HR Business Partner France for global leading heavy industries company

Drive HR agenda and provide major development of French entities in global company

RHI Magnesita is the global leader and driving force in the refractory business – they develop, produce, sell, and install heat-resistant materials and products for high temperature production. Without RHI Magnesita cars, planes, glass, roads, and many other things that we take for granted would not exist. RHI Magnesita has app. 12.000 employees, 2.7 bn. Euro in turnover, and serves more than 10.000 customers within steel, cement, glass, metals, energy, chemical and similar industries.

Are you ready to drive the daily HR and be part of developing RHI Magnesita France HR to the next level in close cooperation with your European colleagues? Would you like to support plant leadership in doing a great job, to establish cooperation with local educational institutions regarding internships and many other exciting things – then we have the role for you.

Here are two presentations of RHI Magnesita:

Drive and develop RHI Magnesita HR in France

RHI Magnesita France consists of two production plants in Valenciennes and Flaumont with app. 165 employees and a Sales office in Paris with 11 employees. You will work together with another HR Business Partner in France, the European HR-BP team, and Global Business Service Center in Spain. Your tasks are primarily to support management at the two plants and to take part of the development of processes and systems transforming HR RHIM France into a more efficient, lean and more digitalized HR-function. Your daily tasks and responsibilities count:

  • Support managers on the two plants with recruitments, onboarding, career paths, yearly salary increase process, promotions, resignations, terminations etc. 
  • Handle HR-legal matters like legislation, regulations, litigations, and labor disputes  
  • Continue the strong cooperation with the local unions
  • Engage in cooperation with local educational institutions regarding internships and related
  • Develop processes, procedures and digitalize paperwork

The role is based at the plant in Valenciennes, and you will report to the Head of HR Europe West based in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. We are flexible, if you prefer a fulltime or part-time position (4 days/week).

Experienced HR Business Partner interested in development of the HR function

You have some years relevant experience as a HR Business Partner or related. The industry, your experience derive from, is not important – as long as you are strong on French HR-legal matters. Furthermore, you take pride in providing solid HR partnership for the leadership as well as the needed development of HR-processes and building cooperation with local educational institutions and related.

Besides this we are looking for you who:

  • are fluent in English besides French
  • thrive in a fast paced and dynamic environment in a growing business
  • have great interpersonal and communication skills with which you engage with colleagues at all levels, supporting leaders in doing a good job and drive the needed development even if you should experience resistance in the organization

What we bring to the table

We are the recognized leader in the innovative technology sector. Our company is defined by people. That’s why we value our people so much. We have a collaborative culture that values ideas and determination to add value for our customers. Our leadership style encourages open-mindedness, new ideas and initiative. We are pragmatic, positive and optimistic. 

As a valued employer

– We offer you a diverse and challenging role within the global market leader that is driving positive change.

– We will give you the opportunity to participate in shaping the future of the industry leader in innovative technologies. We will give you the opportunity to take responsibility and drive your own career success.

– You will have the opportunity to learn, lead and build something new with colleagues from around the world.

– We value a respectful and friendly environment with open decision-making processes.

– We encourage direct communication, openness and collaboration through our award-winning and innovative employee app.

About RHI Magnesita

RHI Magnesita is the leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and solutions which are critical for high-temperature processes exceeding 1,200°C in a wide range of industries, including steel, cement, non-ferrous metals, and glass. Our purpose is to master heat, enabling global industries to build sustainable modern life. With a vertically integrated value chain, from raw materials to refractory products and full performance-based solutions, RHI Magnesita serves customers globally, with around 13,000 employees in 30 main production sites and more than 70 sales offices. RHI Magnesita pursues an innovative and industry-leading path in technological development and sustainability, including CO2 emissions reduction technology.

Do you recognize yourself in this role?

For this position we are working with the executive search company, Brinch & Partners, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Partner Arne Kyed at or +45 2970 2031.

If you are interested in the position, please upload your CV via the link at your earliest convenience. 

Arne Kyed

+45 2970 2031