Are you an exceptional People Manager who is keen to build something great from scratch (well almost)? Do you have experience designing the employee journey? Do you thrive in a fast paced environment and want to make an impact from day one?

Then read on quickly because this is the vacancy you are looking for! We are building our team for the BeNeLux regions and are looking for an enthusiastic People Manager to be part of our growth! 

While what works for us in the UK won’t necessarily work in the Netherlands, we want to keep a values based approach to keep our customers and our squad at the heart of what we do. You will report into our Country Manager with a dotted line to our People Director in the UK.

📣  A bit about the role

In this role you will own the people function and lead the people team for BeNeLux, starting with the Netherlands. You will design our employee journey from beginning to end taking the best bits from our UK based team. In this role you will will lead the people initiatives including:

  • Recruitment and onboarding
  • Feedback cycles and performance management
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Learning, development, and progression pathways
  • People data and reporting
  • Compliance, policies and procedures
  • Local payroll and benefits management
  • Engagement and culture

🐶 A bit about us. 

“It all started with a dog that couldn’t stop farting’’

At Butternut, we put the food back into dog food. We believe dogs deserve to eat the healthiest, most natural and tastiest meals with none of the nasties. That’s why we make freshly prepared dog food. Cooked like you would at home. Delivered in perfect portions. And no more farts!

Today, we have tens of thousands customers in the United Kingdom and are ready to expand internationally. After their growth and proven success in the UK, Butternut Box has identified the Netherlands as an attractive market to expand to next. The comparable consumer behavior, the population density, the mature e-commerce market and sophisticated warehouse infrastructure drive the attractiveness of the Dutch market. The company wants to replicate their existing business model into the Netherlands and the wider Benelux from there. To make this a great success we raised a Series D (~50 MM EUR) and we have invested heavily in our own production facility in the UK, as well as in international expansion.

👋  A bit about you

This is a true people generalist role. You love dogs, naturally. (You like people too…!) And you are comfortable working on a variety of different tasks in a fast-paced start-up environment like Butternut Box. You also have:

  • Native level Dutch and fluency in English. Additional languages would be a plus  
  • Proven experience in HR or People Operations; including leading/rolling out people initiatives and HR programmes from start to finish
  • Experience running recruiting processes, understanding of the local market and identifying talent
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Passion for people strategy and trends; always keen to find opportunities for improvements
  • Employment law knowledge & hands on experience in employee relations topics
  • Willing to travel to London periodically for face-to-face exchanges with stakeholders

🙌 A bit about what we offer.

Not only do you come to work for one of the best startups to work for in London (according to Heytempo) but we also offer:

  • Equity option package
  • 25 days holiday and an additional day for every year of service
  • €500 personal learning & development budget
  • Butternut Box employee discount.
  • Flexible working hours and work from home options. The team is working in the office 3 days per week.
  • Friday drinks & monthly team socials (even remotely...)
  • The oppawtunity to help dogs live healthier and happier lives.

A few things to note: 

  • There is no closing date for this role. However, we normally experience a high volume of applications so if you are interested, we suggest applying as soon as possible.
  • We aim to respond to all applicants personally. Our recruitment team is small so do bear with us.
  • Butternut Box is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion. We welcome people of different nationalities, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.
  • We're not afraid of going the extra mile for candidates from underrepresented groups. We want strong, diverse teams built from different backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We're ready for the ongoing work that goes into building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best work of your career.
  • As our business has grown so has our responsibility to our community, our planet and our business. We are not perfect, but we are committed to doing business the right way and continually improving our social and environmental performance.
  • We are not looking for external agency support with this role.

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