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Head of People Development, Group HR

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Head of People Development, Group HR

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Would you like to develop and drive strategic people development in an international organisation? Do you have an extensive learning & development tool-box and can ensure that USTC is best in class in terms of developing our people?


Right now, we are embarking on a significant transformation in United Shipping and Trading Company (USTC), that consists of independent companies such as Bunker Holding Group, SDK, Uni-Tankers, Selected Car Group and Unit IT. You will be involved in developing overall learning and development strategies, plans and projects within the different and diverse USTC companies while aligning these closely with the overall USTC HR strategy and the independent company’s business goals. Your task is to facilitate and incorporate a learning culture in the different companies.


Management, Center of Excellence, and strategic focus


Located at our HQ in Middelfart, you will become part of a growing Group HR team with 14 experienced HR professionals. Here, you will join our HR management team and lead an experienced team of 2 HR professionals. As Head of People Development, you report directly to our Chief Human Resources Officer of USTC, and work in close collaboration with colleagues across the Group.


In this newly established strategic position, you will be leading ‘people development’; a Centre of Excellence function anchoring development and delivering learning programs to build functional skills across the organisation as well as leadership capabilities. You will become the most senior expert on learning and will be setting the future direction for this area in close alignment with the CHRO of USTC. As the primary driver you will have to closely align your efforts with HR business partnering and the many stakeholders situated all over the world in the USTC Group. Together with your team, you will be analysing the learning and development needs globally, and you will design, implement, and execute global and local development initiatives that are sought after and can deliver clear value for the companies.


People development and continuous learning is one of our strategic cornerstones of all USTC companies and we invest in our people. We value the importance of a culture with room for knowledge-sharing and individuality and want our people to continuously grow.” Says Chief Human Resources Officer, Alexander Jaffe


You will always be looking for solutions that deliver efficiency and performance for the companies, but at the same time scalability, optimisation and synergies across the UTSC Group. We are on a growth journey and there will be opportunities to develop and grow your team and expand your responsibilities further in alignment with the requirements of the Group.


Strong leader with people development expertise with a strategic and commercial perspective

To be successful in this position you have extensive experience within people & leadership development. You have 10+ years of people development experience in a global organisation and significant leadership experience.

You have experience with building and delivering high quality learning programs with a significant return on investment. You hold a Bachelor or Master or equivalent education in a HR relevant field. In addition, you:

  • have a very strong commercial mindset and know how to calibrate your ideas into tangible value-driven efforts that are aligned with your most important stakeholders.
  • enjoy challenging the status quo, making bold strategic decisions, and implementing new schemes and concepts.
  • have outstanding communication skills and empathy to successfully partner with the team as well as your stakeholders across the globe.
  • have excellent command of English, both verbal and written.
    are well versed in working closely with HR Business Partners and
  • Management in order to deliver business driven HR concepts that deliver performance and ROI.  




At USTC we invest in our people. We focus on making each other better and using each other’s strengths to deliver the best results. As part of our team, you will be a front runner on creating an environment where performance & engagement walks side-by-side.


Contact & application


If you have any questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact Chief Human Resources Officer of USTC, Alexander Jaffe at +45 8838 0075. Please apply as soon as possible. Start date is as soon as possible, but we will wait for the right candidate.



United Shipping & Trading Company (USTC) is present in more than 30 countries through its worldwide portfolio of activities that include oil & energy, shipping & logistics, ship owning, risk management, and IT.

USTC was founded in Fredericia, Denmark, in 1876. Today, the family-owned group consists of well-known companies like Bunker Holding, SDK FREJA, Uni-Tankers, Selected Car Group and Unit IT covering approximately 130 offices and occupying around 3,500 employees combined worldwide.

USTC, which has been headquartered in Middelfart since 1981, has an equity of more than DKK 3 billion with sales of DKK 76 billion in the most recent financial year.