Our people are at the centre of everything we do. With an extremely ambitious plan for the future of Specsavers, this is your unique chance to truly make your mark on our overall People agenda and strategy within the Northern Europe (NE) region as well as aligning with our global People team to support on all global initiatives. 
What you’ll do?
As our new People Director – Northern Europe, you’ll be responsible for building and driving an overall people strategy and plan for our NE Optics and Audiology businesses. You’ll be accountable for the employee experience across the employee lifecycle including recruitment, onboarding, driving team and individual performance, engagement, development, and reward.  
Working closely with the rest of the P&O teams, you’ll ensure alignment with, or in support of, global processes and initiatives. Overseeing a team of 8 direct reports and wider team of 50 colleagues across P&O, your role will be pivotal in shaping the future P&O function, and there’ll be many exciting tasks to get involved in. Some examples of your tasks are:
  • Being a key member of the NE Board, developing an annual people plan and designing and delivering organisational change 
  • Leading people-related initiatives and cross functional projects for the overall NE Region and governing the execution of the people plan
  • Building, leading and inspiring a high performing and valued people team that wants to deliver their full potential and deliver fantastic results
  • Growing the P&O team and others through effective coaching, personal development, nurturing their talent and implementing robust succession plans
  • Overall accountability for managing any relevant third parties and compliance with local legislation.
As our new People Director for NE, you’ll work at our NESO office in Hvidovre. However, in 2024, we’re relocating to Copenhagen’s Nordhavnen. Our new office features a stunning rooftop terrace with breathtaking city and harbour views.
Who you are?
To drive our ambitious P&O agenda forward we are seeking a talented and engaging HR leader with significant experience in change and transformation as well as broad operational HR experience, and a strong commercial mindset. We imagine that you’ve spent some years doing similar type of work and that you thrive in an international setting, with the ability to manage and balance both peers, directs and stakeholders from both the global/ top leadership group as well as your local region. Dealing with both direct reports and some dotted lines, your strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills will be highly valued. Furthermore, we’d really like to see you tick off most of the following boxes;
  • Extensive experience from leading regional HR teams and HR services in a global, matrixed business
  • Track record of partnering with executive leadership teams to deliver a people strategy in support of business plans and goals
  • Experience in leading large teams and a track record of developing others
  • Self-driven, and able to effectively deliver results through self and others
  • Able to build and develop good relationships and collaborative working with key stakeholders
  • Proven ability to establish personal credibility quickly, demonstrate leadership behaviour and build trust with colleagues at all levels
  • Proven project management and organisational skills, with the ability to work with pace and agility in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Competent in using and analysing people-related data to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities
  • Ideally some experience in optics/healthcare and/or retail organisations.
What you’ll get when joining Specsavers?
  • Become part of an international team with friendly, smart, and passionate colleagues
  • Enjoy a salary package matching your qualifications with a pension scheme, health insurance, free eye care vouchers and subscription to Headspace and much more
  • Keep on developing in your role with free access to plenty of online learning offers, monthly Great Conversations with your manager, an individual Personal Development Plan that aligns with your talent and ambitions, and lots of responsibility!
  • Great coffee, lots of laughs, table tennis tournaments, regular birthday treats, exciting Christmas parties, virtual Friday quizzes, and much more
Ticks all your boxes? Then apply today!
To apply, kindly send us your CV using the button below. Leaving an application letter is optional since we’d rather see your application fly in than take up your time. So please apply as soon as you can! Please avoid including any photos or references to your age in your CV. It contributes to a fairer and more unbiased assessment. 
If you’d like to know more about what a great bunch of people you’ll be working with, or what we strive to achieve together as a family-business, then visit our pages This is who we are and This is what we do.

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