HR Business Partner – Amsterdam or Brussels

CEO Office
25 Jan 2019
Director People
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible

Business Background

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a net zero-emissions economy.
We aim to transform whole systems through innovation to build resilience and decarbonize at a fast-enough rate to reach the 1.5° target and a net-zero emissions Europe. Climate-KIC has refocused its strategy around systems transformation to reach impact at scale. Our approach is based on building an active and diverse community of organisations all working together; a careful analysis of the key levers at play across different systems (e.g. cities, land use, industry, and finance); and finally, a commitment to experimentation and rapid prototyping (to become the fastest learning organisation in the area of climate).
To achieve this plan, Climate-KIC needs talents from multiple areas of expertise and backgrounds able to bring a wide range of perspectives into the organisation. We are looking for individuals comfortable with change and keen to experiment on our own organisation first – by testing new ways of working, deep collaboration, new ways of learning and gathering business intelligence.
Our people are effectively our first ambassadors and our primary community – we expect them to role model deep collaboration across teams, countries, and organisations.


Purpose of the role

Climate-KIC’s People function works to deliver the skilled, flexible and motivated workforce our organisation needs in order to realise its mission. We strive to enhance capability and capacity across the business, and to drive and champion positive, value-adding change. We support company operations in 12 European nations, and the scope of our function has broadened following a period of significant growth.
As HR Business Partner you will hold responsibility for the provision of effective and professional people services across Climate-KIC’s offices in the BeNeLux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxemburg) region. You will work across the full spectrum of HR activities, providing strategic and operational support to senior stakeholders across the employee life cycle – with a particular focus on management and talent development – while driving forward the broader People team agenda and ensuring best practice across all areas.
Working closely with the Director – People, you will also play an instrumental role in supporting key organisational development projects including the implementation of a new organisation design in 2019. Such company-level projects are expected to make up 30-40% of the role, with 60-70% of your time being spent on business partnering activities and the delivery of people services.
This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced and talented HR professional to make an impact in a dynamic, pan-European organisation addressing one of the most important and pressing problems of our time. You will connect with a wide range of fascinating, talented and driven professionals in a multi-disciplinary, action-oriented environment. This is an exciting, promising and crucial time to be part of the fight against climate change.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver a fast and effective HR advice and support service to stakeholders in Climate-KIC’s Amsterdam Head Office and wider BeNeLux region, serving as first point of contact for HR matters and ensuring operational excellence across all aspects of your work
  • Build trusted relationships with senior stakeholders and leaders in each region
  • Quickly develop a contextual understanding of gaps, challenges, opportunities and people priorities in each office/team and deliver impactful HR solutions
  • Coach, guide and support managers with the management of their talent, developing strong management competencies and high-performing, flexible teams
  • Deliver strategic support throughout recruitment processes, ensuring strong talent attraction, an excellent candidate experience and sound hiring decisions. Operational aspects may include shortlisting applications, facilitating interviews, benchmarking salaries, making and concluding offers
  • In collaboration with the Learning & Development team and with the support of our community of Office Managers, work to ensure a first-class people onboarding process across the Climate-KIC group
  • Advise colleagues and managers on relevant company policies and practices and assist with the development and implementation of new polices
  • Lead / support the People team with a range of planned projects and initiatives, acting as a positive change agent and securing across-the-board buy-in from stakeholders
  • Prepare people data and strategic recommendations for the attention of the Director – People as and when required
  • Any other reasonable tasks as requested

Key working relationships

  • Director – People
  • Climate-KIC Executive Team (including CEO, Geography and Theme Directors)
  • Regional Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship Leads
  • People team colleagues
  • Geographic Office and Finance Managers
  • Central Finance team
  • Central IT team
  • Legal team


  • A relevant degree or HR qualification is desirable


  • Relevant and extensive previous experience (5-10 years as an indicator) in strategic HR roles
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver results in fast-paced international organisations (with experience of working in matrix environments)
  • An HR generalist with experience spanning across resourcing, talent management, learning and development, reward and employee relations

Key skills

  • Strategic thinker with ability to work closely with senior leaders to deliver and implement new programmes and initiatives
  • Influential communicator and coach with an ability to build leadership capacity and shape behaviours
  • Knowledge of European employment law and practice (with relevant exposure to BeNeLux and MED environments)
  • Ability to prioritise a busy workload effectively and deliver work to deadlines

Qualities, Personal style and approach

  • Perceptive and innovative – able to identify and exploit value-adding opportunities
  • Personable and approachable
  • Proactive, adaptable and resilient
  • Culturally aware and positive about diversity
  • Enthusiastic about people and committed to own professional development

Additional information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living.

Our application and recruitment process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your name followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.


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