People Partner within Central Services

Who are Engine?


We are Engine. A new breed of creative communications company. We operate via a unique collaborative model that curates specialist teams around clients’ needs, providing them with the answers they need now. And the questions they should ask of the future.


We work with some of the largest and most admired brands in the world, including Sky, Disney, Unilever, Royal Navy, Warburtons and Coca-Cola.


We’re proud of the accolades we have received in recognition of our work and in the last two years have won almost 100 top tier industry awards.


Your role and team


The People Partner supports the Head of People to deliver the people strategy and related activity to support a first class and inclusive employee experience.


The role will be generalist in nature, partnering closely with the Head of People and Engine Creative leadership team with a focus on building strong relationships in order to influence and roll out key people initiatives. 


The People Partner is supported by and will line manage the People Advisor and People Co-ordinator.


Responsibilities: What you will do


You will provide the full spectrum of People Partner support to your stakeholders across every aspect of the employee life cycle this will be inclusive of but not limited to:

  • People strategy:
    • Support the Head of People in the delivery of the People strategy and help lead the communication, implementation and measurement of key people initiatives and programmes.
    • Keep abreast of and benchmark wider industry trends

  • Senior business relationships:
    • Build strong partnerships and act as a coach and constructive challenger to senior stakeholders.

  • Performance:
    • Drive an effective approach to performance development through your relationships with senior stakeholders.
    • Support the team through all performance review cycles and development planning processes to drive a high performance culture.
    • Use career and talent frameworks to support leaders to develop the careers of our employees.

  • Policy and working practices:
    • Understand the business and how it is structured to be commercially successful.
    • Have the ability and confidence to share ideas for improvement to our processes, policy, procedures, systems and structures with the Head of People and line managers using the business context. 
    • Proactively review and communicate HR trends/employment law that may impact the business.
    • Actively engage in and manage relationships with relevant external partners/industry bodies.
  • Learning and Development:
    • Work with senior stakeholders to understand their teams needs and partner with L&D to source/deliver relevant options (internal/external).

  • Employee Relations:
    • Lead on complex ER cases with support from Head of People where needed. e.g. complex disciplinaries, grievances, appeals, non-collective redundancy consultations etc.
    • Support and mentor People Advisor on lower level ER cases.

  • RD&I:
    • Champion creating a more diverse workplace by promoting initiatives, ways of working and behaviours which will drive change.
    • Work with the Head of People, Senior Talent Partner and our line managers to ensure that we meet our committed diversity & representation KPI’s through an inclusive hiring, progression, and retention approach.
    • Support and positively embed relationships with external RD&I partners.

  • Employee engagement:
    • Drive commitment to employee engagement and being a destination employer through relationships with senior leaders.
    • Leverage the insight gained from our employee data and employee surveys.

  • Line Management & Development:
    • Be responsible and actively engaged in the line management and development of the People Advisor and People Co-ordinator.
    • Have regular check in’s with the team alongside annual performance reviews.
    • Actively seek out opportunities for the team to stretch and develop their skills and act as a coach/mentor to the team.


Who you are


  • You have a deep passion and commitment to build a fairer, more inclusive and representative business where our people are enabled to make great work.
  • You enjoy face-to-face people interaction, you embrace challenges and find ways to face into and positively resolve conflict.
  • You enjoy working collaboratively as a team, you drive and share your learning outcomes.
  • You take responsibility for building your generalist HR knowledge and becoming a subject matter expert.
  • You have the ability to drive the strategic People Team agenda with business leaders, drawing on Centres of Excellence where required.
  • You demonstrate strong generalist ER knowledge across performance and behavioural conduct.
  • You take real pride in stakeholder management building strong relationships at all levels
  • You are a trusted pair of hands who applies good judgement, impartiality, discretion and professionalism when making recommendations in line with the business context, our policies and employment legislation.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • You are able to analyse, interpret, and concisely communicate complex raw data in an impactful way to stakeholders, and turn this around in a very short timeframe
  • You are skilled in PowerPoint and can create professional decks within tight turnaround times
  • You have a confident grasp of technology and collaboration tools which help our team to work more effectively
  • You thrive in a fast paced environment with changing expectations (last minute changes) and able to work comfortably with varying degrees of ambiguity
  • You are a great time manager able to work proactively, manage your own workload whilst understanding when to shout for help in a timely manner


We know our people are our superpower, so at Engine you can expect a great working environment and superb benefits to match, including free breakfast at the in-house cafe, gym discounts, contributory pension, cycle to work scheme and much more!


At ENGINE we believe in a culture of inclusivity, we celebrate difference and believe that diversity makes our business more relevant, our work more meaningful and our people more empowered. We’re committed to equality of opportunity for all and we're open to applications from all ethnicities, orientations, beliefs, gender identities + those with neurodiverse traits and disabilities.



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