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European Head of HR Shared Services - Interim

€100000 - €130000 per annum - Interim 12 month contract

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European Head of HR Shared Services - Interim

"Excellent interim opportunity for experienced HR Generalist to design and develop European HR Shared Services Function."

€130,000 (12-month interim contract)

Paris, France

Are you an experienced HR generalist with a talent for setting up processes from scratch? Our client, a global digital technology business, is looking for an Interim Head of HR Shared Services to set up their EU HR operations centre.

This is a 12-month project-based assignment based in Paris, where you'll be responsible for creating a shared services function from the ground up. You'll work closely with regional HR teams in various EU countries to determine which operations should be transferred and which should remain locally. With excellent communication and negotiation skills, you'll be able to lead the team in establishing effective processes and provide guidance on best practices.

Additionally, our client is implementing the Workday software platform, and you will be required to spearhead this project alongside the new shared services function. A HR Project Manager for Workday will report to you in this respect. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your expertise in transactional HR processes and demonstrate your ability to lead strategic initiatives.

To be considered, you'll need a Masters-level qualification in HR or CIPD 7 /equivalent and extensive experience creating a shared services function. As our client has operations in France and Germany, you must be fluent in French and ideally German too.

As the Interim Head of HR Shared Services, you'll be vital in optimising HR processes and driving efficiency across the entire organisation. So, if you're a results-driven individual who loves tackling complex challenges and is an expert in transactional HR processes, this is the perfect assignment for you.

Apply now and join a dynamic and innovative organisation striving to make a difference in the digital world. Email your CV, quoting reference LX 1370639 to or call us on 01905 381 320.







    "Pharmaceutical sector, category management professional required to lead external/third party contract manufacturing supply."


    €Very Competitive (DOE) + Bonus + Excellent Benefits


    Location: Dusseldorf, Germany - Remote/Hybrid Working


    Our client is a Pan European pharmaceutical drug and medical device manufacturer.


    It is currently seeking a highly experienced procurement manager to head up its external contract manufacturing and supply category.


    As part of the German business unit, you will be based remotely with monthly visits to site in Dusseldorf and the rest of your time working from home or visiting suppliers in Germany and across Europe.

    We are seeking a dynamic and experienced professional, university degree educated, ideally with a procurement or supply chain related post graduate qualification. In this pivotal role, you will be instrumental in shaping the business pipeline and implementing a robust procurement strategy for external manufacturing and supply of finished dosage forms.


    The Role:

    · Designing and implementing procurement strategies for finished dosage products at third party contract manufacturers in Europe, in line with global strategy and regional country requirements.

    · Negotiate, execute and implement contracts and agreements, delivering world class total savings objectives.

    · All aspects of supplier performance management including regular business reviews.

    · Identifying product and process innovation potential at third party contract manufacturers leveraging innovation.

    · Collaborating with dedicated project teams to develop and launch innovative products.

    · Taking over leadership responsibilities in projects and functional leadership relations.

    · Applying professional procurement knowledge to spot and manage any commercial implications, risks, and opportunities.

    · Ensuring product profitability, innovation, and on-time delivery through your passion and commitment.

    · Managing supplier relationships at all levels to give our client a competitive edge.

    · Exploring global markets, acquiring necessary know-how, and contributing to the enhancement of business impact.


    The Ideal Candidate:

    · Ideally currently resident in Germany and fluent /native German language capability. Fluency in English and another European language would be highly advantageous.

    · University degree educated in economics, business, engineering, or science. A post graduate qualification in purchasing, procurement and supply chain would be highly advantageous.

    · At least seven years' experience in procurement category management within the pharmaceutical sector including extensive experience of sourcing, negotiation and supplier performance management of third-party contract manufacturers of finished dosage products.

    · Experience gained within multinational matrix pharmaceutical environment.

    · Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.

    · Excellent cross functional communication and relationship building skills to facilitate projects to identify synergies and cost savings.

    · Experience of SAP ERP highly advantageous. Excellent Excel skills.


    To apply without delay, please email your CV in English, quoting reference LX 1904033.


