Human Resources - Director Workforce Planning and Employee Policies

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With almost 7,000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest public service institution in Europe. It supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high-quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention, its founding treaty. It has a yearly budget of EUR 2.3 billion, entirely financed by the fees paid by its users.


The Strategic Plan 2023 adopted by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in June 2019 highlights the strategic importance of talent management, the modernisation and improvement of the EPO's HR service delivery model for managers and employees, as well as employee engagement.


Within Directorate-General Corporate Services, human resources (HR) functions are split between two principal directorates, one in charge of customer services and talent management and another in charge of policymaking, employment law and workforce planning.


The Principal Directorate Corporate Policies is responsible for an area comprising the following directorates:


  • Directorate Compensation and Benefits: responsible for designing policies related to the employee package and for managing the different social-security schemes from a long-term social and financial sustainability perspective;
  • Directorate Employment Law: responsible for the legal drafting of rules governing relations between employees and the Office, as well as for the settlement of employment law disputes;
  • Directorate Workforce Planning and Employee Policies: responsible for drafting policies in the area of workforce planning (recruitment, mobility, succession planning) and on employment and working conditions.


Your main responsibilities

As the head of the Directorate Workforce Planning and Employee Policies, you will:

  • focus on corporate policies governing work organisation, teleworking, diversity and inclusion, mobility and succession planning, family facilities and education
  • be responsible for Office-wide workforce planning by anticipating the organisation's future staffing needs from a long-term sustainability and organisational perspective
  • work in close co-operation with lawyers, compensation-and-benefits experts, as well as HR operational directorates and various business areas
  • support the Office in designing employee policies that will foster both performance and staff engagement in a collaborative dynamic environment
  • manage a team of experts and project managers


The ideal profile for this position is a seasoned HR professional with a proven track record in a complex international environment, experience in successfully managing projects, as well as effective performance- and people-management skills.


What we expect from you

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience  
  • Outstanding teamwork and management skills
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills


Your qualifications

  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand the other two; in exceptional cases, excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand another
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation


Process and timeline

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire. The interviews are expected to take place in calendar week 49/50.


Duration of appointment:  5 years

To apply for this role, please click the 'apply' link on the Changeboard site.



* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. 

To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from women. 
The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010.
All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

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