Global HR Manager R&D

  • Keulsekade 143, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Full-time

Company Description

At JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS we are inspired by our belief that it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee. We are driven by the vision that everyone deserves the coffee they love.

What’s it like to work at JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS?

We are proud of our passionate, driven associates that challenge the status quo and pursue mastery in everything they do. Our goal is simple and ambitious – JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS: A coffee for every cup

Working with us means you’ll be making an impact in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We work as a team, celebrating success and supporting one another. Our associates work with a diverse group of like-minded people, in an innovative environment committed to doing the right thing – all across the world. What you do here will get noticed.

Job Description

In your role as the HR Manager your main responsibility is to partner with the business to create an agile organization that has the talent, capabilities, competences and functional alignment to deliver the current and future business needs. You will be key in kickstarting an evolution into an organization that is fit for purpose, ensuring the right reallocation of resources.

Additionally you will bring the people agenda to the next level to enable the Global R&D, Engineering & New Technologies departments to fulfill the current and future objectives in the Growth and Cost agendas of JDE. You do this by facilitating and building leadership & organizational capability within the responsible functions, driving a performance culture and enhancing associate engagement.

You will act as a coach and mentor to the managers, advising and challenging them on their leadership, their organization and competencies within their teams. You promote development of their skills to build confidence, competence and capability to deal with people opportunities. 

You will be part of the Research & Development Leadership team, translating the global HR strategy into successful people strategies in your business areas. In this role you are responsible for a total of 400 FTE. The Global R&D, Engineering & New Technologies organization comprises of 350 people based in two primary sites in the Netherlands and UK. The remaining associates are based in application centers in Russia, Brazil and Thailand.

You will report to the Global HR Director R&D and Operations, which in turn reports into the Chief Operations Officer (and has a dotted line into the CHRO). The HR team consists of another HR Manager to support the Operations Europe agenda and two HR Business Partners supporting the full team.


To be successful in this role, you will need a relevant Master’s degree (e.g. Business or Psychology) combined with 8+ years of professional HR experience in an international organization, preferably supporting the Research & Development function. You’ve been at the forefront of leading operational excellence and transformation, with a strong ability to set and deliver tactical/strategic results, linked with business objectives.

You’ve shown your ability to translate plans into actions, to manage projects in the most efficient way and to challenge the existing to drive change when necessary. You are able to effectively communicate at different levels of the organization and have the energy and power to galvanize a leadership team.

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