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Senior Global Mobility Advisor (Maternity Cover)

Posted: 10 Sep 2020 Closes: 22 Dec 2020
London (FT) Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005560

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Role Overview

We are looking for an experienced Senior Global Mobility Advisor who can join the FT's team as a capable and safe pair of hands to cover maternity leave.  We need someone who can hit the ground running and use their solid experience to navigate the ever complex and changing world of global mobility.  The Senior Global Mobility Advisor is responsible for the management, coordination and compliance of international assignments and permanent relocations in line with FT policies. The post holder will be the first point of contact for the business in advising on assignments and a key point of contact for assignees.  The Senior GMA will also take an active role in developing and documenting processes to support the Global Mobility Programme.

This role is a great opportunity for someone who wants to utilise their prior knowledge to manage all aspects of global mobility in a fast paced environment, guiding assignees and the business through today's rapidly changing environment for mobile workers.

The contract will be for around 14 months.

What you will be responsible for

  • Case manage international assignments and permanent relocations, acting as the main point of contact for assignees; liaising with vendors, line management and wider HR colleagues as required.

  • Conduct assignment briefings with new assignees in person and over the phone providing a professional, informative and empathetic point of contact throughout the moving process taking a proactive approach to any challenges along the way.

  • Act as a global mobility expert providing advice and guidance to HR, the Managing Editor’s Office and other key stakeholders to ensure international assignments are correctly structured, considering policy, budget and compliance matters.

  • Prepare cost estimates for new assignments and assignment extensions, working in partnership with FT’s Employment Tax Manager to ensure appropriate tax and social security rules are considered enabling informed business decisions.  Provide the necessary guidance to the business or HR contact to enable informed decision making.

  • Ensure necessary payroll updates are correctly captured and input by the GM Coordinator providing coaching and back up where required.  Review monthly payroll reports and participate in vendor calls to review monthly data. Partner with internal payroll specialist and external vendors on monthly payroll and related projects as required to ensure accurate monthly pay.

  • Manage escalated pay queries from expats in partnership with tax and payroll colleagues, where necessary preparing reconciliations and explanations for assignees in partnership with the GM Coordinator as appropriate.

  • Constantly seek improvements in ways of working, ensuring enabling technology is utilised to its full potential driving efficiencies, best practice and service levels.  Ensure process improvements are documented and communicated within the team. 

  • Provide guidance and delegate appropriate activities to the GM Coordinator retaining an oversight of the status of any move.

  • Regular project work such as building assignee documentation, compliance reviews, and improving ways of working and communications.

  • Actively participate in team meetings, sharing knowledge and seeking input where beneficial.

  • Escalate policy or process exceptions, compliance risks, vendor performance issues and assignee complaints to the Head of Global Mobility and other team members or stakeholders as appropriate.

Experience/skills you need to be successful in this role 

  • Minimum of 4 years proven Global Mobility experience managing a case load of international assignments through the full assignment lifecycle.

  • Strong knowledge of different assignment structures, compensation elements and tax and social security logic.

  • Previous experience using Assignment Pro system or similar.

  • An excellent understanding of expat payroll methodologies and experience dealing with complex pay calculations and queries.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with potentially challenging or sensitive situations.  Must have demonstrable experience in building relationships with challenging and senior stakeholders.

  • A drive for quality and premium service delivery.

  • Adaptable; able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity.

  • Strong numeracy skills with an eye for detail

  • Resilient and tenacious with a passion for driving excellence, seeking continual improvement.

  • A team player committed to reaching team goals with an ability to be proactive, resourceful and practical.

  • Able to demonstrate experience of using initiative to improve process or resolve problems.



  • Previous experience in the media industry.

  • Experience dealing with high profile / senior expatriates and other internal stakeholders.

  • ‘Super user’ of Assignment Pro.

What’s in it for you? FT Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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