Interim International HR Operations Manager


Do you want the opportunity to drive HR setup on an international scale? Would you like to work in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating business at the heart of the transition to low-carbon electricity? Are you looking for a role that offers real ownership for delivering HR projects?

Aurora has an exciting opportunity to join our fast paced, growing Company as Interim International HR Operations Manager. In this brand new role, working closely with the Head of Operations, you will plan and deliver the setup of the HR Operations for Aurora’s new market ventures and entities. You will be responsible for ensuring the HR Operations in the new location are fit for purpose, best practice and enable the new local team to develop.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be super organised, efficient and have great attention to detail. You must be able to think bigger picture but at the same time not be afraid to roll your sleeves up and get involved in the day to day operational work.

We’re looking for a high energy, results driven, individual with strong generalist experience of delivering HR operations setup on an international scale. You will know what good looks like and be able to shape initiatives that balance best practice with commercial and cultural requirements.

Key responsibilities

  • Own and drive the HR set up of new market and entity setups
  • Develop and execute a new market entry candidate attraction and recruitment plan to include:
    • Identifying local candidate attraction channels and recruitment agencies to support with first critical hires
    • Negotiating vendor terms and where relevant global agreements
    • Driving consistencies in recruitment operational practices across all sites
    • Benchmark compensation and benefits/talent mapping and to recruit for new market entries
  • Familiarisation with local employment practices, researching and supporting the appointment of local employment law partners, developing local terms of employment & HR documentation
  • New starter setup and onboarding, including setup of local payroll processes and integration with central processes and reporting
  • Research immigration requirements and work with immigration partner to obtain necessary visas
  • Engage and work with global mobility advisors to establish local norms and expectations with regards personal tax filings and relocation practices
  • Benchmark relocation package to local market, work towards defining global relocation principals and norms
  • Building local Office Manager capability around the Aurora culture, HR and recruitment operating standards

Required attributes

  • Significant HR operations experience, ideally with experience in a professional services business or an environment driven by high intellect / academia
  • Experience working across different international jurisdictions – familiarisation with international immigration and recruitment practices
  • Strong content experience of best practice across HR Operations, recruitment, and talent management
  • Solid employment law knowledge and proven experience of applying up-to-date legislation to a variety of HR situations
  • Excellent commercial acumen and judgement
  • Must be able to hit the ground running – A self-starter, comfortable using their initiative and working autonomously
  • Outstanding communication skills – articulate, confident, able to build relationships with and influence senior stakeholders
  • Able to think strategically while managing day to day activities hands on
  • Strong project management skills -responsive & delivery driven; well organised and methodical approach
  • Evidence of having a passion for working with people and working beyond the confines of the job description
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Educated to degree level

Desirable attributes

  • CIPD level 7 or MCIPD
  • Additional languages

What we offer

  • The opportunity to substantially influence major decisions in the energy sector
  • Direct engagement with clients through Aurora conferences, workshops and webinars
  • The opportunity to grow into a publicly visible industry expert
  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • An office in the centre of Oxford with coffee, fruit and snacks available in the office
  • A competitive salary package
  • Access to the Aurora Academy, our training programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your skills

At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

The Company is committed to the principle that no employee or job applicant shall receive unfavourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.


The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • Brief cover letter
  • Salary expectations
  • Earliest possible start date

About Aurora

From its academic roots, Aurora Energy Research has grown to become the largest dedicated power market analytics company in Europe, providing data-driven intelligence for strategic decisions in the global energy transformation. We are a diverse team of more than 250 experts with vast energy, financial and consulting backgrounds, covering power, hydrogen, carbon and fossil commodities. We are active in Europe, Australia and the US, working with world-leading organisations to provide comprehensive market intelligence, bespoke analytic and advisory services, and cutting-edge software.

We are a thriving, rapidly growing company with offices in Oxford, Berlin, Madrid, Sydney and Austin, and more opening soon. We currently serve around 600 of Europe’s most influential energy sector participants, including utilities, investors and governments, and expect to continue to grow rapidly, adding new countries and products to our portfolio.