Frontline Operations

Head of People

London   |   Full Time

About Essentia

Essentia Analytics is a FinTech company that is transforming the way that professional investors make investment decisions. Our behavioral analytics service, provided to the world’s top fund managers, is powered by machine learning technology and is proven to help our clients to make measurably better decisions, resulting in higher investment returns.

Here’s a 1.5-minute video by our CEO, explaining what we do.

The company and our team have won numerous awards and have been featured widely in the press. We have just recently won the best buy-side tech award and also placed in the Top 15 on UK's Best Workplaces in Tech 2021 Small.

Essentia has a very strong culture, based on authenticity and mutual respect. We have embraced flexible working since day one, and therefore place a high value on clear and timely communication. We are proud that our team includes people from a wide variety of ethnicities, age groups, genders, backgrounds, and interests. On the back of our success, we’re growing our team. We'd love you to join us!

You can learn more about Essentia at and by following us on Twitter (@essentia_ai) and LinkedIn.

The Role

With significant growth on the horizon, Essentia is looking for a hands-on Head of People with the passion, creativity, and energy to ensure we attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the market. In the next twelve months, we are looking at doubling in size to over 50 employees, as well as growing our specialist contractor team, and we are determined to not only preserve our culture, in so doing but to provide our team with the training and support they need to do an excellent job as they grow as people. 

In this role, you will be responsible for creating and executing a world-class framework comprised of best practices in talent attraction, talent management, and talent development processes and programs. Diversity and fair practice will be at the heart of what you do.  

This role is about identifying what we already do well, and building on it, identifying areas for improvement and helping us improve, as well as scale. You will work closely with our founder, our Operations team, and our line managers to consolidate our people practices into one function, for which you will be responsible. You will be supported by our existing Operations team, but in time, the expectation is that you will be responsible for building a team of your own, and, at the right stage in our future growth, join our Executive Management team.


The person we’re looking for will have: 

  • The ability to understand how talent management and development fits into our larger corporate goals and both craft and execute an appropriate strategy.

  • Knowledge and experience of HR best practices - CIPD level 5 qualification is preferred.

  • Experience implementing and optimising HR and ATS platforms (BambooHR preferred).

  • Significant experience in developing employee onboarding processes

  • Significant experience in developing performance and career development programs, including detailed subject-matter training programs 

  • Experience in mentoring managers in HR and talent management best practice

  • Building and delivering Leadership Training programs

  • Experience in recruitment, both internal and agency-led

  • Experience in designing and executing an employer branding strategy, including careers site and social media content and policies.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, evident in job descriptions, social media content, and candidate and hiring management conversations.

  • Experience in partnering and upwardly managing at the senior management level.

  • High interpersonal sensitivity and ability to influence people.

  • A natural focus on process, continuous improvement, and the use of data to provide evidence in decision making.

Prior experience of any of the following would be helpful:

  • FreshTeam, Workable, BambooHR, TalentLMS, 15Five.

  • A strong understanding of the finance and investment industry.

  • Working for a transatlantic firm with UK and US offices.

  • Working for a tech “scale-up”.

  • Experience working for a Python-based tech firm or fintech firm.


  • Open, transparent and inclusive culture with direct access to our CEO, COO and CTO.

  • 28 days holiday (plus bank holidays).

  • Remote and flexible working options.

  • Share options.

  • Wellness activities including cycle to work scheme and running club.

  • Pension contribution.

  • Private healthcare.

  • Monthly socials plus whole-company Summer and Holiday parties.

  • Paid-for relevant training and conference attendance.

We believe in equal employment opportunities for all and to providing our employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We encourage applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

If you'd like to work with us, apply now!



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