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VP People & Culture (m/w/d)

With Germany being the core of European automotive manufacturing, its only natural it should also be a pioneer in scaling up battery cell manufacturing. At Northvolt we are excited to make this happen, it is one of the biggest developments that has ever happened in northern Germany. Above generating more than 3000 direct jobs at site, it changes the local community in its foundations. It is the start of a new industrial era. To succeed in this establishment we are now looking for a
VP People & Culture to lead the people side of the establishment of Northvolt in Germany.

Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, will be the location of our German Battery Gigafactory. The factory will be built in multiple phases over 5+ years and the factory represent a multi-billion Euro investment project.

About the job
You will be setting and executing on the local people strategy and lead the local operations related to HR, Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefit and Training. Your mission is to ensure we successfully combine continuous growth with building an attractive local workplace with a strong safety-first culture. As VP of People & Culture you will strategically manage all the people related topics, collaborating with the management team to craft the company’s vision and mission.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set and implement a succsessful people strategy
  • Building a world leading HR operations (hire, lead and systems)
  • Converting business strategies into HR operations, support Northvolt leaders to deliver on company goals and drive culture
  • Designing and implementing policies that drive positive employee experience
  • Ensuring legal compliance and primary contact for general counsel concerning German employee relation matters
  • Develop Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Talent and Succession planning, Employer Branding, Occupational health care processes etc

The person we are looking for is driven, caring and structured. You thrive by leading others and work towards common goals. You are used to a high paced work environment and got good time management skills. You are part of the Northvolt German management team, reporting to the local CEO with a dotted line to the Chief People Officer in Sweden. Through the establishment of Northvolt Germany we can build the next generation of industrial workplace, merging the best from traditional industry with the current start up culture of Northvolt. Our ambition is to create a gender equal workplace. Don't miss this great opportunity to drive change and at the same time write industry history.

Apply with CV and cover letter or your complete LinkedIn profile.

Full time employment, fixed salary.
Planned starting date is asap.

Please note that candidates considered for employment with NV may be subject to a mandatory background check process.

Work with great people

Josephine Korijn
Investment Manager
"We move at a fast pace and decisions are made in a deliberate, thoughtful, and bold manner."
Mohamed Farah
R&D Electrode Manager
"At Northvolt there is no right or wrong. Everyone brings something to the table."
Maria Åstrand
Director Raw Materials
"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of starting up a new industry segment."
Erin Mathews
Industrialisation Manager
"I love being a part of such a bold effort to tackle the energy problem."

Skills & Requirements

We believe that you are/have:

  • Bachelor’s and Master's degree in HR, Business Administration, Law or any related fields
  • Deep knowledge of HR functions, preferably with proven experience as HR VP or other senior HR role (ideally >15 years in strategic planning and implementation)
  • Fluency in English and German
  • Successful track record of building a strong organization and culture in a fast growing environment, ideally in manufacturing or construction
  • Experience and interest in manufacturing industry
  • Familiar with analytical HR tools
  • Knowledge of local and international labor law

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

  • 4 semaines de vacances / 4 weeks of vacation

  • Journées maladie illimitées / Unlimited sick days

  • Programme de parts / Employee Stock Option Program


  • Compte Frais Employés / Employee Spending Account

  • Télémédecine / Telemedicine

About the company

Northvolt makes green batteries for a blue planet. Affordable cells and high-quality battery systems. All manufactured with a record-low carbon footprint. Purposely built to provide Europe with the opportunity to switch to renewable energy – efficiently and entirely.

To accomplish this, we do things differently. We design, manufacture, and recycle everything under one roof. We even build our own factories. All this is incredibly challenging and requires us to think in unconventional ways. We’re constantly experimenting, learning and adapting to make batteries so great – they will one day make oil history.

Northvolt is growing fast. We’re staffing our international office in Stockholm, our R&D facility, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, as well as our Gdansk facility for production of battery systems. We're also hiring for our gigafactory Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå, Sweden. We want to work with smart individuals from all disciplines. Strong individuals that truly want to make a positive impact on the future. Those of us already on board share a passion for our mission. We’re prepared to work hard in pursuit of excellence. We enjoy the ride and our main drive is to make a difference for real. As a team, we’re dedicated to thinking new, working hard and having fun.

Frida Genander | Contact Person

I'm interested

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