include

Main responsibilities will be focused on :
  • Organizational development, 
  • Recruitment and staffing,
  • Employment law, 
  • Performance management,
  • Employee relations and relocations,
  • Compensation and benefits,
  • Onboarding and training, 
  • Learning and career development.
In addition, the People Ops Director provides management, leadership, and direction to the People Ops team in France, in the US and in all the countries where nova works. They will also work with outside consultants, such as recruitment specialists and be the senior-level advisor to executives and employees on human resources trends and issues.
Specific duties might also include facilitating and providing guidance to management teams in HR matters, directing staff on HR functions, and developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and procedures according to relevant local laws and regulations.
They will oversee the entirety of the employee journey from the recruitment all the way to the exit when needed.
With the support of external service providers, they monitor and ensure compliance with applicable labor employment and social laws to avoid litigation and other potential losses. They also monitor and ensure compliance with company policies.
They will be in charge of nova’s employer branding to attract, hire and retain top-quality employees with competitive salaries and benefits and, for that purpose, they will manage, evaluate, update and report on a comprehensive equitable hiring, promotion and compensation plan for the entire organization. 
They will have to establish short- and long-term goals, budgeting for HR expenses, and networking with outside peers and organizations when needed to achieve such goals.
They will be responsible for developing and implementing a company’s human resources business plan, establishing accountability, identifying solutions to resolve problems, and fostering a diverse workplace that enables all employees to contribute to the organization at their full potential.
They will anticipate any necessary evolution of the nova HR Management system


  • A bachelor or master degree or equivalent, 
  • Native or Fluent in French & English,
  • 10+ years experience in an international environment (mainly with US exposure), in the Technology field (Saas, IT services…) and/or in Healthcare,
  • Knowledge of US Labor Laws is a plus.

Main skills / Success factors

  • Demonstrated ability to provide cross-functional leadership,
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong communicator with a proven capacity to work as a team, avoiding inefficient silos,
  • Strong prioritization skills,
  • Analytical and research skills (capacity to benchmark with peer companies in Europe & in the US), 
  • Energetic, self-directed and self-motivated, able to build and sustain long-term relationships with both colleagues and external partners,
  • Both strategic and a hands-on professional (capacity to use or learn to use office tools – Google environment – independently),
  • Eager to work with a team of innovation enthusiasts.

Others :

  • Location: Lyon
  • Flexible home working arrangements
  • Forfait Jours contract
  • ALAN Mutuelle


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