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People Partner - EU & UK (6 months FTC) at Ted Baker

People Partner - EU & UK (6 months FTC)

Ted Baker London, UK Full-Time
Required languages: German (Business Fluent)
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People Partner - German Speaking - 6 months FTC

Ted’s Guide to what the People Partner – Europe does around here…

Ted’s Mission Statement

Our Mission is to build a successful company through the creation of a leading designer brand. By conducting ourselves in an efficient and courteous manner and by maintaining Ted’s high standards and integrity, we pride ourselves in always being in a position to satisfy the needs of our customer. In order to protect the ethos and persona for which we have gained an enviable reputation, we always ask ourselves the question: ‘Would Ted do it that way?’**

Where does this role fit within Ted's Team?

To use their knowledge of the business to determine how better people management can support business objectives. Consulting with business leaders and People team colleagues, to implement the people agenda and build the right talent, culture and leadership.

They work with the Head of People Partnering and People Managers as well as the wider People Team in executing the People Strategy and Operation Plan, and to develop and implement better people management practices and in managing organisational change. They are an escalation point for complex HR issues.

Main responsibilities

•       Working closely with, listening to and understanding the needs and priorities of their business areas.

•       Analysing insight provided by People Operations. Using the data to inform the people strategy and plan for their business areas, implement actions and ensure fit for purpose and cost-effective solutions. Manage data base where systems are not available.

•       Are the ‘voice of their business areas’ within the wider People Team.

•       Has ultimate accountability for HR for their business areas. Develops strong business relationships and acts as an HR consultant to ensure success.

•       Is the escalation point to unblock people issues and obstacles affecting business performance.

•       Ensures line managers and employees are educated as required on the correct HR processes and contacting the right team for support.

•       Works with the People team’s subject matter experts to ensure an exceptional service is delivered to the business and policies and procedures are in line with current (local) legislation, best practice and business requirements.

•       Proactively manage legal risk; ensures manager and employee compliance with company policies and procedures, and governmental regulations

•       Works as a Coach to managers. Has regular 121 sessions to build relationships and support with any people related challenges. Challenges and supports – asking the right questions to improve performance.

•       Delivers training on people related issues as required.

•       Supports line managers in management of absence situations (including capability and parental leave).

•       Carries out organisational design for their area and leads organisational change to ensure structures are fit for purpose and able to effectively deliver for the business.

•       Appropriately facilitating and enabling resourcing/budget discussions that allow alignment of planned HR initiatives and deployment.

•       Supporting recruitment for critical roles or key talent to ensure roles are filled to the highest standard.

•       Acting as the performance improvement driver, challenge the status quo and is an advocate of positive changes in people management. Ensure the execution of performance management requirements for their area.

•       Design succession plans for top talent and key job positions and work with managers to ensure they are pipelining talent internally and externally. 

•       Check in with line manager new starters during their onboarding and probationary period.

•       Understand the engagement results for the business areas and use the insight to inform key people initiatives to ultimately improve engagement.

•       Liaising and managing relationship with employee representation bodies (e.g. Work Council)

•       Participates in ad hoc projects as and when required. 

Tools of the Trade…


•       Extensive experience in human resource management in Germany

•       Strong commercial acumen.

•       Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks and requirements. 

•       An in-depth knowledge of current employment law and legislation.  

•       Knowledge of HR and Payroll software with ability to analyse data to inform people decisions. 

•       German speaking

•       University degree or relevant professional qualification at graduate or diploma level.


•       International Retail HR experience across multi-sites 

•       Coaching / mediation certificate

Personal traits…

•       Good understanding of the business (model, products, industry, competitors etc.).

•       Confidential and trustworthy.

•       Ability to communicate effectively and adapt style in a multicultural, multinational environment.

•       A strong influencer, comfortable at challenging senior leaders.

•       Can explain complex plans or processes in a simple and concise manner.

•       Ability to identify key data sources and utilise data driven insights to effectively improve business decisions.

•       Makes confident, clear decisions based on sound judgement.

•       Dedicated to the success of peers and demonstrated willingness to train/mentor.

•       Ability to build long-term, trusting relationships and work well across functions

•       Ability to work independently as well as with a team.

•       Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and have strong organisational skills.

•       Proven ability to quickly learn new applications, processes, and procedures.

•       Proven capacity to manage changing priorities and ambiguity while remaining calm and controlled.

•       Understanding of different European employment legislations

•       Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Ted’s Core Competencies…

•       Satisfy the needs of our customer, always

•       Pursue growth and opportunities through initiative and proactivity

•       Build open and honest relationships with clear communication

•       Create a positive team environment, encourage collaboration

•       Be proud, passionate, motivated, committed

•       Take ownership, be accountable

•       Encourage organisation, high standards and efficiencies

Ted Baker is committed to equal opportunities and embraces diversity, understanding the needs and benefits of a balanced, inclusive workforce. We do not tolerate any harassment or discrimination towards any of our candidates or employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

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