Location: Guilford, Surrey

Salary: £40,000 – £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

Start: As soon as possible

Duration: Permanent

Applications are invited for a seasoned HR Business Manager to run the HR function of the business and to deliver an efficient and effective service to employees, provide confidential support to the Leadership Team. The role will require working with employees in the UK and the rest of the world, appreciating the varying legislation and adapting both administrative and advisory process and procedures accordingly.

The post holder will play an instrumental role in the success of the operational activities of the HR function by utilising their generalist HR skills and experiences in the day-to-day HR operations of the function. The post holder will be responsible for administering the full employee life cycle, including core generalist activities including not limited to performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, training and development and fostering an embedded relationship with the business.

NatureMetrics is a high growth start-up company leading the revolution in molecular biodiversity monitoring, enabling environmental managers to measure and monitor biodiversity with DNA-based tools. NatureMetrics has grown rapidly over the last five years and validated our technology in multiple industry sectors and regions of the world. We now have an exciting scale up plan backed by ambitious and supportive investors. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring. We take great pride in our work and are seeking new team members who will do the same.

The full specification can be found below. To apply, please email careers@naturemetrics.co.uk including a CV and covering letter, and state that you are applying for the HR Business Manager role.

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Roles & Responsibilities

  • Oversee the management of the recruitment process, take ownership of our careers page, maintain recruitment records, assist with job descriptions, advertise roles on appropriate platforms, shortlist interviews and attend as needed, review background checks and references, conduct new hire inductions.
  • Drafting offer letters, employee contracts, consultant contracts, contract variations, confirmation letters relating to HR policies.
  • Be familiar with, update and implement HR policies and procedures to ensure overall business objectives are met and facilitate the continuous improvement, development and progression of individuals and teams.
  • Responsible for managing HR platform and keeping records up to date.
  • Management of the employee leavers process.
  • Offer support and training to the Leadership Team on various HR matters.
  • Take over management of the Tier 2 sponsorship visa licence, ensure compliance with UKVI
    annual checking process, apply for new certificates if needed.
  • Mitigate employment and litigation risks.
  • Management of the PDP process for the business, attending as a notetaker or acting as the
    HR Representative on disciplinary, grievance and capability hearings and/or investigation
    meetings, as required.
  • Ensure payroll is up to date for any new starters, including salary changes, leavers etc.
  • Answer employee queries and assist in creating / updating HR documentation.
  • Creation of employee data reports when needed.
  • Ad hoc duties and tasks to support the HR function.
  • This role reports to the Operations Director
  • Attend regular update meetings with the wider team
  • Update wider company, management or board on progress as required

Personal Specification

Education & qualities
  • Educated to a degree level with a minimum of a 2:1 degree.
  • CIPD Level 5 qualified.
Specialist knowledge, skills & experience
  • At least 5 years relevant experience working in an HR function.
  • Good operational knowledge of HR best practices, trends and legislation.
  • Previous experience of international visas would be beneficial.
  • Some knowledge of employment law and/ or tax matters advantageous.
  • Previous experience of working for a company with international operations advantageous.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office suite and HR systems.
Interpersonal & communication skills
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, able to deal with staff at all levels.
  • Positive attitude, resilient and diligent.
  • Strong service orientation, sensitive to business and employee needs.
  • Sound judgment and analytical ability in establishing and providing advice on HR matters.
  • Proactive and use of initiative continuously to add value.
  • Good conflict handling skills.
Additional requirements

All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Terms and Conditions


The post is based at NatureMetrics Ltd, CABI Site, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, with a move to new Head Quarters based in Guildford planned for Q3 2021. Office-based staff are currently working from home in response to current COVID-19 restrictions.

Working pattern and hours

The postholder is expected to work 40 hours a week Monday to Friday with core hours between 10am and 4pm. A flexible role may be considered in order to accommodate the right applicant.

Length of appointment
  • Full time, permanent
By Published On: 18th March 2021Categories: Job Vacancy

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