HR Manager, China Core Functions

Human Resources Beijing, China

Position Overview

WRI is looking for a Human Resources Manager in the WRI China office to play an integral role in the talent management agenda for our staff in China. In this role, you will work with institute leaders to set people priorities and drive the progression of the people agenda including talent management and organization and leadership effectiveness. You will report to the Operations Director for WRI China and as an integral member of WRI’s Global HR Network, you will have indirect reporting into WRI’s Chief People Officer. In your role you will lead the way in optimizing HR solutions and priorities, using data-driven, growth-oriented HR strategies.

A successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and a track record in, and passion for engaging staff and managers to drive for results. Ability to collaborate across a global network and managing remote relationships is an added advantage.


HR Strategy

  • In consultation with WRI China’s Management Team and WRI’s Global HR Network, develop and implement HR strategy to address the talent needs of the Institute.
  • Provide innovative solutions to address WRI China’s HR needs in line with its rapid staffing growth.
  • Support the organizational growth to ensure the organization change will lead to institutional excellence and individual achievements.

HR Policies and Procedures

  • Provide guidance and support on all areas of HR to the management and staff.
  • Review and update HR policies and practices to ensure compliance with China’s legal and regulatory frameworks while ensuring efficiency and staff motivation
  • Conduct new employee orientation and train employees on HR policies and procedures

Employee Relations

  • Lead WRI China’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) agenda in collaboration with WRI’s Director of Global DEI.
  • Facilitate solutions to manage employee relations issues, and proactively develop and coach leaders.
  • Conduct and provide guidance in termination processes including exit interviews.
  • Ensure all termination processes are performed in accordance to relevant legislation.

Talent Management

  • Manage and implement effective talent management to include onboarding, performance management, employee development, retention, and succession planning.
  • Provide guidance and training to staff on performance management.

Salary/Remuneration Structure

  • With the support of the Global HR Network, apply WRI’s compensation philosophy (including reviewing and benchmarking staff salaries and benefits) to ensure that WRI China is competitive and equitable in attracting and retaining top talent.
  • Plan and manage annual salary increases.
  • Manage employee payroll for accurate and timely payroll transfers.

Talent Acquisition

  • Fulfill the high recruitment needs of program teams with efficient and proactive recruitment processes.
  • Provide innovative solutions to help WRI China acquire and retain top talents in the market.
  • Manage relocation, immigration and other responsibilities related to staffing administration.
  • Regularly review talent acquisition results with the China Management Team to ensure they are in line with WRI China’s strategic directions and priorities.


  • Performs other human resource/administration projects and functions as needed and shows consistent familiarity and willingness to help with WRI specific HR processes.
  • Manage junior HR staff, setting meaningful objectives, and providing necessary coaching.
  • Occasional international travels may be required.



  • 7+ years of experience as an HR Generalist with a focus on employee relations plus one or more additional core areas of HR.
  • Track record of implementing successful innovative solutions to acquire and retain top talents in a competitive job market.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related; master's degree preferred.
  • Certification in Human Resources is preferred.
  • Experience working in a global organization is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Chinese labor laws is a must.
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Customer service orientation and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in Mandarin and English.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and compellingly to a wide range of audiences.
  • Results focused, works effectively both independently and within a team environment, as well as the ability to work well under pressure.
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values.
  • Strong computer skills (especially excel spreadsheets, MS Word, PowerPoint).



Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience and skills


Duration: Full-time regular


Location: Beijing, China


Start Date: As soon as possible


Application deadline: May 31, 2023


How to Apply:

Please submit:

  • Your resume with a cover letter. 
  • Your portfolio, which can include links or pdf of your released articles, papers, events that you were deeply involved in preparation and implementation, or any other works can prove your qualifications. 


About WRI: 

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world overcomes this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

What we offer

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million.

Our values and mission

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

Our culture

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.