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Corporate HR Manager

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Ahlers is an international logistics company with headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.

Ahlers employs 650 people in 35 locations across Europe, Asia, Russia and the CIS and offers innovative and highly efficient logistic services in four distinct business units: Project cargo, trading facilitation and after sales activities, sustainable supply chain solutions and high value cargo logistics.

Our goal is making the supply chain better, more efficient and to add value. The company, founded in 1909, has a track record of successfully adapting to a changing economic and political environment. An updated strategic plan was finalized at the end of 2018 and is the basis for further growth in the selected business areas. Our credo is: “solutions beyond logistics”.

The annual turnover of the Ahlers Group in 2018 was 165 million euro.

Ahlers is a family-owned company, governed by a board of Directors which is preceded by Mr. Christian Leysen as chairman and member of the founding family. He is also shareholder and investor in IT & Automation companies Xylos, Bagaar and Agidens.


Due to the growth and the new strategy of Ahlers, we are looking for a Corporate HR Manager at the global headquarters located in Antwerp. The Corporate HR Manager will report the CEO of the Ahlers Group.

To roll out and engrain this new strategy – which transforms Ahlers from a country P&L organization to a Business Unit P&L organization according the Ahlers CODE (Customer Intimacy, “One Ahlers”, Diversified offering, Entrepreneurship and Innovation) – across the global Ahlers organization, we are in need of a “change champion” within HR.

Since our two main assets are our customers and our 650 employees, the Corporate HR Manager will have a crucial role in the transformation of Ahlers, ensuring that all employees – from the management team to our blue collars – fully understand, embrace and live the Ahlers CODE.

We offer a position in which you can drive the change, lead by example and really support the strategy and shape our future. Therefore, you need to be an experienced change manager and strong communicator. We also expect you to be hands-on and solve issues as they arise.

Of course, aside from the very specific role regarding change management and transformation within Ahlers, you will also assume a generic corporate HR role.

Specific responsibilities of the position:

  • You develop and implement the global HR strategy to ensure the Ahlers CODE is understood by all employees.
  • You translate the high-level strategy into tangible HR initiatives that enable all employees to understand their place and role in the new organization so that they can support the new strategy to the best of their abilities.
  • You are the sparring partner of the CEO in terms of change management, people development and coaching.
  • You manage all HR aspects (internal or via external partners) and HR management with sufficient attention to hiring and retention.
  • You will coach and guide a team of four HR managers in the Group (Belgium, CIS, India and Indonesia).
  • You collaborate with Ahlers corporate marketing to boost employer branding campaigns and internal communication.
  • You start-up, fine-tune and maintain projects such as performance & talent management, follow up on our expats globally,…


  • You hold a master’s degree in a relevant field of study (Human Resources / Change Management).
  • You’ve built up 5+ years of successful HR & Change Management experience.
  • You have a proven track record of change management projects and/or transformation projects.
  • You are an experienced HR manager, who can think strategically but is also hands-on.
  • You have experience with coaching people on all levels of an organization.
  • You can cope with stress and deadlines
  • You have a strong commitment to high professional and ethical standards.
  • Your excellent communication skills and expertise enable you to motivate and engage people and align all internal stakeholders.
  • You are hands-on and open minded.
  • You are enthusiastic, self-motivated and eager to drive change, a quick learner and team player.
  • You are a fluent communicator in Dutch and English; knowledge of Russian is an asset.
  • You are willing to travel up to 25% of your time.

In exchange of your expertise, creativity and enthusiasm, Ahlers offers an attractive salary complemented by fringe benefits, career opportunities and challenges abroad.

  • Placed on:Fri 30 August 2019
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Ahlers Belgium

Noorderlaan 139 - 9e verdieping
2030 Antwerpen


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