Head of Talent Acquisition - International

  • Location

    Amsterdam, North Holland

  • Sector:

    Pharma & Life Sciences

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    €120000 - €140000 per annum + bonus + benefits

  • Contact:

    Nick Finley

  • Contact email:


  • Job ref:

    NGF - 985162_1532508537

  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Consultant:


The role is involved in all aspects of talent acquisition leadership including long and near-term business planning, commercial analysis, business performance management and business analysis. This individual will be responsible for shaping communications and presentations to senior management and the broader organization, and provide senior thought leadership to the largest element of the business portfolio for the European and Asia Pacific regions.

The leader will actively partner with senior business leaders, as well as local HR leadership and HR delivery teams in the region. This role includes leading the small talent acquisition team directly in Europe, as well as building strong relationships and community with the small pool of local recruiters in Asia Pacific (locally funded recruiters, locally reporting into HR).

Located in Amsterdam this individual will directly lead a team of 11 and share best practice with TA leads in Japan, China and Australia/New Zealand). Key responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the global head of talent acquisition to ensure an aligned and consistent talent acquisition delivery solution for the entire company
  • Work closely and interact as one team with the four peer manager positions for this role (all based in the US)
  • Implement the strategic roadmap for the region to create a competitive advantage by shifting talent acquisition from an operational, reactive team to a leading, strategic sourcing (talent marketing) practice
  • Manage and deliver all talent acquisition solutions & processes for the region. This includes working closely with the local HR Business Partners in the region
  • Rapidly execute a strategic roadmap to improve and implement talent acquisition strategies across the region to attract and retain a pipeline of top talent into key talent segments, including line of business groups, priority roles, capabilities and diversity. This includes managing vacancies and strategic sourcing directly from time to time
  • Understand and translate current regional market conditions and predictors of future market conditions into strategic talent acquisition initiatives to ensure that the business is focused on securing the best talent to meet current & future needs
  • Work with business leaders to understand talent implications of their annual business planning process and influencing leadership of realistic talent acquisition investment needs
  • Network within the talent acquisition community to understand how external forces (market conditions, social media, mobile, cloud, workforce demographics, employee referrals) will impact the talent supply and demand over time and ensure that strategic thinking is shared throughout the global talent acquisition, HR & business leader communities to help evolve the talent mindset
  • Work closely as one team with the US talent acquisition teams & implement a new technology landscape (recruitment management system - Workday - and CRM)
  • Build and develop a high performing talent acquisition team that provides strong talent acquisition solutions to lines of business - and provides bench for future talent acquisition leadership


  • Senior talent acquisition leadership experience with a growing and scaling organization, ideally public company experience
  • Experience of leading a talent acquisition team within an international or multi country scope
  • Experience within life sciences sector or other medical technologies is a plus but not mandatory
  • Experience with working in a US company a plus
  • Experience in a variety of roles in complex environments (complexity can come from different angles: volume, strong and quick growth, country mix, etc.)
  • Experience having managed a small, growing team with remote management included

Required skills and abilities

  • Strategically oriented; ability to align business drivers with talent acquisition needs and influence sophisticated senior operating leaders
  • Strong business partnering skills (up, down and across the organization)
  • Knowledge of best practice talent acquisition models; passion to drive an organization to higher levels of performance
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to think creatively about business issues
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to simplify complex issues; confidence to communicate to a variety of audience
  • Highly engaged individual comfortable energized by working in a fast paced environment; strong results orientation
  • Comfort in working in a matrix environment; ability to partner influence without direct control
  • Proven leadership ability to recruit, motivate, develop and retain talented staff
  • Willingness to travel 20%


  • Business and / or HR degree
  • Other educational backgrounds accepted in context of business experience demonstrating strong strategic, operational and analytical skills, and ability to serve as a senior leader of a large, complicated business unit

The SR Group (Netherlands) B.V. is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.