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Executive Assistant to HR VP

Hours per week
40 hours

Looking to support an inspirational VP in a role that offers a lot of challenges?

We are GrandVision, home of retail brands such as Pearle, Vision Express, Charlie Temple, Solaris, and more!

Our people are the heart of our company. Our People & Culture (P&C) team focuses on attracting and retaining talent through aligning our organization and employee skill sets with our strategic roadmap and through being a responsible, equal-opportunity employer, providing a great place to work. As Executive Assistant to the VP of HR, you will be part of the company’s People & Culture Function which is transforming from a highly decentralised to a global operating model. The VP of HR is driving this transformation, as well as being responsible for all global HR processes which will create a multitude of different local and global projects you as Executive Assistant will be able to support with.

You will join a very supportive, incredibly multicultural and international HR team.

GrandVision offers a dynamic, highly changing and ambiguous environment as we grow to a multinational company, with shifting priorities so this would suit someone who will not only be an amazing support to our VP but who can also handle the every changing environment and fast paced nature of our transformation.

We are looking for a Dutch and English speaking Executive Assistant super star who has a “roll up your sleeves and lets do this” mentality, who can work independently, proactively and brings a wealth of relevant experience. If this sounds like you, read on!

Developing Careers & Potential

Within all GrandVision companies we recruit for a career, not just a job. We are passionate about customer satisfaction and develop our people to look for growth potential within the job and within the company. Our preference is to always promote internally where possible. So, wherever people start, there’s always somewhere else to go. We strive for continuous improvement and our new recruits help us to further raise the future potential of our company. Our whole business is full of people who have gone on to achieve a successful career through experiencing a variety of different roles in different locations and area of our business. We continually support and develop our people who have the desire, ambition and potential to grow.

With customers, stores and employees located in over 40 countries, GrandVision shows diversity to be at the core of its success. GrandVision is a global company proud and committed to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • Complex diary management, including organising meetings and events. These could be internally and externally, and locally and internationally.
  • Reviewing and managing all incoming emails, screening all enquiries and requests, handling them when appropriate and corresponding on behalf of the VP of HR. This could include following up any required actions, in particular supporting the VP of HR to plan for and manage all deadlines.
  • Having frequent contact with existing external suppliers and vendors for HR services & contracts and with P&C Leaders in various geographies and operating companies.
  • Co-ordinating and organizing travel arrangements (including hotel, flights, required visas, transfers, etc.), including prepare any necessary expense declarations
  • Providing occasional support to several of the VP of HR’s direct reports, such as supporting the talent team with planning talent reviews for senior management, supporting the reward team with planning kick off calls for all remuneration processes for senior management, etc
  • Previewing all invoices for the VP of HR’s authorisation and sign off
  • Managing the internal purchase process (Sign Off Sheets) for GVHQ P&C team
  • Co-ordinating all preparation required for internal communications withing the global P&C function and pro-actively managing the annual communications calendar for P&C. This includes recurring global communications events and GVHQ P&C team events.
  • Facilitating the preparation and distribution of internal announcements for senior management on behalf of VP of HR.
  • Working with the team of executive assistants for the GrandVision Management team to ensure people processes are planned & executed in a timely manner by the GVMT
  • Developing a strong understanding all of GVHQ P&C processes in order to provide guidance and support to any managers or employees
  • Supporting the Head of P&C for the HQ with Works Council related matters, specifically prepare minutes of meeting regularly recurring Works Council meetings
  • Support projects as requested by the VP of HR on a PMO / Content level

Key skills, knowledge and experience

  • Previous experience as Assistant in an international environment
  • Relevant training or qualification, preferred
  • Schroevers diploma International Secretary, preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of and experienced in working with MS Office 365, including Teams & Yammer
  • Fluent level of English and Dutch, both verbal and written skills.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an international company, supporting executive level managers.
  • A Delivery focused, flexible, proactive and forward thinking, problem solver with excellent communication skills
  • Highly organized and structured, with the ability to manage multiple projects and determine the urgency of each task, and engage with stakeholders at various levels in the organisation
  • Highly discrete, gatekeeper

More about GrandVision

GrandVision is a global leader in optical retailing and delivers high quality and affordable eye care to more and more customers around the world. The high quality eye care offered by GrandVision includes a wide range of services provided by its vision expert, prescription glasses including frames and lenses, contact lenses and contact lens care products, and sunglasses both plain and with prescription lenses. These products are offered through leading optical retail banners across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. GrandVision serves its customers in over 7,200 stores and with more than 39,000 employees which are proving every day that in EYE CARE, WE CARE MORE.

Some key figures

  • 7,260 stores in more than 40 countries
  • 434,000 daily store visits
  • 15.1 million Eyeglass & sunglass sold
  • Over 39,000 employees worldwide
  • Revenue EUR 3.5 billion FY
  • EBITA EUR 266 million

Our vision is to provide high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world. By doing so, GrandVision aspires to help them realize their full potential in life.

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NB. If you have not heard back from us after 27 days, please consider your application not to be successful.

Application process

1. Apply
2. Questionnaire & Recruiter call
3. 1st Interview
4. Online Assessment & 2nd Interview
5. Offer
6. Hired

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