Oxford HR

Principal Consultants (Executive Search), Environment, Climate and Conservation Sector Area

In this role you will work with a global team to develop our reputation and expertise in the climate, environment, and conservation space.

Person Specification

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication and deep listening skills and a partnership approach to working with clients.
  • A love of networking with skills in business development, alongside an ability to build authentic relationships quickly.
  • The ability to manage a project team and a desire to get the best from people while creating a supportive working environment.
  • Effective, decisive management and business planning skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills and written and spoken English, with experience of report writing and attention to detail.
  • Experience of working internationally and collaboratively in a diverse and multicultural team.
  • Good negotiation skills, with the ability to persuade effectively and deliver convincing arguments.
  • A keen interest to learn about new subjects and organisations at speed.
  • Empathetic and intuitive with belief in your own judgement.
  • A willingness to work flexibly.


  • Work or voluntary experience in the broad environment or sustainability sector with a passionate interest in tackling climate change. An openness to different approaches to environmental action and a willingness to work with a range of organisations from radical activists to commercial startups.
  • Proven experience of managing multiple consecutive projects, prioritising work to deadlines and achieving results with and through others.
  • Experience of EDI, climate justice issues, the decolonisation agenda and intersectionality are especially welcome.
  • Experience in a client facing role – could be in a commercial setting or with partners or funders in an NGO.
  • Proven experience of managing people, with a coaching approach.
  • A previous role in Learning & Development, HR, Talent, Coaching, Mentoring or Consultancy would be an advantage. Experience in Executive Search is not essential if you can demonstrate transferable skills and alignment with our values.

Attitudes and values

  •  Transparent and consistent
  • Collaborative
  • Accountable
  • Open to change and agile
  • Confident
  • Solutions oriented
  • Optimistic