Regional HR Manager (Maritime)

December, 2020

Our client, an international shipping company is looking for an experienced and hands-on HR Manager to provide strategic business partnership with highly pragmatic, hands-on advice and support to the Regional Senior Leadership Team. The ideal candidate would have experience in operating in a complex, demanding and fast paced environment. He/she will provide HR leadership and operational direction to 4 offices in the region including Singapore. 

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Global Head of HR, the HR Manager would be responsible for the following responsibilities:

Management of Regional HR Function

  • Delivery of all HR specialist functions within the Region in either direct or indirect capacity: HR Operations, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development.
  • Establish, in alignment with the Global Head of HR, Regional HR strategy based on business needs, including annual execution plans agreed with major stakeholders: identify organisational capability & resourcing needs.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to enable the organisation to thrive through periods of change: recruitment management, reorganisations, employee relations, performance management and all associated people related change and communication requirements.
  • Take active role in developing company culture and influence individual behaviours toward a performance driven organisation.
  • Implement HR programs that drive employee engagement and support the company culture.
  • Perform due diligence for new office set ups and potential acquisitions.
  • Managing HR team member, ensure quality of delivery; coach and develop.

Talent Acquisition

  • Manage end to end recruitment for the region. Coach managers to ensure correct skills are brought into the organisation, manage vendors, ensure most efficient and cost-effective recruitment methods are applied

HR Operations

Policies and Practices

  • Creation and updating Policies and Procedures to ensure legal compliance.
  • Provide up to date, commercially relevant HR services to internal customers by application of HR tools and processes that comply with local requirements and balance global consistency.

Performance Management

  • Coaching managers on performance management best practice.
  • Managing annual performance management process, ensuring business benefit.
  • Reviewing and researching best practice and concepts to bring innovative suggestions to business.

Employee Relations

  • Advising managers on employee relations issues: leading disciplinaries, grievances and terminations, mediating discussions, conducting investigations, redundancy / retrenchment.

Compliance & Government Liaison

  • Ensure robust business case documentation to meet all legal and compliance requirements; timely liaison with Government bodies as required.
  • Ensure legal compliance within the region keeping senior management team aware of changes to legislation and suggesting improvements.
  • MOM- Lead contact – Survey’s updates and Queries.
  • ‘Corpass’ – Company contact for Corpass.
  • National service – application & notification of refunds (SAF100).
  • Government childcare & maternity leave refunds.
  • MPA HR contact for updates/ events/seminars and compensation and benefits surveys.

Immigration and Relocation

  • Managing relocation process for employees being relocated into and out of Region
  • Ensure compliance with immigration requirements across each jurisdiction within Region.

Talent Development

  • Identification of top talent and successors in Region and development needs.
  • Training needs analysis to support business.
  • Designing and delivering internal training sessions on various company processes and initiatives.

Total Rewards

Pay and Benefits Administration Management

  • Responsibility for and authorisation of Regional payrolls, ensuring timely salary payments.
  • Payroll vendor management of the 4 offices
  • Manage Tax year end process IR8A.
  • IRAS matters: Approving IR21’s (foreigner exiting Singapore).
  • Renewal of Insurances: life & medical insurance
  • Audit – Payroll
  • Managing Benefit schemes across region, budget management and vendor reviews, implementing health and well-being initiatives. 


  • Assisting with ad hoc projects or tasks as and when required.
  • Review and update of Performance Management process.


  • Experience working in a Senior HR position within a global, fast paced, commercial environment across multiple geographic locations.
  • Proven track record in all aspects of employee relations and legal frameworks: Singapore & Asia Pac.
  • Team player and skilled communicator, leads through collaboration and buy-in, confident in supporting senior management and team members in the achievement of their business goals through coaching, consulting & influencing. Able to formulate and advocate clear opinions whilst being sensitive in influencing and partnering; quickly establishes trusted peer-level interaction with Management team and all employees.
  • Excellent internal consulting skills, proactively analyses and interprets HR data to highlight current issues and concerns of commercial relevance; diagnose and propose effective and creative solutions to support business initiatives.
  • Ability to blend both strategic thinking and operational HR delivery to meet customer needs.
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and demands whilst maintaining accuracy and quality.
  • Strong project management skills, change management, conflict management, negotiation and stakeholder management at all levels, (internal and external).
  • Degree / equivalent in Human Resources, strong demonstrable proficiency in all HR functional areas.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (advanced Excel); familiar with HR technology platforms.

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