HR Manager

London (Greater)
Compensation between £30k and £50k depending on days worked and experience
20 Mar 2019
19 Apr 2019
Contract Type

Company Background

Verdantix is an independent research and consulting firm with a focus on innovative technologies. Our technology research agenda covers environment, health and safety; operational risk management; industrial wearables and smart buildings.

Human Resources Manager

Reporting into the CEO, the HR Manager will take responsibility for all aspects of the employee lifecycle from recruitment to onboarding, training, promotion and alumni relations. Working in the context of a small, fast-growing, professional services firm with offices in central London and Manhattan, the HR Manager fulfils a strategic role which can influence overall business performance. The successful candidate will be attuned to the HR needs of an entrepreneurial environment, be able to set up professional HR management processes and identify opportunities to accelerate business growth and productivity.


The HR manager will have wide-ranging responsibilities as the sole HR professional at Verdantix. Primary responsibilities:

  • Take complete ownership of all recruitment activities from drafting job descriptions to managing the interview and assessment process
  • Draft offer letters, collect documents for work authorization and perform background checks
  • Ensure new hires are set up in payroll, health insurance, IT systems and have building access
  • Consult with managers and employees to identify training needs for specific roles with a focus on improving productivity
  • Develop and implement training programmes internally and complement them by sourcing external training providers
  • Supervise all resignation and termination procedures
  • Guide and support the quarterly review and annual review process to securely store data and inform promotion decisions
  • Review and update the employee Handbook and HR Policies to ensure they are up to date with employment law
  • Provide support for HR items such as long-term illness, maternity and paternity leave, unexplained absence
  • Manage requirements for office space and work with the management team on wellbeing and productivity issues such as desk ergonomics and lighting
  • Undertake an annual employee relations survey to diagnose improvement opportunities and present solutions


The HR Manager role requires someone with the maturity and experience to manage the full range of HR activities and build positive working relationships with all employees. The requirements for success:

  • 7 or more years of HR experience in the UK and preferably with US-based employees
  • Understanding of the role that an HR manager can play in supporting the growth of a small business
  • Experience in identifying outstanding candidates to join the firm and managing the recruitment process
  • Undergraduate degree. HR accreditations such as CIPD a significant plus
  • Willingness to manage a broad range of HR projects and procedures 
  • Diplomatic skills to nudge managers to change informal HR practices and implement new approaches
  • Understanding of the need to earn trust with colleagues by protecting the confidentiality of personal information and acting with discretion 
  • Ability to adapt to the changing requirements and personnel in a fast-growing firm
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel to the Manhattan office on Fifth Avenue twice a year
  • World class sense of humour

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