Global Human Relations Specialist: Visa sponsorship

  • Full Time
  • UK

Cutting Edge Sustainability

We are recruiting for a private international charitable foundation which seeks to support environmental recovery, supported by cultures and economies grounded in Earth lore, in line with their “breathe freely” ethos. As such they are committed to grants and other investments that are healing to the climate, to biodiversity, and to human cultural relations with the other-than-human. The foundation is currently based in a Hong Kong family office, with personnel in Hong Kong and the UK, as well as Cameroon, Brazil, Australia, Papua, and the US. The work is hybrid and the candidate can legally work in the UK or Hong Kong. A working visa will be provided if needed.

The organisation has been in a phase of significant growth and change over the last five years and is seeking to ensure that the needs of our diverse and committed staff are known and addressed.

This is a new position which interfaces with all foundation staff. Under the general direction of the Director of Operations, you will be developing and ensuring that staff policies and practices are relevant, clear, harmonized, and compliant with regulations across the foundation’s staff locations and in alignment with the foundation’s values. The position provides an opportunity to practice all aspects of a global HR function including recruiting, hiring and on-boarding, remuneration and benefits, performance and effectiveness, compliance, training and development, staff wellness and retention, and HRIS.

Global Human Relations Specialist


— The responsibilities of Global Human Relations Specialist will include, but are not limited to:

  • Determine and facilitate optimal hiring status for new and continuing staff (direct employment, EoR employment, independent consulting) and initiate and manage contracts as appropriate.
  • When there are open positions, working with hiring managers to manage the full cycle of recruitment of positions including job scoping, candidate sourcing, interviewing, reference checking, background checking, developing offers and closing the hire.
  • Guide and manage onboarding, orientation and exit processes.
  • Evaluate and facilitate staff mobility and travel requirements (visas, permits, and registrations) as needed.
  • Update and maintain job description library and organisational charts.
  • Maintain appropriate benchmarks, periodically review and recommend enhancements to compensation and benefits plans across international geographies.
  • Coordinate payroll and HR administration with International Accountant and others.
  • Review, update, develop and enhance processes, policies, and procedures for staff across various jurisdictions to ensure compliance around applicable labour and employment regulations, internal equity in compensation and benefits, and to reflect best practices and our institutional culture and values. Identify any significant gaps to our offering in relation to staff priorities.
  • Ensure the integrity of staff records and timeliness of any required actions (e.g. remuneration adjustments, contract renewals, enrolments etc).
  • Consult with, coach, and support managers and staff on standard personnel transactions, employee relations issues, interpretation and fair application of policies and applicable laws.
  • Recommend appropriate resources and training for professional development needs.
  • Organise staff events for team and capacity building and cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning including annual retreat.
  • Maintain a pulse on staff morale and identify strategies to enhance staff cohesion, engagement and overall health and well-being.
  • Specify and optimize HRIS to efficiently manage human resource related processes, record keeping and analytics. Manage HRIS interfaces with other relevant systems such as accounting.
  • Develop and manage relationships with staffing related service providers including payroll and HRIS providers, accountants and employment law experts.

General and Other

  • Coordinate user training and resourcing on HRIS (including payroll) platform, as needed.
  • Keep abreast of developments in foundation staffing (role descriptions and structures).
  • Keep abreast of best practices in international HR.
  • Occasional travel as required for execution of duties.
  • Other duties as are consistent with specialist’s role and experience as the foundation continues to evolve, or from time to time as prompted by institutional priorities.


— The successful Global Human Relations Specialist candidate will likely reflect much of the following profile:


  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Psychology, or a field related to the work.
  • Five years’ progressively responsible HR experience.
  • International HR experience. GPHR or PHRi or equivalent, a plus.
  • Practical understanding of global employment law and issues.
  • Strong understanding of accounting as it relates to staffing.
  • Excellent, hands-on knowledge of web-based systems including HRIS, payroll (we currently use Deel), office suite platforms (proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite preferred).
  • Comfortable in complex and highly matrixed environments. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with peers across disciplines and functions in shared efforts with proven ability to influence without direct formal authority.
  • Comfortable working remotely.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to be flexible and re-prioritize as needs arise.
  • Pleasant and effective communication skills, written and oral. (English is our working language.)
  • Experiential cross-cultural understanding and perspective, aware and appreciative of differing worldviews and the ability to communicate with and learn from the wide variety of people who comprise our grantees, allies and staff.
  • Kind and generous with partners and colleagues.


  • Prior experience with an international non-profit organization or grantmaking foundation.
  • Fluency in a second language with preference for dominant languages of one of our working regions (e.g. French, Portuguese, Bahasa, Thai, Lao, Burmese).
  • International living and/or working experience including in the Global South.
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, and creative problem-solver who continually looks for new ways to improve processes with a “can do” attitude and a sense of humour.
  • Located in and able to legally work in the UK or Hong Kong.

Alongside this we will value applicants who are:

  • Deeply committed to regenerative/ecological cultures and economies, preferably with experience of holistic/indigenous cosmologies.
  • Humble, recognising humanity’s place amongst all living creatures on this one planet.

We pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive.


Please submit a letter of interest outlining your relevant experience and financial requirements with a resume to Review of credentials will begin immediately. We seek to have someone in place as soon as possible.

The organisation does not maintain a website but will provide more detailed information on the foundation to qualified applicants.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £70,000.00-£100,000.00 per year


  • UK visa sponsorship
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor’s (preferred)


  • HR: 5 years (preferred)

Work Location: Remote

Reference ID: 759259

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