Senior People Partner

3-4 days per week at home

A little flex time

  • Salary: £65,000 - £80,000
  • Location: London (hybrid working, 1 day p/w in office)
  • Position: Permanent
  • Start Date: 31/05/2022

The Role

Unibuddy has experienced explosive growth since launching in 2017. We now work with 500 higher ed institutions in 35 countries worldwide. We’ve raised over $33M from top-tier investors, and we’re on course to achieve our ambitious goal of empowering 10 million students to make the right choices in their higher ed journey.

Here’s where you come in:

Our people, “Buddies”, are at the heart of everything we do. Their growth and success are central to achieving our mission of empowering 10 million students to make the right decisions throughout their higher education journey.

Our Buddies overwhelmingly say their co-workers are the number one reason why they love working at Unibuddy. Our culture is a key driver of our growth and success. As Senior People Partner, you will be tasked with scaling that cultural DNA around the world, enabling us to grow even faster because Buddies feel inspired and empowered working at Unibuddy.

Your mission is to work with VP People, wider People Team, and business leaders to develop and deliver strategic and focussed people solutions with a clear link to driving business strategy and metrics. You’ll own the core people functions of employee relations, policies and compliance, performance, and learning and development.

What you’ll be doing

  • Developing and implementing the People strategy working in collaboration with the VP People and senior management team.
  • Building a deep understanding of the Unibuddy strategy and priorities in your business areas.
  • Working closely with the Exec and Senior Management team to drive the development and effectiveness of the structure and operating model for the area of business supported.
  • Partnering with Talent Acquisition and People Operations to help shape best practices and collaborate in delivery and execution.
  • On an ongoing and cyclical basis: lead, coach and guide areas of:
    • Performance Management
    • Salary reviews
    • Organisation and Talent Reviews
    • Employee surveys
  • Applying diverse and inclusive people-focussed solutions.
  • Partner with people managers to guide and support them on managing, recognising, developing and growing their teams.
  • Coach and develop managers to become confident and self-sufficient in first-line HR matters.
  • Use data to develop, share insight and recommend solutions to improve performance, talent management, learning and development and engagement.
  • Support us to achieve our ambition of being the employer of choice across the globe.
  • Be a cultural ambassador, championing our values and making sure they’re part of all of everything we do.

This might be for you if…

  • You have recent experience gained in a generalist HR Business Partner or Senior People Partner role. We’re thinking 5 years +.
  • You have a strategic mindset and demonstrated success partnering with teams to help them achieve their business goals.
  • You have been a People Partner at a scaling company. Perhaps from Series-A to Series-C and beyond, or from < 100 employees to upwards of 200.
  • You’re an advisor, coach, and mentor on a full remit of a variety of employee relations.
  • You use your expertise to help solve issues, creating and maintaining positive relationships between employers and employees.
  • You have a breadth of HR experience and are hands-on in performance management, succession planning, L&D, benefits & payroll.
  • You have knowledge of policies, compliance, and employment laws in multiple locations (UK, India, US, Singapore).
  • You can help us continuously develop and champion a truly inclusive workplace.

It would be a bonus if you could bring…

  • Gained or working towards CIPD qualification at level 5+

If you don't meet all the requirements but think you might still be right for the role, please apply anyway. We're always keen to speak to people who connect with our mission and values.

About our Team

We’re a people team of three buddies in the UK & US. We have a fantastic culture of collaboration, ambition, transparency and a very open, supportive and forward-thinking CEO, Diego and Exec team. We’ve made some great and early investments in People systems & infrastructure; both of these things give a platform for the right person to work as a genuine partner to the Exec and Senior Management teams and have a big impact quickly.

Heading into 2022, our core focus areas on our People agenda are; engagement, learning & development, operations, and performance culture. Longer-term, you’ll be laying the People team foundation as we grow from 135 employees globally to 200, 300, 500, and beyond.

Perks and Benefits

  • Salary range of £65k - 80k plus stock options
  • Hybrid work environment. 1-3 days a week in the office the rest is up to you. Flexible working hours.
  • Private healthcare provided by Bupa & Mental health support provided by Spill.
  • Life insurance.
  • Learning & development budget of £800
  • 25 days of annual leave plus 4 additional days for the Christmas break and national holidays.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave.
  • Latest MacBook or PC.
  • Homeworking setup budget of £400.

Who we are

If you’ve made it this far you probably already know a bit about us but here’s a reminder of what makes Unibuddy a great place to work!

Students are at the heart of what we do. Our mission is to empower students to make the right decisions throughout their higher education journey. We provide higher ed institutions with the right tools to enable students to connect with each other, share experiences that create a sense of belonging, and feel confident in making one of the most crucial decisions of their life.

We’re made for higher ed marketeers and recruiters. Institutions that adopt our unique peer-to-peer platform can amplify their institution's voice to support their recruitment, admissions, and retention efforts.

We rock! Our customers love us. We’re available worldwide, own 95% of the UK market and we now work with over 500 higher ed institutions in 35 countries worldwide. We’re a great bunch with an amazing culture and don’t just take our word for it. We’re proud to be named as one of the best mid-sized companies to work for in the US, we are named as one of the top 100 workplaces for benefits, we’re flexified and listed as the number 3 most flexible company to work for in the UK.

Ready to become a buddy?

Great! Please send a CV and supporting statement which outlines why you would like to work with Unibuddy, and why you are well suited to this role. We encourage you to send us something that showcases your skills!

Not ready to apply or have some questions? Then please get in touch with Yasmin at

Unibuddy is an equal opportunity employer. We're actively looking to increase the diversity of our buddies across the company and we encourage people to apply from minority groups.

3-4 days per week at home

A little flex time