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Human Resources Business Partner - Talent Acquisition

Background: Global Fishing Watch is an international, nonprofit organization committed to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency. We create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean. Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, Global Fishing Watch became an independent nonprofit organization in June 2017. Using cutting-edge technology, we create and publicly share map visualizations, data and analysis tools to enable scientific research and drive a transformation in how we manage our ocean. Our major focus is on commercial fishing because it is the most widespread human activity at sea, the most impactful on ocean health, and the most crucial for global livelihoods and food security. By 2030, we aim to monitor and visualize the impact of ocean-going vessels, both industrial and small-scale, that are responsible for the vast majority of the global seafood catch. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean commons for the common good of all. 

Position Overview: As a Human Resource Business Partner, you will play a pivotal role in supporting our recruitment and HR efforts across the organization. Reporting to the Sr Manager, Human Resources, your responsibilities will include collaborating closely with hiring managers to devise effective recruitment strategies for diverse positions, overseeing various facets of the end-to-end recruitment process, and ensuring a seamless onboarding experience for new team members. Serving as the primary point of contact for candidates, you will represent Global Fishing Watch as a leading organization for individuals aspiring to pursue meaningful careers in the field of global conservation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Take ownership of candidate experience from identification and engagement to extending offers and finalizing the hiring process, ensuring an exceptional experience marked by responsiveness, information-sharing, and support, reflecting our organization's values.

  2. Lead the kick-off meetings with the hiring managers to understand hiring needs, develop strategic sourcing plans and make recommendations on the hiring process and timelines.

  3. Provide guidance and support to hiring managers, offering expert advice on best practices in talent acquisition, including candidate assessment techniques, interview processes, and diversity and inclusion strategies, to ensure the selection of top talent for the organization.

  4. Utilize our applicant tracking system to its fullest extent, maintaining all necessary application information and ensuring data integrity.

  5. Serve as a bridge between candidates and Global Fishing Watch, providing an engaging and professional candidate experience throughout the recruitment journey.

  6. Handle employment-related inquiries from applicants referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.

  7. Coordinate virtual interviews between candidates, hiring managers, and panel interview participants across multiple locations, including: scheduling interviews across different time zones, tracking hiring team participation and communicating schedule details with candidates.

  8. Manage a geographically diverse candidate pool, working seamlessly across multiple time zones and cultures to ensure effective communication and candidate engagement throughout the recruitment process.

  9. Communicate outcomes to candidates who have been interviewed but not selected and ensure the proper closure of each recruitment process in accordance with our policies.

  10. Maintains an updated Job description portfolio (copy and signed originals).

  11. Manage all pre-employment activities, including conducting background checks, collection of reference checks and employment paperwork, preparing onboarding materials and finalizing systems set-up.

  12. Tracks due dates and receipt of documents.

  13. Liaise with the relevant teams to ensure onboarding information is complete, up to date and relevant.

  14. Act as a business partner and HR reference for specific departments and/or regions. 

  15. Assist in the communication, interpretation, and upkeep of employee handbook, employee directory, and organizational chart, and contribute to policy development.

  16. Track, measure and report on metrics and factors that impact employee retention to ensure strength of people initiatives, benefits packages and employee engagement for continuous improvement.

  17. Any other tasks as directed.

Candidate description


  • At least 4 years of prior experience in Human Resources, and a demonstrated track record in full-cycle recruitment.

  • Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated

  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently to a very high standard of detail.

  • Ability to take ownership of projects and communicate project updates to stakeholders in a transparent and proactive manner.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

  • An understanding of the complexities and internal communications surrounding collaboration in a global matrix and remote organization.

  • Ability to learn new systems quickly, becoming a super user and trainer for others while identifying efficiencies and system improvement.

  • Customer-service focused orientation (internally and externally).

  • Technology, time management, and communication skills for remote work.

  • Familiarity with best practices in recruiting and talent acquisition

  • Experience using applicant tracking systems.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, preferably in human resources or recruitment.

  • Experience in a global organization, serving as an HR reference or HRBP.

  • Working proficiency in Spanish is a plus

  • Proficiency in Google Workspace

  • Experience with Greenhouse

The successful candidate will meet most, but not necessarily all, of the criteria above. If you don’t think you check all the boxes, but believe you have unique skills that make you a great fit for the role, we want to hear from you!

Please submit a CV with your relevant experiences and a cover letter conveying your interest in the position and how your previous experiences would support you to be successful in this role. We look forward to getting to know more about you!

Please submit applications by January 2, 2024.

Additional Information

Reporting to: Sr Manager, HR

Manages: n/a

Location: North and South Americas, Europe (with a preference for the UK)

Term: Open ended


Recruiting process

Select candidates will be invited for a first screening call, to confirm adequacy between their skills and the needs of the role. This will be followed by an administrative call, when compensation information will be provided.

A short list of candidates will then be invited to a longer interview, with 2-3 team members. 

Candidates advancing to this second interview will be asked to complete a pre-work exercise for presentation and discussion during that interview. The amount of time needed to complete this exercise should be no more than 1 hour.

Successful candidates will have a final interview with the Chief Operating Officer.

Applications should be submitted by January 2, 2024


Working Hours: Global Fishing Watch supports flexible working, so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational and personal needs. The position will be part of a global team spanning many different time zones and so the candidate must be able to accommodate regular early/late meetings to be able to work effectively. Weekend work may be required on occasion. The post holder may be required to undertake regional and international travel. No overtime is payable.

Compensation: A compensation range for this position is US$ 70,000 -  85,000 for US-based employees / GBP 45,000 - 60,000 for UK-based employees and EUR 45,000 - 60,000 for EU-based employees. Compensation is commensurate with experience and will vary depending on the hired candidate’s country of residence, in accordance with local laws and regulations. GFW offers pension/retirement, health and other benefits commensurate with similar level GFW employees in the country of employment. The position may be a GFW employee or consultant, depending on the country of residence. 

Equal opportunities: Global Fishing Watch is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that our mission is best advanced when welcoming the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees of Global Fishing Watch and our partners, vendors, suppliers, and contractors. We welcome the application of all qualified professionals and especially encourage those that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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