Global HR Director Business Partnering for leading international provider of bikes, parts and accessories

Be part of major HR and business line transformation to support business growth

Accell Group designs simple and smart solutions in order to create a fantastic cycling experience for everyone who uses our bikes. Accell Group makes bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories. We are the European market leader in e-bikes and second largest in bicycle parts and accessories, with numerous leading European bicycle brands under one roof. These brands were built by pioneers for whom the best was not good enough. We still embody the entrepreneurial spirit of those family businesses to this day. We keep pushing ourselves to create high-quality, high performance, cutting-edge products driven by the continuous exchange of knowhow and craftsmanship.

Accell Group employs approximately 3000 people across 15 countries. Accell Group’s bikes and related products are sold to dealers and consumers in more than 80 countries. In 2022, the company sold around 845 thousand bicycles and recorded a turnover of € 1.4 billion.

Develop efficient HR function that excels in supporting the business

Accell Group is owned by the Prive Equity company KKR and has grown tremendously by a large number of acquisitions. Today the company produces and sell 12 bike brands both electric and non-electric bikes for all segments. Due to the many acquisitions HR processes, systems and services differs greatly from location to location. The company is on a journey to completely redesign HR to develop a best in class highly efficient HR function capable of providing extraordinary service and support for the entire organization.

You report to the CHRO and will be supporting  the Commercial organization (CCO and his direct reports)  and the EVP’s of the Business Unit Lifestyle and Sports to align the HR strategy with the company objectives and to support further growth ambitions and drive business results. Your daily tasks and responsibilities count to:

  • Develop and maintain strong partnership with business leaders and managers to understand their strategic objectives, business challenges and determine the HR agenda for the respective businesses.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Accell HR strategies that support business objectives, including talent management, leadership development, organizational design and cultural initiatives.
  • Facilitate senior leadership and executive team development, coaching leaders on effective management and leadership practices.
  • Promote a culture of continuous learning and development, aligning development initiatives with business needs and individual career aspirations.
  • Drive the implementation of our core values within Accell to further define and foster a culture of being one Accell.
  • Participate in several HR projects such as the implementation of our HR system, joint job family framework and reward policy to establish a world class HR support model that will help drive the success of the company

The role is ideally based either at the Accell Group HQ in Amsterdam or in Sennfeld or Munich Germany. You will also have the opportunity to travel up to 25% of the time to other Accell sites in Europe.

Experienced HRBP profile

You probably have a university degree in HR, Business Management or similar. You have a minimum of 10 years’ experience working in larger international companies with a wide scope of HR topics like organizational development, HR transformation, strategies & implementation and related HR disciplines.

You have obtained this experience in an international company with high standards of HR, preferably in a matrix organization. If you have experience from a manufacturing company it is an advantage but not a requirement.

Furthermore, we are looking for you with the following personal traits:  

  • Strategically strong, analytical mindset and capable of drafting scenarios.
  • Effective communicator across all levels; manages conflicts, possess great communication skills and is a good listener.
  • Proactive, getting things done mentality. Hands-on. Knows what good looks like, and not afraid of building it from scratch.
  • Result oriented and capable of steering others towards solutions.
  • Strong influential skills.
  • Pragmatic, people-oriented attitude to continually improve performance.
  • Confident personality and possess skills to support organizational activities.

ABOUT ACCELL GROUP AND WHAT WE DO

We believe that cycling moves the world forward. We design simple and smart solutions in order to create a fantastic cycling experience for everyone who uses our bikes. Accell Group makes bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories. We are the European market leader in e-bikes and second largest in bicycle parts and accessories. With numerous leading European bicycle brands under one roof. These brands were built by pioneers for whom the best was not good enough. We still embody the entrepreneurial spirit of those family businesses to this day. We keep pushing ourselves to create high-quality, high performance, cutting-edge products driven by the continuous exchange of know-how and craftsmanship.

Well-known bicycle brands in our portfolio include Haibike, Winora, Ghost, Batavus, Koga, Lapierre, Raleigh, Sparta, Babboe and Carqon. XLC is our brand for bicycle parts and accessories. Accell Group employs approximately 3,000 people across 15 countries.

Do you recognize yourself in this role?

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

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

Arne Kyed

Partner
+45 2970 2031
ak@brinchpartners.dk