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CLOSED: People & Culture Advisor – Maternity Cover

October 1, 2020

Sipsmith was started in 2009 by our founders Fairfax, Sam and Jared with the mission to open the first copper distillery in London in almost 200 years and bring London Dry Gin back to its home; made the way it used to be, the way we believe it should be. Since then we’ve grown tremendously, acquiring new stills, recruiting new sippers and building on our great team. Three years ago, we joined forces with Beam Suntory, a company which values heritage, craftsmanship and people as much as we do and so the opportunities for our team and brand are ever more exciting. Sipsmith has gone from strength to strength during this time. We like to think that we have created an incredible place to work, where you can be creative, autonomous and have fun at the same time.

We believe it’s our team here that drives our great culture, that makes our business what it is (on top of our world class gin), so we work hard to ensure that everyone in the business loves what they do. We are looking for someone for whom this resonates.

Sipsmith is committed to building a culturally diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation and encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for our opportunities.

Title:People & Culture Advisor – Maternity Cover
Terms:Part-time (3 days per week)
Reports to:Head of Culture, Maternity Cover
Location:The Distillery, 83 Cranbrook Road, London, W4 2LJ
Salary:Competitive + benefits

We are looking for an Advisor to help us in our mission to make Sipsmith the best place to work it can be.

Working in our Ministry of Culture, you will play a key role in supporting our swans and the business with guidance and expertise, helping us continue to develop the skills and experience we need to achieve our ambitious goals in 2021.

Focusing on employee relations, L&D and HR projects, this is a varied generalist role with opportunity for autonomy and impact, that would suit someone looking for the flexibility of a part time role with a growing, quality focused brand in the world of spirits.

What you’ll do

Employee Relations

  • Support the Head of Culture (HoC) and provide effective employee relations advice to managers and staff, relating to all areas of the employee lifecycle; (reviews, work plans, benefits, KPI structure) – ensure all ER cases are properly logged and recorded with an audit ready digital paper trail
  • Lead basic ER cases with guidance from the HoC e.g. performance management, absence management, sickness etc. & support more complex cases
  • Ensure Employee Relations risks are proactively flagged to the HoC
  • Maintain appropriate employee relations policies and procedures

Learning and Development

  • Support the HoC in the annual review process and annual training needs analysis in order to plan and deliver relevant development needs, ensuring organisational capability to deliver business plans
  • Working with the Ministry Executive, source, implement and deliver learning and development solutions in consultation with HoC, managers and staff; including external provider and location decisions
  • With guidance from HoC and working with the Diversity & Inclusion steering group, develop and support continued informal and formal training initiatives around Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) for staff at all levels
  • Support HoC in L&D budget review.


  • Working with the Ministry Executive, develop & improve Sipsmith’s employer branding across all internal & external materials ensuring our brand values and voice is clear, consistent & effective in all mediums
  • Support the Ministry Executive and wider organisation in interviews, and in ensuring an effective and efficient recruitment process in all recruitment episodes
  • Guide the Ministry Executive in the ongoing development of our ‘Swanboarding’ programme
  • Support the Ministry Executive in taking managers through ‘Swanboarding’ processes, ensure it is completed and well received


  • Undertake existing and new HR projects, as necessary
  • Provide an approachable point of contact for staff & managers, providing HR advice or escalating to the HoC where appropriate
  • Ensure an up to date knowledge of employment legislation and trends, flagging any necessary operational changes in good time
  • Support the smooth running of the office and administrative systems in general

What we are looking for

  • CIPD Level 5 qualification or higher (or equivalent & demonstrable practical HR experience)
  • Demonstrable generalist HR experience with exposure to all main aspects of HR Operations (ER, L&D, Recruitment, Reward)
  • Significant experience in leading &/or supporting ER cases, (e.g. performance management, disciplinary & grievances), with an understanding of best practice case management & administration
  • Experience of coordinating L&D programmes within commercial organisations
  • Good understanding of Employment Law and its practical application in business contexts
  • Organised, structured and logical
  • Can-do, positive, hardworking attitude
  • Honest and discreet
  • Entrepreneurial, autonomous and flexible in work ethic
  • Naturally challenges the status quo
  • Confident in difficult conversations
  • Happy to get ‘hands dirty’ and get involved in all that is going on at Sipsmith
  • Plate spinning brilliance
  • Great IT skills (Excel, Powerpoint and Word)
  • Has a passion for people, business and all things gin!

How to apply

Please send your CV & completed diversity & inclusion form to [email protected] with the subject title ‘People & Culture Advisor” and a cover letter explaining your experience and why you are a good fit for Sipsmith.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Due to the evolving situation around Covid-19 in the UK we are currently completing all interviews virtually via video conferencing. If you require any adjustments in the interview process, please let Braham know when you apply.

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