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Head of Recruitment


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Job Title: Head of Recruitment

Employed by: Norgine

Location: Amsterdam / Harefield / Luzern / Wettenberg / flexible

Department: Human Resources

Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer

Direct reports: Recruitment Consultant, Recruitment Advisor and a Recruitment Co-ordinator

The Head of Recruitment is accountable for leading the global recruitment function, inclusive of team leadership, establishment of a global recruitment function, employer brand strategy in conjunction with Corporate Communications. In addition, the Head of Recruitment will also manage and engage in operational recruitment, and efficiently manage the end-to-end recruitment cycle, develop talent pipelines and partner with the leaders, hiring managers and the wider HR team to create a cost-effective recruitment strategy to attract talent.


  • Development and implementation of the Global recruitment and attraction strategy
  • Line management and leadership of the recruitment team
  • Creates and generates data, metrics and SLAs to demonstrate progress against goals and team delivery
  • Keep up to date on best practices around candidate sourcing and recruitment strategies, trends and technology
  • Develop ongoing professional relationships with leaders and hiring managers across the various client groups
  • To lead and drive the employer image and brand
  • Managing third party supplier relationships with agencies, head hunters and other organisations
  • Create, design and implement approaches to attracting the best talent across all business areas globally
  • Ad-hoc project design and implementation, such as Graduate recruitment scheme, Applicant Tracking Systems


  • Manage and advise on all aspects of the ‘recruitment lifecycle’ including but not limited to: managing the approval process, creating job descriptions and adverts, providing guidance on appropriate recruitment strategies, job posting, conducting competency based interviews, shortlisting and regular communication with candidates and managers
  • Identify sources to attract candidates such as job boards, job fairs, social media, headhunting, external agencies and networking.
  • Lead the offer, negotiation, and closing process that is in line with company guidelines and exhibits fairness, professionalism and appealing career propositions to candidates
  • Ensure all advertising complies with current legislation and internal rules and is managed appropriately both internally and externally
  • Leveraging innovative and social networking techniques to identify candidates and to build a pipeline of candidates for the business needs
  • Work closely with the HR and Corporate Communications Teams to manage and continuously improve the careers page on Norgine.com and keep under regular review to ensure that it is a creative and effective tool for attracting suitable applicants and enhances Norgine’s employer brand
  • Ensure that all recruitment is recorded and provide accurate reports and metrics
  • Keep accurate documentation related to candidate interactions and status that is in full compliance with all legal and internal requirements

  • Degree qualified
  • Proven end to end international recruitment experience
  • Experience of leading teams
  • Ability to operate both strategically and operationally
  • Previous search experience within an agency environment preferred
  • Experience of managing recruitment agency relationships
  • Experience of implementing and using Applicant Tracking Systems is an advantage
  • Fluent in English and additional European languages will be an advantage
  • Business focused and comfortable building strong client relationships quickly
  • Sound knowledge of current employment law specific to recruitment
  • High degree of integrity and confidentiality
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, prioritise workloads & manage multiple requests and relationships internally and externally
  • Proactive and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve and challenge the status quo (e.g. current processes)
  • Be an ambassador for Norgine

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