Human Resources Lead

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
£32,000 - £37,000
Full-time position; salary of £32,000 - £37,000 pa, depending on experience (adjusted to cost of living); 5% pension contribution; 35-hour week; 24 days paid holiday pa
Closing date: 23 June 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: Strong preference for London/South East England or possibly Berlin
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, is an international non-profit organisation putting human rights at the heart of business and tackling abuse.

We are seeking a Human Resources Lead to join our growing team.

  • Location: Strong preference for London/South East England or possibly Berlin
  • Terms: Full-time position; salary of £32,000 - £37,000 pa, depending on experience (adjusted to cost of living); 5% pension contribution; 35-hour week; 24 days paid holiday pa
  • Contract type: Open-ended
  • Closing date: 23 June 2021
  • Interview dates: 1-2 July with the possibility of second-round interviews
  • The Resource Centre is unfortunately unable to assist with relocation

The successful candidate will have a commitment to human rights, a proven track record in human resource (H.R.) service delivery and have a collaborative approach to working with colleagues. They will be a member of a thriving team, reporting to the Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a diverse, global organisation committed to providing equal opportunities. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Latinx and other minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

About the organisation

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works with partners to put human rights at the core of companies’ business models; to empower communities and workers to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse; and to encourage governments to create the right regulation and incentives to facilitate these outcomes.

We have more than 70 colleagues based around the world who work with a network of human rights advocates. Our teams are made up of employees, short-term and long-term consultants.  Our employees and consultants  are treated with equity and parity and everyone is supported through an effective performance management system.

We are currently officially registered in five countries: UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Colombia. We may expand to other countries in the future.

Purpose of the role

The person in this role will work with the COO to provide a high-level H.R. service.

This is the first dedicated H.R. role in our organisation and the successful candidate will be instrumental in developing, implementing and reviewing our H.R. strategy, policy and plans.

To achieve this, the H.R Lead will support line managers on day-to-day people issues, recruitment and employee relations, making sure that people policies are compliant with national laws and regulations.

A key part of this role is to ensure that the way we treat people is aligned with our organisation’s values and strategic goals.

The Human Resources Lead will:


  • Work with the recruiting manager to coordinate the employee and consultant recruitment process, including setting terms & conditions.
  • Organise job listings and interviews and support managers to provide a robust induction programme for appointees.
  • Co-ordinate work-permit and other immigration requirements for team members.

Human Resource Policy and Systems

  • Work with the COO to update H.R. policies and systems in line with our values and legislation, and to ensure global parity in contractual standards.
  • Ensure best practise in H.R. systems, databases and processes are developed, implemented and monitored across the organisation.
  • Manage the aspects of GDPR compliance relating to employees and consultants.
  • Source support for H.R. advice from outside the organisation.

Employee Relations

  • Advise and work with line managers to manage employee relations in line with current legislation and best practice.


  • Work with the COO to develop, implement, and review a global salary and benefits policy for the Resource Centre’s employees and consultants.
  • Assist in addressing issues involving benefits, leave, taxation, social security and immigration/domestic legislation requirements.
  • Co-ordinate the preparation, renewal and filing of contracts.  Monitor and manage risks related to employment terms and conditions.
  • Provide H.R. support to the Resource Centre’s five registered locations (UK - headquarters, Germany, USA, Australia, and Colombia), and the 16 other locations where we have consultants.
  • Coordinate onboarding and exit processes for employees and consultants, including exit interviews, equipment and file handovers, and turnover of organisational assets.

Well-being and Safeguarding:

  • Work with the Global Team Association and colleagues to develop and implement our global team well-being strategies.
  • Play a key role in continuously reviewing and improving our policies and interventions for security and safeguarding.
  • Co-develop resolution strategies to address concerns and grievances raised by the global team.

Nurture Teams and Talent:

  • With the COO, lead the development of employee engagement and retention strategies.
  • Assess learning needs across the organisation and collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement learning solutions and professional development for individuals and teams.
  • Support the performance management and review processes and work with line managers on the performance development plans of team members.

Risk Management:

  • Proactively identify risks within our H.R. policies and systems and develop strategies to mitigate them.

Qualifications & skills:

  • Commitment to our values and mission - essential
  • An H.R. professional with at least 3 years of experience.  - essential
  • Up to date knowledge of UK employment law, employee related health and safety regulations and employee/consultant related GDPR legislation  - essential
  • Ability to meet deadlines.  Excellent planning, co-ordination and prioritisation skills - essential
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing human resource strategies and practices including; recruitment, reward, contract administration, employee relations, learning and development, performance management, well-being, safeguarding and conflict management -essential
  • A collaborative and flexible approach, with outstanding interpersonal, and relationship-building skills. The ability to work effectively across cultures. - essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in English. - essential
  • Working towards a CIPD qualification/membership or equivilent - desirable
  • Preference for up-to-date and sound knowledge of EU and USA employment-related laws and health and safety regulations an advantage - desirable
  • Experience of supporting colleagues to develop a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and collaboration for remote teams around the world. -desirable
  • Experience with human resources information systems and with basic tools for online & remote work such as Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, and Teams. - desirable
  • Experience of diagnosing issues and designing and implementing organisation development solutions for a growing organisation - desirable
  • Knowledge of another language, especially Spanish, French or German - desirable
Region: Europe
Location: Strong preference for London/South East England or possibly Berlin
Sector: Human resources Safeguarding

Application notes

To Apply: Please follow Link above to our jobs portal where you will download, complete, and submit the application form. Any questions on this appointment should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line: “Human Resources Lead Job Query”. Kindly note that the application form is required; we cannot accept CVs.

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