This will be an unusual role, and the leadership team are definitely not seeking a conventional HR background - with the diversity of projects on the agenda, there will be no shortage of challenges and chances to really innovate from within the HR function!
The company is about to undergo significant transformation for their product portfolio diversity and brand positioning in order to “stay ahead of the curve” and build on their already impressive market share. To be clear, this transformation is being driven with a positive “future growth” agenda rather than with a cost cutting or shrinkage focus.
As a result, they’re keen to secure a HR leader to support a commercial workforce within the Benelux countries who will be directly impacted by this company transformation. Regular but planned travel can be expected; and the workforce will need significant change management support, leadership coaching, and likely some organisational design support.
Additionally, this person will be focussed on building the frameworks and interventions needed to enable the company’s growth plans, and who will effectively be the team specialist for project management, organisational design, culture change and innovation.
Reporting into a Regional HR Director, this person will be something of a data junkie, with high curiosity for “what is next” and “what can be done better” as part of the HR service offering.
With advanced communication skills, and an ability to influence through a complex matrix environment, this person can expect to have direct involvement with HR digitalisation design, employee engagement and cultural change projects, outsourcing of tactical elements of HR work, overhaul of performance metrics and scorecards, “future of work” pilots, creativity for reward frameworks reviews, talent management and mobility initiatives, and so much more. In short, this person will have a widely varying role spanning many priorities; so will need to be master at juggling and managing expectations of stakeholders.
The workforce and leadership teams are bright, very accomplished and demanding professionals, and many are niche subject matter experts in their field - so staying ahead of the curve as an employer of choice is a key priority for the company’s executive teams which is clearly reflected in some of the critical projects being planned.
The role will suit an EU citizen who has a track record of effecting international change. Proven success within complex matrix environments will be key; as will be a work history that can show involvement with projects from scope to delivery and review and refinement. This is a high profile, innovation focussed role that will not suit anyone interested in a "business as usual" or "this is the way it’s always been done" agenda.
A stable, salaried career history will be expected with a track record for progression. Continued ambition will be key – this role has already been identified as the successor to the current HRD. Fluent written and verbal English is essential, as we anticipate that innovations coming from this role will have the potential for presentation to various teams around the world. Other European languages will be highly regarded as will Benelux markets knowledge.
The company will support a relocation into their Antwerp offices. Base salary starting from EUR 100,000 plus bonus, benefits are on offer as part of a highly competitive package.
The company is also known for moving high calibre professionals around the world as part of their career development, so availability for mobility means no shortage of future career options within the organisation.
Interested professionals can apply directly and in confidence via firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting reference CMTS00158