People and Culture Lead

People and Culture Lead

Orbisk Utrecht

What is required?

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 years of experience in a Senior HR Business Partner role
  • Proficient knowledge of Dutch Employment Law
  • Familiarity with Employer of Records, international growth, and expansion strategies
  • Fluency in English and Dutch
  • Eagerness to lead a small People team
  • A strong passion for sustainability and commitment to reducing food waste
  • Experience in both startup/scale-up environments and established large organizations would be an asset
  • Recruitment experience would be an asset

What will you get?

  • €4.550 - €5.700 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • To take a break to recharge, we encourage you to take 30 days of annual leave per year.
  • With your manager you will have growth conversations to discuss your development
  • To support your learning and growth further we offer an annual personal education budget of €500
  • And next to this we organise additional team learning activities
  • We know that health is important, which is why we offer a health and exercise budget
  • To ensure you are taken care of later on, we have a pension contribution of 7%
  • We love to have lunch together at the office, so this is on us. Our office dog, Koffie will also be around to keep you company!
  • An annual home office budget of €250 is offered, so you can create a nice work from home space
  • We make sure we regularly organise company activities to connect and have fun with your colleagues
  • When you refer a new colleague we’d like to thank you with a referral bonus
  • Last but not least, a dynamic environment and passionate, close knit team all working together towards an ambitious goal!

What will you do?

  • 20% Conducting team meetings and reviews
  • 10% Engaging in managerial consultations
  • 10% Handling administrative tasks
  • 20% Developing and implementing HR projects
  • 15% Coaching and mentoring team members
  • 15% Working on strategic and operational HR initiatives
  • 5% Presenting updates and findings to stakeholders
  • 5% Analyzing data and providing recommendations

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Hannah Nesmith-Beck

Talent Acquisition Specialist


As a People and Culture Lead at Orbisk, you are responsible for shaping the people function in a growing organization. You'll be deeply involved in both the strategic and operational sides of HR. This means implementing critical projects, such as new HR systems and ensuring the smooth running of daily HR operations. With your expertise, the organization will have the tools and structure it needs to succeed in the immediate term and be ready for what the future brings.

Orbisk will be growing rapidly in size over the coming year, and will also be focused on internationalization. This is where your knowledge and experience of expansion strategies will come into play. You will have an integral role in helping to guide these processes, ensuring that structures are in place to manage these changes.

In your role, you are the Business Partner of the Management team, which consists of six people. From addressing performance concerns to assisting with strategic personnel planning, you'll be their primary HR point of contact. You'll also be actively mentoring two other team members: the Office & People Ops Specialist and the Talent Acquisition Specialist. By helping them sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge, you'll ensure that they're continuously growing and contributing at their best.

If you like to build and shape the foundation of people management and find it challenging to adapt quickly in a constantly evolving startup, then this is the job for you.

Working week

People and Culture Lead

On an enjoyable day, you launch a new project, for example the recent performance review initiative. You feel a sense of accomplishment as colleagues respond positively and appreciate the clear presentation and explanation provided.

On a less enjoyable day, you find yourself immersed in intricate administrative tasks, ensuring every detail aligns and addressing pending discrepancies.

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    • Creating a communication plan
    • One-on-one with Manager about the team
    • Analyzing employee data and preparing advice for Manager
    • Working on HR projects
    • Reading and replying to mails
    • Lunch
    • One-on-one with Manager about the team
    • Presenting project updates to the team
    • Coaching and mentoring team members
    • Reading and responding to e-mails

Firsthand experience

You have a scheduled Business Partner meeting with one of the Managers. How do you proceed?

During your regular one-on-one meetings with Managers, your primary goal is to assist them in effective people management. For those team members who are excelling, you collaborate with the Manager to devise and strategize ways in which these individuals can be further challenged and developed. This ensures that their potential is maximized and their career trajectory within the organization is clear and motivating.

On the flip side, if a Manager is facing challenges with certain team members, your approach is rooted in empathy and effective problem-solving. You listen intently to the Manager's concerns and, together, you discuss potential strategies, whether it's targeted training, mentoring, or another tailored approach. The objective is always to ensure that every team member is supported and given the right tools and opportunities to succeed.


