HR Advisor – Spain and Portugal (Iberia)

NL-Arnhem | ES | ES-Barcelona | ES-Zaragoza
Requisition ID
Business Area
Global Shared Services
Project Management
Location Details
Arnhem, Netherlands
Position Type
Permanent employment
Close Date (dd/mm/yyyy)

Local Unit & Position Description

GSS HR has consolidated the HR service delivery into Regional Centres where proximity to the Business Areas is required and has built a Global Centre HR in Poland that will deliver services that are location independent and/or can be digitalized.


The GSS HR Regional Centre for West, South and East Europe (WSEE) is located in Arnhem, Netherlands, serving more than 2.000 employees located across 21 countries. The largest countries are Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Greece. In Italy and Greece there are country offices. The Regional Centre HR and the country offices will focus on delivery of HR specialist services and HR advisory services to the line management across the Region.


We are seeking a HR Advisor - Spain and Portugal (Iberia)


The HR Advisor consults and advises the Business Area’s (BA) line managers in Spain and Portugal (300 employees) and delivers value adding services aligned with our GSS HR SLA deliveries. The HR Advisor will develop an effective and close interaction with the aim of understanding the different BA’s business needs. The HR Advisor also supports the Country Chair and senior country management in Spain and Portugal to ensure compliance with local laws and requirements.


As HR Advisor, you will further develop your understanding of our various Business Areas operational challenges and needs, and how GSS HR best can support them in reaching their targets. You are customer centric, adaptable and flexible and you need to have a broad HR knowledge.


The HR Advisor reports to the Regional Manager of GSS HR WSEE. The position is based in Arnhem, Netherlands, and local conditions apply. In average 30 - 50% travelling time to service the business in Spain and Portugal is expected.


Key tasks:


The HR Advisor is responsible for executing the following activities:

  • Consult and advise line managers and Business Area HR to support and deliver key business goals;
  • Recruitment: advise on recruitment plan, conduct 2nd interviews with candidates and negotiation about contract terms & conditions;
  • Advice to Business Areas related to change management, including reorganizations and exit negotiations. This includes cooperation with external lawyers and support to court cases if needed;
  • Support individual employment related cases such as disciplinary/grievance cases;
  • Perform annual PAG (Personnel Administrative Guidelines) reviews;
  • Consult and handle country specific C&B topics (pension, insurance etc.);
  • Take part in annual salary adjustment processes;
  • Home / host services to international assignees and Global Mobility advice to line management;
  • Monitor local legislation, ensure local HR requirements, statutory HR reporting and cooperation with local employee relation bodies where applicable. This includes vendor management of 3rd party providers where applicable;
  • Advice on general HSE topics.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor/University degree in a relevant area;
  • Experience of working closely with senior stake-holders to gain buy-in and being able to support HR and company initiatives;
  • Knowledge of the specific labor market in Spain and Portugal, knowledge and practical application of C&B and labor law in Spain (and preferably also in Portugal;
  • Experience of working in a Spanish / Iberian business environment and culture;
  • Minimum 5 years of broad HR experience, ideally in multinational environments, in several HR fields such as change management, HR advice, compensation & benefits, international assignments, pension & insurance;
  • Excellent English and Spanish language skills required, written and verbal. Any additional European language skills is an advantage (in particular the Portuguese or Dutch language).

Characteristics of successful employees:


Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience and attributes:

  • Positive, pro-active and flexible attitude, quick adapter to change and willingness to go the extra mile to meet organizational goals;
  • Confident in challenging the status quo and establishing new ways of thinking whilst remaining professional and promoting a positive and collaborative partnership with the business;
  • Understand customer needs and the sense of urgency; take ownership to ensure solutions for the customer, make things happen and deliver high quality results on time;
  • Constructive team player, cooperate in open and transparent way with others, support others in the pursuit of team goals;
  • Structured way of working, is able to quickly understand and analyze complex issues and problems and come up with sound, rational judgements and pragmatic solutions.

We offer:


A challenging, varied and responsible job in a dynamic and international environment. The position is rewarded appropriately, including good fringe benefits.


Company & Business Area Description

Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.  

Originated in 1864, DNV GL operates globally in more than 100 countries with our 14,000 professionals dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


The Global Shared Services (GSS) organization within DNV GL provides high quality, cost effective services and processes within Human Resources, Finance and IT, based on requirements defined by the Business Areas and Group.



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