Job Location:
DEU – Hamburg

Smith+Nephew is a global medical technology company. We design and manufacture technology that takes the limits off living. We support healthcare professionals to return their patients to health and mobility, helping them to perform at their fullest potential.

For our site in Hamburg, Altona / Bahrenfeld, we are looking for a: 

Senior Human Resources Manager (f/m/x)

Please note: This job advert is also posted in German with ID R56922.

The Senior Human Resources Manager will work closely with people leaders across all functions and spanning multiple geographies in providing and implementing HR support aligned to the corporate HR policies and processes at country, cluster and regional level in line with the agreed ways of working.

Main Responsibilities

  • Contribute to strategy in the area of employee relations working with Business Partners, COEs and peers across the region

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with country and local HR laws and regulations and partner with legal to stay abreast of changes and ensure all compliance requirements are met

  • Together with Business Partners, COEs and wider HR Consultancy team, review the application of employment policies and inform the development of employment policies as appropriate

  • Ensure all changes in employment legislation and policy are communicated to the relevant HR Services team and the business and all working practices/communications are aligned to the new policies and embedded in the HR technologies

  • Provide responsive and high quality, HR Solutions, support, coaching and advice to all parts of the organisation, to ensure the appropriate management of all employee relations matters and including HR topics such as organisational change, grievances, poor performance, absence and disciplinary action

  • Plan and provide responsive and high-quality regional service in the delivery of individual consultations as part of TUPE/M&A activities

  • In conjunction with Learning Services and Business Partners, ensure training plans and tools are developed to meet these needs

  • Provides stewardship of the organisation’s culture and cultural pillars to facilitate success

  • Coaches leaders on the link between behaviours and culture. Weaves cultural standards into HR practices, processes and ways of working

  • Communicates the culture broadly and frames it in ways that engages employees

  • Contribute to the development and improvement of the HR Consultancy model and case management system to meet business needs and to enable prioritisation and risk assessment

  • Identify and implement new initiatives that will enhance the quality of advice given by the HR Consultancy function


  • +10 years of HR experience working at a generalist level

  • University degree in e.g. Human Resources or HR Certificates are beneficial (e.g. CPID)

  • Strong working knowledge of employment laws and practices in Germany

  • Broad knowledge of shared services and centre of excellence concept operating environment, service systems, processes and capabilities

  • Experience with Workday and other HR People Management system as well as solid knowledge of MS Office and database management / record keeping

  • Strong analytical capability with respect to problem solving, conflict resolution and employee relations matters

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills required, demonstrating integrity in all business interactions

  • Fluent in German and English (written and spoken)

  • Willingness to travel to meet business needs (10-25%, national and international)

We Offer:

  • Excellent development opportunities in a market-leading, internationally successful company

  • Innovative and exciting projects in the field of Robotics and MedTech

  • Committed, experienced and team-oriented colleagues

  • Attractive employment conditions and social benefits (e.g. 30 days holiday, company & private accident insurance, JobRad, discounts on +4000 sports offers, company pension scheme)

Does this sound interesting to you? Then we would like to get to know you by (video) phone call. Please send us your CV (PDF) via our career portal.

Smith & Nephew GmbH, Merve Krabbenhöft, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Friesenweg 4/Haus 21, 22763 Hamburg, Germany