HR Director – 6 month contract

Berlin, DE

Job Description / Skills Required

As HR Director you hold responsible for the entire strategic and operative HR management and support the company’s further growth and development together with the changes and development of the organization. The role will focus on Germany but this region will also potentially include other locations in EMEA and/or pan-European functions. Working within a matrix structure, you will report into the EMEA HR Director and closely partner the senior leadership team as they enter a significant period of change and transformation.

Overall, HR and the business is going through massive growth and change, as a result, the business is looking for an HR Director who has been through similar change and transformational periods with previous, similar businesses. Managing a small team of Business Partners your role will be to drive the transformation agenda, own the strategy and work with the centre of excellence to deliver the required results. Ideally you will have industry experience in E-Commerce or IT and have worked both for smaller businesses as well as large complex corporates.

A substantial part of your activity will be to negotiate Collective Agreements with the Workers Council for key HR topics. Groupon strives to be compliant will all laws in Germany and to have a constructive and positive relationship with the Workers Council. Therefore the business is looking for someone with proven experience in the co-determination (Mitbestimmung) practices in Germany as well as in negotiations with Workers Councils.

Key Accountabilities

Leading organisational development and the HR team overall

Collaborating with EMEA HR Team, T&D, C&B, Talent Acquisition and other stakeholders (US and in EMEA) to help drive forward organisational design, talent management and performance management

Works Council negotiation and strong labour law experience is crucial

Developing effective and collaborative ways of working with the Works Council in line with our Groupon culture and ways of working

Ensuring that business and talent strategy are aligned across the whole business

Looking at capability and talent needs to establish global priorities

Responsibility for identifying critical talent gaps and planning the succession of employees within the business

Evaluate and ensure the effectiveness of people management practices, programs and services for the business

Creating and maintaining partnership with Business Leaders on a strategic level

Ensuring that the culture and processes are in line with the nature of the organisation

Working with senior management to map and roll out key strategic projects

Contributing to remodelling plans both within HR and the broader business

Desired Skills and Experience

10 years of recognised HR experience within the software, hardware or ecommerce sector

Considerable experience in dealing with Works Councils in Germany, developing and delivering the business priorities by managing/executing via the Works Council where required on a day to day basis

High level of business/commercial thinking is critical

Proven ability to translate commercial priorities into people priorities

Proven ability to present complex HR issues in a clear manner

Strong knowledge of German labor law and codetermination law (Mitbestimmungsgestz)

Ability to thrive in a global, fast-paced multifaceted environment with an understanding of complex matrix organisations

Self-starter with strong leadership qualities

Team player, with strong interpersonal, negotiation and conflict management skills

Resistance and patience to deal with large organisational structure

Fluent in English and German

Very strong people and communication skills and a good negotiator

Very strong analytical skills with an outstanding sense for business opportunities

Ability to drive both strategic decisions and operational tasks

Performance driven mind-set with a strong motivation to lead professionally

Ability to work and communicate in a fast paced international environment

Previous experience in building and leading successful teams is a plus

Master’s degree, preferably with focus on Psychology, Business with Human Resources or similar