Global Head of People, HR

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Le Wagon
Le Wagon

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Le Wagon is a global leader in immersive tech training. Our mission is to train people from all backgrounds in coding, data and product skills, give them the best learning experience of their life, and help them accelerate in their career. We also help companies become more data-driven by leveraging their data and unlocking their employees’ potential through corporate training.

Founded in Paris in 2013, Le Wagon now has campuses in +40 cities across 25 countries, including global tech hubs such as Berlin, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Saõ Paulo. Most importantly, Le Wagon is a community of 26,000+ graduates from all walks of life, including career changers, digital nomads and many entrepreneurs - who’ve created 220+ tech startups and raised $1B+ and counting!

As our Global Head of People for Le Wagon, your mission will be to define the global people strategy and ensure our employees (180+ Wagoners based in 10+ countries over the world) feel empowered not only to secure Le Wagon’s top ratings as one of the best worldwide Tech Training providers, but also to enjoy their ride at Le Wagon and develop themselves.

Reporting into the COO and leading a team of 4 (Talent Acquisition, People Operations, Internal Communications and Employer Brand), your role will be critical in securing operational excellence and partnering with the business to unlock the next steps for Le Wagon. This is a unique opportunity for a People leader looking for building up on top of solid foundations.

Location: Paris| Role: Hybrid/on-site, flexible work organisation| Contract: CDI, Full time

As our Head of People, Your Mission is in the following key areas:

People Strategy & Leadership

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive people strategy that supports the Le Wagon’s growth and long-term objectives.

    • Manage People Budget and define related guidelines (for example, travel & team building policies, IT equipment, etc)

    • Prioritize People Projects to continue building an innovative yet very strong People structure to provide Wagoners with a stellar employee experience

  • Partner with the C-suite to align people initiatives with business priorities and ensure effective communication of key messages to employees.

  • Handle sensitive communications and provide guidance to leadership on change management.

People Processes and Stakeholders Support

  • Manage key people processes such as: Compensation Review, Variables and Performance Review and provide all necessary docs prior to each key people process roll-out.

    • Compensation review: define budget, applicable policies and processes, send all documentation + tools to collect compensation requests, facilitate arbitration at C-Team level, cascade down back to employees. Produce all required data for financial reporting.

    • Variables: define policy + roll out variable plans every year (process documentation, coaching managers, side letters to issue to employees).

    • Performance review: process + tool ownership, define the applicable process, support managers and employees during all phases.

  • Provide coaching and support to managers on employee relations matters, including performance management, conflict resolution, and action plans.

  • Manage employee disputes and provide 1:1 coaching on ad-hoc topics

  • Support our People Team in training and development initiatives to support our Wagoners in their growth (skills assessment, learning and development, career paths, etc)

Employee Relations:

  • Partner with local legal counsels as needed to address more complex situational issues and ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.

  • In France:

    • Set the agenda for our 3 CSE committees (along with the founder in charge and the General Counsel) and provide all required data.


  • Oversee global payroll processes, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and timeliness.

    • This mainly consists in support the People Operations Manager in preparing and delivering payroll for all our countries

    • For France, you will be in charge for handling more complex payroll topics directly with our external payroll provider

Leading our People Team:

  • Define the People Team’s priorities, in alignment with the roadmap you will oversee and deliver.

  • Support Talent Acquisition in structuring our processes to ensure Le Wagon guarantees one of the best candidate experience, and achieves its mission to hire the best matches for our roles.

  • Support People Operations to deliver accurate and on-time payroll every month, make the most of our tools (BambooHR) to get a detailed and precise view of our employees, along with clarifying our operational processes (time off, benefits, perks for instance) to ensure working at Le Wagon is as smooth as possible.

  • Support Internal Communication and knowledge sharing in fostering transparency and open discussion within Le Wagon, while bolstering every Wagoner’s growth by highlighting their expertise.

Profil recherché

This role is for you if:

  • You are located in Paris, and enjoy seeing the team on-site a few days a week!

  • You have a strong background in HR and prior managerial experience in France

  • You are a true people practitioner with experience managing EMEA employees (France, UK, Germany etc for example)

  • You have extensive French employee relation experience, hands-on knowledge of CSE

  • You are a multi-tasker at heart, driven by self-organization and testing new tech tools

  • You have excellent written and spoken communication in both French and English

  • You are an empathetic leader with a data-driven approach to solving problems and making decisions

  • You have a positive mindset, with the ability to inspire and motivate global teams to achieve results

Déroulement des entretiens

We believe transparency in the hiring process promotes inclusivity and a better experience. Here’s how we envision your candidate journey with us:

  • HR Interview with Mia, our Talent Acquisition Manager: this entails an overview of your career, motivation and HR project management skills.

  • Hiring Managers Interview with Alix, (our interim VP People) and Virginie (COO): to discuss more details of the day-to-day role and vision of the organisation.

  • Case study Presentation to the c-team, Boris(CEO) + Romain (CBDO), Guillaume (CFO) and Charline (General Counsel): this c-suite interview panel reviews your problem-solving skills, HRBP and data-related skills.

  • Stakeholder Interview with Munique (VP, Revenue) + General Manager (TBC): this final interview will be an opportunity to meet cross-functional leadership and learn more about our organisational culture.

  • Meet the People Team, this meeting is ideally on-site at our Paris campus to meet all members of the people team!

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