Snr HR Generalist, Southern Europe

Budapest, HU, 1117

Human Resources

Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects nearly 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cybercriminal tactics and techniques, including automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more. The award-winning Sophos Central cloud-based platform integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of best-of-breed products, from the Intercept X endpoint solution to the XG Firewall, into a single system called Synchronized Security. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.”



HR Partner, WE or SE

When highly talented people work together in an environment where they can do the best work of their careers, amazing and successful companies are built.”

Sophos makes IT security simple with complete solutions that protect networks, servers and devices, wherever they are located. Today, more than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos for trusted solutions to complex security challenges. Focused on innovation and backed by SophosLabs global threat intelligence centers, Sophos delivers solutions that are simple to deploy, maintain and manage.  Sophos – Security made Simple

We are looking for an experienced HR Generalist seeking their next step towards becoming an experienced HR Business Partner, to expand our commercially focused WE (FRA/BNLX) or SE (IBE,ITA) HR team. You will take responsibility for regional country HR and have the responsibility to determine necessary HR solutions and deliver proactive value add HR support.  The role sits alongside like-minded, team focused colleagues who are all passionate about driving Sophos’ global HR agenda. Everything we do is designed to support the business goals, values and desired behaviours that continuously drive Sophos’ considerable momentum in the market.  

You will work closely with Global HR Business Partners and Local Leaders to support the delivery of business outcomes and HR Projects and initiatives.  You will provide full cycle HR support to the WESE teams, on areas such as employee relations, change management, compensation, talent and performance management.  In parallel you will have the opportunity to be part of the team driving broader regional or theatre level programs as part of the HR drive to adopt and provide ‘best in class’ HR solutions.


This is a great opportunity to join an engaging, fun and inclusive global HR team that focuses on delivering results in an innovative, simple, and highly-effective way. Just like our cybersecurity solution!


Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with Global HR Business Partners, to align business objectives with employees and management locally in designated business units.
  • Act as a consultant to managers (and global managers, where applicable) to implement specific programs and initiatives directly aligned to business strategy in the areas of performance management, recognition, career development, workforce planning, succession planning, talent development, compensation planning and employee relations.
  • As a subject matter expert in local employment law, policy and processes, provide coaching and hands on support to managers across a broad range of HR topics, ensuring local culture and legislation are understood and applied whilst achieving the required business results
  • Provide day-to-day coaching and guidance to line management on areas such as Performance Management, Employee Relations, Career development and Employee Welfare
  • Develop and provide employee and business balanced analysis of trends, with a view to identify drivers for change and opportunities for continuous improvement within your business groups  
  • Work with our COE teams (i.e. Talent acquisition, L&D, C&B, Comms, Legal) to develop value-add HR initiatives that support the Company’s Values, Goals and cultural behaviours.
  • Drive or be ‘part of’ global and local change programs that are handled in a well-considered and well communicated way; examples include; review/revision of best practice HR policies, continuous development of our new HRIS system and other HR tools and practices, supporting cross department programs (e.g. payroll, finance, legal), being part of or driving various key programs, e.g. relating to I&D and ensure the effective management, roll out and support for managers and employees to make the changes more impactful.
  • Understand the people plan for your business units, including hiring needs, succession, career progression, gap analysis; working with Talent Acquisition to support hiring/onboarding.
  • Support the annual salary review process across your business units including participation in remuneration panels, recommendations and analysis of outcomes in line with global process
  • Drive the effectiveness of the performance review process, providing coaching and support to managers
  • Work with local management and employee groups and the global HR team to identify, implement and manage local initiatives in response to the annual Employee Opinion Survey
  • Proactively support the Company’s Values, Culture and Behavioural initiatives, such as Inclusion and Diversity, employee recognition, effective employee engagement activities, etc, so that they are embedded in everything Sophos does.

Experience (essential)

  • Proven experience as a HR generalist in an environment where change is the norm.
  • Experienced HR management of cradle to grave and annual cycle HR solutions and practices, including ER, performance and talent management, and compensation reviews.
  • Able to support change with pragmatic legal and best practice advice to managers and leaders – able to explain the rationale and show the value, rather than just recite policy or law.
  • Proven experience of managing priorities based on business needs
  • Proven background of delivery in a complex and fast-paced international work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and to build strong relationships, working with a variety of personalities, management levels and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability of driving initiatives and activities to successful completion


Experience (preferred)

  • Previous experience of working in an international business, proven to participate as a member of business-wide HR & management team
  • Project management experience


Skills & Abilities

  • HR Qualified or working towards; sound and current knowledge of employment law
  • Highly collaborative with a strong desire to deliver results and create a positive work environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to adapt to a variety of communication settings and styles
  • Strong prioritisation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team, whilst simultaneously being accountable for personal delivery and results
  • Understanding of commercial drivers
  • Conflict resolution
  • Design and implementation of policies






  • Human Resources Administration 


Equal Opportunities


Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.



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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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