HR Manager - Sint Niklaas

Chemicals - HR & Administration
Ref: 232 Date Posted: Thursday 07 May 2020
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Our Client

Our client is an industrial manufacturing company, they design and produce a wide array of engineered and speciality products for customers around the world.  They offer we offer unparalleled access to challenging opportunities in high-growth, diverse industries and markets around the world.

Location: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

About the role:
The Human Resources Manager will proactively work with managers and leaders across the European organization ensuring alignment of HR priorities with business goals, supporting the achievement of business strategy and providing superior employee experience. The role will be directly in charge of the HR management in our entities in Belgium and in the UK, covering all phases of the employee life cycle: talent acquisition, onboarding, personnel administration, performance management, talent management, rewards and recognition, employee development and engagement, employee relations and company culture.

Key Accountabilities of HR Manager:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers and employees, gain credibility and trust, understand their current and future business challenges and provide high-quality HR support.
  • Ensure consistency of our HR policies and employee experience within the Division.
  • Coach, mentor and advise managers through all elements of the HR lifecycle.
  • Work with managers and employees to spread deeper knowledge and understanding of the company’s culture and values as well as the unique business model.
  • Attract, select and hire the best talent for our team and ensure an effective onboarding to accelerate their integration into the business culture and business model.  Educate and influence business leaders on creating a diverse workforce and building an inclusive culture.
  • Collect, monitor, review and analyze HR data to identify trends and recommend solutions to improve performance, retention, and employee experience. Ensure employee data accuracy.
  • Ensure compliance with local legislation. Provide valuable input and expertise to the management team and Division HR Director in terms of local labor law and practices.
  • Take full accountability of the HR administration of the assigned local entities, including but not limited to contract administration, payroll, fleet management, etc.
  • Support local implementation of HR projects and initiatives.
  • Participate to the definition of the talent management agenda in line with the talent strategy: talent and potential assessment, calibration, talent development plans, succession planning. Working with the Division HR, build plans to increase organizational capabilities and move talent to the next level.
  • Train and guide managers to boost performance management to the next level and create a high performing environment: goal setting, effective performance feedback, performance calibration and assessment, compensation planning.
  • Implement a compensation policy. Ensure compensation and benefits are aligned with market practice. Ensure incentives are aligned with business priorities and goals. Participate in the required compensation studies.
  • Advise management on how to improve the communication of business-related subjects among employees and cascade down business and corporate messages.

Qualifications & Education required for HR Manager:

  • Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field is a requirement.
  • 5+ year-experience operating in a generalist HR role.
  • Ability to understand business strategy and its HR implication.
  • Prior experience operating across Europe is a plus. Sensitivity to cultural differences is a must-have.
  • Success in implementing effective retention strategies, employee development plans and rewards programs and in continuously improving HR practices.
  • Fluent in Dutch, English and French.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft-Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel) is a requirement.
  • There will be a need to travel in Europe to build strong working relationships within the business leaders. It is required up to 15% travel.


Skills/Experience/Knowledge preferable for HR Manager:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • and ability to work successfully with all levels within the organization.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to identify problems and drive appropriate and effective solutions.
  • Must exhibit high energy, flexibility, can-do attitude and results orientation.
  • Must display a hands-on approach and strong work ethic.
  • Must have solid organization skills and the ability to manage different priorities.
  • Analytical mindset and a strong orientation to detail.