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Director, Head of People UK at Gorillas

Director, Head of People UK

Gorillas London, Greater London Full Time


Director Head of People (UK)

We are Gorillas and on a mission to redefine convenience retail. With our ten minute grocery deliveries we are disrupting the supermarket space, one of the biggest markets still in the hands of traditional players. We're a rapidly growing startup and are currently building an outstanding team with skilled members across all domains and backgrounds. We focus on building a diverse and inclusive company culture and aim to become a global leader in on-demand retail. Come join us on this journey.

We are currently looking for Head of People UK to partner with the Leadership Team in the UK to build out strategic growth and development of this area by mapping complex organisational and people-related strategy and execution.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the People Team UK (People Operations, People Partners and People Advisors) and create people related strategy and execution
  • Report to the Global VP of People to align business and HR strategies for the UK
  • Responsible for the Warehouse employees and Riders. Current HC of around 1700 employees
  • Working closely together with Global People Partners and COEs to align global strategies and implement them locally in the countries
  • Working together with the Unions to negotiate CLAs (if applicable in the country)
  • Collaborating with the local Works Councils
  • Closely working with the country General Manager and the regional management team and support them with their people priorities
  • Partner with our in-house People Technology team to ensure we have accuracy in HR data across UK
  • Support and participate in projects to implement the new HRIS landscape
  • Manage a cross functional people team and provide leadership support when required
  • Govern a performance driven culture. Contribute to employer branding efforts to support the attraction of top global talent
  • Help team members find their growth path within the company and envision their career progression working with the Global People Partner team
  • Champion our mission, vision & values, both inside and outside the organization
  • Good understanding of HR trends and innovations
  • Shaping, defining and improving our company People processes towards process excellence
  • Requirements

    What we expect from you:

  • Experience in a high demanding start-up, scale up environment
  • Experience with managing a large hourly workforce
  • Experience with setting up the HR function in a country from scratch
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Collaboration and ability to work in a matrix organisation
  • Strong leadership skills and a minimum of 5 years of experience managing a team
  • Strong process improvement skills and knows what good looks like
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong business acumen and detailed knowledge and understanding of P&Ls
  • Change management
  • Qualifications suited for this role :

  • 10+ years of human resources experience and in-depth understanding of UK labor legislation
  • Experienced HR leaders with extensive experience working in forward-thinking organisations who have unique insights into how to improve knowledge, workforce productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Individuals who understand how to grow and scale teams at an exponential rate while getting the best out of our team members
  • Excellent communicators, fluent in English with an acumen for business proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to give and take constructive criticism in a driven, continuously improving working environment
  • CIPD certification is a positive to have
  • You have completed Bachelor's or Masters degree in relevant field
  • Benefits

    Whats in it for you:

    As a part of the fastest growing startup in Europe, you can benefit from a steep learning curve from day one with a high career growth trajectory. We love seeing our crew blossom & growing with us! With a transparent company culture & stunning team spirit, Gorillas ensures a dynamic & international environment welcome to anyone! Plus, our flexible working arrangements support people at different stages in their lives. We celebrate diversity & are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

    If you want to build something you are proud of & you believe in the vision, we want you in the Gorillas fam!

    We also offer:

    A competitive salary for your experience based on market standards

    An opportunity to work with a dynamic cross functional team of HR experts globally.

    Unique challenges & the ability to design and impact HR in a way few organisations can afford

    Plenty of chances to learn and grow you'll be surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the city, be part of a culture which values sharing

    A profitable company with fast growth and a great scale opportunity.


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