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HR Manager - Germany

  • Braunschweig
  • Braunschweig

Northvolt is embarking on a unique journey to create one of Europe's leading industrial companies from scratch - as such we are now looking to hire an HR manager who wants to make their mark on the world.

The role is focused around building the processes, systems and policies that will drive excellence within attraction and retention of talents within Northvolt in Germany.

At Northvolt, people are our number one critical resource. As such we have high ambitions with regards to the standard we hire, the ambition to drive retention and managing our employees well being - so our people can thrive in the organization.

Our vision is to ensure a work place with zero accidents and healthy employees. You will be part of setting and implementing our vision on work environment by integrating health and safety in everything that we do. Experience from educating and encouraging leadership to promote this as a key success factor is a requirement for this role.

Furthermore whomever that chooses to join us must have a passion for diversity as building a greenfield company allows a unique possibility to get things right from the start with regards to equal representation and pay.

You will initially report to the CEO and are expected to over time be able to lead the HR agenda directly in the management team when Northvolt has scaled up to critical mass.

In general you have a long experience in the field and have been driving large, innovative and challenging HR projects with high demands on both strategic and operational excellence.

Specifically, you have a deep understanding of working with HR related questions within preferably a manufacturing context and with extense experience from union relations and collective labour agreements, as well as from creating all HR policies to comply with legislation.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building a world leading HR operations department.
  • Convert 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, collective labour agreements and bargaining processes being primary contact for general counsel concerning employee relation matters.
  • Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Talent and Succession planning, Employer Branding, Occupational health care processes etc.

The person we are looking for is a strongly business oriented people's person, decisive and knowledgeable. You need to be strategic but also operational (especially during first year while team is being built) - prestige and ego have no place at Northvolt.

You will get the chance to have a real impact on our success story in Germany and see the results of your work. Our organization requires and values great self-discipline and a natural talent to make things happen. Apply with CV and cover letter in English or your complete LinkedIn profile.

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

Work with great people


Skills & Requirements


  • Relevant university degree within either technical or social sciences.
  • 5+ years working experience in HR functions or within industrial setting.
  • Good knowledge of employment law and collective labour law in Germany.
  • Successful track record of scaling HR-operations in a fast growing environment ideally in the manufacturing industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of payroll and HR-systems.
  • Curious, technically educated and with a strong business background.
  • Must have worked in multi-cultural environment.

Specific Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent English written and oral skills, Swedish/German is a plus.
  • Highly organized and result-driven.
  • Proactive and goes beyond expectations.
  • Exceptionally good negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Has a can do attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability to work under high pressure and tight deadlines, excellent time management.
  • Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor.
  • Passionate and purpose driven - we enable the future of energy.

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Start-up possibilities

  • Wellness Grant

About the company

Northvolt was founded in 2016 with the mission to build the world’s greenest battery cell, with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling, to enable the European transition to renewable energy. Northvolt’s team of experts is building the next generation battery cell factory focused on process innovation, scale and vertical integration. Once completed, it will be Europe’s largest battery cell factory and produce 32 GWh worth of capacity annually.

We are currently in an exciting fast-growing phase and operate in a busy, fast moving environment, dealing with a wide range of stakeholders. We are 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 are also preparing for upcoming positions at the main factory, Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå and Northvolt Zwei in Germany.

The Northvolt–Volkswagen Group joint venture is establishing a gigafactory in Salzgitter, Germany. Northvolt Zwei takes its design from the Northvolt blueprint for battery manufacturing developed for Northvolt Ett. Start of construction is planned for 2021 and start of operations beginning of 2024. Initial annual output will be at least 16 GWh.​

André Hellström | Hiring Manager

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