Global Immigration and Mobility Specialist

March 14 2023
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories Relocation, Global mobility
Vancouver, BC • Full time

Company Description
Zymeworks is a publicly listed (NASDAQ:ZYME) clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation, biospecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer. Zymeworks' suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

Why Work With Us

Nothing is more critical to our success than the quality of our team. The work we do is meaningful and impactful - we care about each other as well as the patients we serve. We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

Zymeworks is proudly headquartered in our brand new, net-zero facility located in the vibrant Main St biotech hub of Vancouver, BC, with operations in Seattle, WA and Dublin, Ireland. We offer a hybrid work environment with most team members working in-office three days per week.

Key Responsibilities


  • Provides day-to-day support to employees in all aspects of the provision of immigration legal services and acts as point person with immigration authorities and/or external immigration support service providers, as applicable.
  • Coordinates, plans, drafts and submits a variety of immigration applications, support letters and other materials, including NAFTA work permits, intra-company transferee work permits, bridging open work (“BOW”) permits, Provincial Nominee Program applications, Express Entry profiles, business visitor applications, TN, H1-B, L1 visas and OPT visa conversions, etc. Liaises with external immigration counsel, as needed.
  • Works closely with HR Business Partners (“HRBP”) and proactively identifies immigration issues and strategies in advance of employment offers being presented.
  • Tracks work permit expiry dates and relevant data, ensuring that time-sensitive issues are actioned in a timely manner and all deadlines are met throughout the immigration process.
  • Maintains all documents and files related to immigration activities.
  • Provides ongoing communication and guidance to employees throughout the immigration application process.
  • Maintains knowledge of current US, Canadian, and other relevant immigration practices and legislation and actively participates in continuous improvement efforts.


  • Partner with HRBP to understand the talent landscape so that we can proactively support with their mobility needs and provide candidates with information regarding their mobility package.
  • Provides support to employees with regard to immigration and relocation cases, including new hires and internal employees.
  • Identifies opportunities to streamline and/or create scalable, global processes; work with stakeholders to create, document, implement, and educate on new processes.
  • Understand legislative changes that may influence changes to our relocation guidelines or policies.
  • Partner with HRBP to engage relocation specialists to assist in smooth relocation as needed and understand relocation budgets.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assists Legal team with respect to matters other than non-immigration and mobility, as needed.
  • Assists with the drafting of correspondence and various agreements, including confidentiality, consulting and master services agreements, and amendments thereto.
  • Prepares application forms and various documents required for business qualification or registration in various jurisdictions; liaises with corporate counsel to file such documents with relevant authorities; tracks deadlines and files documents required to maintain good standing.
  • Assists with and maintains corporate records and constating documents with respect to business qualification or registration in various jurisdictions, including corporate resolutions, annual reports, business licenses etc.
  • Works with other members of the Legal team on special projects and cross-functional initiatives, as needed.
  • Fosters effective and collaborative working relationships with fellow employees, management and external partners.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree and a minimum of 5 years’ related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Member in good standing of ICCRC. Experience as in the immigration, law and/or human resources departments of a law firm or a corporation is an asset.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional team. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high-paced, fast-changing environment. Results-oriented.
  • In-depth knowledge of Canadian immigration processing categories and requirements. Significant exposure to and knowledge of US immigration requirements. Exposure to and knowledge of immigration requirements in the EU and/or one or more Asian/Pacific jurisdictions is an asset.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to present information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Proficiency with MS Office.

Total Rewards

We offer a comprehensive total rewards package, which includes competitive salaries, generous benefits, an outstanding work environment, and excellent opportunities for professional growth. We regularly benchmark our compensation against leading biotechnology companies in our geographies.

Our team enjoys:

  • Industry leading vacation and paid time off
  • Excellent health and wellness benefits
  • Zymelife health and wellness benefits
  • Paid time off to volunteer in your community
  • Matching RRSP / 401K program
  • Employee Share Purchase Program
  • Employee Equity Program

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.

NOTE TO AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our recruiting partners. We only accept resumes from those partners who have been contracted with us. Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.

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