Senior Specialist HR and Compliance, France (R6721)


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Do you like to operate in a structured way but can thrive in ambiguity, adapt quickly to a changing environment, take a global view, are data driven and you know that sometimes laughter is indeed the best solution?

You will be a part of the Global HR Operations team and will partner closely with the regional and functional HRBPs, Employee Success and Legal teams. You will be chairing the French Works Council (CSE) and will be managing relationships with amongst others, the CSE and trade unions.

Main elements of the role:

  • Lead the employee representative processes and strategy for France: chairing the French Works Council, collaborate with global business stakeholders in developing and implementing works council related strategies and initiatives, proactively identify and conduct research on trends and best practice of French Works Council related policies and processes
  • Identify opportunities in the HR compliance landscape: create a calendar of meeting regular compliance deadlines/requirements as well as monitor any upcoming changes
  • Manage absence accordingly, ensuring systems are updated, policies are followed and processes are completed on time
  • Ensure timely compliance filings with external bodies as required
  • Review our HR policies, employment contracts and other employment documentation in partnership with the Benefits, Legal and Compliance teams
  • Assess HR processes and policies against compliance requirements and best market practices. Provide process improvement and policy gaps recommendations
  • Manage occupational health checks by ensuring our compliance, consider opportunities to automate related processes
  • Manage compliance of the French local bi-annual workload assessments
  • Ensure accurate time tracking processes in France and other EMEA countries
  • Partner with internal team on applicable gender pay gap reporting as needed


Required Skills and Experience:

  • The role can be based in any of the European countries where Elastic has an entity, however prior experience of being in a similar role in France is essential
  • 8+ years of experience handling CSE and Trade Unions in France and employment related compliance/reporting obligations in France 
  • Considerable experience in employment law in France or employment law qualification
  • Previous experience with the Syntec CBA is crucial
  • Experience handling statutory legal HR documentation in France
  • Prior experience working for a Global Company
  • Knowledge of HR systems (e.g. Workday, ServiceNow)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills (both English & French languages are essential)
  • Ability to build effective work relationships at all levels of the organization, and with employee representatives
  • High degree of integrity and honesty; ability to exercise confidentiality
  • A sense of humour and ability to roll with the punches definitely a plus
  • Find happiness in doing an excellent job and thrive as part of a team
  • Have real ambition to improve the employee experience at Elastic in your region
  • A steadfast problem-solver: you always focus on the positives and how to address challenges, rather than simply identifying them
  • Are a skilled communicator with excellent self-awareness and clearly communicate across languages and cultures

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match up to $1500 (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

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