HR Manager - Commercial and R&D

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Date: Jun 14, 2022

Location: Gurugram, IN

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Purpose of the job


Drive end to end HR processes for the Commercial and R&D teams based in India, to scale up people and organizational capability to the next level, for delivering accelerated and profitable growth in the business as per HR guidelines.


Supports building and implementation of the HR strategy and targets to life by developing, implementing, and maintaining the HR / Attract to Grow processes and HR services in line with the global Center of Expertise (CoE) processes and the Global Business Services (GBS) Service Catalogue


HR Business Partnering

Provides HR partnership & expertise to the Business, Functional and R&D Team in achieving their agenda for the country, including but not limited to workforce planning, organizational design, capability building and performance management.


Key responsibilities

  • Builds close, efficient and effective working relationships with BUs, Strategic HR Business Partners, Centre of Expertise (CoEs) and People Services locally and in the region to support Commercial and R&D.
  • Grows the individuals and the teams by providing clear feedback, trust, focusing on strengths and a climate where learning from mistakes and continuous improvement is the norm.
  • Deploys and implements the respective Commercial HR Strategy and prioritize HR projects, in line with the BU and regional HR strategy
  • Provides input to Country HR Strategy from a Commercial and R&D perspective.
  • Supports and delivers the standardization and harmonization of HR processes and conditions for teams, including change management, standardization and harmonization of HR practices
  • Responsible for Commercial and R&D HR budget, follow up of actual costs and for taking applicable actions when required from a cost perspective
  • Ensures optimal alignment and collaboration with the Business/Functions and presents HR updates in Business Reviews.
  • Drives compliance of process and behaviors following internal (eg AkzoNobel Code of Conduct) and external requirements, regulations and best practices
  • Ensures appropriate positioning of our Employer Value Proposition (EVP) in the country, as well as advocate for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Ensure alignment of given HR processes with business by engaging proactively with business leaders and their respective team members.
  • Responsible for manpower budgeting & tracking, and productivity tracking for the organization as per guidelines.
  • Provides HR solutions to ensure business delivery, like capability building, retention measures, engagement initiatives
  • Responsible for Managing Employee Life Cycle Events proactively events like recruitment, joining, induction, promotion, increments, exit etc
  • Talent Management in Sales- identify high performers and potential employees and create developmental plans & career paths for them
  • To drive human resources practices and policies to ensure standardization and consistency in documentation & implementation of human resource practices and policies across sales regions.
  • Drive performance-management process as per process guidelines & timelines with the sales team.
  • Create and sustain awareness of integrity and discipline. Execute disciplinary actions as required in Sales organization.


HR Business Partnering

  • Provides HR partnership & expertise to the Functional / BU teams in achieving their business agenda
  • Acts as coach and counsel to Teams create the right culture and organizational model.
  • Supports with Workforce Planning to build a strong and sustainable human capital Leadership to support the strategy and further growth of the country organization
  • Facilitates workshops to drive a culture of healthy, sustainable, high performance
  • Drives BU/Function specific initiatives to support functional and business growth and transformation, working closely with the strategic HRBPs


Job requirements

List the essential educational qualifications, relevant experience and required skills.

  • Postgraduate with deep functional knowledge and HR expertise, with 12 – 15 years’ experience
  • Proven track record in delivering results in a matrix organization
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, ability to drive and implement change in the organization
  • Leading and developing teams and individuals
  • Good at stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • Empathic with clear communication, presentation, and facilitation skills
  • Collaborative, engaging style, team player who loves to create energy and fun
  • Hands-on can-do attitude, who can keep course while dealing with ambiguity and the various priorities and stakes in country and function
  • Leads from a core set of personal values and sense of purpose in line with the AkzoNobel core values, behaviours, and priorities


Functional competences:

  • Business Orientation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Business Partnering & Consulting
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Savvy
  • Project Management
  • Employee Lifecycle Management
  • Continuous improvement
  • Knowledge of Industrial Relations practices, legal & regulatory requirements


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 23915