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Senior Director People Partnering

  • London, England, United Kingdom
People and Culture

Meet DeepL

Europe's leading AI company since 2017, is dedicated to breaking down language barriers and bringing cultures closer together. Our expertise in AI and neural networks has enabled us to create cutting-edge communication technologies for businesses, including the acclaimed DeepL Translator which offers 30+ languages, and DeepL Write, our AI writing companion. Our core offering includes a suite of products and tools made for businesses to communicate more effectively, both internally and with their customers around the globe.

Our goal is to become the global leader in Language AI and build products that help drive better communication, drive connection, and make real-life impact. To do that, we need talented people, like you, who want to be a part of this exciting journey. If you're ready to work with a dynamic team and build your career in the fast-moving AI space, DeepL is your next destination.

What sets us apart
We are committed to innovation and to a nurturing work environment. Founded by developers and researchers, we spend a lot of time actively reviewing the latest trends in generative AI and software engineering. Known for pioneering AI technologies, we dive deep into cutting-edge research to create not only translations, but advanced language solutions. Combining our use of modern technology, comprehensive employee benefits with our open and welcoming work culture is what sets us apart.

When we tell people about DeepL as an employer, the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Maybe it's because of the products that have helped countless people worldwide, or maybe it's because of our shared goal of improving communication for individuals and businesses worldwide. What we're certain of is this: being part of DeepL means joining a team committed to innovation and the well-being of its employees.

Meet the team behind this journey

At DeepL, we're embarking on an exciting adventure to build out our People & Culture team to match our ambitious growth plans and at the heart of this journey is our People Partnering team. As the Head of People Partnering, you will lead a team of People Partners globally, aswell as acting as a People Partner to senior stakeholders. You will also lead the implementation of the People & Culture strategy across the company, bringing to life our mission of being strategic partners that create world-class experiences.


Your responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading and developing our People Partnering function at DeepL, demonstrating the importance and strategic impact this function can bring to the company

  • Be a trusted and strategic partner to our senior stakeholders proactively partnering with them to contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of the company

  • You will play a key role in developing the People & Culture strategy to deliver impact, drive change, implement new initiatives, that enable the strategic agenda for the company

  • Lead the implementation and facilitation of the employee lifecycle strategy, supporting the business to build a high performing and continuous improvement culture

  • Coach and lead Global HR policy interpretation and where needed ER and its application

  • Partner with our CoE teams with proactive feedback that enhances the impact and delivery of our programs, that improve our KPI’s and people metrics (such as: engagement, absence, retention, internal development, recruitment and productivity) to constantly improve our operating model

  • Lead our workforce planning agenda to gain visibility and control of headcount reporting, in partnership with People Ops and Finance

What we offer

  • Diverse and internationally distributed team: joining our team means becoming part of a large, global community with people of more than 90 nationalities. We're more than just colleagues; we're a group of professionals with a shared mission to connect diverse cultures. Our global presence is growing–we've doubled in size nearly every year, with our employees based in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the US, and Japan, and we continue to expand our network
  • Open communication, regular feedback: as a language-focused company, we value the importance of clear, honest communication. We value smooth collaboration, direct and actionable feedback, and believe that leading with empathy makes us better together
  • Remote work, flexible hours: whether you're near or in our hubs in cities like Cologne, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, or prefer the comfort of your own home, you decide where your office is. We offer remote opportunities, flexible working hours and trust in your productivity, all in sync with your team's general locations and time zones to foster effective and seamless collaboration. Our aim is to integrate your work with your lifestyle, ensuring a balance that respects both your needs and our operational requirements
  • Regular in-person team events: we bond over vibrant events that are as unique as our team, from local team and business unit gatherings, to new-joiner onboardings, to company-wide events that bring us all together–literally
  • Monthly full-day hacking sessions: every month, we have Hack Fridays, where you can spend your time diving into a project you're passionate about and get the opportunity to work with other teams–we value your initiatives, impact, and creativity
  • Comprehensive health insurance: your health comes first. With our comprehensive insurance, we'll make sure you're covered from head to toe
  • 30 days of annual leave: we value your peace of mind. With 30 days off (excluding public holidays) and access to mental health resources, we make sure you're as strong mentally as you are professionally
  • Annual learning budget: because we never stop learning, we’ve set up an annual budget for your professional development—pick a learning path which contributes to your career development and we'll back you up

Qualities we look for

  • Extended experience of business partnering, in a fast-paced, high change, scale up environment

  • Influential business partner with the ability to work closely with senior management and key stakeholders across our business to inspire, influence, and shape the future

  • Strong people management skills, ability to coach and get the best from others

  • Role model our Values and have an appetite for developing company culture

  • Demonstrate commercial awareness, strong understanding of business acumen to maximise influence

  • Collaborative, able to partner with centres of excellence to develop and implement initiatives that develop capability, talent identification and culture

  • Strong decision making and ability to lead projects and change programs at a company level

  • Demonstrate the capability to self-prioritise and manage a complex and changing workload with the ability to meet changing and varying deadlines

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills

If this role and our mission resonate with you, but you're hesitant because you don't check all the boxes, don't let that hold you back. At DeepL, it's all about the value you bring and the growth we can foster together. Go ahead, apply—let's discover your potential together. We can't wait to meet you!

Please make sure to send your application in English.

  • United Kingdom
People and Culture