Director, People Partner

US-Emeryville, CA
General & Administration – Human Resources /
Regular: Full-Time /
At Amyris, we value that everyone’s career journey is unique and authentic to who they are. If this role excites you, we encourage you to apply and grow alongside us! You may be just the right candidate for this or other open roles.

We are looking for a highly experienced Human Resources Business Partner (People Partner) to join our dynamic team. Reporting to the Vice President, Head of People, the Director, People Partner, will play a pivotal role in aligning the people agenda and strategy with business objectives, driving organizational effectiveness, and fostering a culture of excellence.

This position requires a unique blend of skills, including strategic thinking, business acumen, coaching, and execution. This is a hybrid role, expected to be onsite in our office in Emeryville, CA, 2-3 times per week.


    • Be a trusted advisor and build a strong consultative relationship with business leaders to plan and execute People programs and initiatives, including organizational design, employee engagement, succession planning, talent calibrations, team effectiveness, leadership development, and more.
    • Provide input to the People strategy and roadmap and execute the implementation of talent management and engagement programs.
    • Own the relationship with senior leaders and people managers, supporting their business needs to achieve high performance, employee engagement, and top talent retention.
    • Act as a change leader, identifying opportunities, designing, and leading the change initiatives.
    • Support managers and employees by leveraging people programs, processes, and systems and educating them on policies and best practices.
    • Provide day-to-day performance guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, disciplinary actions).
    • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough, and objective investigations in a consistent, empathetic, and legally sound manner.
    • Provide ongoing coaching and development feedback to managers and individual contributors.
    • Partner and mentor members of the HR team.
    • Work closely with leaders and employees to improve work relationships, manage conflict, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
    • Consult with line management and employees, providing HR guidance on a variety of topics, including policy interpretation and career development. 
    • Analyze trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs, and policies.
    • Identify learning and development needs across the organization and design programs to enhance skills and capabilities.
    • Provide compensation support, including salary planning, approval of salary actions, promotions, and job re-leveling.
    • Keep up-to-date knowledge of employment law requirements to ensure Amyris remains compliant.
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Psychology, or other related field.
    • 12+ years of progressive Human Resources experience with at least 3 years in a senior HRBP role.
    • Experience with implementing HR best practices, and giving direction based on federal and state employment laws, and regulations.
    • Proactive collaboration and experience impacting and influencing stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
    • Proven track record of driving organizational change and delivering results.
    • Experience communicating, both orally and written, at a high level.
    • Experience working in an ambiguous and ever-changing environment.
    • Experience in project management to include effective organizational skills, and business acumen, including strong problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and analysis, with great attention to detail a must.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree and/or PHR certification is preferred.
    • Strong attention to detail, highly entrepreneurial, creative, open-minded, persistent, collaborative, and passionate about and understanding Amyris' business.
    • Analytically driven; fluent with data-driven analysis.
    • Learning mindset.
Amyris is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.   

 The annual pay range for this role is $180,000 to $220,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis, and will vary based on the candidate’s skills, depth of experience and specific work location.   

Amyris is committed to providing a diverse array of inclusive benefits and perks to support employees and their families’ wellbeing including access to robust healthcare, mental wellness benefits, family leave, discounted fitness memberships, flexible paid time off, 17 paid holidays, 10 paid sick days, and additional paid time off including 3 volunteer days, and bereavement.

We hold deep regard in the power of representation and cultivation of a diverse work environment. Join us at Amyris, where you can find a sense of belonging and know that your voice is centered.

At Amyris, we believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is essential to our core values. We embrace and encourage an equity-minded work culture, knowing that it is the driving force of innovation that positively impacts our employees, consumers, and communities. For Amyris, a sense of belonging is what drives our mission forward and is the foundation of everything we do, ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for us all. Make Good, No Compromise.
Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) is a leading synthetic biotechnology company, transitioning the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets to sustainable ingredients through fermentation and the company's proprietary Lab-to-Market™ technology platform. This Amyris platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling the company to rapidly bring new innovation to market at commercial scale. Amyris ingredients are included in over 20,000 products from the world's top brands, reaching more than 300 million consumers. For more information, please visit
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