Position: Director/Head of People

Location: London, UK

About Adam Smith International

We are Adam Smith International, a global international development advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective. We partner with governments, businesses and civil society organisations to create and deliver custom-made solutions to the big challenges facing the world.

We are an employee-owned company and in September 2019, ASI proudly joined the growing global community of Certified B Corporations (“B Corps”). Certified B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.


About the Role

We are seeking an exceptional Director/Head of People to lead and drive forward our People Strategy, with its three simple objectives:

  • Get the right people in the right places at the right time;
  • Support our people to learn, develop and progress;
  • Engage, motivate and retain our people.

The areas of responsibility for this role include:

  • Leadership and people management
  • Strategy development and delivery
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Operational management
  • Values, culture, diversity and inclusion
  • Budget management
  • Continual improvement


Person Specification

We are looking for a senior HR professional with proven leadership skills, an ability to see the big picture coupled with a hands-on approach to getting things done, and a passion for supporting a global workforce to thrive in challenging environments.

You take pride in the quality of service you provide; you are both strategic and responsive; you are a powerful communicator and manage wide-ranging responsibilities in a fast-moving environment. You are continually evaluating progress and looking to do things more effectively. You are a team player, able to build relationships at all levels, with people from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds. You demonstrate sound judgment, integrity and sensitivity.

Our ideal candidate would have experience in a leadership role in a global professional services firm or NGO as well as strong HR experience.


Skills and Experience

  • Leadership and people management
  • Strategy development and delivery
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Operational management across a wide range of HR functions
  • Budget management
  • Strong analytical skills and a data-driven approach to continual improvement
  • Comfortable with technology, ability to quickly develop familiarity with new software
  • Judgement, sensitivity and integrity

We operate a flexible, hybrid working model, combining remote working with 2 days a week in our London office. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Heard Enough? Ready to Apply?

Please submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) and short cover letter with the subject headline “Director/Head of People” to recruitment.asi@adamsmithinternational.com .

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted.

Deadline for application is Monday 14th February 2022

ASI believes that a more diverse workforce makes us more effective in understanding – and tackling – the big challenges facing the world. We want people to be comfortable being themselves at work and are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people.

#We’re happy to talk flexible working