• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Claire’s are looking to appoint a commercially-minded Junior HR Business Partner to support our retail operations for Eastern Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia).

We can offer the role on a remote basis within Germany, we would also consider somebody located within the German-speaking region of Switzerland or in Budapest. You will also be expected to spend approx 25% of your time travelling to stores within the region you support, specifically Germany and Switzerland.

The role requires a fluent German and English speaker; it needs someone with an excellent understanding of German HR and requires strong English skills as you will be working closely with our European HQ based in the UK.

The role will pay between €45-50k

Please apply with an English CV if this position is of interest to you.

Purpose of the role

The primary responsibility of the Junior HRBP is to deliver commercially focussed operational initiatives and operational HR to the field. The Junior HRBP will work directly with the field leadership teams, in partnership, dealing with any operational issues and implementing HR Corporate initiatives.

Main responsibilities

  • As the Junior HR Business Partner you will have focus on managing operational ER, implementation of organizational design, Talent & Performance, Culture & Engagement, Communications and Diversity and Inclusion agendas.
  • An autonomous operational and strategic role you will understand the business goals, the global HR Agenda and field leadership team priorities, ensuring key global initiatives and programs are implemented in a consistent way.
  • Build strong relationships with all levels of management, field leadership teams and European HR Teams, providing sound advice and support.
  • Escalation for any issues that arise from employees and leadership teams seeking to resolve any issues in a timely manner.
  • Develop strong relationships with HR teams, Recruitment, Reward, L&D, Payroll and HR Shared Services to implement and constantly improve processes, ways of working to develop collaboration and share best practice.
  • Utilise metrics and reporting to drive continuous improvement and make recommendations to enhance the HR service.
  • Work with field leadership to advise and implement changes in organizational structures to ensure efficiency in using applicable processes and tools.
  • Have strong knowledge of Employment/Labour Laws and use this knowledge to make effective commercial decisions.
  • Manage complex ER issues ensuring suitable resolution and outcomes achieved.
  • Work with Shared Service Centre to put in place effective governance around disciplinary process and procedures and any other process or policy related to managing and improving employee performance.
  • Provide coaching to field leadership on all matters relating to people management; continuously developing and enhancing management capability throughout the business, working with the L&D Manager for Europe.
  • Ensure Talent Management initiatives and programs are implemented working in partnership with the field leadership & HR teams across functional areas of HR including culture and inclusion, workforce strategy and planning, metrics, organizational effectiveness, employer branding, leadership development, succession planning, performance management, total rewards and compliance.
  • Oversee the labour inspection requests for information, have knowledge of these requests and work with the HR Director
  • Support field leadership with the implementation of development programs such as CLIMB and MDP ensuring a consistent approach to delivery is achieved.
  • Partner with the HR Shared Service Centre to receive knowledge of global and local policies and regulations and identify the implications for the field.
  • Assist the HR Director in preparing and leading any local meetings on behalf of the business, on content for agenda, setting up and holding the meetings, engaging with the union member, providing the relevant documentation and information for the meetings, reporting back to the EU HR VP.
  • Participate in key HR initiatives and projects.

What are we looking for?

To be considered for this role we are keen to hear from applicants with the following skills and experience:

  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • German and English speaking (native/fluent); French is a plus.
  • A solid and significant generalist HR background evidenced by a proven track record in a similar role with an excellent knowledge of Country employment legislation and current best practice
  • Experience of managing change initiatives.
  • Experience of coaching managers on individual and team issues
  • Thorough knowledge of employee relations practice (disciplinary, grievance and redundancy, performance and absence cases) keeping up to date with emerging issues and the implications of changes in employee legislation
  • Fully competent in Microsoft Office& Excel
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and remotely in the field.
  • Solid analytical skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems quickly and creatively.
  • Ability to communicate (both verbally & written) effectively with people of all job levels.
  • Exceptional planning, prioritization and organizational skills.