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Group HR Manager

Forum for the Future
3rd Floor, 22-26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE.
£50,000 inclusive of London weighting allowance (per annum pro rata)
Closing date
27 Feb 2022
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Location:3rd Floor, 22-26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE. Candidates must have a valid right to work in the UK.

Salary: £50,000 - inclusive of London weighting allowance per annum pro rata. Although this is a full time job 37.5 hours per week excluding lunch breaks, we are open to consider part time working of 30 hours per week.

Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.


This is a hybrid role based in our London Hub with flexible working-from-home arrangements and regular weekly office working.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, confident and proactive HR Manager with an interest in issues of sustainability and social justice, who’s keen to apply their knowledge and skills in all aspects of HR to enable effective and smooth people operations within an international not for profit organisation. We are looking for a well organised, adaptable and resourceful individual, with a true “can do” attitude to be able to roll their sleeves up and deliver impact in their role. In addition, Forum for the Future is embarking on its new strategy and you will have the opportunity to design and deliver the People strategy as part of this change. 


About the role

You will lead a small team of advisors (HR and Office/Health and Safety) and will be a subject matter expert for all HR related matters across our four offices enabling the effective people focused services.

You will have a broad responsibility for all aspects of a global HR function working in a collaborative way with all colleagues including finance, communications, and programme management. You will take ownership of various ongoing, cyclical and process improvement activities whilst always keeping a finger on the pulse of the organisational culture and ways of working. You will be committed to enabling an inclusive, diverse and healthy working environment and lead by example. You will partner with internal stakeholders across the organisation to provide credible and pragmatic advice and ensure organisational risk is managed appropriately.


About you

To succeed in this role you will be a motivated and credible HR professional with a strong team ethos, exceptional relationship building skills, and ability to motivate and influence across a wide range of stakeholders, and willingness to learn and apply your skills and abilities in novel ways.

You will be an influential, passionate and innovative HR professional with excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with an eye for detail and ability to spot patterns and connections.

You will have worked in a similar role where you gained experience of leading an HR function, preferably in an international setting. You have experience of harnessing technology to enable improved user experience and ease of administration. You know your employment law (UK law is a must, and preferably some familiarity with the laws of the countries Forum operates in), payroll and benefits management, good practice in HR, Health and Safety and data protection. You enjoy keeping a pulse on current HR trends and how they can be applied and adapted for the benefit of organisations. You can bring ideas to the table and are truly passionate about people and supporting them in their delivery of impactful results. It would give you an extra edge if you have worked within a not-for-profit sector, and are personally interested in sustainability issues.

If you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.

In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making, continually learning and experimenting to identify how we deliver most impact working in a collaborative multi-cultural team environment.

Forum for the Future works in a space of complexity where there are no easy answers – an ideal candidate will be comfortable with uncertainty and be able to hold space for exploration and innovation. Resilience is a key personal attribute that is necessary to the role.

About Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is an independent, global non-profit with a mission to accelerate systems change for a just and sustainable future. We have a 25 year track record in partnering with pioneering companies who recognise that social and environmental issues are already shaping their business context today, and want to actively create the conditions for their future success. In addition to working with these organisations one on one, we bring companies, NGOs, government representatives and others together to create action-oriented coalitions on particularly urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Examples include The Protein Challenge 2040, which is working to ensure we can feed 9 billion people with enough protein in the future; Cotton 2040, which is working to mainstream sustainable cotton; and The Net Positive Project which is helping to create a movement of companies giving more back to society and the environment than what they take out. As a charity, we publicly share our learnings from this work through communications, events and our School of Systems Change.

Forum has offices in London, New York, Mumbai and Singapore. We operate as a global team, delivering both international and local projects.


About the team

This post sits within the Resources team and supports our 1:1 transformational strategy work, so the post will work across this, including possibly with other Forum teams internationally.

We are a multi-cultural team of 80+ people, with offices in London, Mumbai, New York, and Singapore. We continue to grow our programmes of work across Asia and the United States.  Forum brings together people from multiple disciplines - from ecology to social inequality, and design to sociology - as change designers and strategists. This post sits in the small international resources team. We work as a close knit, dynamic, flexible and supportive team.  We are looking for a member of the team who is keen to roll up their sleeves and make use of their diverse skills to support our teams in their delivery of impactful solutions to global systems challenges.

Our work environment

We believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful. You can read more about our organisational values. These values help build our common culture, shape our shared purpose and guide us in all actions and decisions.  We are inspired by the world in which we live and those with whom we share it and seek to act justly in all we do.

We enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s wellbeing and the world around us.

At Forum, we aspire to foster positive team spirit and to provide the best possible working environment for all our staff; one that is based on the highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, openness and transparency.

We are an inclusive organisation that encourages applications from across our diverse communities. We’re committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life.     

If this role interests and excites you, we would love to hear from you.  Where you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description, but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.

In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team. We offer various opportunities for flexible working to help you manage your work life balance.

Together we can reinvent the way the world works.

Application process

To find out more about this vacancy, please download and read the full job description.

Application deadline is 11.59pm GMT, 20.02.2022

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If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Equal Opportunities

Forum for the Future wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public.  We actively support and promote diversity as an essential component of sustainability, and as a key element of our organisational values.  We oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, caste, religion or belief. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, and come from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

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