  • Chief Financial Officer - Manufacturing & Supply Chain Sector



    C€130-190,000 Bonus & Excellent Benefits


    Dusseldorf, Nordrhein Westphalia (Hybrid Working)



    Are you a CFO/Chief Financial Officer with a background in the manufacturing and the supply chain sector? Do you have experience working in a multi-national/matrix structure? Would you like to take on a new position with career growth potential?


    Our client in Germany needs your skills.


    They are a well-established manufacturer and distributor of innovative and life changing products. Part of a pan European group they have a number of manufacturing sites across Europe and as part of a transformational change programme to support growth, they are now looking for a CFO/Chief Financial Officer to lead the team at their main manufacturing site in Germany.


    As an experienced CFO/Chief Financial Officer, you'll already understand the detail of this role. In summary, you'll be leading a team of 10 finance and accounting professionals, managing the operational day-to-day financial transactions, KPIs, cash flow planning and forecasting through monthly reports and budgets that can be presented to the senior stakeholders including the MD, Commercial Sales Director, Supply Chain Director and Manufacturing Director. Senior management have also identified potential high-performing individuals in the finance team who they would like you to develop and mentor. Treasury accounting and related aspects will be covered at Group level, so this is very much an operational CFO/Chief Financial Officer role.


    You will be university degree educated in business administration, accounting or (financial) controlling and an experienced Financial Director/CFO/Chief Financial Officer. You will have relevant finance management experience gained within a European/global matrix manufacturing organisation. Your experience will include drawing up balance sheets in HGB and IFRS and SAP FI/CO. Understanding of German GAAP useful. Strong knowledge of MS Office applications including Excel, Power BI.


    As for you, our client envisages you will be a German national with excellent English language skills. You'll be a confident presenter, as part of your role will be to deliver financial reports to the Southern European head office senior team.


    As you can imagine, there are many other details to discuss, so please indicate your interest by emailing your CV, quoting reference LX 1903608





  • Human Resources Director




    €100-150,000 Bonus & Benefits


    Cologne, Nordrhein Westphalia



    Companies can't stand still. They have to evolve continually, and HR plays a critical role in helping staff through these periods.


    Our client is a fast growing and innovative manufacturing organisation supplying its world class products globally and making a real difference to people's lives. It is part of a Pan European group. They are now seeking a highly experienced HR Director with at least ten years HR generalist experience including management of a HR business partnering team in a manufacturing and supply chain environment.


    Working closely with the Senior Executive team, you'll be implementing the group strategy at the local country level in Germany. As such, you'll need to be fluent in English and German and have the gravitas and strong character to constructively challenge, coach, engage and influence the leadership team. Fluency in Spanish would be highly advantageous too.


    As an experienced HR Director, you'll have the knowledge and background to lead the changes required because of dramatic growth and the launch of innovative new products, working closely with the Works Council in a unionised environment to transform the business.


    Visibility will be critical to building the strong relationships you will need to succeed in this role, as our client wants you to continually develop and improve HR best practices including talent acquisition and succession planning strategies to become an employer of choice in order to attract the highest quality STEM talent from graduates to senior managers and leaders. As a key figure in the country executive team, you will work closely with the directors, senior managers, line managers and staff to educate, coach and support the correct application and continuous development of HR and company policies.


    As for your background, our client anticipates that you will have a degree in a HR discipline and be a member of a recognised professional HR body. In addition, you'll have led transformation and growth projects in your previous roles and can demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and a results-oriented mindset to your work. You will be a HR generalist and business partner already operating at Head of HR/HR Director level. This experience will have been gained, ideally within a multinational, matrix, and unionised environment within a highly successful commercial manufacturing and supply chain environment.


    Overall, this will be a high profile, challenging but rewarding position and the opportunity to really shape our client's strategy and direction as it experiences excellent growth.


    Our client's HQ are located near Cologne. Our client is open to discuss relocation expense options as part of the recruitment process.


    There are many more details to discuss on this role, so please indicate your interest by emailing your CV in both English and German, quoting reference LX 1903612 to or call us on 44 1905 381 320.