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Location: London, with flexible, hybrid office/home working offered
Duration: 12-month full-time contract for maternity cover
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits
Hours: Full-time

About the role

Reports to: HR Director - Europe
Responsibilities: To join the HR team at a time of change and growth and enable the continued provision of a professional, efficient, effective and supportive HR service to the organisation.

With the imminent maternity leave of one of the HR Managers, we are looking for an experienced HR generalist to join the team on a fixed term basis, ready to support on matters across the entire employee lifecycle. This role will be based within the London HR team—which comprises HR Director Europe, 3 HR Managers, HR Co-ordinator (on maternity leave) and HR Assistant—and will also work with HR colleagues in North America.

Key Responsibilities

Areas of work include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Where necessary, be ready to assist the recruitment specialist and other colleagues with recruitment mandates:
    • Identify candidate and role requirements (eg responsibilities, desired skills / qualifications / attributes, remuneration package).
    • Draft job descriptions and advertisements.
    • Agree recruitment process (eg short-listing, interviews, assessments, participants, timescales, etc). 
    • Advertise roles appropriately (eg website, external job boards, internal postings).
    • Receive, review, short-list and respond to job applications, liaise with, brief and manage relationships with recruitment agencies, including negotiating rates and agreeing terms & conditions.
    • Obtain necessary approvals and negotiate job offer details.
    • Oversee the verification of references and other pre-employment checks as required, working with the Senior Governance Officer to ensure the timely processing of any visa applications. 
  • Continue a project to support line managers in managing staff probation periods, ensuring objectives and outcomes are properly documented.
  • Ensuring salaries for new and existing roles are appropriately benchmarked and approved.
  • Partner with the HR Assistant in coordinating employee onboarding, performing HR inductions.
  • Performing exit interviews.
  • Co-ordinate internal and external training for staff at all levels across the organisation:
    • Identify staff training needs by consulting staff and analysing feedback (surveys, exit interviews, performance reviews).
    • Develop an appropriate training programme based on needs identified and organisational objectives.
    • Source appropriate providers, taking into consideration organisational understanding / fit, effectiveness and cost.
    • Oversee the co-ordination of training logistics and training delivery.
    • Collate and analyse training evaluation information to assess effectiveness.
    • Co-ordinate other learning and development-related activities.
  • Headcount data, staff records and files.
  • Provide HR data in response to regular and ad hoc requests (eg for the Comms team for inclusion in the annual report, or for the Finance team in response to headcount, accrual or grant queries).
  • Ensure that information is appropriately recorded in the Foundation’s HR system and an employee’s personal file.
  • Supporting staff and managers.
  • Acting as a business partner to specific managers across the organisation, advising and supporting them with staffing matters.
  • Being available to all staff as a source of support for HR-related matters as they arise.
  • Working with teams and individuals to improve performance.
  • General:
    • Contribute to the development and enforcement of HR processes and policies through ideas, research and feedback on draft documents, as relevant.
    • Other HR duties and ad hoc project work as required.

Qualifications and experience:


  • Strong, hands on experience as a HR generalist, with flexibility to contribute across the employee lifecycle.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Excellent attention to detail, able to consider the bigger picture while responding positively and proactively to key stakeholders.


  • Experience of company mergers or organisational change.
  • Experience of dealing with international employees and the attendant employment law, immigration and tax considerations.
  • Familiarity with and experience of using salary survey data (eg Willis Towers Watson) would be highly advantageous.
  • HRM/CIPD qualification preferred.

Skills and attributes:

  • A patient, confident and diplomatic team-player who enjoys working with people and is able to form positive working relationships.
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with staff at all levels and to act as a credible HR advisor and coach.
  • Ability to work independently, while having the judgment to know whether to consult before proceeding.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills and strong listening skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to deal with a range of staff-related matters.
  • Ability to remain calm, respond professionally and provide constructive feedback in difficult situations.
  • Respect for the importance of confidentiality, as you will be dealing with sensitive issues and personal information.
  • Customer-focused approach.
  • Motivated to learn and open to giving and receiving feedback.
  • Highly organised, focused and able to manage a high workload to ensure that priorities are achieved.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills; ability to gather facts / statistics, make financial calculations for planning / other uses and produce statistical reports.
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to produce clear and accurate documents and reports.
  • Medium proficiency in Microsoft Office and familiarity with HR systems.

To apply

Please send a detailed CV/résumé to Please include the following information or your application may not be considered:

  • the job title/position you are interested in and the location of the job (in the subject line of your email); and
  • covering email/letter detailing how you meet the specified role requirements and your salary expectations.

Closing date: 29 October 2023

Interviews are held via video conference as part of our standard international recruitment process. Due to the number of responses we receive, we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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