HR Generalist
  • Cape Town, WC, ZA
  • Beam Suntory
Job Description

What makes this a great opportunity?

We are looking for people who bring something unique to Beam Suntory themselves. We value differences, and we appreciate what each of us can contribute.

We inspire each other, and challenge ourselves to innovate, improve, advance new ideas and try new things. We create endless opportunities to Unleash Your Spirit every day in a culture that is charged, creative, challenging and fun.

The HR Generalist is the face of HR in South Africa, reporting directly to our Senior HR Director for Germany & Northern Europe and Emerging international Markets, dotted line to People Solutions lead, and working closely with Senior HRM RTM Transformation

all to support our employees in South Africa and the wider HR team with a strong appreciation and ownership of Country labor requirements.

The role will appeal to someone who is looking for end-to-end local ownership of the employee lifecycle.

Role Responsibilities

Employee Relations

  • First point of contact for our employees on the resolution of all HR enquiries
  • Provide general HR support such as colleague inquiry resolution and HR general service to employees.
  • Manage employee relations topics as they arise, and take appropriate measures to root cause issues and rectify
  • Execute and apply people policies, using your independent judgment, based on our values, methods and procedures
  • Company representation for all HR matters, interactions with regulatory bodies i.e. reporting, audit, statistics to government

People Solutions

Taking (co-) ownership of regional HR programs and policies including contracts, benefits, retirement, on-and offboarding, relocation, etc.

working closely with subject matter experts and external partners as necessary

  • Challenging the status-quo and further improving our HR processes, procedures, and services
  • Directly manage employees completing country specific HR administration / programs, ensure new starters are well managed.
  • Contract / policy and procedure consultation, interpretation, and administration.


  • Monthly payroll and payroll reconciliation
  • Managing relationship with payroll vendor and GBS


  • Office management and administration
  • Build strong relationships with all employees and People Managers
  • Organize Company Townhalls, proof positive, DEI and external employer branding events
  • Initiate and present people and culture topics at townhalls, conferences and other key employee touch points
  • Develop cultural, wellbeing and engagement initiatives in response to the business needs to ensure we maintain our Great Place to Work certification leveraging Regional and Global assets
  • Interpret available data and identify potential interventions to continuously improve the workplace and employee experience.
  • Facilitation / training activity as appropriate
  • General support of the Senior HR Director and Senior HRM when appropriate
  • Health and safety Management

Qualifications & Experience


  • Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines including compensation, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, performance management, and respective country employment legislation,
  • Experience working as an HR Executive or Manager, preferably with experience working independently
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience working with HR Systems - SuccessFactors is preferred
  • Fluent in English
  • Appreciation of what is takes to be effective in an international Matrix environment


  • Strong employment legislation knowledge
  • Highly empathetic with an ability to develop strong, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships, and influence at all levels of the organization
  • Customer, results and solution orientated, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a good eye for detail
  • A true team player, able to comfortably navigate complex matrix environments effectively
  • Ability and hunger to strive for continuous improvement and lead change.
  • Takes initiative to identify and anticipate client needs and make recommendations for implementation
  • Comfortable with the unknown and step in to support others navigate change
  • Ability to communicate concepts by adjusting messaging to the audience
  • Strong excel and data management skills

At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected.

Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law.

All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.

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