Reference Code:  18170

Global Human Resources Director


Maidstone, KEN, GB


Since Watchfinder & Co. was first founded in 2002, it has grown to become the premier resource from which to buy and sell premium pre-owned watches. With thousands of watches available from more than 50 brands, including Rolex, Omega, IWC and more, plus boutiques across the UK and a manufacturer certified service centre, Watchfinder has established itself as the top pre-owned watch specialist.

Founded nearly 20 years ago, Watchfinder & Co. is now the most trusted and largest preowned watch destination in the UK. The company operates through its high-performance e-commerce channel and through a network of efficiently-run retail stores and showrooms throughout the country. In July 2018, the company was acquired by Compagnie Financiere Richemont, which owns several of the world's leading companies in the field of luxury goods, with particular strengths in jewelry, watches and writing instruments.


Watchfinder is now in the process of growing and building its presence internationally, with teams already now based in Germany, France, Switzerland, US and HK alongside the circa 200 employees based in the Maidstone, Kent HQ.

Reporting to the CEO, the Global HRD HR Director forms part of the Watchfinder Executive Team and also works closely and is part of the global Richemont HR community.  The HR Director is responsible for bringing together Watchfinder’s Talent Strategy and workforce plan to enable the execution of the Business strategy. This covers all elements of Talent Acquisition, Talent Transformation and Development, Talent Engagement, Reward and Performance Management.  The role requires someone with a can-do attitude and someone who can operate at the highest strategic level whilst also being comfortable with operating in a hands-on manner.

Most critically, the Global HRD will work closely with the CEO and leadership team to refine, consolidate and ‘bring to life’ through action the culture of Watchfinder and ensure that Watchfinder continues on its path towards being the employer of choice and market leader in its space.


Key Responsibilities:


The Global HR Director takes responsibility for managing the human resources organisation across the business globally and being the Watchfinder ‘voice’ for the Richemont HR support teams in each market. Their primary objective is to work closely with the relevant HQ and local leadership teams, Richemont regional and HQ HR local teams to compile a human resources strategy that will enable the further domestic and international growth of Watchfinder.


  • Work closely with business leaders to compile and implement an HR strategy that is employee-centric to enable the implementation of Watchfinder’s commercial strategy
  • Ensure the relevance of HR policy as aligned to business requirements and legal compliance.
  • Ensure that pipeline management, people forecasting, and resourcing is aligned to the strategic workforce planning model and processes.
  • In collaboration with Group HR, drive, evaluate, review and implement various remuneration related processes, including Total Rewards.
  • Ensure that training and development strategies are aligned with business objectives.
  • Compile and develop monthly reports and HR metrics to manage the HR calendar, identify potential trends, and address concerns and to manage resources.
  • Be the Watchfinder voice within the Richemont HR community
  • Act as coach and advisor to senior Watchfinder leaders
  • Be the active culture leader to ensure Watchfinder continues to be a collaborative and inclusive community.
  • focusing on the UK population and our new International teams to create one cohesive culture
  • also to add to plan talent/succession planning and organisational structure in a fast-growing/changing environment


Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

  • MBA or graduate degree preferred
  • International HR work experience
  • Second language preferred
  • 10+ years of HR leadership experience
  • Experience operating at Board level
  • Understanding of matrix organisation