Do you want to be involved in important strategic assignments to help the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) develop as an organization? The HRM department of the TU/e is looking for an enthusiastic, analytical, and experienced organizational development professional with a great affinity with change management, who wants to work in a dynamic and complex environment.
HRM within TU/e
TU Eindhoven is a human-centered employer, providing opportunities for talent - in both academic and support staff - for personal development and to engage the challenges of tomorrow together. With excellent research and educational programs, we are part of national and international academic networks. We participate in partnerships with industry and civil society organizations, and we are the academic heart of the technology region, 'Brainport'. Our ambition for 2030 is to be one of the world's leading universities for the technical sciences.
To enable our ambitions, changes in organization and services are required. Especially because we see a growth in number of students and staff, a high workload, and a need for further professionalization of the administrative and support processes. The overarching goal is to create a seamless support for our primary process: the customer should not notice which departments, services, or teams are involved in delivering the desired support.
HRM needs to play an important part in enabling this ambition. To be able to achieve TU/e's Strategy 2030, the TU/e as an organization and its employees will have to change and develop. Organizational change should be supported by carefully crafted processes and support that guides the organization and all its employees in the change. The HRM L&D division is crucial in enabling this organizational development by translating the TU/e strategy, needs of the departments and services, as well as the personal development goals of employees into learning and development activities and resources to support the changes step-by-step. Important themes require a more strategic learning and development approach (e.g. developing TU/e leadership, enabling teaching professionalization, facilitating strategic workforce development, and supporting diversity and social safety).
In July 2021, TU/e launched the SQUAD program (Support QUAlity Drive). This program aims to review the quality of all support at our university through critical reflection, external reviews, and change plans. This aligns services with researchers and teaching teams, with a regular quality assurance cycle that is ingrained in the essence of doing top research, providing top teaching and providing support. SQUAD is therefore a relevant step in achieving our Strategy 2030 goals.
The Department Human Resources Management (HRM) will, like all support departments, take part in this program. The department consists of approximately 90 colleagues and is comprised of the HR Services & E-HRM, HR Advice, Policy, Learning & Development, and OSHE&R. In this position, you will be part of the Learning & Development (L&D) team. HRM L&D encourages talent, continuous development, and innovation to make optimum use of human potential. We aim to support the TU/e faculties, services, institutes, and all staff in continuously developing themselves and adopting to internal and external changes.
What will you do?
Our organization is in full development and you will contribute to this effectively. As an organizational development advisor, you advise the different boards and management of (support) departments on a tactical and strategic level on HR issues, based on a deep understanding of strategy, organizational and external trends and developments. You introduce inspiring solutions on organizational development from a learning, change management and cultural perspective. You work purposefully on complex, multidisciplinary organizational issues and take into account the different, sometimes opposite, interests of your stakeholders.
You organize support for the projects, work as broadly as possible with managers and employees to ensure their implementation and execution. However, you also know how to leverage the expertise of HR colleagues by connecting themes, bridging people, and making use of colleagues as ambassadors. In doing so, you make smart use of existing programs and projects, and know how to connect and strengthen current developments in the organization.
From your professionalism you offer added value to the development of both departments and support, and the organization as a whole. You advise on desired direction and changes of the organization(s) in the short, medium, and long term. You have a clear and contemporary vision of organizational development and you know how to develop organizational development and change more broadly within HRM.
SQUAD follows a cyclical approach to tackle all eleven support disciplines at the TU/e in four rounds. The program is estimated to run until 2023. As an organizational development and change advisor, you will participate in the project teams that, by order of the directors concerned, shape this cyclical process to deliver and implement a change plan. This includes mapping and sharing lessons learned from each round to the next. HRM is one of the support disciplines and formally the HRM round starts, with the finance discipline, at the beginning of 2022.
In addition to your tasks for the SQUAD program, within HRM you make a substantial contribution to securing and further spreading knowledge about organizational development and change. You coach employees in this with the aim of securing the knowledge gained from your assignment, strengthening competencies.