Senior HR Specialist

Crete, P. Kritis, Greece | HRSPEC24 · Administration

About the role

The Senior HR Specialist - is responsible for overseeing the human resources functions in the development of PHĀEA, ensuring the highest standards of HR practices while aligning with the organization's growth strategy. This role involves strategic planning, recruitment, and the implementation of HR policies to support the successful expansion of PHĀEA.


PHĀEA is a leader in the Greek hospitality industry, bringing an authentic approach to experiential travel and luxury – one that is inspiring yet effortless, elevated yet conscious, highly curated yet understated.

Born in Crete, PHĀEA comprises a collection of properties - Blue Palace, Elounda, Cretan Malia Park, a member of Design Hotels, Village Heights Resort and Koutouloufari Village Holiday Club. These properties blend bold design, responsible living, and authentic experiences, immersing visitors in the genuine Greece. PHĀEA is expanding to introduce undiscovered Greek destinations into its portfolio. 

We embrace a culture of collaboration and respect within our organization as well as towards our community, the environment, and our guests, with continuous evolution as our compass and authenticity as our guide.

Culture Fit

  • Contribute to the curation of extraordinary, guest-centric, luxury and meaningful travel experiences that tell the story of a truer, more timeless Greece.
  • Contribute to a culture of collaboration by crafting authentic relationships and encouraging the personal and professional growth.
  • Engage with and support the values of Phāea – Consciousness – Innovation and Community - through tyour day-to-day work and your interaction with team members and guests.

Job Fit- Responsibilities

  • Collaborate closely with the Chief People Officer and Development Team to understand business goals and translate them into HR strategies for the successful development of the new resorts, considering the unique cultural and regional aspects of each location.
  • Ensure a seamless recruitment and onboarding process for key positions in the new resorts.
  • Establish and nurture connections with local educational institutions, community and organizations, to build a strong network for staff recruitment.
  • Collaborate with local businesses to promote the resort as an employer of choice within the community.
  • Research and identify suitable housing options for staff in the local area, negotiating agreements and ensuring the availability of comfortable and convenient accommodations.
  • Collaborate with real estate agents and property owners to secure housing arrangements for relocating employees.
  • Participate in the recruitment processes for key positions, tailoring strategies to attract top talent in the hospitality industry.
  • Work with local networks to identify and recruit suitable candidates.
  • Ensure a smooth onboarding experience for new hires.
  • Implement HR policies and procedures tailored to the unique needs of each new resort location.
  • Ensure compliance with local regulations and industry standards.
  • Act as a point of contact for employee relations issues, providing guidance and resolution.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive organizational culture within the new resorts.
  • Implement training programs considering the cultural diversity of the new resort teams.
  • Collaborate with Training Manager to identify training needs and implement targeted development initiatives.
  • Stay updated on relevant employment laws and regulations in each location, ensuring all HR practices within the new resorts are in compliance.
  • Provide regular updates & presentations on HR initiatives, challenges, and successes to the executive leadership team.
  • Actively support and promote the resort's sustainability initiatives, implementing eco-friendly practices in daily operations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  • 5 years of HR management experience, preferably in the hospitality industry.
  • Strong knowledge of HR best practices, employment laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven experience in managing recruitment processes for diverse locations.


  • Experience in Hotel Opening Team
  • HR certification or relevant professional development.

What we offer

  • Qualification-linked compensation package
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Supportive and welcoming work atmosphere
  • Comprehensive hospitality and department-specific training
  • A wide variety of benefits
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