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HR Partner

  • Job
    Senior Level
  • People, HR & Administration
  • £48K
  • Manchester

AI generated summary

  • You need CIPD qualification, 5 years' HR experience, stakeholder relationship skills, UK employment law knowledge, and proficiency in Microsoft Office for this HR Partner role at Pentland Brands.
  • You will oversee the full employee lifecycle, recruitment, onboarding, talent development, performance management, and HR administration, supporting leaders and ensuring a positive employee experience.


  • CIPD qualified with at least 5 years’ experience of working as an HR generalist in a commercial environment (experience within a founder-led business would be useful but not essential)
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with Senior stakeholders and employees at all levels.
  • Solid knowledge of current and emerging UK employment legislation, with the ability to apply this to a range of situations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, and experience with SuccessFactors is beneficial.


  • Manage the delivery of the employee lifecycle from recruitment, induction, talent development, reward, engagement, and recognition through to career progression and leavers process with an employee experience mindset.
  • Support the recruitment and onboarding process, including writing job descriptions, preparing interview questions, consulting with recruitment agencies, interviewing candidates, preparing offer letters and contracts, processing pre-employment checks, and ensuring IT set up is sorted for new starters.
  • Support any change management and organisational design initiatives.
  • Coach leaders through and manage employee relations issues.
  • Support the business with performance management and development (including succession planning, performance review cycle, identifying training needs and opportunities).
  • Lead all HR administration for Pentland Capital including drawing up employment contracts, day to day letters and ensure electronic employee files are maintained and accurate.


What are the primary responsibilities of the HR Partner role at Pentland Group?

The primary responsibilities of the HR Partner role at Pentland Group include providing HR support to teams based in the corporate head office and the Rubin family’s private office, working closely with the main board of directors and senior stakeholders on all HR matters, building strong relationships at all levels, maintaining and developing internal HR procedures, and managing the employee lifecycle.

What type of office facility does Pentland Group have in the West End?

Pentland Group has a unique office facility in the heart of the West End, housed in a Georgian mansion house that is a Grade II listed building of approximately 11,000 square feet. This facility is where the holding company, family’s private offices, and various supporting teams are based.

How does Pentland Group describe its business structure and ownership?

Pentland Group is one of the UK’s largest private companies that owns and invests in retail and wholesale businesses in the sports, outdoor, and sports fashion sectors. The Group is the majority shareholder of JD Sports and is entrepreneurially led by the Rubin family, remaining a wholly family-owned business since its founding in 1932.

Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation.

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Mission & Purpose

Pioneering brands that make life better. We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved sports, outdoor and lifestyle brands to millions of people around the world. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the footwear and apparel licensee for Kickers in the UK. We also have a joint venture partnership with Lacoste for footwear. All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have around 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future. We celebrate difference and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do. At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way: - Success is a team game - With clarity and courage - Better as standard - In good conscience


  • Building a positive business

    Our teams are united in taking action for people and planet. We focus on creating products our consumers are proud to wear, by supporting workers in our supply chain, helping our own people to achieve their best, and giving back to our communities. We have three employee positive business squads, which drive how we take action across areas including sustainability, charity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Health & wellbeing

    Other benefits we offer include a one hour time-out every day, an employee assistance programme for confidential advice and access to counsellors, D&I support squads, social events and give-back days.

  • Career development

    We help our people reach their potential through programmes such as unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, regular speaker sessions and sponsorship or study support to colleagues looking to achieve their further education ambitions.

  • Rewards & recognition

    We offer generous discounts across our brands, so you can enjoy the outdoors in Berghaus or bring tennis chic to the streets in ellesse.

  • Hybrid & flexible working

    We understand that balance is important, whether you’re based in one of our global offices or working from home. All our offices are designed to be creative environments for our people to thrive. We also make space for our people to work flexibly where they can, in a way that’s right for them.