HR Manager

The Human Resource department is key to the future success of our business and due to the growth and success of the business we are growing and investing in our Human Resources team. We’re now hiring a HR Manager to join the Manchester office and lead a team of two to deliver all our HR activities. 


The HR Manager is responsible for the proactive delivery of the full range of HR services to managers and employees based in our Manchester office (approximately 70+ employees). The focus of activity involves partnering closely with the relevant senior managers and their teams on a range of HR activities, including talent acquisition, on-boarding, employee engagement, development and retention, culture, employee relations, succession planning, performance management and absence management.


This is a generalist role with a mix of strategy and operational work, you’ll definitely be someone who enjoys both aspects and isn’t afraid to get stuck in.  This role reports into the Head of HR, who currently splits their time between Manchester and London, so the ability to be a self-starter and work autonomously is essential.



  • Lead and manage the Manchester HR team which consists of two, including a HR Co-ordinator and Talent Acquisition Partner.
  • Ensure the delivery of an effective HR service to our Manchester employees and oversee the day to day operational HR activities, including recruitment, rotas, absence, new starters and leavers processes, probations and absence management, along with payroll and benefits administration.
  • Review and improve current processes to ensure efficiency and alignment with our London HR team whilst ensuring a consistent employee experience.
  • Provide coaching and development for our managers on leadership and employee development issues with creative and strategic HR value-added recommendations in support of the business goals
  • Advise and coach managers on specific performance, conduct, absence or employee relations matters and ensure that all disciplinary and capability issues are dealt with in good time, sensitively, appropriately, and in accordance with employment law. 
  • Guide leaders and managers on changes to structures, job roles and definitions, reporting lines, new ways of working, process improvements and role eliminations
  • Support Managers in identifying and planning appropriate development interventions for their teams
  • Manage key strategic projects and initiatives as directed to support the achievement of the HR and Business strategy.
  • Provide timely updates and reports to the Head of HR and board. 
  • Support and advise on the Company’s Diversity strategy and related policies and procedures, particularly in relation to recruitment, promotion, career development, and creating an open, inclusive and appropriate culture within LADbible Group where differences are respected and valued.


The Person

  • CIPD level qualified or relevant degree
  • Working knowledge of UK employment law
  • Previous experience within a similar industry, ideally media, digital or a tech focused business
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage a number of projects or initiatives at any one time.
  • Strong business acumen, ability to provide HR services and advise in a commercially sensitive and appropriate way
  • A completer/finisher, able to get things done and be proactive and responsive 
  • Proven experience of advising on complex HR issues from a commercial perspective and with cultural sensitivity but underpinned by a detailed understanding of legislative and best practice requirements 
  • A real hands-on attitude - someone that can be proactive in identifying areas of improvement not only across the business but also in the HR team. 
  • Ability to integrate the Company’s core values
  • Ability to assimilate information quickly taking into consideration commercial needs versus balancing risk and exposure to the broader organisation. 
  • Effective change agent, able to be proactive, lead by example and support the implementation of change across the business. 
  • Able to inspire confidence in senior managers and key stakeholders both within HR and outside of HR. 
  • Excellent communication skills and a true collaborator 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects