HR Generalist/ HR Officer

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Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.
Fairtrade International is the international non-profit, multi stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, sets Fairtrade standards and supports producers.

We are looking for an experienced and service-oriented HR Generalist to run the day-to-day HR tasks and provide HR services to our staff. Focusing on compensation and benefits, the HR Generalist liases closely with HR colleagues ensuring HR processes are properly followed in a timely manner. Additionally,  the HR Generalist contributes to organisational development and cultural change based on Fairtrade Organization Code, Values and Strategy and enforces HR policies and practices.


  • Handling of compensation and benefits issues (remuneration, company pension, childcare contribution, etc.)
  • Preparation and administration of monthly payroll in cooperation with an external provider, coordination of international payroll topics
  • Drafting and issuing of HR documents (e.g. employment contracts, addendums, HR-Information)
  • Support digitalization of HR processes, tools and documents
  • Carry out administrative and organizational activities (e.g. working time & absence recording, personnel file maintenance)
  • Provide regular and accurate HR Statistics & KPIs
  • Support recruitment and personnel development processes
  • Participate in HR projects
  • Support and substitute HR team members and undertake other tasks that are consistent with the level and responsibilities of this post
  • Cooperate with other units, functions, organisations and public authorities on HR related topics


Level of Education

University qualification or commercial apprenticeship with further qualification in relevant field such as Human Resources, Business Administration, or comparable education.

Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies:
  • Several years of relevant work experience ideally in an international and intercultural context
  • In-depth understanding of HR functions and processes
  • Good knowledge of German labour law and social security law, tariff regulation and works constitution law
  • Good command of MS Office Suite and digital competence
  • Fluent in spoken and written German and English
Professional Skill Requirements
  • Very good coordination and organizational skills
  • Very good communication skills and facility in cross-cultural communication
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight timeframes efficiently and to work independently
  • Solution-oriented team player
Personal Qualities
  • Diplomatic and sensitive approach
  • Reliable, diligent and service driven working attitude
  • Passion for the job and the desire to go the extra mile
  • Motivation for Fairtrade


  • This is a full-time position with flexible working hours
  • An initial one-year contract is offered. It is envisaged that the contract will be renewable after the initial one year period.
  • Location is at Fairtrade International offices in Bonn, Germany, with the possibility to partially work mobile.
  • The office language is English
  • Salary is as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Wholesale and Foreign Trade Industries for North Rhine Westphalia and Fairtrade International Company Agreement on wages and salaries Group V plus an attractive benefit package
  • Starting date: as soon as possible


  • Please consult for more information on Fairtrade International and the Fairtrade system
  • We are actively recruiting for this role and reserve the right to close this advertisement at any time.
Please note that Fairtrade International is strict on compliance with the required qualification criteria mentioned above, and only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.