Director Human Resources

Director Human Resources

Published Deadline Location
19 Feb 15 Mar Enschede

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Job description


  • Fully responsible for the subject-based management of the internal service HR, quality assurance, continuity of service, the required expertise and compliance with HR law and regulations and organizational frameworks;
  • Contributes to the mutual connection and cooperation between Dutch universities by participating in the HRNU network and sharing knowledge;
  • Key role in contributing to the realization of our strategy Shaping 2030.


University of Twente (UT)


  • An academic background
  • Has experience and / or affinity with academic processes of research and education
  • Has experience with program development and management in large professional organizations
  • Broad experience in the field of Human Resources and experience with change processes and organizational development
  • Experience with carrying out HRM vision, translating strategy into policy and taking care of its implementation and monitoring
  • Experience with HRM (information) systems, HR analytics and shaping effective and efficient HRM processes
  • Managerial experience and affinity with a complex and extensive organization
  • Excellent language and writing skills in Dutch and English (C1 / C2)*


  • Bridge builder
  • Role model of new leadership
  • HR professional and consultant
  • Organizational sensitivity
  • Development-oriented leadership


The University of Twente aims to complete the recruitment procedure for the HR Director before 1 May 2020.

  • Candidates can respond up to and including 15 March with a resume and targeted motivation letter, which can be send to Please don't use the button below to apply.
  • Based on the resume selection, candidates are invited for an exploratory interview with Geert-Jan Poorthuis at InterExcellent in Baarn and / or Sanne Lohman at Lohman Advies in Hengelo in weeks 13 and 14.
  • The most suitable candidates are then nominated to the UT selection committee, which determines who will be invited for an interview.
  • The interviews within the UT will take place in weeks 16 to 18.
  • The exact data will be communicated in the exploratory interview.

Contact about this vacancy

The search assignment is carried out by the nationally operating recruitment and selection agency InterExcellent in collaboration with Lohman Advies, an agency with a focus on the Eastern Netherlands in particular. For questions about the position and the procedure you can contact Geert-Jan Poorthuis or Sanne Lohman on the number: 035-528 0430 or and mail via

*English level C1:

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Conditions of employment

This full-time position comes with a salary in scale 15 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Including holiday pay and end-of-year bonus, the maximum annual income for this position is €100,000. At the start, it concerns an annual contract with the intention of subsequently converting this into a contract for an indefinite period.

References will be checked for the final candidates and a safety investigation will be conducted. An assessment can be part of the procedure.


The University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology’ we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech, Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilization of science and technology.  Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains:
  • Improving healthcare by personalized technologies
  • Creating intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Shaping our world with smart materials
  • Engineering our digital society
  • Engineering for a resilient world
‘The University of Twente is the ultimate people-first university of technology. We empower society through sustainable solutions.’ Mission University of Twente


The Human Recourses (HR) department has a proactive and facilitating role within the University of Twente and supports the Executive Board, the faculties and the services. The service works on optimization of the entire work field and the further development and implementation of a broad contemporary (digital) HR set of tools. In the upcoming years, the focus will be on, among other things, the following themes: the further elaboration of the new UT Shaping 2030 strategy, recruitment, the new strategic orientation on recognition and appreciation in academic education and research, and a solid continuation of the existing HR practices. Performing these tasks is the responsibility of the three HR departments: Advice, Policy and Services.
The service HR consists of 53 employees. The director directly manages four department managers and two specialists. In addition, 28 HR employees are connected from the faculties. Hierarchically these HR employees fall under the portfolio manager business operations of the faculties, but functionally under the HR director. The director has the ability to connect, inspire and lead a department with professionals, both central and decentral HR, and thus provide professional support and advice in the HR field of all organizational units.


  • HRM; Management
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5740—€7401 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1092860


University of Twente (UT)

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