Location Amsterdam
Job-type Permanent
Salary €120,000 - €140,000
Reference 21689

GRI: The global leader for impact reporting

GRI envisions a sustainable future enabled by transparency and open dialogue about impacts. GRI helps organizations be transparent and take responsibility for their impacts by creating a global common language for organizations to report in - which enables informed dialogue and decision-making around those impacts. The international nature of their work means that GRI is a culturally diverse organization, with a strong focus on work-life balance, diversity and inclusion, and employee wellbeing.

GRI is the global standard setter for impact reporting, which through an independent, multi-stakeholder process, maintains the world's most comprehensive set of sustainability reporting standards. Available as a free public good in 12 languages, the GRI Standards are, globally, the most widely used for sustainability reporting.

Chief People Officer

The Chief People Officer (CPO) will be a key figure in enabling GRI to accomplish its mission at a critical moment of change.

They will lead the development and continuous improvement of the global people strategy to continue to position GRI as an employer of choice by:

  • Nurturing an organizational culture that centralizes diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Designing and managing an employee experience that promotes innovation, empowerment, and collaboration.

  • Exercising cooperative responsibility for all people-related functions - talent acquisition and retention, compensation, professional development, etc.

To support decentralizing GRI's operating model, the CPO will develop GRI's capabilities to hire talent using EoR partnerships.

The CPO will be a member of the Management Board and report to the Chief Executive Officer.

What you'll be doing

  • Create and implement GRI's global people strategy across the central EU office and international regional offices.

  • Work with the Management Board, worker representation and all staff to support an organizational culture rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • With the input of key stakeholders, translate people strategy into policy and procedures.

  • Advise the Management Board on all people-related matters, with a special focus on the relationship with workforce representatives.

  • Develop a talent acquisition and retention strategy that attracts and retains top talent and positions GRI as an employer of choice.

  • Develop and implement compensation strategy and planning.

  • Conduct executive coaching and leadership training.

  • Lead and develop the global people team, own all people operations and tools and oversee all people-related legal matters.

  • Develop professional development pathways for people at all levels of the organization.

  • Optimize the use of people analytics software to manage talent.

Who you are and what you bring

(Candidates are not required to possess all skills listed; you are encouraged to apply if you have any combination of these skills.)

  • Experience in a comparable role, senior people leadership role in a fast-growing, globally distributed, multi-cultural organization.

  • Experience with people management in a decentralized and flat global organization preferred.

  • Experience physically working in an international context and ability to successfully navigate cultural differences.

  • Track record of continuously developing team members and collaborating effectively across organizational siloes.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; able to work well with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; experience collaborating with worker representation.

  • Strong business acumen, analytical and project management skills.

  • Experience working with EoRs and in building DEI programming preferred.

  • Willing to travel to support international offices, particularly in the USA and Singapore.

  • Fluent in spoken and written English and able to communicate effectively in at least one additional language.

  • Affinity with the mission of GRI.


Acre is supporting GRI in the search and selection process for this position. If you are interested, please contact Peter Vos, the research consultant responsible for this role at peter.vos@acre.com, or apply through our website directly.