• People and Culture Manager

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Business Entity
    Octopus Group
    Organisational Development/Human Resources
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Overview

    About Octopus


    At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.


    The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.


    Octopus Ventures is a London and New York based venture capital firm, focused on backing unusually talented entrepreneurs. We have been fortunate enough to work with the founding teams of over 60 companies, including Conversocial, graze.com, LoveFiLM, Property Partner, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, SwiftKey, Swoon Editions, Uniplaces, tails.com, Zoopla Property Group and Zynstra.


    We can invest from £250,000 to £25 million in a first round of funding and will look to follow in subsequent rounds. We are proud to be known as one of the most entrepreneur friendly investors in Europe. A significant part of our portfolio consists of referrals from teams we have already invested in or serial entrepreneurs who we have previously backed. Octopus Ventures is part of the Octopus group, one of the UK’s fastest growing investment management companies with more than £6 billion of assets under management.





    About the role


    The People & Culture Manager will work closely with the business to deliver cyclical HR people processes and work with the senior management and HRBPs through out the group to refine and improve these on an on-going basis.

    This is a true HR generalist role partnering with a fast growing entrepreneur team so the role will be key in shaping our cultures and values.

    The role will also be expected to input into the broader HR and People strategy whilst contributing to building the profile of the function.


    • Build strong relationships with business areas in order to understand people priorities and support their implementation and be accountable for the creation of People Business Plans.
    • Work closely with the business to manage cyclical HR processes, including the bi-annual performance process, including performance score moderation, and on going employee engagement survey.
    • Build the capability of managers through strong coaching and mentoring for them to maximise potential and consistently raise the bar on performance.
    • Manage all employee relations issues within the business area supporting and guiding managers on complex people issues.
    • Partner with managers within their business area to proactively manage employee engagement.
    • Provide advice to the business area on organisational design and re-structuring, supporting the implementation and embedding of changes.
    • Work closely with the other HRBPs to ensure consistency of approach and a seamless delivery of the HRBP model.
    • Contribute to broader HR strategy as part of the HR leadership team.



    • Extensive HR generalist experience with strong bias towards talent management and recruitment as the team is going through a period of high growth and an understanding of total reward.
    • Excellent relationship building and facillitation skills with employees of all levels.
    • Commercial and results focused, with the ability to quickly get up to speed on business strategies and understand how people plans need to align with these.
    • Ability to work in an environment of change and ambiguity at times
    • Ability to positively challenge and influence managers within the business and partner them in delivering business results.
    • Experience of HR business partnering, ideally within both a large complex company and a smaller, fast moving entrepreneurial company, start up experience would be a plus.
    • Agile and flexible with a flair for value-add project work outside of business as usual.
    • Passionate about learning and understanding the business in order to build credibility with managers and contribute to business discussions.
    • Ability to positively challenge and influence managers within the business and partner them in delivering business results.
    • Some experience of leading, designing and implementing organisational change in partnership with the business.
    • Employment law expertise to guide and support managers in employee relations issues and terminations.
    • Strong organisational and planning skills; able to multi-task and work under pressure remaining professional and calm.
    • Professional and engaging manner. Empathy yet resilience under assertive challenge.
    • Humility and the ability to remain grounded, see things from others point of view and roll your sleeves up as and when required to support colleagues in meeting their commitments.
    • Must be curious and seek to instil automated and digital solutions wherever appropriate.
    • Must be comfortable in using technology and leveraging digital applications and media platforms.

    Our Values 


    Be helpful

    Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place. So, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.

    Be straightforward
    Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

    Be bold
    Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.


    At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.








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