VP of People & Culture (m/f/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Heidelberg

At Aleph Alpha, we are shaping Europe's AI landscape - and over the next months, we are significantly growing our team. As we navigate this period of growth, we recognize the critical need for a strategic and experienced leader to oversee our People function. As the VP of People & Culture, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the company's People strategy to support our ambitious growth plans. You will provide leadership and guidance on all people-related matters, ensuring the development and implementation of policies and programs that attract, retain, and develop top talent.
Your responsibilities
  • Ensure a deep understanding of the organization’s needs and priorities and create and execute a People strategy in line with our overall objectives and growth plans
  • Oversee the full employee lifecycle, from talent acquisition to offboarding processes
  • Hire, lead and develop a team of People professionals that is able to facilitate Aleph Alpha’s growth and is on top of all People challenges. The current team consists of a Generalist People Manager as well as part-time Office Management support, and we are in the process of hiring a small Talent Acquisition team as well as a People Operations Partner
  • Be a strategic People Partner and coach to the Department leaders, providing guidance and support on talent development, performance and other people-related matters
  • Support the Department Leads in establishing their future organizational setup, identifying skill gaps and hiring needs
  • Don’t be afraid of a green field and getting your hands dirty yourself: Most people programs are yet to be developed and adjusted to Aleph Alpha’s particular requirements to ensure adoption, e.g.
    • People Partnering
    • Performance Management and the development of a high-performance culture
    • Learning & Development
    • Compensation and Incentivization
  • Actively drive the development of our culture and values that supports employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations, managing employee relations and addressing any issues that arise.

Your profile
  • Proven experience as a senior leader in a People role, preferably as a VP of People & Culture or equivalent, within a fast-paced and rapidly growing company
  • In-depth and practical knowledge of state-of-the art org building, People best practices and employment law
  • Strong business acumen and understanding how the People function creates best value for the business
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships and influence stakeholders at all levels
  • Experience in driving cultural transformation and building an inclusive and high-performance culture
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to make data-based arguments and decisions
  • Hunger to get your hands dirty, with a proactive and pragmatic approach as well as a can-do attitude, always on the look-out for improvements
  • A passion for new technologies and automation – we love AI :)
  • Ability to work from our office in Heidelberg 50% of your time
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) and ideally German
What you can expect from us
  • Become part of an AI revolution
  • 30 Days of paid vacation
  • Flexible working hours
  • Join a dynamic start-up and a rapidly growing team  
  • Work with international industry and science experts
  • Take on responsibility and shape our company and technology    
  • Regular team events
About us

Aleph Alpha was founded in 2019 with the mission to research and build the foundational technology for an era of strong AI. The team of international scientists, engineers, and innovators researches, develops, and deploys transformative AI like large language and multimodal models and runs the fastest European commercial AI cluster. Its generative AI solutions are the only choice for enterprises and governmental institutions seeking to retain independence, secure their data, and build trustworthy solutions. 

Hiring And Collaboration
We need the right people on our mission to revolutionize Europe with our technology. Our team values a result-oriented, open-minded working environment and reliable and committed colleagues. We care more about talent and purpose than formal education.

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