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Business:  Cargotec
Job Function:  HR

Rotterdam, NL

Apply by:  28-02-2019

Country HR Manager

Cargotec is at the forefront of the transformation in the cargo handling industry. Our cargo handling solutions and services make global trade smarter, better and more sustainable. As leaders in ports, on roads and at sea, our business areas Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor have a unique position to optimise global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. 

Join us for a smarter and better everyday

Cargotec is looking for a Country HR Manager who will act as a local HR partner to the business for Belgium and the Netherlands and as country representative providing input and guidance on country-specific expertise at one or a number of HR processes, e.g.payroll (approval of the final output file); employee relations, recruitment and onboarding, termination cases, global mobility, talent development and performance management. Active participation in country level development and harmonization actions. 

CBS HR Services Country HR Manager provides local operational and tactical support for the various country business units and legal entities, and supports the respective management teams with local HR issues and initiatives. 

Business Areas are located in Rotterdam, Meppel and Antwerp. 
Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provision of local HR support, advice and training on agreed HR processes to all Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor business units in the countries 
  • Collaborating with and interfacing between local line managers, HR Business Partners and CBS HR Services teams
  • Day to day management of Employee Relations issues, maintaining constructive works council and trade union relationships (where applicable), & ensuring compliance with employment legislation, HR Policies & Procedures
  • Ensuring cost efficient and customer driven service and vendor management (helping negotiate and monitor vendor contracts and Service Level Agreements) on Payroll, recruitment, Healthcare, Pension & Insurance benefit providers
  • Supporting the development and implementation of applicable HR initiatives, policies projects and processes, whether driven from the country or Cargotec
  • Attend and provide meaningful local HR input, support and advice to key management team meetings, including local input to business unit HR budgets
  • Management Team member of all business units
  • Effective resolution of local site operational issues, including blue collar & white collar issues, and works council / trade union negotiations. Includes provision of appropriate guidance, advice and coaching to local line managers
  • Develop, implement and maintain local HR policies, ensuring ongoing legal compliance;
  • Oversee compliance responsibilities, such as payroll, pensions, insurances, data protection, etc.
  • Manage relationships with the various pensions and insurance benefit providers and ensure cost effective service deliver to a high standard and within SLA;
  • Work in collaboration with relevant parties to ensure cost efficient and reliable payroll operations
  • Provide local support on local HR generalist activities to include D&G, restructures, recruitment including employer branding, and terminations, up to appropriate grade level of target population
  • Support line managers in selection and (where appropriate) delivery of local training activities
  • Coaching of line managers where needed
  • Support the local implementation of, and training of line managers in, applicable HR processes/projects/initiatives
  • Coordination with local authorities
  • Country HR communication
  • Driving the country harmonization agenda.

What you’ll need to succeed

Ideally you have:

  • Minimum 5-10 years experience in an HR Management role 
  • Relevant Bachelor or Masters-level degree
  • Substantial experience of managing a wide range of HR issues in a significant sized business comprised of multiple business units
  • Strong knowledge and experience of all key HR processes 
  • Proven stakeholder management
  • Experience in working in/with centralized HR Teams
  • Demonstrable capability, confidence and experience to resolve significant issues locally without having to escalate
  • Experience / understanding of HR / legal practises in Netherlands and Belgium
  • Experience with working and acting in international matrix environment
  • Highly collaborative - ability to build and maintain good relations, trust and co-operation with all key stakeholders, including local Management teams, CBS, and TU / CPM representatives
  • Capable, confident, positive and committed person with focus on solutions, achievement and results
  • Flexible in terms of range tasks performed, hours worked, and travel including overnight stays
  • Ability to oversee external vendors, monitor CBS KPI’s, SLA’s and cost level development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong experience with Change Management and driving change
  • Strong IT literacy, numeracy, and analytical skills. Good attention to detail.
  • Ability to implement and follow up work through network relations (rather than direct reports)
  • Ability to work in an international work environment 
  • Fluent in Dutch and English
  • Good written and oral language skills in French.

You will be part of

We offer you an opportunity to put your skills and experience into work and make an impact in our global organisation and the cargo handling industry. You will work together with great colleagues from various backgrounds inspired by shared, ambitious goals. We value collaboration in our open and inclusive culture. With us, you will have the opportunity to develop yourself professionally. Join us to make a difference - and have fun while doing it.

Interested to join?

For further information please contact Elke Saager, CBS Region HR Manager Central Europe, by email at

If you are excited about this opportunity, please submit your application and CV by February 28th 2019.

Cargotec (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) enables smarter cargo flow for a better everyday with its leading cargo handling solutions and services. Cargotec's business areas Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor are pioneers in their fields. Through their unique position in ports, at sea and on roads, they optimise global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Cargotec's sales in 2017 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs over 11,000 people.

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