People & Culture Manager EMEA
Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company founded in 1973. At a time when all life on earth is under threat of extinction, we aim to use the resources we have—our business, our investments, our voice and our imagination—to influence changes needed to protect our planet. A registered B Corporation and founding member of 1% for the Planet, Patagonia is recognised internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $145 million in grants and in-kind donations to thousands of grassroots environmental groups around the world.
We are in business to save our home planet. You’ll be helping us achieve this by effectively partnering with and supporting the People & Culture Director EMEA (PCDE) on all aspects of the EMEA People & Culture agenda and innovative initiatives within this space. The People & Culture Manager will ensure we nurture and develop the Patagonia DNA throughout our work environment and people processes. The People & Culture Manager is responsible for counselling managers to connect and drive business goals and outcomes through responsible and targeted People & Culture solutions and strategies.
The People & Culture Manager is responsible for leading on and implementing People & Culture practices that continue to develop our employee community and cultivate our culture. The People & Culture Manager will also cultivate strong relationships with managers in Talent Acquisition and Culture & Development to plan, implement and monitor initiatives within the wider People & Culture team. This position also maintains the day-to-day administration of policies and programs covering EMEA including, but not limited to: organizational design and development, employee relations, compensation, and recruitment.
People & Culture ongoing projects and initiatives
• Lead, develop and manage the People & Culture Team EMEA consisting of HR Ops, HR business partnering and Facilities/Office Administration.
• In partnership with the People & Culture Director, be responsible for setting up and managing all EMEA People & Culture initiatives, including Compensation & Benefits, Talent Planning & Succession and People & Culture Systems.
• Manage the People & Culture agenda and lead on innovative people initiatives with other People & Culture team members.
• Partner with and support the Culture & Development Manager in managing the development and training culture to achieve a delivery of high quality, relevant, local and Patagonia wide training and development initiatives.
• Partner with Talent Acquisition Manager in creating and implementing an effective and sustainable recruitment strategy across the EMEA region ensuring best practice and innovation across the entire hiring and onboarding process.
• Research and make recommendations for talent strategy required to ensure that it supports the Patagonia responsible growth strategy.
• Match talent against plan and identify gaps; work with the Talent Acquisition Team to build a talent pipeline.
• Administer policies, programs, procedures and plans related to People & Culture and employee relations activities with guidance of the People & Culture Director.
• Support the People & Culture Director and Culture & Development Manager on all communication of employee engagement projects and processes.
• Lead assessment of current how we work frameworks as well as planning and implementation future proof How We Work initiatives.
• Manage the performance and development review process to ensure all employees receive regular feedback on their performance and have a development plan in place in conjunction with Culture & Development Manager.
• In conjunction with People & Culture director, understand employee trends and identify gaps in core skills and propose solutions to further develop and enhance core competencies within the company.
• Coordinate and support the annual Compensation & Benefits frameworks reviews.
• In conjunction with key stakeholders and partnering with the Talent Acquisition team and Finance team ensure we have a good process in place for budgeting and sign off on all role budgets and job specifications.
• Make compensation recommendations for promotions, lateral movement and new hires as needed.
What we’re looking for in candidates:
• A love for People & Culture with a passion for engaging and empowering employees.
• A creative outlook and collaborative mindset around initiatives and strategy within the People & Culture space.
• A love of the outdoors.
• A passion for saving our home planet and making a positive impact through your work.
• Master’s Degree in People & Culture and / or Business or relevant experience in related field.
• At least 5-8 of years of EMEA People & Culture Management experience, preferably in the apparel/retail sector.
• Fluent English, other European languages are a plus (especially French).
• Strong computer skills with experience in using People & Culture systems, Excel, Word, Outlook.
• Excellent working knowledge of European labour law, GDPR, employee relations, compensation and benefits, social security laws, work permits and cross border working regulations.
• Ability to maintain high standard of confidentiality and professionalism.
• Strong organizational and detail-oriented skills.
• Ability to deliver recommendations and presentations to the management team and other stakeholders.
• Excellent customer service and communication skills. The ability to write clearly and persuasively in addition to defining problems and articulating solutions within a group setting.
• Ability to be flexible within the job to ensure the best processes/systems for smooth completion of all projects.
• Capable of streamlining and improving processes and troubleshooting.
• Ability to remain flexible to change within the work environment and scope of responsibility.
• Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment with minimal privacy and numerous interruptions.
Other important details:
• This is a full time position, 100% role, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
• We have a hybrid work model, which allows for a couple of days working from home per week.
• We strive to make unbiased decisions and to offer a great experience to every person who applies for a role at Patagonia. Our interviews include standardised questions that focus on the aspects that are important for success in the role.
• This is a shorter version of the job description. You can read the full outline of the job here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tZhY_lmKn0q8YlRzaZgog0mp0Lqf6ONb/view?usp=sharing
Note: Below is only an indicative list and may change at the time an offer of employment is made.
• Events and workshops with environmentalists, change-makers, educators and sports ambassadors.
• Taking part in employee-lead groups such as Sports, Internal Communications, Footprint, Pride, Pata Parents and Events, or create your own!
• Ongoing unique learning and development opportunities such as our own programme Earth University Possibility to apply for an Environmental Internship (spending time away from your regular job to work for an environmental group, while being paid your regular salary) after one year of employment.
• Option to participate in our 1% for the Planet grants council, being trained and empowered to review and make funding decisions on the grant applications from environmental groups.
• We have dog-friendly offices where employees can bring their furry friend to work.
• We are an activist company and have policies in place to support employees that want to engage in activism.
• All employees interns and their families have access to our Employee Assistance Programme, designed to provide third party, confidential support on a wide range of topics relating to emotional, behavioural and social challenges.
• All employees and interns have access to Unmind, our workplace mental health platform.
• After 1 month of employment, it’s possible to work remotely from another location in EU/EEA, UK or Switzerland for up to 12 weeks per year (pro-rated for less than 1 year).
• Fully paid maternity leave (duration varies by country). After nine months of employment, we offer 12 weeks of partner leave and 12 weeks of adoptive leave. Pro-rated for part-time employees.
• Access to Patagonia discounts and sample sales, as well as discounts at other outdoor and value-aligned companies.
• Plus other benefits specific to each region.
At Patagonia, we commit to becoming an anti-racist company that leads by example. This means doing the work to be inclusive and equitable, across all aspects of our business.
Every person who applies to join Patagonia receives equal employment opportunities, and we value a welcoming environment where each member of our EMEA team feels included, respected and empowered, regardless of their race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, civil status, national origin, disability or age.
At Patagonia, we strive to have inclusive representation within our organisation and embrace a diverse mix of talent to contribute to our culture. We actively seek applications from Black and People of Colour (BPOC) and other underrepresented groups.
As we are in business to save our home planet, we can only do this together.
Please make sure that your CV and cover letter are in English.
Disclaimer for recruitment agencies:
Thanks for your interest in supporting us for this role, but we don’t accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies