Head of People and Culture

  • Location: London/New York
  • Reports to: Group CEO and COO

About genesis

Genesis is a global capital markets software company with a difference, offering a fresh approach to helping firms adapt and innovate their business and operating models in an ever-challenging, constantly changing environment. Pioneering vision, coupled with our technical innovation, is at the heart of everything genesis does. Whether buy-side, sell-side, execution venue or clearing house, firms call on genesis to help redefine operating models and deliver outstanding value and services. Having a unique perspective into the issues facing the industry means genesis can challenge existing thinking and focus on providing clients with agile, scalable and robust solutions at speed. Our strong product portfolio and investment roadmap allows us to collaborate with clients to offer a powerful combination of off-the-shelf and highly customised solutions.

It is an exciting time for us as we continue on our growth journey, and we are looking for talented people, who share our passions, to join us. We combine the best of big company benefits with the ability to really make a difference and we strive to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Team Summary

This newly-created leadership role positions itself within genesis global as we enter the next phase of dramatic growth and impact. As Head of People and Culture you will work closely with the founders (CEO & COO) and the rest of the senior leadership team to develop and implement the organisational, talent and HR strategies needed to support genesis’ ambitious plans to scale. This will involve driving recruitment of the best talent, coaching on team leadership, helping to resolve employee relations issues and managing programmes that help develop staff.

This is a great opportunity to work with an innovative, mission-driven organisation with a readiness to invest in building world-class talent systems.

As Head of People and Culture you will be responsible for helping to find, develop, motivate and retain the team at genesis. You will act as a champion for the company culture and will support the company executives and team leaders, allowing the company to develop and grow quickly. In this role you will be responsible for all human resources related activities. We strive to make genesis a great place to work, where we build a great team, where people are challenged to do their best work, and where everyone can make a difference. Exceptional people deserve the best that we can provide in terms of working environment and support.

You will be responsible for helping us build and support this exceptional group of people and you will need to build a People Operations team that can scale and support the company as it grows, ensuring that all staff understand how people decisions get made. This position is a key strategic role in the company helping to grow the business and allowing us to build a unique and strong people oriented culture at genesis.

Role Summary

  • Working with the SLT you will own all human resources related activities providing support and consultation across the business on the most complex issues. Supporting staff, managers and executives in all related areas and regions including: recruitment, training and development programmes, leadership competencies, communication, performance management, compensation and rewards, staff relations and people development.
  • Participate actively in strategic and operational planning. Partner with the CEO, COO and SLT to develop optimal organisational structures that support growth and scale.
  • Help build more effective cross-departmental collaboration and internal communications across the organization.
  • Design and implement on-going improvements to talent management strategies and programmes including recruitment, training and development, engagement, retention, and succession.
  • Assess and determine future design of performance management programmes, ensuring that job descriptions, performance standards, and performance evaluation instruments promote operational excellence and accountability.
  • Lead internal and external recruiting strategies. Oversee full life cycle recruitment processes.
  • Oversee effective use of tools and systems to collect, maintain, and analyse personnel data. Translate relevant employee data into insights which drive action plans at appropriate levels.
  • Annually assess HR policies, procedures, and programmes. Recommend, communicate, and oversee implementation of new legislation, internal process, and creative ideas.
  • Oversee the organisation’s compliance with all legislation pertaining to personnel matters. Maintain knowledge of industry trends, employment legislation, and cost efficient solutions.
  • Collaborate with CFO to design and implement the organisation’s compensation and benefits strategy including bonus programmes, using external and internal benchmarking and ROI analysis.
  • Be able to communicate at all levels in the company and to support business development and change.

Required skills & experience - Competencies

Genesis global is seeking a seasoned, strategic organisational leader with hands-on experience in all areas of people and talent management functions. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in setting direction in all phases of the organisational and talent life cycle, including a proven track record building systems and culture to enable scalability. We seek a leader that can help us sustain and build upon our culture and core values at a time of rapid growth. Coming into this newly-created role, s/he will need to be adept at quickly assessing the current state of the organisation, defining priorities, setting expectations, and proposing a vision and implementation plan for organisational and talent development. This effort will need to address both immediate organisational needs as well as anticipated future business and talent needs.

The ideal candidate will not only understand the systems, tools, and processes supporting talent management, but will be a natural leader and expert when it comes to change management, communications, and leading through influence. Developing best-in-class organisational policies and programmes will require a leader who is skilled at working with and through people and relationships to achieve organisational goals.


  • Masters or Bachelors degree in human resource administration or related field.
  • 10 years of HR business partner or generalist experience working in a fast paced environment.
  • Experience in leading a People Operations or Human Resources team.
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, listening and communication skills and team leadership capabilities. Outstanding interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Self-starter with lots of initiative and creativity.
  • Understanding of how effective culture and employee growth initiatives work at both small and large companies.
  • Previous experience overseeing, implementing and managing an HRIS system, capturing metrics and producing various employment reports and analysis.
  • Integrity, self-confidence, a high level of energy and a sense of humour.

Benefits & Package

We offer a comprehensive package including:

  • Competitive salary depending on experience
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum
  • Pension, and private medical scheme
  • A tailored personal development and training programme.
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