Head of People & Culture

Permanent employee - Full-time - Amsterdam

HR - Experience: 5-7 years


Working at Nedstar

Nedstar is more than just a specialised sourcing partner of ethanol: In everything we do, the well-being of people and planet plays a pivotal role – that also includes our employees!

As part of our dynamic, intercultural team of over 25 commercial, logistic, and financial experts, you will be at the forefront of the ethanol trading industry, contributing to Nedstar’s success in over 50 markets worldwide. We foster an environment where your personal growth aligns with our company's development and encourage our employees to go the extra mile not only for our customers, but also for themselves.

Our benefits

Office in Amsterdam
Laptop for work
Competitive salary
Flexible working at home
26 vacation days
32-40 hour work week
Fun and young team
Alessia di Giacomo HR Manager LinkedIn

Job description

Imagine being the driving force in shaping Nedstar's human resources landscape, where your insight and dedication significantly impact our culture and employee engagement. In collaboration with our leadership and diverse external partners, you'll be instrumental in defining HR strategies and fostering a supportive, inclusive environment. Your proven experience in HR positions you to adeptly navigate the nuances of employee relations, championing initiatives that make every team member feel valued and heard. If your passion lies in elevating HR practices and building a vibrant, high-performance people-centred workplace, then the role of Head of People & Culture at Nedstar awaits your unique talents.

About the role and key responsibilities

Nedstar, a Dutch ethanol supplier, is dedicated to more than just supply; we prioritise quality, exceptional customer service, and strong team and business relationships. Operating globally with partners in over 60 countries, we're committed to delivering top-quality ethanol while being mindful of our environmental and social impact. Joining us means being part of a motivated, passionate team in the heart of Amsterdam. 

The Head of People & Culture plays a crucial role in our growth and innovation. As a strategic member of the management team, you'll lead HR efforts across the employee lifecycle, focusing on aligning HR strategies with Nedstar’s values and objectives. Your responsibilities include cultivating our workplace culture, promoting diversity and inclusion, and developing talent attraction and retention programs. This role goes beyond policy execution to actively shape the company culture and employee experience, ensuring Nedstar embodies a community where everyone is encouraged to contribute and grow together.

Your profile

  • Possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree. 
  • Have 5 – 7 years of relevant experience in HR or related fields, showcasing your ability to develop and maintain HR processes. 
  • Proficient in English at a professional level; Dutch is a plus but not mandatory. 
  • You are assertive, knowledgeable, and capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment. You're ready and willing to roll up your sleeves and get involved in all aspects of the work.
  • Known for your organised and efficient approach to work. 
  • Have a genuine passion for enhancing the individual and collective experience within the organisation. 
  • Open-minded, committed to fostering an inclusive atmosphere where all team members feel appreciated and respected. 
  • Excel in a dynamic, international setting, adapting swiftly to the demands of a fast-paced environment. 

What we are looking for

The strategic Head of People & Culture plays a pivotal role in ensuring the organisation's success by developing its people and fostering an environment where they can excel and contribute to the company's objectives. 

Here are the key responsibilities typically associated with this role: 

  • Strategic Leadership: Align HR with business strategy; focus on workforce development and talent management.
  • Culture Champion: Promote a positive, inclusive culture; integrate values and ethics.
  • Talent Management: Manage talent acquisition and development; focus on career growth and succession planning.
  • Operational Tasks: Manage administrative and operational HR duties, ensuring no task is considered beyond scope.
  • Employee Engagement: Boost engagement; address concerns, capitalise on strengths.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Lead efforts for a diverse, inclusive workplace.
  • Performance Management: Oversee evaluation processes; encourage continuous improvement.
  • Learning and Development: Align development programs with organizational goals.
  • Compensation and Benefits: Develop competitive, sustainable compensation strategies.
  • Legal Compliance: Ensure HR practices meet legal standards.
  • Change Management: Guide organisational changes; maintain morale.

What is in it for you?

Stepping into the role of Nedstar's head of people and culture, you'll not only set the standard but also carve your unique trajectory within our dynamic environment. Moreover, you'll personify our relaxed culture, making each interaction count and ensuring our operations hum with efficiency. Some other perks: 

  • Career impact: Shape your path in a dynamic company where your work directly influences our success and culture. 
  • Development opportunities: Benefit from a focus on personal growth with access to language classes, training, and coaching. 
  • Attractive salary: Enjoy a competitive salary package, reflecting our commitment to your well-being and professional value. 
  • Flexible working arrangements: Experience flexibility in your schedule, promoting well-being. If you like to do sports during working hours, we encourage you to do so. 
  • Vibrant work environment: Work in a historic canal house in Amsterdam, with an open, fun culture, free daily lunches, and regular social events. 
  • Generous vacation days: 26 vacation days, based on full-time employment, to relax and recharge. 
  • Fun activities: Enjoy Friday afternoon drinks, weekend getaways, boating with the Nedstar company boat, and more! 


Shoot your CV and a cover letter to alessia@nedstar.com. We're excited about possibly welcoming you aboard!