Senior HR Advisor

Greetings from The Bunker! Secret Mode is the newly founded publishing wing of the award-winning Sumo Group Ltd. Our goal is to publish internally developed projects from any of our 11 game development studios across the UK, US, Europe and India, as well as third party independent game developers.

Now is an exciting time to get in at the beginning of Secret Mode’s adventure. If you have a strong passion for video games and want to help us build the best games publisher in the business, please reach out to us. We’d love to have a chat!

About this role

As the Senior HR Advisor you will be working with our people and line managers to provide expertise, advice and management information across a full range of generalist HR activities, whilst delivering against key initiatives to support the achievement of the HR strategy.

In this role you will

  • Contribute to the delivery of the HR strategy
  • Support managers in ER casework, such as probation, performance management, appraisals, absence management, TUPE, grievance, remuneration and attending hearings.
  • Coach and develop managers on company policy and best fit HR solutions.
  • Act as a mentor to more junior members of the HR team. Contribute to the ongoing development of the wider team, sharing knowledge, learning and expertise.
  • Be an advocate for continuous improvement throughout the business, assisting in policy, procedure, letters and management templates, ensuring they are fit for purpose and legally compliant.
  • Conduct MI analysis on absence, leavers, starters, disciplinary and capability matters as well as other MI on an adhoc basis.
  • Identify areas of improvement, opportunity and innovation and work with the HRM and members of the wider team to implement any agreed changes
  • To be successful you will have

  • Widespread HR advisory experience across a broad range of HR activities including, but not limited to: disciplinary, grievance, change management, absence and performance management within a fast paced and complex business.
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and gain credibility with key stakeholders.
  • CIPD Level 5 minimum is desirable, but we will consider applicants with relevant experience.
  • Ability to manage your own workload and prioritise tasks to ensure SLA's, deadlines and business milestones are achieved.
  • Thorough understanding of HR processes, procedures and employment law.
  • Ability to promote and uphold HR initiatives and values, including discretion and confidentiality.
  • Competency in interpreting and providing advice on employment legislation and conditions of service to ensure compliance and best fir advice.
  • What we offer:

    . Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
    . ULEV car scheme
    . Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits        
    . Salary Sacrifice Pension
    . Flexible Working  
    . 21 days free-use holiday
    + your birthday off
    + 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
    + a duvet day
    + Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
    + Bank Holidays
    + extra allowance accrued for longer service
    . Free dental insurance 
    . Life Assurance 4x Salary
    . Income Protection of 75% for 5 years           
    . Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    . Employee Assistance Programme:
    . Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
    . Free financial & home buying support consultations
    . Cycle to Work Scheme
    . Payroll Giving Scheme
    . Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    . Career Development Pathway  
    . Wrap Parties.
    . Project Completion Awards
    . Game/Creative Jams
    . Big Family Events
    . Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
    . Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group 
    . Free fruit and drinks in our studios
    . Employee Referral Bonus     
    . Relocation Support to the UK
    . Visa Sponsorship

    We are Secret Mode.
    Quality drives us.
    Fun informs us.
    Community is our reason for being.
    Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do.
    To delight and inspire is our goal.
    Secret Mode is managed by a small group of industry veterans and a team of experienced and newcomers to the industry alike.  We’re looking for diverse, creative, driven people who share our passion for all things video games, no matter their background.  
    As part of the Sumo family, we’re able to offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. We’re based in Royal Leamington Spa but are flexible on work-from-home options.
    Our environment is fast paced, dynamic and friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we publish. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand-new team, and creating a culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other. We have taken the #RaiseTheGame pledge to fully dedicate ourselves to inclusivity in our hiring and working processes and already have aligned ourselves with amazing initiatives and charity organisations to make a difference in the industry we all love.