Associate Director, HR Works Council
Syneos Health
Based, Home, ESP, Spain
hace 5 días


With a significant collective presence in EMEA we have a wide breadth of associate representative forums, including 10 Works Councils across EMEA having consultation and co-determination (Germany) requirements when implementing business change, acquisitions, and divestitures and a European Works Council ( EWC ).

This critical role will drive meaningful and coordinated engagement with the Works Councils, HR Business Partners and HR Regional Partners in country, consistent with enterprise-wide change implementation.

This role requires a skilled stakeholder relationship manager who proactively engage with key project teams to help them, and the HR partners navigate the Works Council requirements.

The role will also engage with Works Council members to build more personal, one-to-one relationships that create the foundation for more effective collaboration.

As we have experienced more frequent change over the last 2 years, the EMEA region requires a more focused, closer, collaborative partnership with Works Councils.


  • Develops trust and creates more collaborative relationships with HRBPs, HRRPs who manage the Works Council relationships in each country.
  • Leads the HRBPs and HRRPs in preparing Works Council consultation documents. Develops strategies for how HRBPs and HRRPs engage, partner and consult with all EMEA Works Councils.
  • Drives consistency and compliance with local legislation or workers agreements, collating the required information for robust consultation.
  • Manages the Works Council in appropriate countries, attends and participates in necessary meetings to build a strong working relationship, ensuring Works Council members participate in line with their statutory responsibilities.
  • Develops HR and Business Leadership competency on Works Council engagement with co-determination and approval requirements for Works Council countries.
  • Supports and guides re-organisations and restructuring activities for Works Council countries (including providing expertise for HRBPs and Business Leaders as to arm them with the knowledge of associated representative consultation requirements relating to mergers, acquisitions, divestments, outsourcing, role -elimination or redundancies).
  • Develops the Annual Report for the EWC and manage the day-to-day relationship with the EWC.
  • Ensures Works Council and EWC members are adequately informed and, if necessary, trained on the responsibilities and competencies of their role
  • As necessary, mediates between the Works Councils across EMEA in conjunction with the HRBPs and local HRRPs.
  • Partners closely with our Legal Team and our Global HR Team and has the potential to provide Lead ER guidance for the EMEA Region on everything from adapting policies and employee relation actions.
  • Proactively engages with the Works Councils, as a strategic and trusted adviser, building how the Works Councils can work together more efficiently.
  • Leads upfront and transparent discussions to improve collaboration and involvement / .
  • Builds the right foundation for change and ensures our relationship with our Works Council to become more collaborative.
  • Supports the VP, Regional Lead EMEA to deliver projects across region by :

  • agreeing and planning what work needs to be done and establishing a timeline and who is accountable to deliver the work
  • looking at the risks involved in a particular project and managing these risks
  • making sure the work is done to the right standard
  • motivating the team of people involved in the project
  • co-ordinating work done by different people
  • making sure the project is running on time and to budget
  • dealing with changes to the project as and when necessary
  • making sure the projects delivers the expected outcomes and benefits.
  • Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to motivate and encourage others,
  • University Degree in Business or HR plus relevant HR experience preferred, or In lieu of degree, relevant experience with increasing levels of responsibility will be considered.
  • Significant HR experience within EMEA and positive engagement with Works Council
  • Strong communications & organizational skills with ability to multi-task among competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated competency using Microsoft Office and HRIS Technology.
  • Familiarity with global, country and / or local employment laws and regulations.
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative, cross-functional environment at varying levels within the organization.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information with complete discretion.
  • Operates independently with limited supervision required.
  • Acts in an Ethical and Compliant manner at all times and requires other to do the same.
  • Effectively makes informed decisions and pulls through the implementation
  • Ability to manage a budget efficiently and accurately
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