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People and Culture Manager

Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom

Are you a People or Business professional with a passion for the outdoors who’s uninspired with “traditional” HR approaches? Are you looking for a People role where you are enabling people to do their best work by taking an innovative approach and creating tailored solutions to help people thrive and grow?

If that’s you, and this sounds like a breath of fresh air, then the role of People and Culture Manager at Macs Adventure could be for you.

Reporting to Ali Lapping, our Head of People and Culture, you create an impact by helping create the conditions for our colleagues to do the best work of their lives. Working within a small multinational team, and part of the UK management team, you’ll successfully manage the operational People function in the UK and deliver international projects and initiatives.

Macs Adventure exists to create “Macs Moments” for our adventurers through self-guided active travel, and we need amazing people who share our purpose to help us deliver these outstanding walking and cycling experiences!

About Macs Adventure

We’re an adventure tour operator on a mission to be the leading global brand in self-guided, active travel.

Welcoming over 30,000 customers on over 600 walking and cycling trips to destinations around the world, we employ over 100 people across the UK, US and Germany who share our purpose to lead, advocate & enable self-guided, active travel as a positive force for people and planet.

Our Culture

We’re an adventurous business with an ambitious vision. Our aim is to triple the size of the business by 2026. We want to do this the right way and have set ourselves another important goal of achieving B Corp status within 1 year.

Our culture reflects these ambitions. We’re a fast-paced organisation and we like to have fun along the way. We’re looking for people who can grow with Macs and join us on our journey. It’s not the easy route, we’re looking for people who enjoy challenges, love learning and want to make an impact and relate to our core values:

  • Love the journey: A Macs trip is all about the journey, not the destination. We are all believers in Macs’ unique brand of self-guided, active travel and shout about it. As more travellers convert to the Macs Way, we accept our business will grow and change. We welcome new connections, and embrace to new opportunities. Carpe diem!
  • Take a different path: We’re not different for different’s sake; but we won’t succeed if we’re just the same as everyone else. We devise creative solutions to problems, find new ways of doing things, and trust colleagues who are doing so too. We are brave and feel empowered to take the initiative. We ask ourselves: is what I’m doing authentically Macs?
  • Tread thoughtfully: We are considerate, empathetic and try to put ourselves in our customers’, suppliers’, and each other’s shoes. We support local and find ways of having less negative impact on the planet. We find ways of having positive impact on people and communities. We are fair, and we do the right thing.
  • Go the extra mile: We know that creating a perfect #MacsMoment involves going that bit further. We imagine the best feedback we can get and set out to earn it. We take ownership and accountability – it’s yours, not someone else’s, problem. We step up and help our teammates when they need us.

What you’ll do

  • Develop, co-create, and implement initiatives to achieve our engagement goals.
  • Support the development of high-performance teams by implementing and advising on performance initiatives and processes.
  • Increase the top talent available to hiring managers, using the Macs way of hiring.
  • Advise on UK employment law, upcoming changes, and compliance.
  • Model and embed the Macs culture.
  • Deliver the Macs Learning and Development plan.
  • Manage UK payroll in collaboration with the finance team.
  • Support achievement of B Corp certification.

What you’ll bring

  • Passion for the outdoors, and our purpose: to create Macs Moments for our adventurers through self-guided active travel.
  • An “always learning” growth mindset, and a desire for challenge and growth.
  • Commercial focus with people at the heart of our success.
  • Desire to work at pace in a scaling business.
  • Ability to influence behaviours and new ways of thinking that add value to all stakeholders.
  • Human insights to help create the conditions for our people to do their best work.
  • Digital literacy and the ability to use data to inform decision making.
  • Deep knowledge, understanding and application of UK employment law.
  • An innovative and creative approach to the People function.

You may see this list and feel discouraged because you don’t match all the requirements. If this is your ideal job please apply anyway, there’s a good chance you’re more wonderful than you think you are!

You could belong here

To deliver adventures for more than 300,000 customers we need to build a company that’s reflective of their diversity. We’re building an inclusive workplace that promotes and values difference, where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and be proud to belong.

What we’ll offer

As well as your salary:

  • ANNUAL LEAVE: We’re an inclusive employer and celebrate diversity. We want you to be able to take holidays that matter to you, so 8 public holidays are included in your annual leave allowance of 33 days, which increases to 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • BIRTHDAY BOOSTER: An extra day off on your birthday!
  • PENSION: We offer a contributory pension scheme.
  • DISCOUNTS: You are eligible for great discounts on Macs Adventure trips!
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: We provide you and your spouse/partner/children with annual worldwide travel insurance.
  • FLEXIBLE WORKING: A flexible work culture you’ll be able to work on a hybrid basis: from home as well as coming into our hub office in Glasgow 3 days a week to collaborate with colleagues.
  • GETTING TOGETHER: Regular team, management and leadership meetings and retreats.
  • CULTURE: An innovative, fast growth, international and solution focused culture, where we work hard to embed our values across the business.
  • L&D: We support regular learning and development opportunities, self-guided by you.
  • WELLBEING. We'll support you in looking after your health and wellbeing so you can do your best work.
  • TRAVEL: Occasional international travel may be required.
  • IMPACT: The opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and the planet.


C £45,000 plus bonus

CIPD Optional

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