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Global Lead Engagement and Development

Country:  Europe
City:  Europe
Department:  Corporate Functions
Job ID:  43475


Our Corporate Functions teams make sure everything at Grünenthal runs smoothly by bringing together people with a wide range of skills – from experts in finance, IT, HR, law and compliance through to business strategists and creative media minds. If you’re a great collaborator and a strong communicator, you’ll feel right at home here. Join our team and join forces with colleagues across our business to maximise our company’s positive impact on patients and their families.


What the job looks like

Responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of global HR strategic initiatives that align with the organisation's overall business objectives and goals. As a member of the HR Leadership Team (HRLT), the role holder will play a critical role in ensuring the HR function is delivering on the People Strategy globally. The role contributes to the evolvement of our cultural journey to maximise employee engagement, foster a high performance culture and passion for development and strengthen Grünenthal as an attractive employer and a great place to work


Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, key resposibilities include:


Lead the development and delivery of strategic initiatives to support our People strategy and Global HR priorities

  • Work with Head of HR and HRLT to identify critical initiatives, building related project plans and implementation roadmaps
  • Lead the development & implementation of key initiatives in collaboration with the HRBPs and HR community 
  • Improve, develop and implement global HR processes, guidelines and tools
  • Define, monitor and communicate key people metrics and insights including the measurement of employee engagement levels through employee/leaders surveys (e.g. GPtW, 360° leaders surveys,…); develop actions plans to address potential gaps and measure impact.
  • Manage and secure buy-in from key stakeholders across the organisation 
  • Lead the ongoing refresh of our People Strategy in partnership with other senior HR leaders ensuring the achievement of strategic and business priorities and future of work agenda


Lead the ongoing global People development initiatives and identify further enhancements to drive a learning culture

  • Ensure equitable access to development through consistent engagement in Personal Development discussions and plans in line with our 70-20-10 learning model
  • Monitor employee development metrics, including training programs and budget 
  • Support the development and mapping of capability frameworks, including the identification of critical skills and actions to close the gaps
  • Identify and drive the sharing of best practices to facilitate continuous improvement across geographies and functions
  • Support relationships building and management of vendors when required.


Lead the implementation of the Diversity & Engagement strategy & initiatives 

  • Drive the implementation of the Diversity strategy and roadmap initiatives ensuring measurement of progress
  • Build internal DEI capability and provide subject matter expertise on all aspects of DEI.
  • Support the ESG rating process for People


Team leadership  

  • Build a high performing team ensuring clarity on vision and priorities with excellence in execution 
  • Coach and develop individual team members supporting PDPs
  • Map capabilities and skills identifying strengths and gaps related to the team’ priorities 
  • Build  and embed data-driven insights for decision making 



What you'll bring to the table


Critical skills and personal attributes

  • Strategic thinking; you rely on data and insights to drive decision making and prioritise improvement suggestions   
  • Stakeholder management 
  • Advanced communication & influencing skills, able to engage with senior leaders
  • Digital and technology acumen 
  • Proven Project Management skills  
  • Instructional design, delivery and facilitating skills 
  • Results driven and action oriented, Hands-on doer
  • Drive,  and self-starter 
  • Adviser – consulting style  
  • Agile, pragmatic  
  • Change agent 

Key professional experience and education

  • Several years of experience and success as an HR Business Partner
  • Good knowledge of key people processes and practices 
  • Proven track record of successfully driving and implementing global projects
  • Track record of working with diverse stakeholders, incl senior leaders and across cultures 
  • International experience  
  • Fluency in business English 




About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.7 bn.

Your HR contact:
Leen Hofkens

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