(Senior) Human Resources Lawyer

11 Apr 2017
29 Apr 2017
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level, Senior Level

The EIB, the European Union’s bank, is seeking to recruit for its Personnel, Corporate Services Directorate (CS-PERS) - Employee Relations and Administration Department (ERA) – Employee Relations & Wellbeing Division (ER), at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:  

(Senior) Human Resources Lawyer at grade 6/5
This is a full-time position
The term of this contract will be 3 years

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.


To develop and implement internal policies and procedures and promote constructive and respectful work relationships as well as to contribute to a fruitful social dialogue.

The Division brings together the legal expertise within the HR Directorate: Personnel, Corporate Services Directorate and serves as the key interface with the Legal Directorate on legal matters. The Division also provides expert advice on services and solutions for effective conflict prevention and management, developing and applying policies and managing informal and formal procedures. It contributes to the social dialogue in the Bank by coordinating and supporting the implementation and update of the framework for social dialogue. The HR Lawyer shall also act as an advisor and case manager in cases of persistent challenging professional situations.

Operating Network

The HR Lawyer works in close collaboration with the Employee Relations and Wellbeing staff and reports to the Head of the Employee Relations and Wellbeing Division. S/he interacts with all other Personnel divisions, managers and organisational units, the Data Protection Officer, the Legal Affairs Directorate, the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer, staff members, the College of Staff Representatives.

The HR Lawyer interfaces with EU Institutions, IFIs, professional associations and academic circles in order to compare, develop and consolidate the legal framework to protect the interests of the EIB as an employer, exchange ideas/experience and stay abreast of best practices.


  • Provide in an autonomous manner legal research and advice on Personnel issues – including, but not limited to employment and labour law, staff rights and benefits under EIB staff rules and regulations, Data Protection, Code of Conduct, employee relations issues, Performance evaluation and related matters, Dignity at Work procedure, medical control procedures and other staff related procedures managed by Personnel– in order to avoid legal conflicts and legally protect the Bank
  • Contribute to the development of policies and draft legal texts in specific Personnel domains and in particular for the EIB Dignity at Work policy, the EIB Health Insurance Scheme, the Occupational Health policy, the invalidity/occupational diseases/incapacity policies and the Appraisal Appeals Guidelines
  • Perform any other legal analysis and deal with any other legal file as assigned by the Head of the Employee Relations Division
  • Ensure the high quality of the Division’s work on all documents including reports or notes to the Bank’s decision-making bodies
  • Contribute to developing and managing relations with the College of Staff Representatives: negotiate and monitor evolution of the files being discussed
  • Advise and actively support the Head of Division and top management in the social relations field (such as Staff Representatives, Joint Committees, etc.)


  • Master’s degree in Law - a PhD in Labour/EU Law would be an asset
  • Membership of national bar would be an additional advantage
  • Specialisation in EU Employment and Labour Law is highly recommended
  • At least 5 years of legal professional experience in Labour Law
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with EU institutions or international organisations is an asset
  • Good knowledge of the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU in the field of labour law and, ideally, EU staff regulations
  • Excellent knowledge of HR policies, procedures (and best practices including Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to develop innovative legal and HR solutions
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Persuasiveness and capacity to generate consensus with colleagues on difficult legal and HR issues
  • Self-reliance and strong resistance to stress
  • Organising, prioritising and ability to meet deadlines
  • Result and customer focus
  • Knowledge of standard office tools
  • Excellent knowledge of English and a good command of French


  • Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  • Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
  • Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
  • Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.

For more information and how to apply, please click the Apply button.

Deadline for applications: 29th April 2017

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