About Us


Our brand values are serious, passionate and real – are you?

Hiring the right people

Common Purpose exists because the world is messy. We believe that societies thrive when their leaders – all leaders – work together.

Common Purpose is dynamic, ambitious and still growing. With a 30 year track record of helping leaders create change at both a local and global level, we are now established as one of the world’s largest leadership development organizations.

Our global headquarters is in London and we have staff based all over the world - from Johannesburg to Edinburgh, from Bangalore to Budapest; some work from an office and some from home (so we make a lot of use of Skype!). We are truly global, yet have a strong team spirit across the entire organization.

Operating globally in a time of constant change, we know that what we need will be constantly changing too. However, who we need will stay the same. As a result, our philosophy is to hire the right person, not just fill a role. We are looking for people who share our vision and brand values; serious, passionate and real. People who are leaders. People who want to be part of making a difference.

Our people

Common Purpose staff behave as leaders themselves. They are:


About what they do, highly professional and prepared to take the lead.


Are committed to what Common Purpose does and to developing and supporting leaders all over the world.


Practical, realistic, determined and learning all the time.

Marie Mohan, Chief Executive, Common Purpose UK

“The fact that we make a real difference to people and to places. That we are simultaneously inspirational and thoroughly down-to-earth. That as an organization, we have so many committed and enthusiastic people who go way beyond our expectations.”

What Common Purpose can offer you

Interesting and varied work - whether you are a student starting on your leadership path, in the early stages of your career and ambitious to rise through the ranks or you are already in a senior position, a wide range of job opportunities exists in Common Purpose. Over the last six months we have recruited for positions including:

  • Global Development Director in Hong Kong
  • Quality Director in London
  • Student Programme Manager in Johannesburg
  • Policy & Network Manager in London
  • Junior Graphic Designer in London

Options to move around a worldwide organization – as part of your career plan there will be flexibility to move around the organization; whether to give you experience where you lack it before gaining that promotion or to allow you to focus on areas of the job you love. As we deliver our programmes worldwide, you could have the opportunity to travel or even move abroad, either on secondment or for international appointments.

Flexibility – if you see a job that interests you, however, you are unable to work the advertised five days a week, for example, then do contact us anyway. If you’re the right person, we’ll try our best to make it work.

Opportunity to develop new skills - core to Common Purpose programmes is the focus on leadership beyond traditional boundaries and organizational structures, where different skills are needed to achieve success or manage complex change.Common Purpose employees are encouraged to lead beyond their authority and develop their Cultural Intelligence and are given opportunities to do so as part of career planning.

Career progression – we make it a priority for Common Purpose staff to spend time every month meeting their line-managers to discuss their work and how they can develop in their roles. Just as we develop leaders, we have a demonstrable track record of helping individuals to progress in their career; a number of our senior staff started with us in more junior positions. If you are talented, there will always be opportunities to progress.

Work with inspirational people – regardless of your role, we guarantee that every member of staff will get to meet and work with amazing people on a day-to-day basis - whether other Common Purpose staff, speakers on our programmes, participants (current and future leaders) or alumni.

The opportunity to change the world - too many people are employed by organizations where work is a chore and their day is uninspiring. What we do has real-world impact and knowing this makes a difference to our staff.

We are always on the lookout for top talent - come and join us

At Common Purpose, we know that our greatest strength is the bright and talented people who make up our team, so we’re always on the lookout for interesting people. Below you will find our current vacancies, however, if there is nothing suitable for you right now, we would still like to hear from you.

If you are exceptional, like what you’ve seen of us and think we would suit each other, send us 500 words and/or a video on how you fit our brand values (serious, passionate and real) and believe in our vision. If we think we might be a good match, we’ll arrange for you to have lunch or a Skype call with one of our CEOs around the world.

Discuss Common Purpose, the role you could play, leadership or just pick their brains.... and if you impress, then you’ll be in our thoughts for when new opportunities and roles do arise.

Please send to hr@commonpurpose.org with the subject heading “I’m a leader”.

Andy Coxall, Director, Common Purpose Student Experiences