People & Talent Director at CloudNC


CloudNC is a Series B-stage autonomous manufacturing scale-up looking for a People & Talent Director to drive the people agenda forward. Reporting to the Chief Executive, as the People & Talent Director you will be responsible for all things related to our people, strategically as well as operationally.

The role will initially be for at least 2-3 days per week, starting ASAP, with the potential to transition into a full-time role at the end of the contract period, subject to the company’s needs and the individual’s performance. 

There is an HR team of three in place now, which needs to be restructured and grown after the next fundraise. The candidate needs to be within easy reach of London.

About CloudNC

More than £100B worth of components are produced using CNC Machines every year, but today the process is slow, costly and heavily reliant on inefficient human processes. We are developing technology that fully automates CNC manufacturing, hugely reducing the cost of parts while boosting quality and speed of delivery. 

We’ve assembled a team of 80 and raised £30M to date from world-leading investors (including Atomico), the US and UK governments, and industry titan angel investors. 

Combining technology and manufacturing; we’re building the world’s most intelligent factory, powered by groundbreaking technology.

A short video introducing CloudNC and our mission is available here. 

Key role responsibilities

  • Strategic HR and organisation development
    • Lead on the design and implementation of CloudNCs People Strategy, ensuring this aligns with our strategic objectives and current and future business needs.
    • Provide expert strategic HR advice to support the Chief Executive, the Senior Management and Executive Board.
    • Lead, manage and support organisational change, working closely with colleagues to ensure that organisational changes are managed effectively.

  • Talent acquisition, retention and empowerment
    • Lead and support effective resource planning enabling a robust and adaptive workforce evolving in light of changing business needs.
    • Build and proactively manage talent pipelines to fulfil resourcing and succession needs.
    • Enable CloudNC to attract top talent, ensuring there is an attractive employee value proposition aligned with business objectives.
    • Lead the implementation and ongoing improvement of the staff performance management system.
    • Recommend pay and benefits policies and related structures, and ensure CloudNCs remuneration remains competitive.

  • Hands-on leadership of the HR function 
    • Provide technical expertise, oversight and leadership for all essential HR activities.
    • Accountable for the development, implementation and ongoing review of relevant HR frameworks.
    • Identify and monitor HR risks, including mitigating strategies and actions. 
    • Promote a business partnering approach, engaging with staff across the company.  
    • Champion CloudNCs approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion approach.
    • Oversee CloudNCs response to critical people related matters.
    • Provide mentoring and coaching to all HR colleagues.
    • Develop and manage the HR budget and oversee the performance of contracted consultants.  

  • Member of the Senior Management team contributing to:
    • Setting the strategic direction for CloudNCs overall work.
    • Developing and reporting performance against strategy, annual plans and budgets in accordance with the existing reporting framework. 
    • Identifying and taking a view on strategic and operational decisions.
    • Ensuring a common sense of purpose, objectives and long-term goals. 
    • Providing cohesive leadership, with a collaborative style.
    • Managing communications, internally and externally. 
    • Creating a platform for staff growth, innovation and empowerment. 

Experience required

  • Essential: 
    • 5+ years successful People / HR track record at senior leadership level in mid-sized fast growth companies
    • Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing People Strategies., including hiring at scale, talent management, retention and cultural initiatives
    • Recognised senior HR qualification e.g. GPHR or MCIPD or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Desirable: 
    • Experience at a rapidly growing start-up or scale-up 
    • Manufacturing experience 
    • Track record of leading change

Likely personality traits

  • Committed – clear commitment to the people we support
  • Ambitious – capable of driving ambitious agendas forward 
  • Resilience –  demonstrates resilience when operating in a fast-paced environment.
  • Doer – not afraid to get stuck in to support your team when required.
  • High EQ – strong communicator able to manage multiple stakeholders
  • Caring – about the people we work with and what we do
  • Collaborative – able to work alongside their peers on all people matters.

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