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people manager

Thrive is on a mission to improve life through wearable technology. As the leading wearable technology agency, our team of experts innovate, design, develop and produce products globally. We are now looking for a People Manager to join our growing team. We’re at an exciting stage in our growth, and if successful, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring Thrive maintains its position as the go-to wearable technology experts.

Mid level | Part time/flexible working applications are invited | FTE: £36-45k | hybrid working (Brighton office and remote)

about us

We are Thrive Wearables, a committed team of technical experts on a mission to innovate health and wellbeing using wearable technology. Our resourceful, proficient, and committed team turn great ideas into engaging, user-centred wearables.

why work at thrive?

We work exclusively with clients in the health, wellbeing and fitness industries and we believe the work we do should have a positive impact on the world. We use our technical expertise to advise clients, (re)design their products, and build their roadmap for global-scale production. We not only solve our clients’ problems, we strive to exceed their expectations of research and design.


As well as client work and partnership development, everyone at Thrive has the opportunity to instigate and work on our internal projects and innovations.


We are a hybrid working company and our office in the heart of Brighton is surrounded by excellent shops, food options and pubs. We're a close-knit and diverse team with a shared interest in technology, health and wellbeing.

about the role

Working closely with our CEO and leadership team, you will manage our people strategy; translating our health and wellbeing mission into aligned policies, processes and ultimately the growth and development of our brilliant people. Ownership of our employee value proposition, culture and the behaviours that drive it are a core responsibility. 


This role will include both strategic planning and long-term change projects, as well as executing the day-to-day HR functions with our People and Operations Executive.

skills and experience

  • a minimum of 5 years experience in a HR or People department, ideally in a technically oriented business

  • CIPD qualification is preferred but not essential

  • experience in recruitment and growing teams


The successful candidate will:

  • enjoy the start-up environment where policies and processes are constantly evolving and being developed

  • love pushing for change and doing things differently

  • have an understanding of what makes people tick, and the psychology related to people management

  • want to get involved in the tech, and be excited by Thrive’s mission


accountabilities and responsibilities

Policies and procedures

  • Champion the adoption and management of HR practices and policies and continually improve on Thrive’s people offering

  • Oversee the development and management of all staff contracts, including creating new contracts for new team members

  • Have a systematic approach to managing department tasks, status updates and actions

Culture and communication

  • Lead development of the employee value proposition, and implement and manage progressive benefits that will have a positive impact for the team

  • Drive the organisation’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy

  • Provide professional HR support and guidance to leadership and line managers in respect of performance management, complaints and all other HR related matters

  • Conduct other HR and Culture initiatives and activities - both social and psychological - as necessary to meet overall business goals

  • Be a key point of contact and support for the wider team day to day 

  • Lead on staff internal comms and conduct regular staff surveys


  • Be accountable for maintaining the recruitment process, ensuring recruitment activity generates quality applicants and support and communication is provided to hiring managers

  • Conduct the anonymised scoring and recruitment process for all applicants and manage the interview booking process and all associated candidate communication

  • Drive the onboarding process and optimise the overall employee journey, including creating and maintaining the staff handbook and team Wiki

  • Manage the offboarding process including leavers processes and exit interviews

Training and development

  • Lead organisational training and development and take a key role in developing a culture that enables employees to flourish in parallel with achieving our strategic business objectives

  • Overseeing the company wide ARCI (accountabilities, responsibilities, consulted and informed process) and OKR (objectives and key results metrics), including the framework for linking these to ongoing performance reviews

Data, systems and budgets

  • Own and develop the strategic hiring plan to ensure adequate resourcing during growth periods, and be responsible for modelling the plan in line with project requirements, team capacity and capabilities

  • Manage all people data including payroll, overseeing GDPR from a recruitment and people perspective

  • Manage and report on the People budget including recruitment, compensation and payroll, benefits, training and development, culture, and strategic resource planning, ensuring all initiatives have a high ROI and meet expected outcomes

  • Manager our HR system (Sage)


£36-45k FTE depending on experience and training requirements (Part time/flexible working applications are invited)

Bike to work scheme and other flexible benefits that are aligned to our health and wellbeing focused mission

25 paid holidays + Bank Holidays

Brilliant office location, food, drink, bars in the heart of Brighton

The opportunity to join a progressive EMI Share Option scheme

Contributory pension

the hiring process

We are committed to a fair, inclusive and transparent hiring process:

  • All candidates will complete the application form

  • Top scorers through the initial application process will be invited to interview, and a pre-interview task will be shared (we’re much more interested in what people could do with us rather than a CV, so it’s good to be able to chat through an approach to an activity)

  • Further to an interview will be a short ‘personality’ test to ensure we know where you will fit with the current team.

  • Following this, we will hold shorter, meet the team interviews with some of the Thrive team to understand what candidates value in a place of work

  • We’ll offer the top candidate the role and start the onboarding process


If you have any questions about the process, want to chat through the role, or are interested to find out what other roles we are hiring, please contact email.

No agencies please.

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