People Partner (FTC 12–15 Months Maternity cover)

Jan 18, 2023
Stratford, Canada
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work


Position at Sports Interactive

Job Title: People Partner (FTC 12 – 15 Months Maternity cover)
Team: People and HR Team
Location: SI HQ, Here East, London
Reporting to: HRD / Head of People

Position Overview 

This role presents an amazing opportunity for an experienced HR generalist to join a newly formed and growing HR team, with some of the very best in UK Games Development. We look for great people to work with and then do our best to look after them so that they flourish in their role and can build great things.

As a People Partner, you will contribute directly to the success of the Studio by supporting and partnering with the Line Managers in their business areas. You will support the growth of the Studio, driving change & improving performance, maximising colleague engagement, and developing talent. You will become an integral part of the management team, delivering value-added HR activities aligned with Studio’s People Strategy and overall direction. As an ever-evolving Studio and a newly formed HR department, there are opportunities for HR project work and advancement. This is an excellent opportunity to practice HR in a creative and truly people-focused environment. 

The role will work closely with the HRD, Head of People, People and Talent Partner, and be supported by the HR & Talent Co-ordinator and wider operational team. Initially, on a fixed-term basis, the role has strong potential to transition into a permanent position. 

Key Responsibilities

Partner to Leaders and Line Managers:

  • Build strong relationships with your stakeholders so that you become a trusted advisor to them, and become their go-to
  • Collaborate with Line Managers to understand departmental priorities, guide on any performance & appraisal matters and enhance managers’ engagement and skills in people management
  • Engage with your departments and keep your finger on the pulse to how they're all doing and know where any support may be required in relation to employee relations, new leader coaching, career development, etc
  • Be an active member in the People Manager Group and play a key role in ensuring alignment with the Senior Leadership Team 
  • Advise managers on relevant UK & Local Employment Laws (countries of particular interest being the UK, Republic of Ireland, Sweden & France)
  • Coordinate initiatives that enhance work relationships, team member retention, and reinforce/promote the Studio’s values and culture.

Generalist HR & HR Projects:

  • Supervise all aspects of the employee lifecycle with administration support from the HR & Talent Co-ordinator
  • Support the Studios learning & development initiatives
  • Liaise and partner when required with Central HR services & wider SEGA Studios HR teams to roll out group-wide ‘SEGA Studios’ initiatives as appropriate
  • Partner with studio operational resources to support studio headcount and compensation proposals and planning  
  • Proactively put forward, run and delegate projects that will make us more efficient.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • This is not an entry-level role, so you’ll need to have a strong HR generalist background at People Partner/HRBP level
  • Previous HR experience within a creative digital or technological environment is preferred
  • Exceptional people skills: strong listening abilities, empathy, and genuine curiosity to learn more about the people you are interacting with
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment, working at an operational and management level
  • Experience in identifying and implementing appropriate development solutions within an unstructured and forming environment
  • A flexible team player and self-starter who is well organised and detail orientated
  • Skilled and experienced in organisational development and change, talent management, performance management, reward and learning and development
  • Able to respond and adapt quickly under pressure, identifying and implementing process change where appropriate, with minimal supervision
  • Strong stakeholder management – you must be comfortable working with team members at all levels within the Studio across a variety of departments and disciplines, with the ability to interact and influence up to exec level
  • Ability to successfully problem solve and apply the right approach
  • Proficient in MS Office packages; specifically, in Excel, Outlook, and Word
  • Proficient in various HR software and databases, such as Sage, Culture Amp, etc. would be advantageous
  • Experience in supporting remote workers outside of the UK is desirable.
You will thrive in this role if you:

  • Have high emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Are people-minded and are used to working agile
  • Spend time focusing on the balance between being and doing
  • Are quick at building relationships
  • Care deeply about people and are approachable
  • Have great communication skills.

Studio Overview

Sports Interactive (SI) is an ambitious development studio creating immersive sports management simulations. Since 1994, we’ve captivated a global pool of players with our iconic, BAFTA award-winning game, Football Manager. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA having caught their attention in 2006 with our continuous critical and commercial success.

We’re a tenacious community, coming together at the Here East technology hub in Stratford, East London. Always expanding, the SI team takes on the gaming genre through a diverse array of disciplines. But no matter how big we dream, we keep our approach (and your schedule) flexible, creating a relaxed atmosphere where collaboration can thrive.

Further information on the company and its games is available at

Working Here

We approach everything with passion, whether that’s making our mark on the gaming and football industries or doing our bit for the world around us. We want to share that outlook with everyone who shows up to work here each day. 

We like our talent tenacious, so you can expect to surround yourself with other ambitious individuals bringing their A-game to many different disciplines. We know collaboration is the key to constantly topping our best, and encourage our people to fiercely realise their own personal potential.

We believe everyone matters, no matter which part of the business you’re in. Above all else, we’re a team. A team with a down-to-earth dynamic, that works and plays together. We have fun doing what we do; one of the many reasons we’re one of the best places to work in the UK games business ( 2021 Large studio category).

And if you want a work/life balance, we’re behind you. Because while we live to create extraordinary games, we know that’s not all you’ve got going on. You can trust that we always keep things in perspective, fostering an environment where work can be more than just a job.

Our flexible working culture gives team members the responsibility to optimise their workloads, with in-office, hybrid and remote working options dependent on role. Even in countries where we don’t directly employ*, we’ll even explore what’s possible via third parties and do our best to accommodate location preferences. We’re also a London Living Wage employer and proudly boast one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry.

*We’re able to directly employ in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden and Finland.

Inclusivity Matters

We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from any relevant candidate irrespective of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion, or belief. Our studio has disabled access and facilities.

SI is proudly a Disability Confident Committed employer, and we are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. Our studio has disabled access and facilities but please ensure you advise us if you require any other reasonable adjustments to be made to support you during the recruitment process.

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder. It does not form part of the contract of employment.

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