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HR Partner (INT/EXT/5692)

The European Patent Office in Munich is seeking an HR Partner (several posts) *

in Directorate 4.3.1 (HR Customer Interface)

(likely to arise)

Deadline for applications: 5.9.2014

Part of the Principal Directorate Human Resources, the Directorate HR Customer Interface - 4.3.1 is staff members' first point of contact with HR. It is responsible for HR support to business units (provided by the HR partners) as well as support to all EPO employees (provided by the HR interlocutors). It is also in charge of co-ordinating the HR activities in Berlin and Vienna (excluding reporting and salary).

Main duties:

In the role of strategic partner, the HR partner will:

  • Work closely with line management to understand its business needs and challenges and then translate these into individual, team and organisational HR plans
  • Leverage line management needs and input across HR departments and then channel this feedback into the further development of HR policies and processes
  • Support line management in implementing individual, team and organisational development efforts and business plans
  • Engage in social dialogue, and support line management in doing the same, to ensure a high level of engagement and social peace

The above activities are driven by the needs of line management to achieve their objectives, and include:

  • Coaching and mentoring at management level
  • Culture assessment and action planning
  • Change management and transformation advice and support
  • Mid- and longer-term workforce and succession planning (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Restructuring advice and support

In the role of operations manager, the HR partner will:

  • Monitor compliance with HR procedures and policies and report back to line management and/or the responsible HR departments as appropriate
  • Engage in and support short-term workforce planning and priority setting
  • Advise on performance management and staff reporting issues
  • Act as co-ordinator in matters relating to health, well-being or conflict
  • Engage in and support reintegration measures after sick or unpaid leave
  • Engage in and support the management review process
  • Identify and support measures to resolve sources of (potential) conflict
  • Act as employee mediator should individual cases be escalated from the HR interlocutor to the HR partner, and come up with sustainable solutions based on his/her knowledge and relationship of trust with line management

In the role of emergency responder, the HR partner will:

  • Provide timely solutions to any emergencies, or
  • Activate specialised services as appropriate to resolve emergency issues

The ideal candidate will have:

 A proven track record in a similar role or at least two professional HR areas

  • Experience in management-related activities would be a further advantage
  • Ability to understand business objectives and to translate them into HR solutions
  • Experience in developing, integrating, delivering and managing fit-for-purpose HR strategies
  • Knowledge and experience in the development and facilitation of strategic change initiatives
  • Experience in assessing the efficiency of the organisation's structure, its people and their capabilities, and advising on ways to improve organisational effectiveness
  • Experience in social dialogue, and in identifying needs to optimise policies and practices that foster working relationships between management, staff and staff representatives
  • An understanding of key HR expertise areas, including learning & development, impact of compensation & benefits, staff mobility, medical services, leadership, etc., to ensure effective business diagnosis and solutions
  • Ability to provide a customer-focused service
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while remaining result-oriented
  • Desire to achieve excellence

Minimum qualifications:

Diploma of completed studies at university level or - in exceptional cases - equivalent professional experience. Excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand the other two.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.

It is intended to conduct the interviews in calendar week 39 in The Hague and in calendar week 40 in Munich.

Application until: 5.9.2014

Please apply by sending us your online application

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