Cytokinetics is a late-stage, specialty cardiovascular biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and next-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which cardiac muscle performance is compromised. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact myocardial muscle function and contractility.

If you’re passionate about growing talent and inspiring positive and engaging leadership, then you could be our next Head of Talent Development. In this position, you’ll get the opportunity to develop, lead, and measure the effectiveness of a comprehensive organizational development, change and effectiveness strategy for the organization, along with the design and delivery of training for the organization. This involves understanding the needs and priorities of the business and subsequently translating these into positive solutions.

Reporting to the VP, Human Resources, this unique senior leadership role has the full responsibility of the Cytokinetics Talent Development four pillars: Organization Development, Learning & Development, Talent Planning, and Talent Development Operations. It will include company-wide organizational design initiatives and ensuring that talent, workforce planning, leadership development, and succession programs are aligned to meet overall business priorities. In short, the right individual will be provided with a canvas of opportunity to develop a top-notch function, designed around the development and maximum impact of employees.



  • Develop and implement talent management strategies, initiatives, and programs that support the development and retention of high-performing employees.
  • Create and maintain a comprehensive talent development framework and infrastructure supporting the four pillars.
  • Actively support the organization’s capacity to change and achieve greater effectiveness through planned preventions and interventions in the areas of change, culture and team health.
  • Drive the design, development and execution of leadership, management and employee training and development programs to enhance skills, knowledge, and business performance.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of talent development processes, including talent review & succession, executive coaching, mentoring and performance management.
  • Ensure state-of-the-art delivery of all talent development services and offerings through robust operations management.
  • Develop and implement employee engagement strategies to foster a positive work environment and enhance employee satisfaction and retention.
  • Collaborate with leaders and managers to identify high-potential employees and create development plans to accelerate their growth and advance their careers.
  • Design and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to foster a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and best practices in talent development and make recommendations for continuous improvement to drive organizational performance.
  • Partner with senior leadership to align talent development strategies with business objectives and drive organizational change and transformation.

Required Skills

  • Strong leadership abilities to inspire and motivate others to achieve results.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to design and implement talent development initiatives that align with organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in organization development, learning & development, talent planning and talent development operations.
  • Solid understanding of HR practices and employment laws.
  • Proficient in using HRIS systems and talent development software (HRIS: Workday; LMS: Docebo).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to collect and analyze data to inform talent management decisions.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and changing environment and drive change within the organization.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and professional development in the field of talent management.


  • Bachelor's degree in Organization Development/Effectiveness, Organizational Behavior, I/O Psychology, Human Resources or related field. Master’s degree/PhD highly preferred.  
  • Minimum of 15-20 years of experience in talent development or a related field.
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing talent development strategies and initiatives.
  • Previous experience working with senior leaders & executives to drive talent development initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a diverse workforce and promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Proven ability to manage and lead change initiatives within an organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.





Actual salary at the time of hire may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to, the candidate’s relevant qualifications, skills, and experience, as well as the service line and location where this position may be filled.

Salary Pay Range
$266,000$325,000 USD

Our employees come from different backgrounds, and we celebrate those differences. We are looking for the best candidates for our open roles, but do not expect applicants to meet every qualification in order to be considered. If you are excited about what you could accomplish at Cytokinetics and believe you can add value to our team, we would love to hear from you.

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