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International People Partner

Carbon Trust
London / hybrid
Circa £50,000 pa plus annual bonus and generous benefits
Closing date
16 Jun 2022
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About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Carbon Trust during a period of UK and International growth. As part of the HR Team at the Carbon Trust you’ll have a platform to contribute fully as a global HR Business Partner undertaking generalist responsibilities across a broad range of HR delivery including, global mobility, HR processes, policies, systems, and reporting, employee relations, compensation and benefits.

You’ll possess a passion for core HR and partnering closely with your international client group to deliver proactive, agile, and value-add HR support. You’ll be confident in challenging existing processes, be open-minded to change and leading implementation and maintenance of “fit for purpose” frameworks and processes to support the Carbon Trust’s international regions as they grow. Reporting into and working closely with the HR Manager, you will be responsible for tailoring HR plans, policies and maximizing operational effectiveness internationally.

About us 

The Carbon Trust is a global climate consultancy driven by the mission to accelerate the move to a decarbonised future. We have been pioneering decarbonisation for more than 20 years for businesses, governments, and organisations around the world.

We put impact before profit – and reinvest any surplus into achieving our mission. That means we are impartial, objective and true to our vision - where environmental sustainability and economic realities go hand in hand.

Drawing on a network of over 300 experts internationally, the Carbon Trust guides organisations through their journey to Net Zero. From strategic planning and target setting to delivery, activation, and communication -  we provide smarter ways to turn intent into impact.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Global Mobility:

  • Manage set up of required sponsorship licenses for international entities, including associated ongoing administration and compliance; liaising with third-party support where required
  • Partner with key external providers for destination services, tax advice, and immigration advice where required ensuring that Global Mobility initiatives operate smoothly and meet business needs/provide a positive experience for secondees
  • Maintain and develop process road map relating to international secondments (i.e., visa types depending on duration of placements, incl. timings of associated visa application processes), providing clear advice to stakeholders concerning global mobility options
  • Partner with central HR team (HR Manager and HR and Payroll Administrator) concerning secondments (in-bound & out-bound) and required payroll set-up/actions
  • Support activities relating to the set-up of new employment entities, including working with external specialists to ensure employment legislation is met, including associated HR related start-up activities

Policies, processes, and procedures:

  • Collaborate with international leads to ensure consistent approaches during standard cyclical activities (i.e., performance appraisals, promotions, and salary reviews)
  • Maintain and update international policy matrix ensuring coverage of required international policies/associated procedures and guidelines to support legal, regulatory, and customary compliance in all regions
  • Develop region specific guidelines to support alignment of the workforce with the strategic goals/values of the organisation and recommend priority areas to develop new approaches across the Group
  • Support leading rollout of centralized initiatives to maximise effective delivery of global HR programs, policies, and processes across all regions (incl. facilitation of training workshops, as required)
  • Embed enhancements to ways of working and new system capabilities i.e., self-service/document management via HR/Payroll platform; providing training support to employees and managers to leverage the HRIS system at its best (iHCM)
  • Provide support to international stakeholder’s strategic plans and operational priorities, ensuring regular communication with central HR team to facilitate alignment and awareness of priorities and needs

Employee Relations:

  • Advise managers across the UK/International group on a wide range of employee relations issues, taking into account best practice, the legislative framework, our mission impact and commercial outcomes
  • Ensure effective and appropriate HR interventions are delivered to maximize service delivery and minimize risk and commercial exposure, working with local employment law specialists where required, and escalating any complex concerns to HR Manager
  • Support managers and employees to effectively manage performance/ employee relation issues i.e., disciplinary, grievance, sickness etc and coach to raise management capability
  • Ensure working practices are legally compliant, risks are mitigated, and the employee life cycle is delivered brilliantly - creating plans to address areas of opportunity, gaps, and risk

Reward & Remuneration:

  • Support benchmarking initiatives as required, ensuring local reward packages are competitive in supporting positive talent acquisition/retention. Including research of in-country benefits, engagement and recognition programs and making recommendations for change
  • Partner with the central HR team during rollout of strategy for reward and remuneration, including input and support concerning new overseas operations
  • Manage ongoing review of statutory leave plans per region (i.e., maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and sickness absence) versus current offerings. Develop recommendations as appropriate to support competitiveness in local regions

Data and analytics:

  • Monitor workforce trends and develop HR metrics to ensure high quality data and analysis to support decision-making, including enhanced workforce planning capability. Contribute to building a data-driven approach across the business, providing regular insights to management on ways to improve employee performance and experience


  • Ad-hoc contributions to Group projects requiring HR policy, procedure, employment law etc input
  • Support and input into annual HR Business Plan and strategy, as required
  • As global teams grow, support and develop local HR capability to facilitate implementation of group projects, and build foundations of in-country HR delivery
  • Support to wider HR team and processes as required
  • Lead and participate in organisational and departmental projects as required

Key skills we are looking for:

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with strong attention to detail 
  • High levels of professionalism and integrity
  • Positive, flexible and collaborative - able to work autonomously, but a great team-player
  • Project management skills, ability to multi-task & prioritise a varied workload
  • Ability to build rapport with and influence managers at all levels of the organisation
  • Confidence in making recommendations and taking decisions
  • Numerate, able to effectively review and analyse data to support decision-making
  • Proactive attitude and initiative; drive to see tasks through to timely and accurate completion
  • Experience of using HR systems & driving data insights, preferably iHCM
  • Be a hands-on People Partner. In this role, you will work on both strategic and operational HR delivery

Qualifications and experience: 

  • Degree educated (or equivalent)
  • CIPD level 7 qualified (desirable)
  • Significant experience as an HR generalist within a global organisation; confident in navigating through and partnering within matrix structures
  • Experience working with high growth businesses, ideally with experience of a rapidly growing employee base
  • Experience of developing international HR policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with employment law and employment obligations and their practical application within international jurisdictions

Salary & Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary, performance-based bonuses, a generous holiday allowance and pension scheme. We also have policies to offer daily core hours, a flexible holiday scheme and summer compressed hours. At the Carbon Trust we offer flexibility around working from home and our employees are able to work from home for half of their weekly working hours.

Joining the Carbon Trust provides an opportunity to work alongside some of the leading practitioners in the low carbon arena so if you are excited by this opportunity and would like to join us please click the apply button to visit our application page and submit your CV and a cover letter.

Please be aware that due to our hybrid working model the interviewing and onboarding processes may take place via video conferencing.

We are an equal opportunities employer, value diversity in our workforce and make our decisions based on your skills and experience.

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