Completed Permanent Germany - Sub-regional

The Company

This is one of Europe’s market leading companies in its specialist sector; with industrial products and supplies at its core. With close to 10,000 employees across 25 countries and a robust investment growth strategy, this is an exciting time to join the business. The DACH region is one with huge opportunity and we are excited to be leading the search to identify a high calibre HR Director for Germany. As there are multiple operations and a devolved landscape, the location can be flexible; with either north-west or south-east Germany that will work best.

The Role

As part of a wider reorganisation and new direction across senior leadership, the HR Director will play a critical role in supporting the Group HR function and the business in the German speaking countries, including Austria and Switzerland; reporting to the CEO Germany and dotted line to the CHRO. The role will require a real focus around integration and harmonisation and there will be impacts around works councils and industrial relations, legal entity mergers/terms & conditions; so strengths in this area will be essential. Core HR strategy will be around the full talent agenda, from employer branding, talent acquisition and talent management.  

The Individual

To be successful, the HR Director will need to be able to navigate and be strong not only domestically and around local legislation; but also used to international multinationals and ideally matrixed, complex and transformative environments. They should also be innovative, commercial, process driven and tech focused; in addition to bringing a track record of success in cultural change and an organisational design/effectiveness mindset. High EQ, influencing and relationship building skills will be critical to success and finally experience dealing with commercial and sales populations.

Posted on 04 Jan 2019

At a glance

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Job function
Generalist HR
Industrial & Manufacturing
International Coverage
Global HQ
Global revenue
US$1-10 Billion
Solid report to
CEO Germany
Potential upsides
Great chance to be part of some real growth ambitions and interesting M&A work in Germany and across the region.
Potential downsides
Will be some legacy issues and complexity to handle at the same time as fast-paced change.