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Head of HR

Salary: £50- £60,000

Full time


Are you an experienced Human Resources professional who has ideally worked in a start-up and/or has experience in building high performing teams in technology and engineering? We are seeking a Head of HR to support our work on game-changing green technology by building and supporting our world-class team.

Reporting into the Head of Operations, you shall be responsible for the development and growth of the people function within IONATE, hiring your own team of talent acquisition specialists and HR support staff.

The role will include assessing, improving, and implementing new systems, processes, and standards across the business, working directly with the Leadership Team, providing advice and support across all HR issues - including culture, equality & diversity, talent acquisition and leadership development - as well as developing employee benefits and health & wellbeing propositions.

You will require a strong toolkit in:

  • Recruitment best practice

  • Scaling HR function

  • Culture and engagement

  • Learning and Development, including at leadership level

  • Performance Management

  • Employee Relations

  • Reward & Benefits

If you are a strategic thinker, excellent communicator, and have a proven track record in leading a team of HR professionals in a fast-growing organisation, then we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

What you will do:

  • Build and lead a team of HR professionals to deliver high-quality HR services to the organisation.

  • Grow and manage a suitable employee review processes e.g. OKRs, 360 reviews etc.

  • Develop and implement HR strategies and policies that align with the objectives of IONATE.

  • Develop and implement programs to attract, retain and develop top talent, while ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in all HR practices.

  • Collaborate with the Leadership Team to develop and implement succession planning, leadership development, and career growth initiatives.

  • Develop and implement L&D processes across the business.

  • Provide first line advice to employees and managers on HR related issues and best practice.

  • Oversee performance management processes to ensure they are fair, objective and transparent.

  • Manage employee relations processes including dispute resolutions, disciplinaries, grievances, absence, retirement, and redundancy.

  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements related to HR, including but not limited to employment laws and data privacy regulations.

  • Monitor HR metrics to inform decision-making by the Leadership Team.

  • Lead on wellbeing and engagement initiatives, working with key stakeholders to maintain a positive workplace culture.


What you will need:

  • Degree / CIPD qualified or equivalent experience.

  • Proven leader who can set objectives, manage a team, motivate, and develop individuals to achieve their full potential.

  • Generalist HR background with working knowledge of employment law, performance management, talent development, succession planning and employee engagement.

  • Experience in a commercial operations environment, strong negotiation skills, ability to propose fit for purpose solutions.

  • Experience of leading Globally disparate teams and working with complex employment law in multiple countries (EU and North American experience would be a plus)

  • Experience in, and knowledge of, relevant immigration programmes (EU to/from UK, UK to/from US) and managing relocations.   

  • Ability to think strategically and provide guidance to the Leadership Team on HR matters.

  • Highly effective communicator, with the ability to make a positive impact and strong working relationships at all levels of the organisation.

  • Able to identify solutions and able to lead and implement company-wide improvements and efficiencies.

  • Responsive to competing needs in a fast-paced organisation, able to prioritise and meet deadlines.

  • Strong delivery focus, taking on end-to-end ownership of projects and/or products.

  • Self-management and drive; willing to proactively take on complex challenges.


Your benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules: You will be based in our modern West London offices but will have the flexibility for hybrid work-from-home arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.

  • Employee Option Plan: You get equity in IONATE, so as we succeed so do you.

  • Career Development: It’s important to us that you have the opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth.

  • Company pension: a competitive, flexible, and sustainable pension product to help you plan for your future.

  • Cycle to Work and EV scheme: Low carbon travel is important for everyone, so we have in place both cycle and EV schemes to help you purchase a bicycle or electric car.

  • Slow travel: We believe in a low carbon future, so if you wish to take holiday that involves travel by a lower carbon method – but it takes much longer than flying - we offer two paid ‘slow travel’ days per year.

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IONATE has a friendly team that collaborate and support one-another. Even if you don’t fit all of the description above, but you are passionate about the work we are doing and could add value to our team, please apply! We believe in making positions fit the skills of people, not the other way around. We are also committed to provide equal opportunities, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone. We encourage you to apply no matter your race, gender identity, sexuality, age, family or civil status, disability, religion, or ethnicity.

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