Senior People Business Partner

Who we are

A piece of the moon, a complete dinosaur skeleton, the Pope's hat, the world's smallest book - at Catawiki, we come across exceptional objects such as these every day. 

Catawiki is the leading online marketplace to buy and sell special objects. We offer over 75,000 special objects in auction every week — each reviewed and selected by one of Catawiki’s hundreds of in-house experts specialised in Art, Design, Jewellery, Fashion, Classic Cars, Collectables and many more.

We've sold 10 million unique items to date and it’s our mission to become the world’s most popular auction destination for special objects.

We’re an innovative, pioneering and fast-growing scale-up. If you think you can make a difference to our team, go ahead and apply.

What you'll do

As People Business Partner you will partner with our business leaders, building successful, engaged and talented teams that are able to deliver on the ambitious functional business goals. You will provide full support on People initiatives and consistent advice and coaching regarding People practices. You are proactive, able to perform a wide variety of tasks and are passionate about adding value to both the business and the employee experience. You thrive on collaborative working and partnering, both at team level and within your supporting functions. 

You will report to the Senior Director People Business Partnering & Employee Relations and will be part of a team of the HR Business Partnering team, mainly based in our Amsterdam office.  We’re a hardworking close knit team who support, enable and learn from each other and have fun while doing so. 

You will:

  • Liaise with and guide business leaders to build high performing teams that deliver on their business goals;
  • Drive a wide variety of People processes and initiatives for your supporting; function(s), such as Talent development, Goal setting & Performance management, Employee relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Health & Wellbeing;
  • Improve existing and develop new relevant and effective People initiatives, policies and procedures;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the business, People trends and employment legislation and pro-actively use knowledge to provide excellent customer-focused, value added People consultancy;
  • Partner with the other People functions (Recruitment and People Operations), to contribute towards our people strategy and projects, and to ensure a best in class experience through the different stages of the employee lifecycle;
  • Provide ideas and suggestions for further development and growth of the People function.

What you'll bring

You have multiple years (min. 6-8) of experience in People in a dynamic high-paced environment. You are a great listener and communicator, have excellent stakeholder management skills and are sensitive to the dynamics of our organisation. Next to this, you:

  • Are a strategic and data driven thinker and worker;
  • Are an experienced advisor or business partner in a dynamic, commercial; international and fast-moving and changing company;
  • You have partnered with senior business leaders;
  • Have in-depth knowledge of people processes across the full employee lifecycle; (employee engagement, performance/talent management, coaching etc); 
  • Have extensive experience in Dutch labor law and regulations;
  • Have knowledge of and experience with working with a Works Council;
  • Are able to manage/drive company wide people projects;
  • Are able to build credible and respectful relationships with employees of all levels;
  • Are a self-starter, self-motivated and enthusiastic;
  • Are able to act with autonomy;
  • Are flexible, accommodating and with a positive approach;
  • Are able to take full accountability for own performance and development;
  • Are fluent in English, fluency in Dutch is beneficial. 

The following would be a plus

  • Experienced in international labor law (we operate in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, UK and Spain);
  • Experience in a start-up or scale-up environment;
  • Creative thinker.

Here’s what we can offer you

This is your chance to join our mission to fulfill people’s passions as part of a young and dynamic organization. You'll be part of an enthusiastic, highly motivated team of 800+ Catawikians.

Additionally, you can expect:

  • A challenging role in a diverse, international and fast-growing organisation with over 50 nationalities.
  • Regular fun activities both on and offline e.g summer parties, boat rides and regular team events.
  • Great secondary benefits including a holiday allowance and a fantastic pension plan paid for by Catawiki.
  • Hybrid ways of working between home and office. We offer remote and activity-based working, suited to the team and individual responsibilities
  • We care about our teams’ wellbeing and offer a holistic wellbeing programme including our Employee Assistance Programme offering clinical services, single-session therapy, wellness support and more.
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities to support your personal and professional growth;

We want to help you celebrate special occasions in life by:

  • Provide employees with a 100 EURO Catavoucher upon joining and 50 EURO birthday Catavouchers;
  • Extra days of annual leave for work anniversaries at 3, 5, 8 and 10 years;
  • Additional leave allowances for important life events such as moving, engagement & marriage;
  • Each year Catawikians get an additional day’s leave to Pursue their Passion!

Please note that our benefits offering changes depending on which country you are employed in. For our country-specific offering please ask your recruiter.

Our commitment to you

Catawiki’s eclectic team represents an international and intergenerational mix of people from different professional and cultural backgrounds. We foster an inclusive and queer-friendly work environment, committed to making every Catawikian feel welcomed and empowered. Whatever your story, we encourage you to bring your unique perspective to the table.

Catawiki stands with Ukraine and encourages people displaced by the current conflict to apply. In addition to the several initiatives we’ve launched, we’re open to ideas on ways we can continue to support the humanitarian effort.

Our offices and way of working

We have sensational offices in Amsterdam, Groningen, Paris and our newest office in Lisbon. Most of our employees are within commutable distance of one of our office locations and enjoy a hybrid work model. This means we expect you to be in the office 2 out of 5 days, roughly 40% of your working time, to collaborate and connect with each other. The exception is of course, if the job description specifically states that the role is 100% remote, as some experts and sales positions are.


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If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Flexible Working

We’re continually incorporating hybrid elements, while employees choose how they split their work between the office and home.

Excellent benefits
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