Who we are 

atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. We are developing psychedelic and non-psychedelic compounds and cutting-edge digital therapeutic tools, and are excited about anything that might mean a true leap forward for patients. We have offices in Berlin, London, New York, Boston, and San Diego. Check out our website here. 

Covering a period of parental leave running from December 2022 till approximately December 2023, the VP People & Culture will attract, retain, motivate, and facilitate a superstar team of A-players by nurturing an outstanding company culture rooted in transparency, learning, and personal and professional growth. 

This is a hybrid position, with the successful candidate spending time in our Berlin office on a weekly basis (usually 1 - 3 days).

What you will achieve: 

  • Responsibility for setting, implementing and evaluating values-aligned and legally compliant human resources policies and procedures, acting as the voice of HR to the exec leadership team  
  • Oversee daily workflow of People Operations across the company, ensuring the entire employee lifecycle is well communicated, functional, and easy to navigate for managers and employees. Lead on sensitive Employee Relations issues.  
  • Play an active role in the recruitment of more senior or impactful roles.  
  • Manage bi-annual company-wide talent and performance process, including designing and constantly refining Performance Philosophy and related materials (9 block, values-based competencies, Personal Development Plans) 
  • Devise and manage company-wide Compensation Strategy and bi-annual compensation reviews (cash and non-cash comp). Responsible for the Board Compensation Committee, working to prepare and execute these meetings. Oversight of Payroll and Benefits team.  
  • Oversee annual Engagement Survey and quarterly pulse surveys. Process and analyse results, presenting to leadership team and board. Design and implement programmes in response to survey responses, including setting up engagement focus/working groups. Active participation in DE&I working group. 
  • Recruit, direct, supervise and motivate HR, Talent Acquisition and Internal Communications Teams (direct management of approx. 5).  

Education, Experience and Skills necessary for the role:  

  • Bachelor or Master's degree in HR, Organizational Psychology, Business, Management, or related field 
  • Strong people management experience, including leading international teams 
  • Experience or understanding of Compensation & Benefits, Talent & Performance, L&D. Good understanding of legal frameworks in UK, US, and DE a plus.  
  • Must be very motivated by atai mission; strong cultural and values alignment with atai, to act as role model for wider business 

 Those who succeed at atai will be strongly aligned with our values: 

  • Conscious Care: We take every action in service of our ultimate goal: to heal mental health disorders for all while caring for ourselves and our team. 
  • Bold Entrepreneurship: We are “loosely coupled but tightly aligned” as we strive for excellence over perfection, fast and focused to accelerate innovation for patients.  
  • Innovative Collaboration: individuals and teams work together with good humor and no drama, valuing different perspectives and diversity of thought, background, nationality, and style.   
  • Radical Responsibility: We take full responsibility for our circumstances. We grow and learn from failures 


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