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Country HR Manager

Job Name

Country HR Manager - Italy






Human Resources

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Malaika Haynes

About the role

As Country HR Manager, you will will play a crucial role in driving the people agenda from global strategy to execution in Italy. You will be responsible for executing key HR activities such as recruitment, employee engagement, and development of top talent as well as driving a strong values-based performance culture through rigorous implementation of HR processes & systems. You will serve as a coach and mentor to further the evolution of the growth, history, culture, and heritage of the Company.  

This role will work closely with leadership teams to ensure that people strategy across Italy meets business needs and creates an effective and efficient organization, driven by people who feel strongly engaged in the values, culture, and aspirations of Bacardi. 

Working with Regional and Global colleagues, the Country HR Manager Italy will be accountable for ensuring effective and efficient execution of all activities and identifying opportunities to improve execution. Building the capabilities of the business leaders within Italy is a key priority in which this role plays a pivotal part.  Overall, the Country HR Manager Italy will support the organization in becoming more engaged, organized, and effective whilst maintaining a strong values-based performance culture.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

HR Strategy & Programs
  • Deploy Global HR Agenda in alignment with Global HR and business strategy. Implement the HR strategy for the Italy with the support of management.
  • Lead/implement/embed key HR initiatives/change programs ensuring effective co-ordination of people, resource and talent
  • Work with Global Compensation & Benefits, Talent Management and HR Operations community to deploy in the deployment HR processes and programs.
  • Business Partner with key leadership teams in relation to all people related and organizational matters
  • Ensure the right talent strategies are in place to deliver the business objectives.
  • Interpret HR policies and facilitates the resolution of people-related conflicts and issues; ensures ongoing service excellence through timely issue resolution and execution
  • Maintain HRIS and provide appropriate analysis and reporting to ensure effective insights are available
  • Oversees and administers execution of compensation and benefits programs (e.g., salary increases, bonus payments) in alignment with global policy/practice
  • Management of the pension fund with the pension manager, pension board and partners
Talent Management
  • Plays a key role in the effective execution of Talent acquisition, on boarding and development planning activities aligned to global HR strategy 
  • Recommends talent sourcing needs and salary modifications in order to ensure appropriate staffing levels to support business needs
  • Lead career development (e.g. coaching, evaluations / reviews, transfers, promotions, retirements, exits, etc.)
  • Support/facilitate employee training/development programs
  • Identify and develop future leaders through succession planning and talent management activities
  • Guide local business leaders in preparation for and facilitation of talent reviews and in the development of meaningful action plans
  • Maintain relevant role profiles to ensure clarity and consistency across the country including alignment to global principles
  • Ensures appropriate and timely performance management & Let’s Talk discussions by consulting and advising with line managers to ensure effective outcomes from the performance management process
  • Promote new HR training system” Let’s Learn” 
Employee Engagement
  • Lead employee engagement and reinforces parameters of culture, enabling line leadership to deliver results with an engaged, motivated team
  • Ensures employee engagement through strong support of Primo Engagement Survey
  • Monitor engagement level, support implementation of action plans to drive engagement within the targeted customer groups
  • Deploy key HR initiatives linked to culture and primos engagement such as 4G Global reflection,  Action Teams and Global Nominations, My Inspirit, etc 

Measures of success

  • Performance: Deliver on key HR metrices
  • Employee engagement: Drive sustained improvement in engagement and enablement
  • Talent: Deliver against talent management objectives

Critical experiences for success

To be successful in this role you will have/be: 
  • Significant experience in a generalist HR Role within a fast paced multinational environment
  • High level of Energy / ability to motivate and support HR programs across the business
  • Strong capability of facilitating and delivering HR initiatives is required, with a clear value-added focus and deliverables and links to anticipated business benefits.
  • Strong relationship builder
  • Drive for Results
  • A self-starter, who works well with autonomy
  • Handles ambiguity with comfort
  • Able to energize/inspire stakeholders around a clear vision of the future
  • Self confident  with a can do attitude
  • Good negotiation, proactive, decisive with a Founder’s mentality 
  • English & Italian Fluent 
  • HR Administration and support function understanding
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Financial or budget management skills a plus
  • Independent thinker,  strong business savvy and judgment to make independent decisions
  • Aptitude to work with an HRIS systems,
  • Strong analytic skills with ability to pull and synthesize data into meaningful summaries
  • Knowledge of human resource fundamentals a must
  • Excellent organization and planning skills

Our ways of working

Our family legacy has positively influenced our ways of working and has shaped the values to which our employees aspire. We’re caring, like a family, and not only internally, but also in the wider communities in which we operate. This is demonstrated by our commitment to both act responsibly and promote the choice to drink responsibly. We trust one another, and through that trust are able to forge strong teams and networks that empower our matrix organization structure. We’re passionate, reflecting our Latin heritage, and this means that we commit more than just time to our work: we commit energy, heart and soul. We are dedicated to being a role model in our industry, and we approach everything we do with Integrity First. Together, our values help us create what we’re most proud of: our True Heart and Winning Spirit – both in our home markets and across the world.