The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.


Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests  and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.


As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.


At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.



To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.




Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.


The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for an engaging and collaborative Human Resources Associate to provide generalist HR support to the UK office and its employees (50% of time).  The Associate will be well versed in UK employment law and will support on matters relating to compensation and benefits, employee engagement activities, learning & development, recruitment and employee relations. 


In addition (50%) the Associate will support the work on HR systems and process administration for the global HR team. Working to advance professionalism, data accuracy and deliver continuous improvement for the team, the Associate will handle HRIS administration, in partnership with the Human Resources Associate, based in the US; support the administration of European HR matters; and, global recruitment activities.


To be successful in this role, candidates will possess strong communication and organization skills, as well as a solid grounding in UK HR operations, along with the desire to build positive partnerships with local staff, managers and global colleagues.



UK HR Generalist

  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  •  Handle employee relations matters directly relating to UK-based employees, in coordination with department HR Business Partners as required (HRBP);
  • In partnership with the Senior Associate, Accounts & Administration, manage monthly payroll and benefits administration;
  • Update local HR policies and procedures, as required by local employment law and/or adapting global policies to local reality;
  • Handle recruitment activities for UK based vacancies in partnership with hiring managers (often global); assisting with posting vacancies to relevant UK channels, scheduling and participating in interviews; advising on offers and contracting;
  • Ensure onboarding processes are well implemented and supporting new hires in navigating the organization;
  • Support managers and local employees on performance management and learning & development activities;
  • Manage record keeping for UK staff, in compliance with GDPR (UKGDPR), internal and legislative retention policies;
  • Advise Senior Lead on any matters of non-compliance or HR risk; and
  • Keep up to date with trends and best practices in UK Human Resources activities and present innovative solutions and process improvements.


HR Systems & Administration

  • Responsible for maintaining up-to-date employee data in the HRIS for all European, UK, Africa and Asia employees; coordinating with internal business units to ensure flow-through of information to all systems, as required;
  • In coordination with the HR team, identify and develop process improvements relating to employee data flow and data integrity through the organization;
  • Design and produce reports from HRIS, and other HR systems; 
  • Handle employee pulse survey administration, and support in producing quarterly reports for leadership and all-staff;
  • Assist in codifying current HR department processes and work to streamline and develop procedural guidelines to reflect various departmental practices in the organization;
  • Support in the research, development and testing of new HRIS, and other systems; providing training to HR team as required;
  • Assist with global recruitment related responsibilities; including: uploading vacancies to applicant tracking system; occasional scheduling of interviews;
  • Maintain oversight of HR intranet (Confluence) pages, ensuring information is relevant and current and managing archive.




  • Bachelor degree, or CIPD qualification in Human Resources, or related field; or additional 2 years work experience
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in Human Resources, must include 2 years fulfilling generalist duties;
  • Experience in handling end-to-end recruitment processes;
  • Experience in writing and updating HR policies and procedures;
  • Exposure to UK compensation and benefits processing;
  •  Ability to build strong positive working relationships with employees, managers and global colleagues;
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator; able to handle difficult conversations and present material in a clear and understandable fashion;
  • Data savvy, with a curious mind and ability to analyse and interpret data; experience with PowerBI desirable;
  • Extremely well organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks; and,
  • Ability to be flexible, work with interruptions and shift priority of tasks as required.


Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: May 13, 2022



Only candidates authorized to work in the United Kingdom will be considered.


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