Not your ordinary HR manager.

People ExperienceProductivity
Management Consultant

Driver. Doer. Dot Connector.

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My name is Kate Funk and I love bringing structure to chaos.

I help organizations to become more efficient, productive and profitable through technology and people experience focused leadership.

My experience
in nutshell

15 years in HR.
10 years in HR team leadership.
I supported various corporates and tech startups on the journey to success.
Here are a few examples.

ShipMonk

Chief People Officer
in one of the fastest growing businesses in the USA.
A fast-paced, fulfillment business that has grown from 10 employees to 700 in just 20 months – flawlessly.
I established HR functions and implemented processes that enabled aggressive scaling successfully.

Lear Corporation

As Plant HR Manager,
I launched and managed HR functions for automotive corporate Grupo Antolin and drove change management after acquisition by Lear Corporation.

I recruited 400 employees in less than 10 months in a very complicated region with lack of resources
while building and securing a strong and motivated HR team.
Implementation of corporate and local HR policies, rules, and principles included.

Mondelez International

As a key HR member
of a vertical startup project,
I built amazing people teams aligned with High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and Lean principles for brown-field Oreo biscuit production manufacturing plant at Mondelez International.

Liberty Global

As an HR Manager,
I implemented a Performance Management System on a country level covering thousands of employees and participated in global HR projects.
I received a country nomination for the global managerial talent program Fast Forward (2014).

My own
digital
agency

After moving to the United States,
I invested all my knowledge and experience into my own digital agency business. 
I managed to engage great clients and moved from the freelancing platform UpWork to an independent setup.
I sold the agency to a new owner
just after a few months
of founding it.

FUNK
ENGINEERING

I am a proud wife
of a very smart person/engineering game changer and we share the same interest in innovation,
tech and nature.
Together we are founders of
FUNK ENGINEERING,
providing smart, safe, and sustainable solutions for fulfillment/e-commerce businesses.

 

 

  • transform your company into a flexible, data-driven, digital and agile enterprise thanks to teams full of excited and fulfilled people.
  • get your rigid, old-school, paper-based and time-consuming HR processes substituted with virtual & intelligent ones. Seamlessly.
  • teach your employees how to be more productive & efficient by using different smart tools and technologies.
  • learn how to maximize the value of your employees so they can drive your business results to the max, thriving in a fast-paced startup or business scaling environment.

References

There is no better HR colleague to work with! Kate thrives in pulling together HR processes, systems and people required to build a solid department while managing the ambiguity of a start-up. She is an outstanding person and I look forward to working with her again.

Gerry McGowan

SVP Transportation & Product at ShipMonk

Kate is a highly efficient and effective HR lead, and a valuable business partner. I worked with Kate on a Brownfield start-up project, where Kate was my HR partner looking after the recruitment and on-boarding of our new line operatives; it was a high-pressure environment but Kate was always a positive influence on the team, and able to flex and prioritise effectively to meet new challenges.

Jessica Harvey

Procurement Innovation Lead, North America & SnackFutures at Mondelēz International

I worked with Katerina during the integration of the former Grupo Antolin Seating Business into Lear Corporation. Katerina was my primary point of contact for Hranice. I found her to be extremely polite, responsive, caring and accommodating in trying to drive forwards the integration activity.

Daniel Brown

Director Talent Acquisition - Europe & Africa at Lear Corporation

I had the pleasure to work with Katerina whilst at Liberty Global/UPC for a few years, when Katerina was part of the UPC Czech HR team. I have very positive memories of my time working with Katerina, from both a local Czech and a global perspective. She is a very hardworking, diligent and creative person, and she forged a position for herself which was very well respected and well deserved. Her understanding of the role, of the needs of her clients and how she worked with us at the corporate centre, along with her very calm approach were great assets at a time of great change in the business.

Mark Burch

Compensation & Benefits Executive

When I started on a Greenfield in Grupo Antolin I counted with Katka as HR Manager in my team. We faced together many challenges on recruitment level and people management. Her empathy, experience and energy helped me in many ways and kept me confident to have such a great person in my team. It was a great pleasure to work with her.

Daniel Holgado Ramos

General Manager at Mürdter & Dvořák, responsible for the plant operations in Olšany u Prostějova

Purpose, authenticity, and resilience, these three words could perfectly describe Kate’s leadership style. Kate’s a mature HR leader, not satisfied until things are done, and has incredible stamina. Her personality could inspire even deeply introverted individuals to contribute to productive teamwork and reach both individual and team goals.

Gerhard Feimer

Personalleiter bei Austria Presse Agentur

Kate is one of the few true HR leaders who don't only look at achieving (financial) results but who has the right level of empathy to lead a team and also to inspire others. She has great skills in leadership and developed her team whenever she could. In addition Kate has a can do attitude that really made it easy and fun to work with her!

Benedikt Stark

Compensation & Benefits Manager Europe & Africa

Katerina is a great expert in recruitment. During a 2 years Brownfield project in Czech Republic, I have seen her commitment and dedication to convert challenges into successes. She has a team spirit, that makes very pleasant to work with her. Strong recommendation as an HR partner!

Sebastien Boissier

Global Digital Operations Transformation - Portofolio Value Director chez Danone

Kate is bright, articulate and hard working. Her enthusiasm for the job comes through in all she does. She has a positive attitude that makes her a pleasure to work with. Extremely professional and dedicated to KPI's and results. She understands the full cycle Human Resources, payroll and talent acquisition process to a "T" and has the abilities to grow an HR infrastructure organically and from scratch.

Anna Kwok

Division Director, Vice President at Robert Half

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