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HR Director, UK & Ireland

Req id:  20500

Reading, GB



As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management.  



The Director, HR acts as a trusted consultant and partner to a large regional (UK & Ireland) client group, across all aspects of talent planning and management. Reporting to the VP, Human Resources for EMEA, the Director works in partnership with multiple senior leaders, as well as HR Centers of Expertise (COE’s) to define needs, co-create talent solutions and provide business lens input to the development of global people strategies.  

The role is accountable for providing strategic and operational advice and recommendations to the business leaders on a range of HR matters including: talent retention and development, workforce planning, organizational design, strategic initiatives, leadership development and pipelining and diversity and inclusion.  The Director will drive innovative solutions to a variety of business/talent problems and lead the development of new initiatives in support of business talent agenda.


Key Responsilities


  • Understand business strategy, goals and priorities, talent risks and industry trends, to assess needs and barriers in order to drive business performance through development and delivery of people strategy and solutions.  Provide meaningful guidance and insights to support business planning
  • Facilitate and support leadership pipeline discussions (gap analysis, succession planning, etc) aimed at developing future leaders
  • Serve as a strategic advisor and change agent related to business initiatives, using business insights and engagement measures to facilitate change  
  • Advise on organizational design and structures
  • Lead the relationships with assigned senior leaders on behalf of the global HR function
  • Partner with COEs to effectively provide business context as the COE designs, develops and implements talent related programs (e.g. performance assessment planning, talent management activities including assessment of potential and succession planning, compensation reviews, etc.) 
  • Act as a liaison to positively influence and align the agendas of both the business and HR and to ensure the business context is communicated and understood by the COEs 
  • Provide thoughtful and effective coaching to leaders on all aspects of leadership, and coach leaders to manage and maximize the skills/capabilities of their team members to create a high-performance culture
  • Proactively seek out relationships with other stakeholders (business operations, FP&A, Site Leaders, etc)
  • Partnership with the functional (Global) HRBPs and the HR COEs to ensure that business context is applied to day to day talent management activities 
  • Interpret and analyze talent metrics and data to assist in making appropriate business decisions and recommendations  
  • Use data predictively to drive workforce planning strategy in partnership with senior leaders by proactively identifying resourcing issues and making recommendations based on predictive modelling and analytics 
  • Understand external talent/workforce trends as applicable to the LOB such as contingent workforce trends, off/onshoring solutions
  • Stays current with labour compliance for the region and ensures effective planning to mitigate risk to the company and comply with all regulatory requirements in a timely manner in partnership with the HR COEs and other stakeholder groups (Finance)
  • Demonstrates personal leadership through personal ownership for the success of the organization, achieved through candor, creative debate and listening, coaching and a commitment to self-improvement


What it takes


  • Proven ability and progressively responsible and related experience in an HRBP or combined HRBP/COE capacity 
  • Ability to adapt to a high change, fast paced environment.  Experience working in the technology sector, preferably a professional services environment and prior experience with M&A is an asset
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Strong relationship management, influence and consulting skills, with proven the ability to build trust across a diverse population of leaders and stakeholders
  • Applied knowledge and understanding of best in class HR practices and solutions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to be clear, precise and compelling
  • Advanced creativity and critical-thinking skills 
  • Proven ability to drive results with resiliency 
  • Ability to lead and engage with a people focused, non-hierarchical style, aimed at coaching and facilitating ideas
  • Able to deal with ambiguity, amongst multiple projects and competing priorities 
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to understand details and apply to big picture concepts
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education/experience
  • MBA and consulting and/or business experience will be considered an asset



At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Our growing team is mapping the future of Information Management, and we continue to make new discoveries that expand its boundaries. Join us and be part of a winning team, where the opportunities for your career are limitless. 

From its innovative start as a research project by University of Waterloo professors in 1991, OpenText has grown into a global company with offices in more than 35 countries. Our high- performance culture has forged our growth and is an excellent fit for people looking to push themselves to learn and do more.

It’s our time to lead, and as part of our team, it will be your time too. Our continued growth will provide you the opportunity to explore, learn and chart an exciting career path while enjoying a good work-life balance. 

If you thrive in a dynamic work environment, there is always a new horizon to explore. We are proud to offer excellent benefits, challenging work and competitive financial rewards. 

Our employee programs prioritize employees’ well-being and that of their families. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan, education assistance, a wellness/fitness reimbursement and time off to volunteer. 

Social events 
With offices around the world and flexible work arrangements, OpenText strives to make sure all our employees feel connected. Teamwork extends to our social lives too from local social events to company-wide activities, we want our employees to take time to relax and have fun.  

Corporate Citizenship  
Corporate Citizenship is more than a program for us, it is engrained in our purpose, impact, and approach to doing business. Through numerous volunteer initiatives, we support education and innovation for global change.

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