Global HR Business Partner - Climate Solutions

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all six continents, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

As a HR Business Partner you will be responsible for providing strategic HR advice and guidance to our Climate Solutions business line. To achieve this, you will work closely with the Climate Solutions’ management team to understand our key business drivers, challenges and growth ambitions, and to deliver world-class HR solutions that support the achievement of business line goals. You will also collaborate closely with the extended HR team to design and deliver innovative global HR solutions, in line with the overall People & Culture strategy.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Key point of contact to partner with and advise senior management of the Climate Solutions’ business line on a broad range of complex HR matters (recruitment, performance, compensation, development, training, recognition, diversity, engagement, terminations, etc.) 
  • Own and drive HR solutions and services to meet the evolving needs of our growing business 
  • Support the business line leadership in building their annual headcount forecasts and staffing plans, and take a leading role in filling key positions, with the support and expertise of the recruitment team and HR services team 
  • Lead the annual salary review process for the Climate Solutions business line
  • Lead the performance management process and facilitate performance calibration meetings with business line leaders 
  • Oversee promotion requests within your business line, ensuring they are adequately planned, justified and are aligned with HR policies, succession plans, and business needs 
  • Lead any change initiatives around bonus schemes and other compensation matters 
  • Identify and address training needs within the business line, which may involve building and facilitating internal trainings or partnering with external providers 
  • Ensure employees and managers are proactively focusing on employee development, coach them individually, and facilitate workshops and learning sessions as needed 
  • Provide solutions to team effectiveness challenges 
  • Support the business line leadership with organisational design 
  • Lead internal talent review and succession planning activities for the business line 
  • Drive the design of career development pathways and ensure these are communicated to all employees within the function 
  • Identify retention risks within the business line and implement solutions to address these, in alignment with our overall people strategy and company values 
  • Identify any issues affecting employee engagement and work with business line leadership and the broader HR team in a proactive way to address these 
  • Contribute to or take the lead in global HR projects in areas such as employee recognition, diversity, culture, as well as designing processes and procedures that increase efficiency and productivity 
  • Manage, coach and develop a Junior HR Business Partner 


Essential -

  • University degree in a relevant field of study 
  • Minimum 7 years of progressive experience in HR, of which at least 3 years as an HR Business Partner or HR Manager with a regional or global focus 
  • Strong knowledge of core HR processes, with relevant generalist experience in recruitment, performance, compensation and benefits, learning and development, talent management, employee engagement, etc. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to partner effectively with senior management on a broad range of complex HR topics 
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the specific needs of our internal clients and translate these into effective HR solutions 
  • Proactive, action-oriented and driven approach, able to identify challenges or gaps and anticipate solutions before problems arise Innovative and resourceful mindset, who is able to challenge the status quo, bring new ideas and make creative suggestions 
  • Proficient English oral and written mandatory

Desirable - 

  • Experience as an HR Business Partner for a consulting firm or in a business environment focused on consultancy-based services and solutions 
  • Experience in or passion for environmental issues and understanding of sustainability, CSR and related topics

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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