HR Business Partner

Human Resources Köln, Germany


The HR Business Partner DACH (m/f) actively supports discussions and transfers best practices from different functions in the DACH offices of Align Technology. He/she does not act as the HR Consultant; but as a partner that shares the responsibility for the goals and targets delivery. 

This is a hands-on role requiring an individual with a proven track record of working effectively in a dynamic, fast growing environment. The individual must be able to work at a superior level with all levels of the organization, from entry level technicians, administrative staff, executives, Vice President level. 

This position is very broad so the person should be flexible, enjoy a fast paced, ever changing business, capable of managing multiple demands and priorities.  Individual should enjoy, appreciate and have a facility for interacting with people from many cultures and diverse backgrounds.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the business to ensure an effective HR strategy is in place, that support the business goals
  • Partner with business leaders to provide guidance on all HR related aspects of the business
  • Conducts Organization Development interventions in partnership with the business leaders
  • Supports the organisation’s Talent Management philosophy by ensuring all employees are aware of the learning & development resources and opportunities provided; work on Talent Reviews and Succession Planning for the region and ensure the right programs are in place to support employee performance & growth
  • Ensure proactive Performance Management, handling any Employee Relations items that arise; mitigating any legal risks to the organization by ensuring smooth exits where necessary
  • Provide direction to employees and with regards to Company policy and guideline interpretation and execution of procedures and decisions in accordance with Company policies; ensures the right policies are in place for the regions in the remit of this role
  • Collaborate closely with Compensation & Benefits to ensure the EMEA philosophy is effectively applied, while adjusting for local requirements
  • Ensure the right talent is brought into the business, by working closely with the Talent Acquisition team
  • Responsible to maintain accuracy of HR data for employees, and provide suitable metrics and analytics to the business  
  • Manages and lead external HR Consultants
  • Collaborate effectively with the HR Ops group and Global HR team, to communicate the needs of the region and also roll out initiatives
  • Ensure smooth HR Operations such as designing, planning, and implementing HR programs, policies, and procedures  in collaboration with the HR Ops group
  • Work with the Payroll team to ensure employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner
  • Develop and maintain written resources such as Handbooks, Guides, Newsletters, Policy Documentation, etc.


  • Bachelor degree in HR Management or a similar academic education
  • Excellent German and English language skills
  • At least 3 - 5 years experience in a similar role


  • Team Player
  • Excellent communication and negotiation Skills
  • Project Management and Change Management Skills
  • Strong Business Acumen
  • Strong Time Management and Priorities Management Skills
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills
  • Excellent knowledge in German Labor Law