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Strategic Human Resources Business Advisor

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

Human Resources professionals at BASF create chemistry with people. HR is working to form the best team by sourcing, hiring and developing the right talent for BASF. In addition to traditional responsibilities like governance, benefits administration, and payroll, HR at BASF serves as a strategic partner to the business, ensuring that the right people are in the right place at the right time to help the Company grow. HR strives to make BASF an even better place to work by soliciting feedback, engaging employees, and shaping the culture through best-practice programs and practices.

This role holds the responsibility and accountability to plan, organize, develop and manage the strategic development and implementation of the Human Resources processes required to support and sustain the Global Emissions Catalysts business (G-CCE), Regional Process and Chemical Catalysts business (G-CCP) and the Global Technology organization (CCT). The SHRBA has overall responsibility and accountability to provide strategic business support through the development, implementation and management of progressive HR programs and processes. This position serves as a member of the global senior leadership teams it supports. This position partners with appropriate business unit executives to develop strategic options and provides leadership to manage commensurate human resource strategies in support to the business plans.

The SHRBA champions BASF’s employer value proposition and its principles, by connecting people and knowledge, putting learning first, engaging people to drive a high performance culture, and caring about our employees.

The Strategic HR Business Advisor (SHRBA) orchestrates corporate and unit level human capital strategy through partnering with the senior unit leader and his/her leadership team in the areas of Talent, Leadership, Organization and Culture. The SHRBA is a business person—putting customers first and enabling a winning together environment.

Formula for Success:


Workforce Management – through strategic workforce planning, provide data driven insights for decision making, weigh the implications of trends and recommend revision or creation of new strategies; grow leader and manager capabilities; define selection criteria for key positions; achieve effective organizational models, talent planning and improved engagement

Talent Stewardship – develop regional talent strategy for the unit; know talent within their organization and that of their competitors, including where to find it. Full ownership of retention of critical talent in the unit. Closely involved in delegation planning—outbound and return—for the unit.

Diversity Champion – build successful, diverse, and inclusive teams. Emphasize leader accountability. Emphasize that applicant pools are diverse and include internal talent from across units and talent from the external market. Metrics are regularly analyzed and unit-relevant actions are proposed.


Executive Coaching – coach unit leader(s) and their leadership team members in order to connect business strategy to people strategy, build capability, and for higher performance. Thought and influence leadership. Reinforce leader accountability in the areas of Talent, Leadership, Organization and Culture.

Lead and Manage Others where applicable- develop, motivate, coach and challenge for higher performance. Mentor early in career HR talent. Model and enable development of competencies required to implement CC Division and BASF We Create Chemistry Strategy.


Strategic Contracting - drive and own business performance and outcomes; understand and use business strategy to set direction; translate business strategy into human capital initiatives and organization design; advise on organization development; harmonize delivery through partnering with solution delivery teams and CoEs. Planning, process and program management. Measure HR contribution to business performance.

Consulting – read situation, diagnose for improvement, identify interventions, support for decision making. Systems thinking-end to end. Comfort with ambiguity. Create and leverage internal and external networks.

Navigating Paradox – balancing organizational needs through the many embedded tensions in an organization: short-term versus long-term focus, centralized versus decentralized operations, internal versus external focus. Provide input into the development of CoE programs and other critical talent solutions.


Credible Activism – put customers first, study the industry and business DNA; analysis and insights about people and organizational effectiveness to support business decision-making; leader of organizational change; OneHR mindset; global-minded.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You…

  • 10+ progressively responsible experience in the business of HR
  • a Bachelors degree, and demonstrated ability to influence for impact
  • Negotiation/ Demonstrated Consulting skills
  • Exceptional oral, written and communication skills
  • Advanced Analytical skills and mindsets
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Change management approaches and practices
  • Ability to work and collaborate across all key stakeholders
  • Leverage existing tools for client needs
  • Ability to navigate complex and often ambiguous situations, providing leadership for colleagues and clients
  • Ability to navigate a highly matrixed environment
  • Project management