EC1N, London
£62,000 + 8% pension contribution and benefits including a healthcare scheme
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Hours: Full-time

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £62,000 + 8% pension contribution and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Deadline: Monday 3 May 2021, 5pm

Interview dates: First round interviews will be held the week starting Monday 17 May 2021

ShareAction and the global system of finance

It is said that “money makes the world go around” but the global financial system in its current form is in danger of making our world a very inhospitable place indeed for future generations.

Today’s investment decisions are building the future. At the moment, this is a future of climate emergencies, environmental destruction and a widening gap between rich and poor.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. At ShareAction we believe the finance system can be a force for good. By mobilising the power of finance to address the challenges we face, we can build a different, fairer future; where the global economy operates within not beyond our planet’s ecological limits.

OUR VISION is for a world where the financial system serves our planet and its people.

OUR MISSION is to define the highest standards for responsible investment and to drive change until these standards are adopted worldwide.

We work towards our mission by: » advocating for change in the investment industry using our research and rankings; » campaigning with allies to strengthen investor stewardship and change corporate behaviour; » pushing for public policy reform to transform the financial system.

Purpose of the role

As a pioneering charity at the forefront of the global movement for responsible investment, ShareAction is growing rapidly. We would not be where we are today without the courage, energy, and dedication of our people, as well as the unique set of insights this team brings to the table.

The Director of People is a new role within the organisation, reporting to the Chief Executive. The creation of this role is reflective of a clear need, and desire, to support our growing team to thrive and enable them to drive ambitious change in the rapidly evolving world of responsible investment. In everything they do, our Director of People will champion our values and culture.

ShareAction enjoys distinctive advantages but we also face challenges and risks around recruitment, retention, and career development. Addressing these effectively and imaginatively in the service of our mission is central to the purpose of this role.

Our team is mainly based in the UK (around London) though we also have people in Belgium and Germany and expect our international work and profile to grow. The Director of People will ensure this happens in a way that drives the greatest impact whilst limiting risks to the charity.

We already have a popular flexible working policy. Following the pandemic, we are exploring new ways of working that build cohesion and support creativity whilst giving our people freedoms they value. The Director of People will lead this work.

This role is a huge opportunity for someone looking to create impact. Not only will this Director make a major contribution to the daily working lives of all our team, they will also ensure we continue to recruit the highest calibre of talent, enabling ShareAction to mobilise the power of finance for positive change across the global economy.

Key responsibilities

You will develop and implement ShareAction’s People Strategy which includes: talent attraction, learning and development, internal communication to staff, culture and living our values, health and wellbeing, performance management, reward including pay and benefits, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the full employee life-cycle.

You will ensure our People Strategy supports the success of the charity’s overall strategy by:

» Working closely with leaders across the organisation.

» Strengthening our employer brand, in line with our overall brand, to help attract diverse, talented and committed people who are aligned with our values.

» Holding responsibility for the quality and consistency of internal communication within ShareAction, ensuring coherence with the charity’s values and culture.

» Developing and motivating a growing team of People professionals (currently two staff members).

» Keeping up to date with new developments, best practice and relevant changes in the law in the UK and beyond.

» Developing effective relationships with external and internal stakeholders.

As a member of the Leadership Team (LT) you will:

» Work closely with the CEO and colleagues on the LT to achieve effective day-to-day leadership of the organisation, driving high performance and contributing to problem solving.

» Lead interactions with the board’s People and Remuneration committee (which meets four times a year), supporting the committee to operate in line with its terms of reference (ToR) and accounting to the committee for implementation of People Strategy alongside the CEO.

» Be accountable for the financial performance of the People function and management of key risks relating to HR, including legal risks. Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive and the role might change slightly from time to time.

Personal specification


» Experience of working alongside and interfacing with Senior Management on a day-to-day basis;

» Demonstrates strong leadership qualities;

» Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including an eye for detail as well as tact;

» Experience in change management, and an ability to collaborate and build trust amongst colleagues at all levels;

» Experience in project management;

» Experience in training of staff and in devising tailored L&D strategies;

» Experienced Senior HR Professional, with a track record of successfully implementing people agendas and practices including recruitment, performance management, employee engagement, and talent management;

» Experience of developing and embedding people‐focused strategies to deliver organisational objectives;

» Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


» CIPD Level 7 or equivalent experience;

» Knowledge or experience of working with employment law of Brussels and/or Germany; » Experience of organisational development including growth;

» Experience of organisational design;

» Experience of working with Microsoft Office 365, particularly SharePoint;

» Experience of working with CRM systems, ideally Salesforce;

» Basic knowledge of data protection regulations / GDPR.

To apply: please complete the application form on the ShareAction online recruitment portal.

Posted on: 20 April 2021
Closed date: 03 May 2021
Tags: Senior Management, Business Development