Director HR & Administration Central Region (18722)

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    Corporate Functions
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    DEU - Oberursel - Zimmersmühlenweg 21, HQ
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    Permanent Full-Time

HR Director - Central Region


Corporate Summary

Avis Budget Group EMEA Ltd is a leading provider of mobility solutions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where it operates the globally recognised Avis and Budget brands.

Avis Budget is a trusted brand with a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, with a commitment to true convenience and exceptional service with the Avis human touch.


The Avis brand operates across six continents via a network of over 5230 locations in 166 countries, through wholly-owned subsidiaries in 21 corporate countries complemented by licence arrangements in a further 145 countries.

The Budget brand, serves customers across six continents, through more than 3,900 locations in 124 countries, including over 800 airports. These are predominantly franchise businesses with corporate operations in France, Germany, Spain, UK, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travellers worldwide.


Where possible and for customer convenience, the Avis and Budget brands share the same rental locations at many airports, railway stations and other key locations across Europe.


Avis Budget Group EMEA Ltd is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses both brands throughout the world.  For more information, on the Avis brand, visit www.avis.com or www.budget-international.com for the Budget brand.


Job Summary

This role is a critical member of the Central Region leadership team and is relied upon heavily to drive change and transformation in a rapidly moving environment through its HR model and people agenda and programs.

The position ensures that all people matter are aligned for business growth and profitability, supported by leading practice HR systems and processes that have either already been implemented or are on its way. Additionally, the positions drives employment engagement, career success and wellbeing, ultimately impacting the optimum culture to ensure high levels of customer excellence


Organisational Structure

This role reports jointly to the Managing Director of the Central Region and has a functional reporting line to the Senior Vice President - Human Resources, International.

Direct reports include: 10 Directs reports including HR Business Partners and Payroll Partner in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland and plus joint reporting line for Talent Acquisition and Health & Safety Partner

The role covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Poland


Key Accountabilities  

    1. Business Partnering
      1. Commercial Leadership and Consulting
      2. Contribution to Business Leadership team
      3. Employee Champion
    2. Organisation Design
      1. People Strategy
      2. Workday
      3. Change Leadership
      4. Structure & HR Transformation
      5. People Processes and Lateral Links
    3. Talent Acquisition
      1. Manpower Planning
      2. Contract Design
      3. Onboarding
    4. Talent and Performance Development
      1. Talent Grids
      2. Career Mapping and Management
      3. Training and Development
      4. Performance Management
      5. Management of Under performance
      6. Exit Management
      7. Mobility
    5. Culture, Engagement and Reward
      1. Employee Engagement Process
      2. Development and integration of High Performance Behaviours
      3. Compensation and Benefits Strategy and Process
    6. Employee Relations
      1. Legal Compliance
      2. Discipline
      3. Grievance
      4. Employee Forum Management
      5. Employee Support and Queries
    7. Communication
      1. Social Media
      2. Town Halls / Conferences
      3. Leadership integration with employees
      4. Weekly Packs and Noticeboards
    8. Safety and Wellbeing
      1. Health and Safety Legislation and Governance
      2. Investigation
      3. Wellbeing Initiatives and process
      4. Absence Management
    9. Compliance
      1. HR Governance
      2. SOx
      3. Code of Conduct
    10. HR Administration
      1. Payroll input
      2. Starters and Leavers
      3. Changes
      4. Reference Checking
      5. Time and Attendance


Authority / Influence over Resources


  • People Plan for Central Region
  • Costs Per Hire; Costs of Benefits; Costs Salary Plan;
  • Training and Development Budget
  • HRIS for region, Time and Attendance Systems
  • Facility related contractors
  • Influences:
  • Total Payroll Bill
  • Talent Pool
  • Employee Retention

Authority for Change

This person is responsible for all Human Resources policies in the Central Region. They have authority for change for all people matters in the region.

Organisation Changes, Individual and Group consultation and Employee Relations.

The role holder needs to understand each of the 5 Cultures and Legal Frameworks and Display Appropriate Leadership based on these and create best in class ways of working.

Internal / External Interaction

Internal interaction with the following Stakeholders:

    • Principle Business partner is Central Region Managing Director
    • Central Region Leadership Team
    • Central Region Managers
  • Central Region Councils
  • Central Region Employees


  • Peer Group: Generalist HRDs, Specialist Members of HR Team
  • ELT Functional Leaders
  • Legal Team
  • Finance Team
  • Operations Team

External Bodies:

Recruitment Partners; Training Partners; Employment Lawyers.


Work / Experience Background

  • Demonstrable experience driving change – eg. functional transformation, change management role, enterprise turn around experience etc.
  • People Management and Change Leadership
  • Communication and Influence up to European Leadership Team Level.
  • High experience and insight in creating people based change plans and business cases that influence Business Leaders.
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Budgetary Management
  • Project Management
  • Communication: Public Speaking and High Quality written communications

Technical Business Skills / Knowledge


  • Broad based generalist HR experience
  • Insight and Experience of creating programs that drive employee engagement
  • Organizational Design
  • Talent Management
  • L&D


  • Employment Law knowledge for region and variations therein
  • Compensation and Incentive planning
  • Project Planning
  • Budget Planning

Other Requirements

  • Understanding and Insight into the success and development of people in a corporate environment






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