Head of People (Maternity Cover)


Position: Head of People (Maternity Cover)
Start Date: 1st January 2024
Contract: 12 month Maternity Cover
Salary: £70,000 plus discretionary quarterly bonus
We believe this is a full-time role, but are open to candidates who have flexible working requests.

At TrustedHousesitters, we enable a global community of pet people to reimagine travel, prioritising the happiness of animals and reducing our environmental impact through pet caring and home sharing. We are a flexible, remote-first and purpose led organisation, voted as one of 100 Top Companies to Escape to by Escape the City in 2023.

As the Head of People, you will play a pivotal role in shaping our organisation’s culture, employee experience, and operational efficiency. You’ll be instrumental in partnering with the CEO and Executive Team to shape strategic development. You’ll translate organisational goals into actionable people strategies, contributing to both short-term milestones and long-term sustainability.

It’s very rare that a potential candidate has experience with all aspects of a job advertised, so don’t be put off if you have some different experience than exactly what is listed. We feel this would be a great role for an experienced HR/People Ops Manager to step into a leadership function.

To give you an idea of the role, your main responsibilities are detailed below:


Strategic Development:
Partnering with and influencing CEO and Exec team on strategic development, aligning people strategies with business objectives, fostering a people-centric approach to drive success.

People Team Leadership: Provide effective leadership to the People and Talent team, including the People Experience and Operations coordinator, HR Manager, and Talent Acquisition Specialist. Support their growth and development while ensuring the team’s alignment with organisational goals. Attend leadership meetings as representative of the People and Talent Function.

Maintaining Excellence in Remote Working: Spearhead efforts to ensure a seamless and productive remote working environment for all employees. Implement best practices, tools, and strategies to optimise remote collaboration and efficiency.

Employer Branding: Take the lead, working with both Brand and the People Team to continually improve our external employer branding to accurately portray us as an exceptional workplace. Showcase our commitment to providing a positive and fulfilling employee experience.

B Corp: Project manage the review of our B Corp Application with B Lab, ensuring we meet all review deadlines, provide evidence where requested and all stakeholders are given regular updates on progress.

Employee Experience Leadership: In conjunction with the People Experience and Operations coordinator, lead efforts to enhance the overall employee experience, overseeing initiatives related to communication, collaboration, and engagement. Organise events that foster a strong sense of community and teamwork.

Sustainability and Climate Action: Collaborate with our sustainability officer and climate team to assess and take action on our environmental impact. Integrate sustainability initiatives into our strategies and policies.

Talent Management: Support our Talent Acquisition Specialist across the entire talent lifecycle, from recruitment and onboarding to retention and offboarding. Support the People team in developing strategies to attract, onboard, and retain top-tier talent aligned with our organisation’s values.

Culture-Enriching Policies: Develop and refine internal people-related policies that align with our organisational culture and our pending B Corp certification. These policies should reflect our commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical business practices.

Enhancing E, D&I Credentials: With the support of the People team and DEI committee, take the lead in advancing our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (E, D&I) initiatives. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to enhance our credentials in these areas and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Performance Evaluation and Development: In conjunction with our HR manager, continue the work in developing a comprehensive programme for assessing employee performance, delivering constructive feedback, and identifying opportunities for personal and professional growth.

KPIs and OKRs: Regularly measure and analyse key performance indicators (KPIs) and objectives and key results (OKRs) relevant to the People function

Offsite Organisation: Take charge of organising our quarterly offsites, ensuring these events promote team bonding, innovation, and goal alignment.

People Specification:

You will probably enjoy this role most, if:

  • You have a passion for remote working and have a demonstrated understanding of remote working best practices, particularly within a dynamic tech scale-up environment.
  • You have a purpose-driven mindset. You are comfortable navigating a purpose-led organisational culture while understanding and aligning with commercial goals and imperatives.
  • You’re an employee experience enthusiast, with a familiarity with and genuine interest in staying updated on the latest trends and insights in employee experience, engagement, and retention.
  • You’re a community and collaboration advocate. You will have a strong affinity with the value of building a sense of community, fostering collaboration, and prioritising employee well-being.


In addition to a competitive salary and bonus, we offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Fully remote work
  • Discretionary 10% annual bonus scheme
  • 25 days holiday annually plus bank holidays and Christmas to New Year closure
  • Pension scheme: 5% from you as an employee and 3% from TrustedHousesitters
  • Premium TrustedHousesitters pet owner and sitter membership which includes benefits like airport lounge passes, sit cancellation insurance, and home and contents insurance for sits for you and 5 premium memberships for your friends and family each year
  • Our team have an unlimited housesitting allowance, can work remotely from their sits, and TrustedHousesitters will contribute up to £500 per year towards travel costs
  • £200 annually towards home office equipment
  • Monthly working from home stipend
  • Mac book
  • Find a rescue pet to join your family and we’ll cover the adoption fees, as well as paternity to help any pet settle into their new home.
  • We host a quarterly all expenses paid meet-up, and will fund team events (remote or in person) throughout the year
  • We can cover costs of personal development resources, and have regular time set aside for personal development
  • Bupa Health Insurance and Dental Insurance plan
  • Trusted Giving scheme – employee volunteering via Onhand and employee giving via Tyve
  • Weekly virtual yoga sessions
  • SimplyHealth healthcare cash plan
  • Recruitment Referral Bonus
  • Access to Spaces Locations across the globe

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