People Operations Specialist

The Reference is a committed digital agency of 160 creative thinkers, driven by knowledge and craftsmanship. Our clients refer to us as a bunch of lovely and intelligent people. We share a collaborative culture in which we leverage our expertise and unleash our creativity in every aspect of our work. This allows us to open up digital opportunities in numerous verticals and businesses. That's why A-brands and other market leaders have been considering us trusted advisors for many years.

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  • The Reference is part of EPAM. As a People Operations Specialist you will work in an international EPAM People Operations team, but you will be locally located in Ghent, Belgium. You will also be the point of contact for all employees and managers there. 
  • Focus on various soft HR topics, including onboarding, offboarding, wellbeing, and learning & development. You will also support the team with hard HR tasks when needed.
  • Cultivate a positive relationship with all staff members, fostering active engagement across the board.
  • Assist new joiners, providing crucial support and counselling to facilitate smooth integration into the team.
  • Collaborate with various departments including global mobility, talent & acquisition, office management and IT to streamline people management and enhance employee experiences.
  • Take responsibility for creating and updating regular and ad-hoc HR reports and presentations.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of events, while also spearheading employer branding, wellness, ESG and CSR initiatives.
  • Participate in merger & acquisition projects, ensuring seamless post-merger integrations.
  • Seek opportunities to improve processes and proactively find solutions during challenges to maintain operational efficiency.
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  • Bachelor or master’s degree in human resources with 2-3 years of HR experience in the technology sector or a similar industry.
  • Strong understanding of employment rules, regulations and Labor law.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to adapt to new technologies.
  • Demonstrated passion for people's development and happiness and a proven track record in fostering positive team environments.
  • Proactive and positive mindset, with the capability to work independently.
  • Resilient and agile, with the ability to adapt to a dynamic environment and manage pressure efficiently.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with a focus on providing effective solutions.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse, international teams and build enduring relationships.
  • A strong commitment to continuous learning, improvement and adapting best practices.
  • A consultative approach, highlighting the ability to engage people and focus on solution-oriented approaches.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English. French would also be an additional advantage.


We are one of Belgium’s most successful digital agencies. We are part of EPAM, but carry our own DNA.

You will be one of the key figures in a young and dynamic team where there is plenty of scope for personal initiative.

Great learning and development opportunities, including in-house professional training, career advisory and coaching, sponsored professional certifications, well-being programs, LinkedIn Learning Solutions and much more.

Your welfare is important to us. We ensure a healthy work-life balance and the necessary relaxation, at our company parties and legendary boardgame nights, for example.

Work from our agile offices (Ghent & Antwerp) or from home (60%). Whatever you want!

Last but not least… an attractive salary with lots of fringe benefits, such as a company car, meal vouchers, group and health insurance, bike lease, extra days leave, …

Ready to join our team?