HR Director

Permanent employee, Full or part-time · Amsterdam

About Metabolic
At Metabolic, we recognise the need for a new economic model: one that ensures the wellbeing of all people and allows organizations to thrive without transgressing the safe boundaries of the Earth’s natural systems. Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We envision a world where human societies and Ecosystems flourish, and where our economic activities do not transgress any of the planetary boundaries. 

We are an international and dynamic team of around 100 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients across Europe, the US, and Asia. 

Our company culture is our core strength. We strive for excellence, empathy, and collaboration in everything we do. We value your personal and professional goals, and aspire to create an environment where they are achieved through both learning and doing. 

About the Role
People are at the heart of all that we do at Metabolic, and we value creating a nurturing and thriving working environment through our human-centered HR and Operations advisory and support functions. The People, Operations and IT team is a critical part of our ecosystem at Metabolic, an essential element in helping us to maximize our overall impact and manage a variety of organizations that together serve a coherent sustainability mission.  

In this exciting opportunity, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the growth and sustainability goals of the organization by attracting, developing, and retaining top talent while fostering a culture of sustainability and innovation while guiding our team of 4 HR professionals.

Your role will contribute to our mission by supporting our teams, and partnering closely with senior leaders and managers across our Ecosystem. You will design, create and deliver innovative and positive HR initiatives and processes, while ensuring good compliance with employment laws and best practices. 

This role requires a hands on mentality, strategic thinking, and a passion for driving positive impact through people in a dynamic environment.

This position is available now, and will be based at our office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
Your profile
  • Postgraduate degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related subject or 8-10+ years of related experience. 

  • Proven experience as an HR leader, preferably in a Dutch context, with an international and diverse workforce.

  • Solid knowledge of Dutch HR practices, employment laws, and regulation in a Dutch context.

  • Proven leadership ability in a team environment, and an ability to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

  • A demonstrable record of driving organizational change and implementing HR initiatives, with a record of working with others towards action and delivery. 

  • Passion for sustainability and contributing to a positive environmental impact.

  • For non-EU/EEA applicants: The role is dependent upon obtaining a visa to live and work in the Netherlands. Metabolic is a recognised visa sponsor and may support the successful candidate’s application for a work visa.

Our Offer

This opportunity will place you in an environment that values people with their own ideas and initiatives. We believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making and impact over profit. You will be able to participate in an evolving decentralized governance system and be part of a close-knit community of people with shared interests and a strong company culture. We promise: 

  • A social, supportive and vibrant work environment and location with connection and purpose

  • Autonomy & freedom for decision-making within your role, ensuring your voice within Metabolic

  • Flexible and balanced approach to our working environment. 

  • This role reports into the Chief Operations Officer

  • Working part time 32-36 hours per week is also possible

Room for career development and personal growth. 
About us
Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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