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We are seeking a dynamic Head of People and Culture to join our team of 50-60 colleagues, based in our Central London HQ. We have built robust HR policies, processes, and practices, and we are now keen to broaden our scope and provide additional focus on People and Culture, building People capabilities and focusing on our inclusive culture.

To succeed in this role, you will be passionate about fostering a culture of inclusivity, innovation, and exceptional performance, and will thrive in a fast-paced environment. You are strategically minded but can translate strategy into action and bring others on the journey with you to deliver excellence.

This role is critical in ensuring that One Young World continues to attract, develop, and retain top talent while making One Young World a place where people can thrive.

What will you be doing?

Strategic Leadership

  • This is a standalone role, leading and managing all aspects of a People function, with 0.5FTE support.
  • Provide thought leadership, counsel, and support to senior leadership, influencing the strategy of the organisation.

Talent Acquisition & Management

  • Run the recruitment process to attract and hire diverse and high-calibre talent, with particular focus on candidates at the early stages of their careers.
  • Provide effective onboarding, training, and development programs to ensure new hires feel at home quickly and existing colleagues develop their careers.

Employee Engagement & Culture

  • Cultivate a positive culture that promotes employee engagement, well-being, and retention.
  • Stimulate colleague growth so that people can do their very best work and get the most out of working at One Young World.

Performance Management

  • Build on our existing performance management processes to ensure clear expectations, regular feedback, and effective performance reviews.
  • Support managers and leaders in addressing performance issues, driving a high-performance culture.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts across the organisation, supporting the DEI Committee in their work.
  • Develop and implement DEI strategies and initiatives to ensure we have the most inclusive workplace.

Reward

  • Conduct regular market analysis to ensure our offerings remain equitable.
  • Regularly review our benefits offerings.

Compliance & Policies

  • Ensure all People policies and procedures align with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Regularly review, update, and create policies to reflect standard processes and a forward thinking approach.

HR Operations

  • Manage People operations, including contract administration for employees and contractors, updating employee records using BreatheHR and providing employee payroll information to the Finance team.
  • Provide regular update reports to senior management to help with forward planning and decision making.

Employee Relations

  • Manage employee relations to ensure a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Address and resolve employee issues effectively, providing mediation and support to employees and managers.

Operational excellence

  • Manage supplier relationships and collaborate with corporate clients to develop new approaches and opportunities to work together.
  • Manage multiple projects and ensure efficient use of resources and manage budgets effectively.
  • We are a team who support each other, and we all roll up our sleeves to get things done.

Visa Management

  • Handle employee visas and visa sponsorships, maintaining compliance with immigration laws and regulations.
  • Support international employees throughout the visa application and renewal processes.

Safeguarding

  • Be responsible for our safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure the safety of circa 2000 international young adults attending the One Young World Summit, particularly vulnerable individuals.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers are trained in safeguarding practices and that incidents are handled promptly and appropriately.

 

What you will bring

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, hard-working, environment focused on exceptional performance.
  • You are a team player who will work well with senior leadership to achieve the best for the organisation.
  • Insights from working across a range of sectors including the corporate sector, NGO, social enterprise, charity, and startups. Previous experience working with a US entity is not essential but would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing visible, inclusive, and collaborative leadership in the People and culture space.
  • Experience of leading diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, that have delivered tangible outcomes.
  • A coaching and influencing style that encourages new and innovative ways of working.
  • A pragmatic approach, balancing the priorities of the organisation with the demands of our team.
  • Solid knowledge of HR standard processes, employment laws, and regulations.
  • A CIPD qualification or working towards one.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. You are hands on, visible, and keen to collaborate across the organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Passion for social impact and alignment with One Young World’s mission.

 

About One Young World

We exist to develop young leaders who are taking action to solve the world’s big challenges. Our vision is a world where leaders with integrity are empowered to build a fair, sustainable future for all. We achieve this by:

  • Inspiring young leaders to increase their impact
  • Building young leaders’ expertise and capacity to act
  • Elevating young leaders’ profiles locally and globally

It all begins with our annual Summit - the beating heart of what we are about. For young leaders, this is the landmark event of the year. It is a chance for the individuals responsible for shaping the future of our world, to come together to confront the biggest challenges facing humanity. The Summit is the ultimate place to be inspired, share, learn, and connect.

But the Summit is not just a life-changing four-day experience, it is just the start of every attendee’s journey with us. Every leader who attends leaves the Summit as a One Young World Ambassador and a valued member of our global community. This is a lifelong membership to one of the most incredible networks in the world.

Our global Community is a community like no other. When we say global, that’s exactly what we mean. It comprises 17,000+ young leaders, partners, and supporters from over 196 countries, spanning every sector and industry. It is comprised of activists, humanitarians, world-leaders, business-leaders, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and innovators.

We partner with 180+ global businesses, NGOs, and educational institutions. Leading companies from every sector make One Young World an integral part of their global talent development, retention, and attraction. They also sponsor and support delegations of fully-funded scholars who are selected for demonstrating outstanding leadership and track records of impact in creating a fair, sustainable future for all.

 

Equal Opportunities Statement

At One Young World, we don’t just accept differences — we celebrate it, we support it, and we flourish with it for the benefit of our employees, our Summit, and our community. One Young World is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

 

What your colleagues say

“As someone who enjoys working in an international working environment towards a higher purpose, One Young World is an ideal place to work. It is more than a job - working at One Young World also gives us all the opportunity to continuously learn and build a network of incredible change-makers from around the globe.”

 

Benefits

- Staff are contracted to work a 37.5 hour week (Monday-Friday) office based, however for nine months of the year (outside of the three months leading up to One Young World’s annual Summit) the organisation operates a “Flexible Fridays” policy - provides flexibility to employees on a Friday assuming there are no urgent matters that require their attention.

- Private medical insurance which includes physiotherapy, dental, eye care and mental health support

- NEST company pension scheme

- Help with commuting - we have a cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans

- Travel to events as necessary

- Regular opportunities to access paid-for training and professional development such as courses and qualifications

Central London location

- A very sociable team – we have a casual after-work social on Thursdays as well as Christmas, Summer and post-Summit parties

- One Young World takes part in a huge variety of events that team members can attend. Previous international opportunities have included Cannes Lions and the UN ECOSOC Forum and local opportunities have included Student Pride and the Open Iftar Project

- An unparalleled network of changemakers around the world

- The opportunity to be inspired every week by young leaders!

 

Notes

To apply, please fill out the application form, including a CV and cover letter in the "upload additional documents" section. Please note that by the start of employment, you must have the right to work in the UK.

While we have set a closing date for this role, we will be interviewing as applications are received and we may make an appointment before the closing date. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out.

This is an office-based role and you will be expected to attend the office in central London every day from 9am - 5.30pm.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Company

We exist to develop young leaders who are taking action to solve the world’s big challenges. Our vision is a world where leaders with integrity are empowered to build a fair, sustainable future for all.

The Summit is not just a life-changing four-day experience, it is just the start of every attendee’s journey with us. Every leader who attends leaves the Summit as a One Young World Ambassador and a valued member of our global community. This is a lifelong membership to one of the most incredible networks in the world

Our global Community is a community like no other. When we say global, that’s exactly what we mean. Our Community comprises young leaders, corporate partners and supporters from every single country, spanning every industry. We are activists, humanitarians, world-leaders, business-leaders, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and innovators.

Company info
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Telephone
07954322323
Location
14 Irving Street
London
London
WC2H 7AF
United Kingdom

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