hr lead - retail emea (German Speaking)

Alternative Footwear. Rebellious Self Expression.

At Dr. Martens we have one simple ambition. To be the leading and most respected alternative footwear company in the world.
Our heritage is firmly rooted in our courage to empower self-expression, to embrace and celebrate our differences. We have proudly evolved from being a workers boot to creating iconic design statements in music, gig, festival and youth cultures (to name but a few). The stage is now set for us to grow our business and we have big plans. The next chapter will see our presence in EMEA significantly increase and our retail operations expanded to showcase our brand and product range.
With over 1600 team members globally (and growing) our people create the essence of our brand and purpose. We are serious about building environments where people can express themselves and perform to their highest potential. The HR Team are the champions and guardians of this culture and are passionate about driving change that really makes a difference to our business.


You will work with the Head of HR - EMEA to provide a first class generalist HR service to our retail population in Germany and either France, Belgium or Netherlands; delivering commercial, proactive and timely support to our Sales, Retail Field Management, Operations and Marketing teams


To be successful in this role you will have experience in working within a fast paced environment. A retail background is preferable, but essentially you must be able to demonstrate your ability to manage multiple priorities and have exceptional HR generalist skills within a European setting.
You will be the HR Lead for the full people piece for your area across Germany and another country within the EMEA region.  You will understand what it takes to be a true Business Partner, and work closely with the management teams to offer strategically savvy solutions. You will be ‘on the ground’ to shape culture and engagement to support our ambitious change and growth plans.
Working closely with the HR Operations team you will implement our HR processes and be an ambassador for best practice from the outset.  To do this successfully you must be familiar with employment legislation across EU territories.
Your ability to influence, guide and coach managers is second to none, and you are able to communicate to suit the style of the audience. Fluency in German is an essential requirement for this role. 


It’s never just a job at Dr. Martens.  It’s a way of life. We live and breathe our Fundamentals - INTEGRITY. PROFESSIONAL. PASSIONATE. TEAM PLAYERS.  They define who we are and how we get the job done. We believe each role is as unique as the person who does it. To be our HR Lead – Germany you will also possess these qualities:
  • Similar experience within an HR Business Partner role across all HR fields. Know what good looks like within a Retail environment
  • Experience of doing HR for a Germany population, along with good employment legislation knowledge. You should also have knowledge and experience of doing HR for one of the following countries: France, Belgium, Netherlands.
  • Great coaching skills, with the ability to support managers through any ER issues
  • Be a confident communicator, resilient and adaptable, and ready to embrace and support regular and ongoing change
  • Have the confidence and credibility to take the lead and challenge or influence when necessary
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel & PowerPoint. Working knowledge of HR Management Systems (HRMS)/data bases
  • Well organised with strong time management and prioritisation
  • Regular travel required. Your initial induction period will be predominantly spent in London
If we have hit the nail on the head and this is you then we look forward to welcoming you to learn, explore and discover what we are about.

To apply please send your CV along with details of your salary expectations, current remuneration package and your notice period or availability.

Applications Close: 6th June 2018
Interviews: From Week Commencing 11 June 2018

Find out more about working for Dr Martens in our Candidate Pack.



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