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Global HR VP for R&D, Hertfordshire (UK)

United Kingdom
Status interviewing
Tags Generalist HR Talent Management


Date posted

23 Mar 2020

The Company

Our client is one of the world’s most recognisable and trusted organisations in the consumer sector. They have a significant global presence and continue to strive for the best R&D and innovation in their space making them one of the world’s most high performing, cutting-edge and highly regarded companies. With this in mind, we are excited to be leading the search to identify a new HR VP for the R&D population who can inspire and drive best in class employee value proposition and brand for this critical employee group. The role is based in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. With a global headcount of more than 3,000 in R&D this role is a critical catalyst in the achievement of extraordinary solutions.

The Role

This HR VP role reports to the HR SVP of R&D globally and enjoys multiple stakeholder and team relationships throughout the complex global matrix. There is a team of two HRBPs reporting directly to this role as well as access to best in class Centres of Excellence and HR Shared Services. The unique challenge of this role is to genuinely understand the needs of this highly scientific employee population and how best to facilitate their innovations and creative solutions.  

The Individual

This is a highly visible role and the successful candidate will have led the HR agenda across an innovation driven, R&D population. You will be used to supporting highly educated, scientific leaders in a complex and diverse world and you will have a keen interest in all things technical and scientific. You will have strong leadership, influencing and impact skills with the potential to move further in the future within the HR Global Leadership Team. The impact and leadership skills will be more important than scale or global coverage but experience of working with international R&D populations of 500 – 1,000 will be essential. Ideally, you will have worked in a technologically advanced sector where R&D and highly skilled innovation is critical to the success of the organisation. You will definitely have the desire to work in a diverse and complex world. Your depth and breadth of experience across the HR agenda will be sound and you will have had particular focus on future talent and workforce planning initiatives and your ability to take a strategic view on understanding the needs of a highly innovative business will be demonstrable.

At a Glance
  • Job Function
    Generalist HR Talent Management
  • Industry
    Consumer Goods
  • International Coverage
  • Global HQ
  • Global revenue
    US$10-100 Billion
  • Solid Report To
    SVP, HR R&D
  • Potential upsides
    A unique opportunity to work in a purposeful, highly innovative, complex and diverse world. A world-class company with a best in class HR organisation. The opportunity to be the confidant and partner to one of the organisation’s most respected people leaders. Huge succession potential globally.
  • Potential challenges
    A challenging and demanding role in a highly successful organisation where the expectations of all stakeholders, partners and colleagues are extremely high.
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