Lead HR Partner

EMBL Heidelberg

This role is situated at EMBL Heidelberg and manages a team of three HR Partners and is responsible for delivering a high quality service to the groups, teams, units and managers across EMBL’s five sites Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Rome, supporting them with excellent HR advice and effective processes. The role reports to the Head of Human Resources and is part of the EMBL HR teams at EMBL Heidelberg, specifically working alongside the Recruitment, Contract, Training and Development and Operation Teams.

In this role, you will be responsible for managing HR partners whose roles are to support managers, supervisors and staff, dealing with HR issues as they arise and optimizing processes around each stage of the employee life-cycle. A cross-institute perspective is important to the role. You will be expected to contribute to EMBL-wide initiatives and lead HR-focused strategic projects which aim to continuously improve operations at EMBL.

Your role

Drawing on experience and professional best practice, this role is responsible for leading and developing the HR Partner team members as they work with staff at all levels, guiding them to find solutions and deliver operational excellence. Due to its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation, EMBL runs its own health insurance and social security schemes in the framework of its Staff Rules & Regulations, and is outside the remit of national taxation and employment legislation. Human Resources is part of the COO unit and operates in a matrix management structure.

Hence the role is very varied and calls for a structured approach to operational matters and problem solving, and an ability to work to tight deadlines while remaining flexibile to handle changing priorities across many teams with different perspectives. Excellent teamwork is essential as there are strong interdependencies between HR team members to provide a high quality service to the staff. Good interpersonal and communication skills are also required to support effective collaboration with the wider HR team sited at the EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg and at EMBL-EBI in the UK. The role requires a limited amount of travel within Europe, to meet with stakeholders at EMBL sites.

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Closing date: 31 May 2021

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Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed up to 9 years in total, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

If you feel you have the right skills and experience, please apply online submitting your CV and cover letter.

Interviews (held remotely) are tentatively planned to take place between 21 - 25 June 2021. 

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For questions or issues with the application process, please contact recruitment@embl.org

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