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Global Mobility HR Manager

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell), Bristol, Manchester, London, Guildford, Glasgow

  • Closing Date
  • 23/02/2023

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Global Mobility HR Manager

Location: UK Flexible

Role ID: 2023-1726


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


Due to the rapid global expansion of our business, we are now looking for an experienced HR Mobility Manager to join our team, supporting us with our ambitious international growth strategy.  As a subject matter expert and strategic partner, they will support the business in achieving our business objectives and talent strategies in relation to the cross- border deployment of people in a compliant and efficient manner and the recruitment of employees into non-UK based roles. They will work closely with the REE and Rail HR Directors to develop and promote mobility within Ricardo, helping to ensure that overseas employees are fully integrated into our culture and processes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be the go-to expert in the HR function for all matters related to cross-border movement of employees and their families, including more informal cross-border working.
  • Work alongside the recruitment team in advising them on issues around the employment of non-UK based staff.
  • Be the main point of contact for business stakeholders to advise on the various options around international movements (including in locations where we do not currently have a Ricardo presence) to ensure the most appropriate outcome is achieved. 
  • Actively support and knowledge share international HR knowledge with those in the HR team and wider business colleagues to enable them to provide the necessary support to non-UK based employees through our usual processes, having an awareness of relevant international HR aspects.
  • Stay up to date with changing regulations, trends and industry practices, consulting with internal stakeholders and external vendors as needed. 
  • Set up appropriate policies, procedures and advisory channels to ensure our global mobility activities are managed effectively
  • Work with HR colleagues to ensure that processes around the employment of non-UK staff are effectively integrated within our existing systems and procedures.
  • Prepare business case costings for the cross-border movement of existing staff and, working with the recruitment team, on the costs associated with the recruitment of staff into non-UK countries.
  • Work with external immigration partners and external global mobility advisors to provide employment immigration support and identify practical solutions to our cross-border movement requirements. 
  • Work with our Group Corporate Tax function to ensure that any cross-border movements and recruitment activities are fully compliant re taxation aspects and all risks are managed. 
  • Work with our Payroll function to ensure proper administration of expatriate payroll, compensation, and benefits including shadow payroll. 
  • Conduct briefings with employees to ensure full understanding of any terms and conditions around their global mobility movements. 
  • Take the lead in providing support to the employees and their families in any cross-border movements, ensuring that all necessary arrangements are made to support them in their moves and that moves are managed effectively to meet business requirements.
  • Responsible for the forecasting of Global Mobility related costs and considerations for budgeting and business planning processes. 
  • Work with the HR Operations Manager to develop appropriate global mobility reports, and subsequently providing insights and management reporting on a regular basis to ensure visibility of movements and spend.

Key competencies and experience

  • Good understanding of global mobility issues and concepts such as immigration, taxation, permanent establishment, assignments/secondments, transfers, shadow payroll etc.
  • Proactive planning and communication skills – taking a pragmatic approach.
  • Confident presenting to others.
  • Experience in an operational Global Mobility function.
  • Experience in a multinational organisation, working across a number of non-UK countries.
  • Ability to develop GM solutions, obtain approval for them and then to take the necessary steps quickly and effectively to support the move of the employee/family.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and perform accurately under time pressures and constraints
    Confident professional manner.
    Set an example by high quality of own work, consistency, enthusiasm and an open and professional attitude throughout the workplace.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications including Excel capabilities and ideally Global Mobility tracking tools.
  • International HR experience.
  • Familiarity with gathering and analysing overseas salary and benefits benchmarking data.

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.