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Head of Employee Relations (m/f/d)

Hamburg, Germany

Head of Employee Relations (m/f/d)

  • DE00642
  • Hamburg, Germany


Based in Hamburg, Reemtsma is the second largest tobacco company in Germany and an integral part of a truly international company, Imperial Brands. Our Sales and Marketing functions operate across eleven markets and our factory in Langenhagen, near Hannover, is an important production site, not just for the German market but for export too supporting the Imperial Group. With an expansive portfolio that includes internationally known brands such as Gauloises, West, Davidoff and JPS, we also play a key part in driving products that promote harm reduction, such as myblu and skruf.

As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo with the motivation to drive forward to shape our future. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

For our HR team in Hamburg, we are looking for a Head of Employee Relations (m/f/d).

The role

As Head of Employee Relations you will ensure the development and implementation of the Employee Relations Strategy in all German legal entities. You will support the HR Director in managing all employee-related activities to ensure compliance with individual and collective labor law. Ensure a full and successful Employee Relations programme leadership of all transformation projects on a country and site level.

What are your major duties?

  • Guarantee an encompassing approach and an effective consultation process
  • Own Employee Relations agenda in German legal entities
  • Strong collaboration with the HR Director in all works council and trade union related matters regarding transformation, implementation of Imperial Brands policies, bargaining and Compensation & Benefits agreements, (general) works agreements and transformation processes including re-structuring.
  • Support of the HR Director and HRBPs in ensuring compliance with individual and collective labor law and preparation and management of extra-procedural and procedural correspondence or support of HRBPs in this regard
  • Ensure implementation of Imperial Brands policies including localization
  • Design and supervise local projects according to co-determination requirements
  • Act as the key contact and establish a trust relationship to the works council, the trade union (incl. negotiations on pay- and collective bargaining agreements), and the external labor lawyers
  • Build the legal framework with external lawyers
  • Plan, monitor, and report the budget for the area of responsibility
  • Representation of the company at the Labor Court
  • Readiness to join and / or lead projects

Who are you?

  • You have successfully completed studies in law / German employment law or you are a full-time lawyer (labor law/business law)
  • You have a minimum of 5 years  proven experience in the field of Employee Relations within FMCG
  • Experience in transformation processes incl. continuous integration of concepts and tools
  • Experience in working in complex / matrix organizations
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills: High social competence, diplomatic skills and communication and argumentation skills as well as the ability to work in a team
  • Very good stakeholder management skills
  • Change management capabilities
  • Strong conceptual, planning, and strategic skills
  • Fluent German and English language skills – ideally German native speaker

What do we offer?

Reemtsma offers an independent full-time position with room for initiative within an international and dynamic organization. Our company culture is characterized by openness, drive and enthusiasm. We provide an attractive salary with various additional benefits.

About Imperial Brands

We’re a truly international company. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.


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