Head of People (Part Time)

Job description

About us

OpenCorporates is the largest open database of companies and company data in the world, with in excess of 160 million companies from over 130 jurisdictions. Our primary goal is to make information on companies more usable and more widely available for public benefit, particularly to tackle the use of companies for criminal or anti-social purposes, for example corruption, money laundering and organised crime.


Our customers include the likes of Mastercard, PwC, CapitalOne and Factset. By charging commercial users for proprietary access to the structured data, we can make all our data available for free to journalists, NGOs and academics via our website and API. As an example, OpenCorporates data was used as part of the Panama Papers investigation by the ICIJ.

About you

We’re looking for an exceptional individual with vision, leadership skills, and the ability to help OpenCorporates scale and develop its team.  As OpenCorporates’ Head of People, you will have a leadership position and you’ll work closely with our CEO, Commercial Director, Head of Data and Head of Technology. We’re looking for someone who has a passion for people, who wants to work for an exciting and profitable company with a real mission. 


 You will definitely have:

  • Proven leadership skills, with the ability to build and lead effective teams
  • Experience building high-quality teams at tech companies
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, both with technical and non-technical people
  • Excellent planning and strategic skills
  • A passion for dealing with hard and complex problems

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO, the Head of People is responsible for growing the team; developing, fostering and maintaining the OpenCorporates’s values and culture; helping us develop as an organisation, as teams and as people; and responsible for the HR function.


To attract talent, recruit effectively and build the team:

  • Create and manage best practice recruitment strategy and processes to attract the talent we require
  • Liaise with agencies, and personally manage all stages of the recruitment pipeline
  • Act as a point of contact and build influential candidate relationships during the selection process
  • Promote company’s reputation as “best place to work”
  • Onboard new employees in order to become fully integrated
  • Creating a collaborative, positive, learning culture within the team that motivates everyone to do their best
  • Facilitating the process of refining, developing and embedding internal processes and policies that work for people and the organisation
  • Maintaining and improving internal communications between teams
  • Exploring ways to celebrate & recognise successes
  • Ensuring our policies and activities create/maintain an open, inclusive culture
  • Planning and facilitation of our team meetings and forums


To support our development as an organisation, as teams and as people:

  • Identifying areas for development within the team and putting together structured training and/or personal development programmes to meet them
  • Help to develop ways to improve resilience in staff to manage stress and performance
  • Running retrospectives to uncover lessons learned to constantly improve work and ensuring we have good feedback mechanisms across the organisation
  • Establishing effective performance management processes
  • Developing best-in-class on-boarding and off-boarding processes
  • Developing and introducing HR policy and processes, making them transparent
  • Supporting and holding to account whole team in their work and conduct
  • Supporting the whole team pastorally and in their professional development
  • Coaching and positive role modelling for all
  • Mentoring and supporting line managers to help them to develop and support report
  • Organisation of employee engagement activities and events as well as promoting good health and well-being practices


Essential experience

  • Working within a fast-paced, agile and open culture, ideally within data and technology
  • Full-cycle recruiting experience, from talent sourcing to hiring great employees, ideally within data and technology
  • Developing and integrating best practice HR policy and approaches
  • Developing and promoting an organisation’s values and culture
  • Supporting people to develop knowledge and skills through mentoring, coaching
  • Improving productivity, retention and diversity within teams
  • Facilitating effective meetings, workshops, internal communications
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines and to multi-task

Desirable experience

  • Write and implement HR policies to promote fairness, inclusivity and diversity
  • Hands-on experience with recruiting (we use Recruitee) and appraisal systems
  • A professional qualification and experience working in Human Resource Management and/or Learning & Development
  • Good knowledge of UK employment law
  • Educated to degree level, equivalent professional qualification or experience 


  • Employer contributory pension
  • 26 days' annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working