HR Manager (On-site)

United Kingdom

Climax Studios was founded over 30 years ago and we have a state of the art studio located in the heart of the beautiful Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth overlooking the Harbour. We have an extensive history in developing all kinds of AAA games across all formats, through to co-development and technological problem solving and we’ve won many awards along the way. Our recent projects include Crackdown 3 and the BAFTA award winning Returnal.

Role OverviewThe HR Manager will work in partnership with the Studio Head, Regional HR Director UK & Ireland and the HR team to effectively develop and maintain capability and achieve high standards in all people related polices and processes.

Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for developing and managing the HR Function in the studio and align Keywords HR team
  • Support and monitor the team to ensure studio ER issues (sickness, performance, timekeeping/attendance, conflict management, conduct, holidays etc.) are managed appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Coaching and supporting the HR Administrator.
  • Coaching and supporting Managers on complex Employee Relation matters
  • Working with managers to identify development needs for their teams and mentor/coach managers to identify appropriate solutions including training, performance reviews etc
  • Support the Studio Head and the Regional HR Director UK & Ireland in the annual budgeting process
  • Partner with Studio Head and the Regional HR Director UK & Ireland to build awareness of company policies and processes
  • Driving high standards of people and business performance through performance management, succession and manpower planning (assisting Department Heads), talent management (working with Talent Acquisition Manager to ensure planned talent attraction and retention)
  • Advise on required interventions to manage underperforming areas
  • Working closely with the Operations team to enhance studio culture, plus ensure studio best practices and processes are upheld
  • Maintain HR Policies and Handbooks and update them in line with legislative changes, in line with the Studio and Group strategy.
  • Provide technical advice and knowledge within the human resources discipline in the studio
  • Act as a HR Business Partner for the studio.
  • Prepare requested reports and analyses.
  • Working closely with Keyword Studios local and global HR Teams.
  • Supporting HR strategy for the senior leadership team and the studio in line with Keywords Studios' direction.
  • Manage the annual and interim performance review processes and make sure timelines are met and employee development in line with policy
  • Support with Visa allocations and Visa application process with the Home Office for new employees coming from abroad


Skills And Experience Required

  • A degree in related discipline or CIPD is highly desirable
  • Minimum of 6 - 7 years of work experience in a Human Resources Specialist or Manager role
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proven experience of working with and influencing middle and senior management with the ability to build rapport across all levels
  • Excellent knowledge of UK ER
  • Good management and team working skills
  • Initiative and responsibility: willingness to act pro-actively by identifying opportunities and anticipate changes
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to manage competing demands
  • An eye for detail and the ability to manage your own time and workload
  • A good knowledge of Employment Law.
  • Experience in managing and developing a HR team
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical capability; experience of creation and analysis of HR metrics to find root causes and drive appropriate solutions


  • Excellent holiday package
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Fresh fruit and snacks
  • A friendly, focused, ambitious and relaxed working environment
  • Ongoing training and development, with career progression
  • Discount card for all the shopping centre stores
  • Great seafront location, a short walk from the rail station, bars, restaurants, coffee shops
  • Group Private Medical Insurance provided by BUPA
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Private Dental Insurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Eye-Care Vouchers


  • Bring your doggo to work! We're a dog friendly studio, bring your pooch in to meet us.
  • Bean to cup coffee machine in the studio.
  • Fresh fruit and healthy snacks provided daily, breakfast and some not so healthy snacks.
  • In-house clubs and socials. From board games, tennis, football to D&D nights, there are lots of opportunities to socialise.
  • Regular Socials including Project Wrap Parties, team and studio events, Christmas and annual Summer parties and some great charity fundraising events.

Role Information: EN

Studio: Climax Studios

Location: Europe, United Kingdom, Portsmouth

Area of Work: Game Development

Service: Create

Employment Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time, Onsite

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