Chief People and Strategy Officer (m/f/d)

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Haniel is currently changing the portfolio and aims to develop its companies over the long term at an above-average rate. The long-term value creation will be achieved and supported by applying a common management operating system, the Haniel Operating Way (HOW). HOW includes the development of common tools, systems and processes and aims to enable outperformance by raising the leadership behavior to a level of excellence. It is deployed by a value enhancement team of around 15 professionals focusing on talent, sustainability, and operational excellence. The team supports and complements the Haniel investment teams, which take care of the investment and value creation processes and the development of the different pillars.

The Chief People and Strategy Officer is an important member of the Top Leadership Team that is responsible for leading a portfolio with a turnover of approximately EUR 3.1bn and an operating profit of 235m in 2020. Reporting directly to the Haniel CEO s:he takes on a central and varied role in shaping the enkelfähig journey. The position offers many opportunities to explore and create new paths. Among the many topics are:



  • Ensure that leadership behavior across the group is raised to a level of excellence
  • Refine the target picture of HOW and create an implementation roadmap
  • Introduce mandatory standards by creating a toolbox involving the portfolio companies
  • Lead the execution of the HOW transformation journey across the portfolio
  • Continuously review and develop the operating system subject to the value potential of the measures
  • Monitor the ongoing progress and ensure tangible results
  • Actively interact and promote HOW with the Top Leaders in the companies
  • Lead the HOW team and ensure the best possible coordination of the different capabilities
  • Support investment teams in shaping the portfolio companies’ value creation agenda


  • Strategic – someone with a strategic mindset and experience in strategy development who can create leading solutions for complex and challenging problems
  • Entrepreneurial - someone with a growth mindset who is passionate, relentless and rigorous to achieve ambitious goals
  • Pragmatic – someone who can drive topics from strategic concept through project phase to implementation and continuous improvement mode
  • Lean - someone who believes in continuous improvement and loves to reflect and learn
  • Energetic – someone with drive and potential who gives energy to others
  • People-oriented – someone with a deep understanding of how modern talent management translates into value and who can interact with all levels in the organization and promote a diverse & performance-oriented culture


  • Successful track record in senior leadership roles with exposure to an agenda of transformational business growth and cultural change. Significant experience with change management/organizational development, providing strategic direction and influence over organizational changes such as restructuring and leadership changes and being able to provide impulses for changes at the highest level
  • International experience obtained within a company employing a modern operating system
  • Solid functional expertise in talent management and leadership development
  • Track record of senior management progression and proven ability to perform at the executive level as part of an executive team. 

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

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Wir sind enkelfähig

Wir liefern unseren Geschäftsbereichen Wachstumskapital, das heißt wir investieren in Forschung und Entwicklung oder unterstützen sie bei Zu- und Verkäufen. Im Sinne unseres Anspruchs als Familienunternehmen, „enkelfähig“ zu sein, halten wir sie auch dazu an, durch nachhaltiges Handeln einen positiven Beitrag für Umwelt und Gesellschaft zu leisten. Sind wir für ein Investment nicht mehr der beste Eigentümer, verkaufen wir es weiter und schaffen so Spielraum für neues Wachstum – sowohl in dem betreffenden Unternehmen als auch bei Haniel selbst.

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