Senior People Manager

£38,987 – £47,093 pro rata, Edinburgh, 2 days per week

Location: This is potentially a hybrid role, with the option to split your time 50-50 between our office in central Edinburgh and working from home.

Reporting to: Head of Operations, Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Hours: This is a two day a week, two year fixed-term post with a possibility of extension. The post may require some work out of hours, for which time off in lieu will be granted. There will be no payment of overtime. We would also be happy to consider taking someone under a consultancy contract for this time period.

Salary scale: £38,987 – £47,093 per annum pro rata (£15,595 – £19,967). You would normally start at the bottom of the salary scale with annual anniversary increases.

Other: If employed on a payroll basis, you will receive a pro-rata share of 28 days annual leave plus 11 days statutory holidays. Friends of the Earth Scotland operates a Company Pension Plan with NEST, which includes an ethical option.

Job purpose:  This new role provides strategic and operational HR support to all areas of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

General remit:  2023 is an exciting year of change for FoES: we are developing a new three-year strategy and significantly reviewing all our HR processes and procedures. This role provides operational and strategic support to both the Head of Operations and the Director, and will significantly contribute towards the development of a new, aligned, HR strategy.

Operationally, the role will provide advice and guidance to managers on best practice, organisational HR policies, terms and conditions of employment and employment law, attending the FoES Management Team meeting for HR related discussions and decisions.

View the Senior People Manager Job Description

Please complete the Job Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send to info@foe.scot by the deadline.

Closing date: Friday 9th June at 12pm
Interview date: Wednesday 21st June

Please note we do not accept CVs as part of a job application.


About Friends of the Earth Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland is Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning group, working to help people in Scotland look after the planet for everyone’s future. We think globally, and act in Scotland, delivering solutions to climate change and other environmental problems, by enabling and empowering people to take individual and collective action.

● We are committed to democracy, accountability and equality
● We strive to work with communities in our campaigning for positive change
● Our work will always be based on objective evidence and a long-term, global perspective
● We believe that everyone has an equal right to a healthy environment and a fair share in the world’s resources

We have 20 staff and 10 local groups, and are normally based in central Edinburgh. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive updates, or check out our network of local groups for more ways to get involved near you.

Staff benefits

● We offer a pension scheme via Nest with the employer contribution at 6% (above the minimum required level)
● 28 days holiday and 11 public holidays
● Our office is in Edinburgh city centre. We offer hybrid working to enable a good work/life balance
● A highly supportive, flexible and collaborative work culture.

Selection process

To apply please click on the links above and to complete the application form. Please read it thoroughly and complete all the relevant sections. Please email your completed application and equal opportunities form to info@foe.scot. Please note we are unable to arrange work permits for applicants without the right to work in the UK.

Once we have reviewed the applications, successful candidates will generally be invited to a single-stage selection process. This 90-minute process includes a written task (unseen), giving a short presentation to the interview panel (topic provided in advance) and a competency based interview. This is our normal selection process. Some roles may have a slightly different process and you will be advised in advance of any changes.

Equal Opportunities

We particularly encourage applications from people of colour and people most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of how well they fit the person specification, as judged by their application and interview. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BAME or migrant candidate as these groups are currently under-represented in the climate and environmental movements in the UK.

We are required by law to ensure that all employees are entitled to work in the UK. We cannot consider applications from people who do not already have the right to work in the UK. All prospective employees, regardless of nationality, must be able to produce original documents (such as a passport) before employment starts, to satisfy current immigration legislation. The list of acceptable documents is available from UK Visas and Immigration.


We occasionally need need help at events (promotion, set up, staffing stalls, raffle ticket sales, etc.). This is a great way to meet like-minded people and practice engaging the public in environmental issues, and we provide all relevant training. We also infrequently have specific, office-based volunteering positions available.

Volunteering opportunities are advertised on this page when they become available.

Other Opportunities

For more environmental jobs please visit www.environmentjob.co.uk