HR Business Partner EMEA - Sales & Marketing

Date: 19-Sep-2021

Location: Cork, IE

Company: Sophos Ltd

Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com.



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.”


We are looking for an experienced HR Business Partner, to support our EMEA Sales & Marketing organisations. You will take responsibility for the respective business group(s) and have the responsibility to determine necessary HR solutions and deliver proactive value add HR support across our European and Middle East and African regions.  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 Sales & Marketing HR Business Partners and Local Sales & Marketing Leaders to support the delivery of business outcomes and HR Projects and initiatives.  You will provide full cycle HR support to the UK teams, on areas such as employee relations, change management, talent and performance management.  Some generalist work will be an intrinsic part of the role for matters arising in the country you are based in.


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 solutions!


Main Duties:

  • Working closely with the Sales & Marketing Global HR Business Partners as well as Regional HR Partners, to align business objectives with employees and management locally.
  • Directly supporting the SVP EMEA Sales lead and his senior leadership team to roll out and drive annual HR programs and people-development programs during a period of significant growth and strategic refocus, including:
  • Act as a consultant to managers (and global managers with EMEA headcount) 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.
  • Provide coaching and 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 and headcount planning.
  • 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 Business Partner supporting Go To Market organisations, ideally 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
  • US Tech Company experience
  • HR program management experience


Skills & Abilities

  • CIPD Qualified or working towards (or equivalent relevant experience) ; sound and current knowledge of [UK] 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


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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