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Director, People Business Partners

Title: Director, People Business Partners (EMEA)

Location: Remote, EMEA

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Director, People Business Partner (PBP) – EMEA

People Business Partners (PBPs) are responsible for aligning business objectives with people solutions in the organizations they support. A PBP acts as a trusted and strategic advisor, coach, and change agent to senior leadership, providing data driven insights and expertise on people-related matters, to inform and support a tightly aligned business and talent strategy.

People Business Partners are aligned across all divisions and departments at GitLab to ensure dedicated partnership.

PBPs contribute to the overall success of People Group driven initiatives by facilitating engagement of other People Group DRI’s when appropriate, providing insights from client groups to inform new program and iterations, and championing key initiatives.

Job Grade

The Director, People Business Partner (EMEA) is a grade 10


  • Typically supports e-group and multiple VPs across one or more functions. Partners with senior leadership on a wide range of matters related to talent and is seen as a thought leader on people/business issues of all levels. May consult on talent strategy, management development, team member engagement programs, organizational design/development.
  • Constantly forecasting and predicting issues and takes measures to course correct before impact within client group
  • Uses data to identify trends and develops and influences solutions to drive results in the organization. Results may have reach beyond the immediate client group.
  • Maintains deep expertise of their client groups’ business, operating model, objectives, and industry trends.
  • Develops and drives People programs and processes from start to finish that align with GitLab goals and values. Deliver meaningful results to the client group with ongoing improvements that take into account both the client group and broader GitLab impact
  • Leads client group to maintain a high bar for performance by reviewing trends in management of underperformance. Based on insights from Team Member Relations, keeps senior leadership apprised of performance management trends and hot spots. May be more hands on with TMR for complex or senior level performance issues or investigations.
  • Partners with client group leadership team and relevant People groups to drive a talent strategy focused on engagement and retention of top talent. Works with Total Rewards and Talent and Engagement to ensure key trends and retention levers are addressed and used effectively.
  • Provides guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning
  • Own specific iterations related to company-wide Talent Programs based on feedback from their client group and PBP team.
  • Executes on company-wide Talent Programs within their client groups, including Annual Talent Assessment and Compensation Reviews, ensuring alignment to broader People priorities in execution.
  • Facilitates connection to other People Group DRI’s when appropriate to remain focused on the most impactful work while ensuring relevant DRI’s are engaged


  • Relevant, progressive People Business Partner experience supporting front line, mid-level and executive leaders.
  • Expert-level experience in a variety of HR competency areas such as organizational design and development, leadership development, change management, performance management, and employee relations.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work well with fluid information.
  • Comfortable using technology, including Google Workspace and Gitlab.
  • Effective and concise verbal and written communication skills; ability to collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Obsessed with results that matter; able to create and deliver full-cycle projects (start to finish) and results in a timely manner.
  • Team player who acts with a sense of urgency and adapts to a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Ability to solve complex problems; resourceful and takes initiative to seek internal and external resources when problem-solving.
  • Very strong EQ, with fine-tuned instincts and problem-solving skills. Demonstrates sound, consistent, trusted judgment.
  • Experience working with Global Talent (Americas, EMEA, APAC); remote experience preferred.
  • Comfortable with high volume and very fast-paced workload; not afraid to roll up your sleeves to complete more tactical work. Able to switch between strategic and tactical work.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; Master’s degree and/or HR Certification strongly preferred.




  • Primary People Business Partner support for the Go-To-Market teams in EMEA; develops a people strategy that helps support local organization and business goals
  • Consult on global expansion efforts in the EMEA region; including participating in the due diligence process
  • Partners closely with the broader People Business Partners and People Group to support the implementation of GitLab’s People programs and policies locally
  • Advise on People programs and solutions to support EMEA regional needs based on deep local expertise
  • Collaborate with our team member relations (TMR) and legal teams to provide additional guidance and support on HR compliance, local employment law, and regulatory requirements in the EMEA region based on local expertise
  • Consult and inform local regulatory bodies such as Works Councils on topics that impact employment or working conditions


In addition to the Director, People Business Partner (EMEA) Requirements:

  • Proven experience in a fast-paced, technology company as a People Business Partner supporting a Sales or GTM organization, focused on supporting the EMEA region
  • Experience partnering with other People Business Partners in supporting business strategy and consulting on local EMEA requirements
  • In-depth knowledge of EMEA employment law and regulations
  • Experience working with local regulatory bodies such as Works Councils


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