Ascend is a global leader in proprietary technologies that are central to the production of nylon, plastics and synthetic fibers found in thousands of commercial and industrial products.
Ascend is the world’s largest fully integrated producer of nylon 6,6 resin. This integration allows the company to control every stage of manufacturing, ensuring the highest reliability, quality and performance.
The company serves a variety of markets ranging from:
Automotive: Working with customers to drive innovation, from improving performance through light weighting to developing new technologies for electric vehicles.
Electrical & Electronics : Meeting the increased demand for safer, more reliable high-performing compounds.
Textile : expert applications development specialists help client engineers and designers create innovative and cost-effective nylon solutions
Cable Ties and Fasteners : From heat-stabilized to impact modified, outdoor weather and UV resistant to flame resistant.
Consumer and Industrial: For applications requiring strength, toughness, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance, precise colors, FDA compliance or durability…
The company has a global distribution network and world class manufacturing facilities. Their global headquarters are in Houston, United States.
Additional information on the company may be found at: https://www.ascendmaterials.com/
The European headquarters of Ascend is located in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium with representations in Belgium, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and France; servicing the entire European region. India in addition.
The company is in growth mode and going through an exciting phase of its development, with various acquisitions in a near future and the overall upscaling of its European operations which today accounts of +/- 25% of Ascends global revenue. Ascend also recently acquired a manufacturing facility in the Netherlands (Tilburg) that includes about 80 employees.
Responsibilities & Accountabilities
The Human Resources Leader Europe is a senior HR leading position that will partner and collaborate with Regional and Functional leaders, in the US and Europe. The HR Leader will be responsible for all HR related topics in Europe and India.
The purpose of the role is to:
1.) Assess and grow the capabilities of regional leaders and their teams
2.) Develop and implement organisational and HR strategies
3.) Create a culture of trust, teamwork and high performance
The HR Leader Europe will be leading for the region and India:
HR Strategy, leadership and organisational guidance
Partnering with the regional leaders and defining HR goals alligned to the company’s business strategy.
Leadership coaching and development
Performance Management (through Talent and Rewards)
Workforce and succession planning
Organisation Development & Change Management
Manage growth, size and organisational capabilities
Merger of future acquired organisations
Culture & Engagement
Ownership of HR Operations Management
HR operational excellence in support of external partners and of a HR Administrator under the direct supervision of the HR Leader Europe.
Participating in candidate selection process, profile screening, assessments, offers and contracts. Managing contacts with external partners.
Employee development plans, assess training needs, recommending changes, planning 360° review and personal coaching. Managing contacts with external partners.
Full employee cycle
Leading orientation and induction for new hires, Onboarding and exit legal and administrative formalities, conducting and analyzing exit interviews.
Personal continuous training
Maintaining HR professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, participating in professional associations.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation and wage structure follow-up, classifying employees, benchmark follow-up.
Employee benefits programs. Managing contacts with external partners. (Car fleet, Group Insurance, retirement scheme and death plan, disability plan, Health care, Assistance, Accidents coverage).
Payroll & Staff administration
Ensuring compensation pay for 5 countries (BE, IT, DE, NL, FR). Managing contacts with external partners.
Ensuring all policies, procedures, and documentation are in compliance with national and European regulations.
Providing on-going coaching and support to line managers on labor regulations.
Supervise legal issues and interact with regional external lawyers and advisors as appropriate.
Recommendations and implementation in terms of protection and prevention at work.
Develop, implement, and enhance policies and procedures on a variety of workplace issues (disciplinary procedures, absence management, working conditions, equal opportunities, Benefits,… )
Liaise with HQs in order to ensure that international HR standards are reflected in the european and local organization.
Operational administration is managed by an Administrative Representative under the HR Leader’s supervision.
Leading major HR Projects (further details will be given in next stages with the company)
HR Elevation program
Leadership Excellence program
Mergers & Acquisitions...
The HR Leader profile
Education and experience
Degree in Human Resources or other Business discipline. HR certification is a plus.
Over 10 years HR experience of which 5+ years’ experience in an HR Business Partner/Leader role.
Previous Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) experience is not compulsory but would be highly valued.
Skills and competencies
Strong leadership skills with ability to engage and influence others at all levels of the organization
Demonstrated ability to develop and align HR strategy with business initiatives
Independent thinker with strong decision-making skills
Results oriented with ability to organize, prioritize and implement projects on time
Demonstrated ability to translate and implement business and people strategies into measurable HR plans and actions
Broad working knowledge and demonstrated ability to stay abreast of business and cultural trends
Proactive and able to seek counsel and resolve problems early
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English required)
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with all levels of the organization
Demonstrated ability to work with confidential and sensitive matters in a professional and discretionary manner
Openness to travel up to 30% (Europe and USA)
Position based in Mont-Saint-Guibert (Belgium)
Why work at Ascend?
Our vision is to be the recognized leader in the nylon 6,6 value chain, creating new possibilities with PA66 for everyone, everywhere, every day. We achieve that through living our Ascend values.
We care . We operate safely with high integrity for our employees, our customers and our communities. Our people are our greatest assets, and our Total Rewards Program extends beyond traditional benefits to include access to on-site medical clinics at our U.S. facilities, a global wellness rewards program and Performance Matters, an employee-driven recognition plan. Our Commitment to Zero demonstrates our belief that is it possible to operate with zero personal injuries, zero process safety incidents and zero environmental releases. And the Ascend Cares Foundation, led by Ascend employees, supports Ascend families in times of need, provides inspiring opportunities for community engagement and facilitates community leadership.
Customer-focused . We exist for our customers; they drive our actions. Their success is our success. Our plastics and chemicals are building blocks that help make everyday essentials safer and more sustainable, and we constantly strive to develop new and innovative products to meet the future needs of our customers. And that customer focus doesn’t only apply to the marketplace – it also applies to how we treat our colleagues and our fellow community members.
Better every day . We invest in our people and our processes to improve every day. A2E, our continuous improvement program, guides the way we do business. And this way of problem solving applies not only to our manufacturing practices but also to our commitment to developing our people. You’ll see it during your career at Ascend in our leadership development, skills training and mentoring programs
Agile . We think broadly and lead proactively in a constantly evolving organization and industry. Agility doesn’t mean simply working quickly – it means critical thinking, creative problem solving and novel approaches to everyday challenges.
One Ascend . All together, with a common set of goals and an eye toward the future. We don’t accept silos. We look for ways to share across departments, sites and geography. This means you won’t be boxed into a single role at Ascend – you could get the chance to work with teams across the globe to improve the way we serve our people, our customers and our communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.