Head of Human Resources (f/m/d)

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: Leinfelden Echterdingen, BW, DE

Company: smart Europe

About Smart Europe  


We are the brand for forward-thinkers. We celebrate challenging conventions and shaping the future of electric mobility. We focus on the essentials to bring perfection to customers. We make urban life more enjoyable and entertain our customers with new impulses.


Ever since smart exists, we rewrite the automotive industry’s rulebook. In the 1990s, we undermined the predominant philosophy of ‘bigger is better’ and designed a revolutionary car. Since 2020 we are the first car enterprise that switched to 100% electric! We aim to transform into a leading player in urban premium, electric & connected mobility provider.


Are you a forward thinker too? Then join us now!


Your responsibilities


  • You ensure the future-proof realization of the 3 main responsibilities of HR: attract, develop and retain talent
  • You envision and execute smart Europe’s HR strategy, encompassing both our ambitious business objective and our culture
  • You and your team design, implement, and constantly adapt our HR Process & System landscape around the HR strategy and the organization’s needs - constantly aiming at a memorable candidate & employee experience and at the creation of reliable insights through data
  • You stabilize core HR processes both within the team and the organization
  • You grow the HR team competencies, enabling a client-centric approach as well as individual development and team bonding
  • Our top management works with you closely as a trusted advisor - You partner with them to ensure strategic cohesion, cross-functional collaboration, and operational excellence
  • You stabilize and further develop our HR service portfolio for smart’s eleven European legal entities and HQ which includes talent attraction, organizational development, L&D, compensation & benefits, compliance, etc.
  • You are responsible for the personnel budget and planning and the associated approval processes
  • You actively manage different stakeholders and know how to communicate the relevant HR topics and initiatives to both local management and HR management at smart automobile headquarters in China
  • You use learning and development as a core element of our HR strategy to spot and leverage latent talent, both at the leadership and individual contributor level




What you bring along


  • You have a university degree with a focus on human resources & organizations or a comparable education
  • You have a story of success and learning through various fast-paced organizations in HR leading roles. Ideally, you served organizations for a consistent number of years, thus gathering in-depth knowledge of long-term HR cycles
  • You have solid knowledge in the establishment and further development – especially digitization - of HR core processes and guidelines 
  • You have solid negotiation and conflict resolution skills; you are able to collaborate with your negotiation partners and jointly create novel scenarios for the benefit of all involved parties
  • You have strong knowledge of labor law & social security in Germany; knowledge of labor legislation in any other European country is a plus
  • You have a deep knowledge of a variety of incentivization frameworks and best practices
  • You have excellent communication skills in English and German in intercultural and cross-functional settings