At Orbisk, there are various opportunities for growth as an employee. Several courses are offered, allowing you to develop yourself optimally. Since Orbisk is a start-up, you also learn a lot easily from colleagues with various specialisations. In the coming years, the organisation will also focus on international growth, which means more and more new positions will become available.

People and Culture Lead

Working at Orbisk

Orbisk is a start-up with a clear mission: to make the global food system more sustainable. The start-up provides complete insights into the food flows of hospitality organizations. Orbisk does this by offering a smart camera and scale that uses image recognition to register which food is thrown away, when, and in what quantity. The customer can view this data in the dashboard, which provides insight into food wastage and can be used to reduce it.

  • Main office in Utrecht
  • 40% / 60%
  • Average age is 30 years
  • 40 employees
  • Working from home options


Sharon Reijmers - Head of Sales and Marketing

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I really wanted to work for a company 'doing good for the world'. In a role where I can use my commercial talents to increase the positive impact.

What was your previous job?
Sales Leader Chains at Unilever Food Solutions

What do you do in your spare time?
I am a real foodie: I love good food and drinks

Olaf van der Veen - Cofounder & CEO

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Because I wanted (and want) to use the abilities I have to solve for real and big world problems! As one of the founders, I never had to apply. Still, I apply a little bit every time I recruit new team members, because it has to be a mutual match, so we have just as much of a duty to tell our story well to you!

What was your previous job?
Data Consultant at AholdDelhaize.

What do you do in your spare time?
Listening to (live) music, going out with our home and office dog 'Koffie' and adrenaline sports (wakeboard, snowboard, kitesurf).

Pieter Marsman - AI engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
It is important to me to have a positive impact on society and the global environment. In my daily life and during working hours. Orbisk allows me to use my knowledge and apply my skills to the biggest challenge of our time.

What was your previous job?
ML Engineer - Dutch National Police 6

What do you do in your spare time?

Lola Slager - Business Development Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Before this, I worked in the retail and out-of-home segment for soft drinks. Here I discovered that I liked the out-of-home channel the most, but I missed not being able to deliver a positive impact for a better future. Then Orbisk came my way where I found sales, out-of-home and sustainability, the perfect combination for me.

What was your previous job?
Brand Manager

What do you do in your spare time?
Meeting up with family and friends and going out with my boyfriend

Alessandro Lombardo - Hardware and Operations Technician

Why did you decide to work for this company?
As a socially and environmentally conscious person Orbisk aligns well with my personal values.<br /> Before working here I didn't think that my job could impact sustainability and help contribute to a great cause, knowing that I am making a difference, not only locally but globally, doesn't just put a smile on my face but makes me proud to say "I'm working at Orbisk.

What was your previous job?
Technical Writer

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to do sports, program, cook and listen to music

Hannah Nesmith-Beck - Talent Acquisition Specialist

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I wanted to work at a company where I knew I could contribute to making a tangible positive impact on our planet. At Orbisk, no matter what role you have, you truly feel as though you are working together for this common goal. The mission combined with the amazing culture and great people makes it a real standout company!

What was your previous job?
Researcher at an Executive Search firm in the nonprofit sector

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read, practice yoga, spend time in nature with my dog, and enjoy an evening out with great food and drinks!

Dominique Vogelzang - Customer Success Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk I can make an impact in many ways. Not only by saving delicious food but we have a tangible positive environmental impact. Being a start-up, the responsibility I get allows me to really add value to the company on a strategic level. And of course the informal working environment allows me to happily go to work every day!

What was your previous job?
A junior employee specialized in health and nutrition at the FNLI (The Federation of the Dutch Food Industry)

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy travelling, running, cooking and especially being in nature.

Robbie Valkenburg - Software Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk you can work in a fun, motivated and creative environment together with other people to fight against food waste by making innovative solutions.

What was your previous job?
I joined Orbisk after I finished my studies. During my bachelor's I worked in a sushi restaurant for delivery and I also did some volunteering work for a youth center.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to go out and see places, read books, listen to podcasts, do sports, have drinks with friends, enjoy a party and play a game once a while. Currently I am trying to teach myself some piano and taking lessons for driving motorbikes.

Application process

Screening call
First Round interview with Interim Head of People and team member
Second Round interview with CCO and team member
Case or Assessment

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