HR Business partner

HR Business partner

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22 Jun 9 Jul Wageningen

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Job description

As an HR Business Partner, you will be engaged with current HR priorities in a fast-changing and dynamic informal work environment where every day is different. You can make a difference, take the lead, and seek improvement for employees and the organization from the Animal Sciences Group in Wageningen. If you are an HR professional with a no-nonsense mentality who wants to work in a challenging environment where people feel at home, continue to grow, and do their best work, then we are looking for you!

As an HR Business Partner, you will contribute to maintaining and growing this positive work environment, where everyone can develop optimally. You will take charge, show ownership of the HR themes assigned to you, and coordinate on different levels. Additionally, you will think and work on HR spearheads across WUR and closely collaborate with specialists from the HR Centre of Expertise for Recruitment, Vitality & Health, and Learning & Development.

Within the Animal Sciences Group in Wageningen, you (along with your colleagues) will be responsible for handling HR issues and addressing HR themes.

Your tasks and responsibilities include:
  • acting as a sparring partner and advisor for managers on individual and team case studies;
  • contributing to the HR agenda and being (co-)responsible for the successful implementation of HR policies;
  • thinking along and taking an active role in the development and execution of strategic personnel plans and organizational issues;
  • contributing to the further development of an agile organization and an environment where employees can develop and excel;
  • contributing to appropriate and high-quality HR services for your organizational unit.

You will collaborate with the HR team of the Animal Sciences Group, consisting of 7 colleagues spread across locations in IJmuiden, Lelystad, and Wageningen. As a team, we work organization-wide for both the university component and the contract research departments. We work closely together on current topics in the field of personnel and organizational development, team and leadership development, labor market issues, social safety, activity-related work, vitality, and career development, including attracting and retaining talented colleagues.

Where you will work
You will work for the Animal Sciences Group units in Wageningen, and as an HR team, we also jointly tackle issues for the entire Animal Sciences Group. The Animal Sciences Group (ASG) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) consists of Wageningen Livestock Research, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Wageningen Marine Research, and the Department of Animal Sciences at Wageningen University. The core activities of the Animal Sciences Group are scientific and practice-oriented research, academic education, and the development of (animal) production systems and innovations. ASG operates in the broad field of wild and production animals, from animal ecology to fisheries and aquaculture, from animal nutrition to animal management and animal systems, from animal disease control to food safety.


Wageningen University & Research


You are entrepreneurial, a connector, result-oriented, and a critical sparring partner for management and the team.

You also possess:
  • A relevant HBO/WO education, actively follow the latest HR developments, and have a vision for the field.
  • Flexibility, enjoy collaboration, and can quickly switch between different tasks.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of HR-related laws and regulations and are proficient in Dutch and English, both spoken and written.

In our international work environment, communication is increasingly conducted in English. For this position, a language level of B2 is required. If you do not yet have this level, we will naturally assist you, and you can take advantage of our language center, Wageningen in'to Language.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8,3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €3.088,- and €5.035,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10). The position is for 28-32 hours per week. Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will be extended upon mutual enthusiasm and favorable business conditions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland and with your work you have a clear and positive impact on society. At WUR we work on the most pressing challenges of our time, like climate change and feeding the world in a sustainable way.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch the video below to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • HRM
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3088—€5035 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • P1550139-1


Wageningen University & Research

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