Modern wire harness systems and exclusive vehicle interiors: The name DRÄXLMAIER stands for automotive innovations – products that enhance your driving experience. Every day, approximately 75,000 associates around the world cooperate to contribute their knowledge, skills and automotive passion toward this goal. Individuals, who like to take on responsibilities, use their creativity and contribute their ideas toward the common success. Individuals like you!

Head of HR, Poland

Job Req ID:  89978

Gliwice, PL, 44-100 Gli

Work Type:  Full time
Contract Type:  unlimited

Being a Head of HR is not for the faint hearted, you will need both a thick skin and the conviction to follow through on best practice. The job will never be dull however, with no two days being the same. You will be responsible for delivering the worst and the best of news, managing upset employees, counselling strong-willed heads of department, directing on workplace harassment, balancing best practice with commercial pressures, getting buy-in on people strategies from unconvinced senior management and persuading employees to change their workplace fundamentals for the greater good.


Key duties:

  • Represent the HR department consistently and with professionalism - facing the Senior Management Team and workforce with confidence and skill.
  • Translate key data into an effective and commercially focused HR and people strategy, working with senior management and influencing them on the best course of action.
  • Provide company-wide information by interpreting people data and analysing figures on staff turnover, cost per hire etc.
  • Give counsel and oversee complex employee relations issues such as grievance and disciplinary cases and manage difficult cases with professionalism.
  • Establish departmental accountabilities for the range of HR functions from talent acquisition to payroll
  • Devise recruitment strategy including capacity building and oversee its implementation. Interview senior hires where necessary.
  • Co-ordinate remuneration policies and advise senior management on staff salaries in reference to external benchmarks.
  • Update and review HR policies, procedures and guidelines and enforce organisation values.
  • Champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.
  • Control the HR budget and report on current and future staffing costs and initiatives.
  • Lead on special projects and communicate and direct on strategy and implementation.
  • Champion change initiatives getting buy-in from board members.
  • Ensure legal compliance is met in all HR activities.
  • Challenge the Country Leadership Team where appropriate and suggest alternative paths.
  • Deliver bad news and offer pragmatic solutions.
  • Continuously review the responsibilities of the HR department and make bold decisions when necessary.


  • This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree is minimum; Master’s degree in business administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or even a law degree is desirable.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development is desired.

Previous experience:

  • Held previous position of seniority, able to establish credibility and build department accountability.
  • Able to problem solve and demonstrate operational and strategic skills.
  • Experience of acting as a role model is essential and leading teams.
  • Comfortable in developing team members and empowering staff.
  • Demonstrates commercial acumen – partners with the business to deliver commercially focused people strategies and has a good overall understanding of company finances and uses this to develop policies.
  • Solid employment law knowledge and proven experience of applying updated legislation to a variety of HR situations.
  • Managed redundancy situations and experienced in coaching managers through this and leading where necessary.
  • Evidence of having a passion for working with people and working beyond the confines of the job description.
  • Outstanding communication skills – able to deliver bad news and give it a positive outlook as well as ability to influence board members.
  • Proven organisation skills and ability to priortise.
  • Proficient in IT - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and HRIS( Human resources Information Systems)
  • Fluent spoken and written English, and German.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Thrives on constant change.

The base location of this role is still to be determined however a strong on-site presence will be required. Our Poland sites are located in Gliwice, and Jelena Gora.  Occasional travel to our Head Office in Germany or other European locations may also be required.


We offer:


Competitive basic salary, bonus, company vehicle and company funded health cash plan.