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Human Resources Director at Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of €26.6 billion in FY2015, our 185,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable

To operationalize global HR action plans; develop and implement regional HR strategic action plans, practices and initiatives in line with the organisational strategy. To create a conducive working environment for employees, whilst emphasising organisational objectives and managing/adapting to continuous change.


To represent the Human Resources department in management meetings whilst consulting with key players to understand the organisation’s needs.


  • To align Human Resources delivery with organisational objectives
  • To actively communicate Human Resources projects, changes and orientation.
  • To advise on changes and/or improvements in the organisational structure.
  • To participate in business reviews, task forces and audits
  • To oversee the implementation of relevant Human Resources projects and initiatives as well as monitoring the completion thereof.
  • To oversee the implementation of change interventions as and when required whilst managing the change process and providing feedback.


HR Administration/Reporting/Payroll and Information Management

  • To ensure that effective and accurate HR information systems is maintained.
  • To ensure that an effective and accurate payroll and Human Resources management system is implemented and maintained.
  • To oversee and advise on Human Resources reporting, policies, procedures and administration.


Budgeting/Strategic Planning

  • To prepare and monitor Human Resource budgets & personnel related costs.
  • To utilise Human Resources indicators and statistics to analyse headcount requirements.
  • To continuously analyse and monitor Human Resources trends, both current and future.
  • To prepare and align Human Resources action plans to that of the Schneider group.
  • To propose and continuously improve the organisation’s Human Resources strategy to support the company’s overall strategy.



  • To manage and drive sourcing strategies with management.
  • To advise and oversee the recruitment, placement and induction of staff.
  • To advise and assist line managers to define new positions’ requirements and profiles.


Compensation And Benefits

  • To oversee the implementation of the organisation’s compensation and benefits policies, including short term incentive plans (STIP) are implemented.
  • To oversee the implementation and improvement of compensation, benefits and administration systems.
  • To manage annual wage and salary reviews and annual salary bonus payments.
  • To oversee the maintenance of salaries & wages database.


Performance Management


  • To oversee the use and application of the organisation’s performance management system.
  • To advise and ensure that performance objectives are cascaded and support managers with managing employee performance.

Training and Skills Development

  • To oversee that the organisation’s skills development plan is implemented and supports the organisation’s growth strategy.
  • To oversee and approve the development of employees in line with skills development legislation and the organisation’s Skills Development Plan.


Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) and Employee Wellbeing


  • To advise the safety, health and environment specialist in monitoring SHE requirements.
  • To promote safe working practices within the organisation.
  • To ensure that in terms of the appointment under section 16.2 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, that all necessary and reasonable measures are enacted to comply with the act.
  • To remain up to date on staff welfare issues and provide support as and when necessary.
  • To develop and maintain open channels of communication with staff.
  • To carry out initial counselling of employees and refer to health professionals as and when necessary.

Industrial Relations

  • To provide sound industrial relations (IR) advice to managers whilst overseeing disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • To negotiate issues with union officials as necessary.
  • To remain up to date with labour legislation changes.
  • To deal with negotiations regarding downsizing, retrenchments and acquisitions.


Employment Equity


  • To oversee the successful implementation of the organisation’s Employment Equity plan and the achievement of the targets set in these plans.
  • To actively promote the Employment Equity Plan.

Process Owner


  • In this position, you are required to fulfil the role of a Process Owner, responsibilities and in accordance with SE org guidelines.




  • To ensure that all standard operating procedures are adhered to.
  • To ensure professional standards are maintained in all business situations.

Management System


  • To keep up to date with developments with respect to the management system, as well as apply the policies and procedures relevant to the position.
  • To communicate improvement possibilities with respect to the management system to the relevant




  • Master’s level qualification in HR, Commerce, Engineering, Finance



  • Minimum of 12 years of work experience in a multinational organization, with at least 5 of those at the global mid-level of management.




  • Relevant Legislation
  • Human Resources Processes and Procedures
  • People Soft



  • Verbal and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Judgement
  • Strategic Decision making
  • Planning and organising
  • Business acumen
  • Resources management
  • Computer literacy
  • Negotiating
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexible work approach
  • Global approach

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