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HR Director at Guinness Nigeria

As a global leader in beverage alcohol, our 200+ brands are part of everyday celebrations in over 180 countries. Our ambition? We want to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.
Ever since Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease on a Dublin brewery, some 250 years ago, we became a business that is defined by the character of the people who work here. It took immense character from Alexander Walker to convince the captains of every ship in the port of Glasgow to take crates of Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world. Today, nothing’s changed.
We’re proud to be more than 30,000 talented people. While they make our iconic brands ever stronger around the world, we help them go further than they thought possible. In fact, we’re helping to define their career growth through stretching roles and exciting development opportunities.
Diageo is where you’ll find a wide variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives, wherever you’re based in the world. It makes for a stimulating and rewarding working environment, where everyone can flourish. 


Location: Ikeja, Lagos

Job Description :

Welcome to the Diageo world of exciting possibilities, a world of celebrating life every day, everywhere.


Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer – a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of the industry. Our ambition is to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in the world.  Head quartered in the UK we were recently named UK’s most admired company by Management Today.


We place the consumer at the heart of our business. Using world-class marketing and innovation skills, we aim is to build and sustain strong brands that play a positive role in society.  The company is structured in a market-based model, so as to deliver greater strategic agility within individual countries to meet the diverse needs of consumers and customers, and to quickly identify and act on consumer trends to support growth.


Employing some 30,000 people globally, we view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.


We are an iconic company in Nigeria, renowned across the continent and internationally for our high-quality brands. We also believe in enriching the communities in which we operate through investment and positive, active participation. We have a rich heritage and a great track record of growth and strong performance.   In all that we do, we seek to bring out the best of our Diageo values and live our purpose to celebrate life every day everywhere. In Africa we create wealth both directly through our operations and indirectly through our broader value chains where we support development and growth in partnership with businesses and communities.


 In line with our global ambition and company purpose we have exciting plans for the future. To be a part of Diageo is to be a part of history – and to have the unrivalled opportunity to make your own mark in history. 


The HR Director role is for an organisation of over 800+ employees and extended workforce of 2000+ covering all functions from Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing as well as major support functions.  You will be a member of a fully integrated in market leadership team and global HR leadership community, reporting to the in-market Managing Director.

The Nigeria market is complex from an HR perspective.  Challenges include:

  • Accessing and retaining key talent in a highly competitive environment
  • Complex and challenge economic environment


We are looking for an HR Director who can role model  our organizational values, has the ability to work with and through others, and can amongst others, effectively lead organisational change initiatives.  Do you have the following leadership and functional capabilities:


Key Leadership Capabilities:

  • Winning through execution
  • Inspire through purpose
  • Shaping the future
  • Invest in talent


Key Functional Capabilities:

  • Strategic HR
  • End-to-end Talent Strategy Development and Execution
  • Organisation Development & Change Management
  • Performance Management & Reward
  • Talent Attraction, Recruitment, Development & Retention
  • Industrial and employee relations


Purpose of Role

The role is accountable, along with the rest of the Guinness Nigeria leadership Team, for delivery of the total business strategy in the market.  The incumbent  acts as a thought partner to the Managing Director & rest of the leadership  team in driving commercial success of the business and delivering the long term growth agenda.  The HR Director has a particular leadership accountability to ensure that the organisation, talent, culture and behaviours are in place to support business strategy.  


In addition to leading the HR function in Nigeria, the incumbent leads across the end to end HR function including HR Shared Services and Global teams to ensure the value and effectiveness of the function. The HRD must be an outstanding performance partner for the business, agile, connected and accountable for delivery.


Top 3-5 Accountabilities

  • Define the Organisation and People Strategy for the market to guarantee the market performance and  growth. Orchestrate local & global resources to deploy the priority interventions to ensure the optimal talent, organization, culture and employee experience.
  • Talent assurance: Significantly deepen and broaden the talent base with effective initiatives to attract, recruit, develop, deploy, reward and retain talented employees
  • Organisation Effectiveness: Drive the cultural and behavioural shifts in the market to deliver our performance ambition.  Deliver the OE roadmap to ensures commercial success, agility and efficiency in the organization
  • Ensure the employee experience and engagement is maximized through key levers such as the engagement agenda, reward strategy. 
  • Ensure HR service delivery within the market including embedding HR operating model, Workday investment, core HR processes and measurement and compliance of the function.  
  • Industrial Relations: Ensure and Maintain a good relationship with the relevant Unions and regulators in the industry.


Qualifications and Experience Required

 Preferably a Post Graduate Degree in related fiends

  • Minimum 5-8 years experience in an HR leadership role
  • Essential commercial insight and experience. Preferable if gained through cross-functional working.
  • Demonstrates numerical, financial and analytical skills
  • Ability to take commercial insights and translate into the Organisation & People agenda to influence the business
  • Proven ability to persuade, influence and build credibility with all levels and all functions
  • Consultancy skills, specifically diagnosis and contracting. Experience in planning and orchestrating available resources
  • Excellent coaching and relationship building skills. Demonstrates a track record as a valued coach and peer in the business.
  • A proven track record in people development

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