ProQR Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotech company listed on NASDAQ with offices in Leiden, the Netherlands and Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. ProQR is focused on the development of game changing RNA therapies for severe genetic rare diseases. Our mission is to help patients by creating new medicines. A team of 160 enthusiastic ProQRians from all walks of life and more than 30 different nationalities is up to this challenge. We have the passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve. 

Our HR department is currently looking for a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic VP Human Resources (full-time) to join our team. 

The VP HR is responsible for implementing HR strategies, programs and policies to ensure ProQR is able to achieve success through its people. The VP HR is accountable for talent acquisition, succession/workforce planning, performance management and employee development, using technology efficiently, and coaching/developing others to help influence and execute business objectives in the most efficient manner. The main responsibilities of the VP Human Resources are to drive all cultural initiatives, performance management, talent acquisition, engagement and retention, learning and career development and workforce planning.

Location: Leiden, NL 


- Act as a change agent and develop a company culture that embraces quality, continuous improvement and high performance
- Create a fun and rewarding workplace for all employees, promote a positive environment and culture consistent with ProQR’s values and goals
- Build a solid HR fundament and implement programs, policies, systems and practices designed to ensure efficient working processes and a flawless HR administration. 
- End responsible for the entire payroll and HR administration, in line with SOX controls and local legislation, to keep all HR data compliant and up to date. 
- Set up and implement a digital performance management process and create a compensation and benefits policy
- Bring a high level of HR knowledge and expertise to manage talent acquisition, succession/workforce planning, performance management and employee development. Coach and develop others to help influence and execute business objectives in the most efficient manner
- Design and implement an HR vision and strategy, following ProQR’s vision and strategy and aligned with the leadership team, to drive future organizational design and change initiatives to help maintain an engaged, collaborative, result focused and innovative workforce
- Responsible for the HR budget. Provide input for annual budgets and business plans while maintaining up-to-date knowledge and understanding of regulations, legislation, HR trends and best practices.
- You will manage the HR team existing of 1 HR manager, 2 HR Advisors, 1 HR Assistant, 1 HR Consultant (US) and our Recruitment Coordinator. The VP HR Director will be reporting to the COO. 

Skills and competencies that are required for making the difference: 

- Bachelor or Master Degree in the field of HR or Business Administration
- Significant experience (minimum of 10 years) in a similar role
- In depth knowledge of US and Dutch HR legislation
- Experience in European and US HR environment and recruitment
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple projects and embracing change
- Leadership: an experienced team leader
- Influencing, leading, and delegating abilities
- A visionary and caring person to lead employee engagement and performance 
- Critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills
- Be able to tell the difference between major and minor issues
- Proactive and flexible attitude
- Strong communicator
- Autonomous and coach-able
- Accurate and able to work under pressure
- Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English both in word and writing
- A nice person : ) 
ProQR as an employer 
As an employer, we are a true believer of the value of a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to develop themselves, personally and professionally. We believe that happy and energized people, working well together in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal and awesome things. 
We are committed to ensure that no employee, candidate or job applicant receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of race, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership status. At ProQR we want to create an inclusive culture where everyone can be valued for who they are and in which individual differences and the contributions in all forms are recognized and valued. 

We offer an exciting and innovative working environment in a very committed organization, with the following benefits:

A competitive salary 
8% holiday allowance
30 vacation days 
An annual performance bonus
Stock options
A premium-free pension plan
A commuting allowance
A subsidized staff restaurant
Flexible working arrangements
Unlimited (un)healthy snacks and drinks
Employee events (boot camp, chair massage and other social events)

Do you think you can contribute in achieving our mission? If so, we’re looking forward to receiving your application by filling out our application form.

Please apply as soon as possible but before 20 February 2029 if you are interested in this position.

You can contact Laura Faber via recruitment@proqr.com if you have any questions.