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Talent Director

In a nutshell:

IDEO Munich is in search of a Talent Director who will be part of the location leadership team and is interested in a Talent opportunity where you’ll partner with senior leadership around employee engagement, training and development, and performance management for the studio.

You will be a warm hearted, proactive, open minded and collaborative person, who identifies closely with our IDEO’s values like being optimistic & making others successful. Your wealth of experience in Talent will allow you to lead and strategically drive learning & development, hiring, organisational and cultural topics. You will act as a close partner to leadership and the broader community and be excited about leading Talent at IDEO Munich through a human-centred creative approach.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

IDEO Munich is helping to lead the way for what cutting edge work looks like for IDEO. IDEO Munich is a creative and dynamic community filled with individuals that love what they do and are committed to helping others be successful. Our Talent processes and approach are not one-size-fits-all. Finding the right people to add to our team, and helping them succeed in their careers is a creative challenge — a human-centered one. This makes it an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a Talent Director to shape the individual experience and amazing culture/community of IDEO at all levels—from brand new talent to leadership, through your guidance and coaching.

Once here you will:

  • Oversee people-related processes, operations, and solutions including but not limited to onboarding, especially onboarding of senior leaders and new capabilities, performance management, employee satisfaction/relations, learning and development, employment branding, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, and compliance
  • With the IDEO Europe talent team design and implement a relevant and inspiring learning and development programme that helps individuals at all levels, learn the skills they need to help clients with strategy, change and the delivery of great products and services that grow their businesses
  • You will tie together global, regional and individual learning and development initiatives with the needs of the studio. You will provide support that enables Business Leads (the senior people who drive career development) to have great coaching conversations with the skills needed to build out clear development plans
  • You will be interested in exploring digital and external consultant solutions as well as working on internal projects to help fill our learning and development requirements
  • Act as the first point of contact for people-related concerns, for all employees. Be a confidential and welcoming resource by developing strong relationships
  • Where needed you will work with Business Leads to oversee any performance management processes providing guidance to their employee reviews and evaluations
  • Helping drive and experiment new ways of working at IDEO - Collaborating with clients, broaden our network, fostering diversity in Europe.
  • Collaborate with the Munich and European leadership and recruiting lead (currently hiring) to drive strategy to hire top talent into the organization. As part of the location leadership team you will partner closely with the hiring managers to report on progress, propose new initiatives to improve talent acquisition programs & processes, find and implement efficiencies, propose and deliver recruitment-related training initiatives, drive creative pipeline building/sourcing strategies, and work with your team to ensure hiring is a top priority

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

As a Talent Lead in Munich, we provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Collaborate with people from different disciplines such as interaction designers, business designers, design researchers and much more
  • Become part of a culture that lets you both learn and teach while working with people outside of your immediate area of expertise
  • Be challenged to think more holistically

Relevant experience:

  • 10+ years of experience, preferably in an HR/Talent leadership role. Experience at multinational companies preferred
  • Knowledge of employee relations, learning and development, talent management, performance management, organizational development, talent acquisition and employee engagement required
  • High EQ with the ability to build strong relationships and collaborate cross-functionally
  • Exceptionally organized, attention to detail and ability to prioritize
  • Demonstrated strength in building relationships, with strong cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to influence decision-making with leadership
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of tact, diplomacy, judgment and discretion while handling challenging conversations
  • Experience and interest in working in a creative and entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience and interest in working in a creative and entrepreneurial environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both internal and external capacities, preferably in both English and German

Application requirements and instructions:

Please apply online by uploading your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for this role by Friday 2nd August.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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