About Adam Smith International

For nearly three decades, Adam Smith International (ASI) has been a global leader in partnering with governments, the private sector, and civil society organisations in nearly 100 countries.

ASI’s mission is to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable and governments more effective.  From reducing the impact of climate change to improving educational outcomes for girls, building essential infrastructure and increasing youth employment, ASI tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

ASI is committed to corporate integrity and prioritising social, environmental and financial performance.  ASI are proud to be a B Corp, reflecting their commitment to transparency, accountability, and social and environmental impact.

As a global organisation, ASI’s team consists of staff and technical experts located in multiple locations worldwide.  ASI support their team through key hub locations in London, Sydney, Nairobi and Islamabad. This structure enables ASI to deliver high-quality work locally while maintaining a head office in London.  ASI bring together their expertise in delivering projects in complex environments with a global network of specialist experts, supported by their enabling functions – to ensure success in their endeavours.

The Role

As the Head of People and Talent, you will play a vital role in creating an environment where ASI motivated employees can thrive, excel in their work, and achieve their career aspirations.

Reporting into the Director of Business Services, you will lead an international team, responsible for supporting ASI corporate staff and aspects of ASI associate talent.  Your focus will be on driving a culture of trust, engagement, and going the extra mile by ensuring a positive experience for ASI employees during key moments, including recruitment, on-boarding, learning, progression, and transitions.  You will foster a culture of trust, engagement through supporting ASI leaders to nurture ASI talent.

Building external relationships to attract new talent and staying updated with research and market trends will also be essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy: Lead the next phase of our company-wide People Strategy, collaborating with your teams, the Senior Management Group and wider organisation to establish global business priorities.
  • Operational Management: Provide quality services across the full range of People and Talent portfolio, including recruitment, on-boarding and induction, offboarding, learning and development, performance management, reward and benefits, global mobility, staff support, well-being, employee relations, and data compliance.
  • Policy: Review, refine and update HR policies to meet the company’s needs, responding to changes in law and regulations and supporting the People Strategy. Communicate the HR policies effectively.
  • Budget management: Manage the annual People and Talent budget, ensuring value for money through effective spending.
  • Change management: Support the business through HR related changes, building relationships and developing coalitions of support, effective planning and exceptional communication.
  • Values, culture, diversity and inclusion: Collaborate with the Executive Team, the Staff Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Champions to ensure ASI values are meaningful to all Foster a respectful work environment where staff of all backgrounds, beliefs and identities can prosper.
  • People management: Cultivate a culture of performance and people management through regular, quality feedback. Maximise team performance, support team members’ learning and development and a flexible, collaborative, inclusive team culture.
  • Continual improvement: Utilise data, including survey data, to understand our workforce and the performance of the People and Talent function. Drive continuous improvement across the company.

Key Criteria

  • Post graduate HR qualification, ideally CIPD level 7, Occupational/Business Psychology or equivalent
  • Inspiring and effective leadership of a hybrid team
  • Understanding of professional services/consulting sector
  • Knowledge of how to deliver HR services across different geographies
  • Experience of managing international employee relations
  • Experience of developing a strong IDE (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) offering
  • Experience of supporting a diverse mix of workers (national staff, expatriates, contractors)
  • In depth understanding of the principles of employment legislation and employment law
  • Understanding of data compliance principles in the context of HR records


  • Communicating and presenting with impact
  • Strong networking, relationship building and collaboration
  • Embracing responsibility and outcomes focused
  • Excellent leadership of others – empowering, inspiring and driving performance
  • Comfortable with leading change
  • Inclusive team leadership style
  • Strong attention to detail where needed
  • Organised and efficient

How to Apply

Visit Global Head of People and Talent – Oxford HR to submit your application. Deadline for applications is July 5th 2023.