ED&F Man Liquid Products Division is the leading global supplier in molasses, molasses blends and related liquid products as well as dry products for (mainly) the animal feed industry. The Amsterdam office is the regional headquarters for the business covering Europe, Asia, and Africa.

ED&F Man is a pioneer as well as a trader in liquid agricultural by-and- co-products. We offer expertise in animal nutrition and feed dispense technology to farmers. We work closely with manufacturers, such as rum and yeast producers, to provide quality products from sustainable sources.

Our capability includes sourcing, shipping, storage and distribution of molasses, molasses blends and other sugar co-products, as well as vegetable and fish oils. Using the sourcing skill of our trading division and the blending and inventory management know-how of our storage operations, we tailor make sophisticated blends to match our customers’ needs.

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 6,000 people in 60 countries and annual revenue in excess of $8bn. We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses.

Corporate responsibility is ingrained in our culture. We are passionate about sustainable production, take care to limit the environmental impact of our operations and actively support the communities in which we work.

The Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as an HR Advisor. They will work in a small HR team who are supporting the business in EMEA region consisting of approximately 200 employees in 14 countries. The role will report to the Head of HR for the Liquid Products division, based in Amsterdam. This role is considered part time.


You will have a generalist remit covering a broad spectrum of HR responsibilities, ranging from payroll and maintaining employment files to advising employees and managers regarding employment and payroll topics. You will have a primary focus for several countries in EMEA.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Actively building positive and trusting relationships with the Liquid Products team and develop a sound knowledge of the business.
  • Handling the administrative and operational processes for lifecycle HR events such as new joiners, leavers and transfers.
  • Coordinating the payroll processed by external agencies across Europe.
  • Maintaining staff records including ensuring 100% data accuracy of HR records within the HR-system and on paper.
  • Coordinating and administering benefit programs and work conditions across Europe.
  • Working closely with the HR team to deliver Group HR policies, processes and programs across the division, including learning and development, annual compensation, performance management and recruitment. Work on projects as appropriate
  • Providing guidance and advice to managers and employees on HR related issues
  • Managing employee relations issues as and when they arise and promoting strong employee engagement
  • Utilising strong understanding of the business, structures and roles to ensure HR support is aligned to business objectives, the HR strategy and legal requirements.

 Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate is an energetic self-starter with the drive to deliver a high-quality HR service and build a highly regarded HR presence. We’re looking for someone who is entrepreneurial minded and has ambition and determination. You should enjoy operating in a small HR team, being the main interface with the business for the day to day topics, whilst operating within the wider remit of the Group HR function.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Human Resource Management.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ work experience in HR generalist role, preferably covering also payroll, preferably in an international work environment
  • Practical working knowledge of employment, income tax and social security laws and practices
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, approachable and ability to communicate effectively in teams and deal with employees at all levels.
  • A pragmatist who understands how to align with an entrepreneurial business.
  • Attention to detail and presentation, with a strong ability to execute.
  • Pro-active attitude with strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Well-developed numerical and analytical skill sets.
  • Results oriented approach and enjoys taking ownership.
  • Fluent in Dutch and English is essential, preferably also German.
  • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office, to intermediate level.
  • High level of integrity, flexibility, ability to work under pressure and self-reflection are key attributes to perform this role.

Essential Behaviours

Here at ED&F Man we are guided by our five company values: Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus and Entrepreneurship. Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach. Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things. Our performance essentials are Take Initiative, Self‐Management, Deliver Results and Collaboration.

Equal Opportunities Statement

ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.

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