With our growing world population we are placing Earth’s natural resources under severe pressure. One of our most pressing challenges will be to feed everyone a balanced and nutritious diet while keeping our effects on the environment to a minimum.

HR Officer (40-32 hrs, Utrecht)

Making a true difference as an HR Officer? At Aqua-Spark (Forbes’ Impact 50 List), a fast growing global investment fund, you will be contributing to innovative solutions to food security and ocean conservation through aquaculture. Do you want to create positive environmental and social impact? If you are passionate about HR and ready for a next step in your career, positive attitude, highly efficient and like to work in an international environment, give us a chance to meet you!

About us
Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund is building an ecosystem of small to medium sized enterprises across the global aquaculture value chain to make aquaculture more sustainable, healthier and more accessible for all. Aqua-Spark is growing fast and we want to extend the HR team.

Who are we looking for? We are looking to employ a skilled HR Officer with excellent communication skills, people-orientated, intrinsically motivated, flexible, committed, tactful and approachable with an ability to build good working relationships. You are knowledgeable with the HR function, employment legislation and possess commercial insight to the labor process.  You have the ambition to grow in the position. You are great at providing excellence assistance and support to employees and the HR Director and contributing to making the company a better place to work. To ensure success, you display excellent organizational skills, good time-management skills, diplomacy and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and international environment. You love to work in an entrepreneurial, fast growing, global organisation within a great team!

In this position… you contribute to the realization of HR objectives and organizational objectives by effectively and optimally supporting HR systems, efficient HR processes and timely and accurate personnel administration. Your primary responsibility will be to recruit new team members, the employment processes and assist with on- and off boarding processes. You offer support and answers on HR-related questions from the team members and are responsible for administrative tasks.  You maintain contact with various (government) organizations such as the IND, UWV, payroll organisation office, etc… You work alongside the finance, legal, partnerships, development & IR team and investment team. You report to the HR Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Be actively involved in recruitment (f.e. by preparing vacancy texts, post vacant positions, recruiting canididates, (telephone)interviews, handling invitations and rejections, reference checks) and managing the employment process. Collaborating with department heads and stakeholders on the vacancies as necessary.
  • Actively involved in the on- and off boarding processes and orientating new employees;
  • Ensuring accurate and proper record-keeping of employee information in electronic and digital format according to policy and legal requirements;
  • Operational HR administrative activities (preparing contracts, pension-, sickness and leave registration, updating HR data in HRM system, holiday accruals, ).
  • Ensuring meticulous implementation of payroll and benefits administration, and maintaining contact with the external payroll provider;
  • Handling the process and applications regarding the hiring of expats (VISA, work permits, 30% facility for highly skilled migrants, etc..
  • Provide counseling and answers questions from the team member on HR policies and procedures;
  • Maintaining contact with various (government) organizations such as UWV, Occupational health & safety organisation, IND, Pension fund, Insurance company.
  • Supporting the HR Director with regard to HR business development and make solicited and unsolicited proposals with regard to HR related matters and policy and actively contribute to the development and implementation of HR initiatives, so that the HR activity calendar is achieved within timelines.( f.e. HR system, automation). Formulates concrete proposals to this end.
  • Preparing workforce reports and analysis: any standard or non-standard HR report needed internally or externally, or any ad-hoc business cases requested (f.e. leave, absenteeism, formation).

What do you need to be successful?

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, BSc/Msc in Business Administration, social studies or relevant field, further training will be a plus
  • At least 3 years of broad HR working experience, f.e. as an HR Advisor, Business Partner in a similar role (background working within an international or multi-subsidiary is an advantage)
  • Knowledge and understanding of HR functions and processes (recruitment, pay& benefits, training, etc.), experience in payroll management preferred) and experience with HRM systems, databases.
  • Knowledge of Employment legislation, understanding of labor laws and up to date with the latest developments in Dutch labor legislation, experience with processing legal documentation/information , knowledge of data privacy (AVG/GDPR) and social security law.
  • Familiar with VISA applications and 30% tax approvals will be an advantage.
  • Additional training/certification in Payroll Management – may be advantageous.
  • Experience as a Skills Development Facilitator – may be advantageous.
  • Proficient with Apple, Microsoft Office (solid Excel skills), familiarity with databases; excellent IT/computer skills in general.
  • Experience with structuring and continuously improving the HR processes

Required personal skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills in Dutch and English with the ability to build and maintain good working relationships with people of all level. Knowledge of the Dutch language is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • An expert in organizing, planning and structuring with attention to details.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, conflict management and decision-making skills to ensure employee compliance.
  • Proactive, energetic attitude, eager to learn and work accurately with regard to possible improvements in the HR administration, processes and procedures.
  • A flexible, people-oriented approach with the ability to adapt to changes and work with a demanding agenda and prioritize tasks.
  • Business acumen, able to engage in meaningful negotiations and resolutions.
  • Strong ethics and reliability and ability to act with integrity, professionalism, tact and confidentiality.
  • A go-getter who likes to take care of the HR administration.
  • Customer-oriented, in which you can switch between the human and business side.
  • Alignment with Aqua-Spark’s values and willing to follow trends and developments in aquaculture.

What’s in it For you…
Excellent introduction, quick integration, and opportunities for professional development. You’ll find yourself working in a challenging international environment, collaborating within a growing and great team of professionals!

  • Partly working from home
  • Excellent salary package including participation profit sharing
  • Working in an international organisation that values inclusiveness and diversity.

For more information or if you would like to apply directly, please contact Marjolein Jetten by sending an e-mail to Marjolein@aqua-spark.nl. We look forward to receiving your application!