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HR Director Benelux – Bureau Veritas - succesvol ingevuld

Bureau Veritas Pernis

Bureau Veritas is a global business-to-business service provider in the field of testing, inspection and certification, referred to as TIC services. The Bureau Veritas Group was founded in Antwerp in 1828, and with approximately 75,000 employees worldwide, operates in more than 140 countries through a network of more than 1,600 offices and laboratories. Bureau Veritas is headquartered in Paris.

Bureau Veritas' mission is to reduce the risks of their clients, help improve their performance, and to provide support in innovation. In doing so, they facilitate their clients to meet challenges in relation to quality, health, safety and well-being, the environment and corporate social responsibility. Their core business – testing, inspecting and certifying – focuses on ensuring the conformity of their clients' assets, products, infrastructure and business processes to customer specifications, national and international standards and relevant laws and regulations (compliance).

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As a critical member of the HR Team the role purpose is to lead the People strategy for the Benelux region. There are 3 business lines in the Benelux region, namely Commodities, Industrial Facilities and Marine Offshore.

Commercial, organisational, and functional knowledge are all essential. The role scope includes strategic influence as part of wider European Operating Group plans as well as opportunities to engage and lead on key projects across Engagement, Training & Development, Diversity and Wellbeing topics. Priorities include ensuring to retain, attract, and engage the best people, reducing attrition and developing an inclusive and diverse culture that is focused on development and wellbeing. All whilst supporting business growth.

As Head of HR, you will lead the teams across Benelux providing HR Service for all represented businesses of Bureau Veritas in the region. You need to enhance the collaboration between the teams that are located in different places in The Netherlands and Belgium in order to achieve more efficiency and better service to the clients. You will also act as functional manager for the Business Partner for Commodities Business in the UK.

In this role you will work closely with the Regional CEO Commodities NW Europe and Industry & Facilities Benelux, Marijke Paalvast and report to the VP HR South & West Europe, Katie White located in the UK.


In this role you are able to drive consistency in the use of people processes and using data to drive decision-making, and developing leadership and talent for today and tomorrow. Experienced in navigating within a matrix structure with multiple stakeholders is critical to the role holder’s success. Furthermore you recognise yourself in the following:

  • Extensive HR experience.
  • Influencing, personal impact and coaching.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Leading and developing teams.
  • Driving strategic change programmes.
  • HR/Recruitment KPIs – ensure provision of effective recruitment to meet business forecasts.
  • Employee Engagement Survey management and action planning.
  • Budgeting, forecasting & management of the HR budget.
  • Experience in managing a HR team covering Shared Service, HR Business Partnering and Expert roles.
  • Strong expertise in individual and collective Dutch employment law.
  • A positive people orientated mind set.

The role is based in Pernis (NL). Regular visits to the other offices in both The Netherlands and Belgium are part of this role.

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