Head of Corporate Services - Colombia

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

The Head of Corporate Services Colombia takes ownership of all administrative and operational matters related to our Corporate Services in Colombia. This entails a broad and diverse range of responsibilities, covering local legal representation, office budget management, contracts approval, overseeing accounting and transfer pricing, office management, compliance, safety and security, etc. Through your leadership, you will inspire our multifaceted teams to deliver strong value to the business and to advance the climate agenda with impact and pride.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for the good functioning of the Medellin and Bogotá offices, covering administrative functions, legal representation, as well as owning the local office budget, planning and optimizing office expenditures, and leading, providing guidance and support to the Colombian regional team 
  • Review and sign statutory and legal documentation, such as tax declarations, local employment agreements, office lease, payroll, bank transactions, customer and supplier contracts, and other documentation or transactions that require legal signatures 
  • Directly manage the local finance & administration team, and oversee quality and accuracy in accounting, finance matters, transfer pricing, RUP, tax compliance, office rental management, chamber of commerce documentation, issues related to SuperSociedades, DIAN etc. 
  • Oversee local HR compliance (foreigner’s registry, comite de Convivencia, Ley 2069 (Home office / teletrabajo), SENA interns/trainees, etc.) 
  • Represent South Pole leadership locally and provide vision, direction and guidance to the local team, creating a sense of belonging and a good team spirit. 
  • Raise any issues, requests and/or concerns to the relevant people (office manager, HR, accounting, unit directors or other relevant person depending on the type of situation) and follow up to make sure they get addressed appropriately. 
  • Intervene and mediate in case of conflict between people, ensure complaints are addressed in a timely and efficient manner, and manage team morale 
  • Ensure that the office is a healthy, safe, and friendly environment that allows employees to perform at their best. Promote a good working atmosphere. Ensure that the working conditions are optimal and conducive of good performance. 
  • In charge of setting up and managing monthly meetings of unit leaders 
  • Represent South Pole in relevant committees, associations or working groups, such as ANDI,German-Colombian Chamber of commerce, and assess relevance of memberships going forward 
  • Approve HSSE policy, and manages external HSSE consultant 
  • Oversee security policies and consultants and associated measures



  • University degree in business administration, finance, or other relevant discipline or MBA
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in fields related to general operations management, with a broad and diverse exposure to several of the following disciplines:, process and policies, risk management, facilities management, health and safety, security, HR, IT, finance, accounting, legal, etc. 
  • Excellent knowledge of Colombian legislation and local reporting requirements with responsibility of the overall statutory and regulatory compliance of the Colombian entities
  • Outstanding leadership skills with proven experience managing cross-functional, diverse teams across a broad range of disciplines 
  • A person who can lead on change and create a compelling vision 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to partner effectively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders 
  • Innovative and resourceful mindset, who is able to challenge the status quo, bring new ideas and implement creative solutions to increase the efficiency and productivity of our teams 
  • Advanced skills and accountability in successfully establishing goals and KPIs, as well as defining and managing resources accordingly (budgets, timelines, people, etc.) 
  • Comfortable operating globally in a fast-paced international environment
  • Proficient in English writing and speaking skills


  • You will be highly organised with an eye for detail, will be experienced in managing and motivating a team and ensuring the smooth running of a busy organisation
  • Proven experience in delivering results and effective decision making 
  • A team player who is approachable, dedicated and hardworking 
  • A passionate, dynamic and committed leader

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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