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Employer Brand & Engagement Partner (12 month contract)

Wells, Somerset
Closing date
6 Nov 2021

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Our story


Inspired by his travels and love of cooking, Charlie Bigham set up shop in 1996 with the sole aim of creating really delicious dishes for foodies – putting in all the care and attention that you would if you were to cook them yourself at home.

Now approaching our 25th anniversary, Charlie Bigham’s is the number one brand in the chilled prepared meal category. With over 50 recipes available in major supermarkets, our distinctive wooden trays and illustrated packaging make us instantly recognisable on-shelf.

Bigham’s has achieved impressive YOY growth since launch and we continue to grow in a sustainable way.  We now employ over 550 people across two thriving kitchens in London and Somerset.  We're a certified Great Place to Work and have achieved B-Corp status because it’s the right thing to do for our business, for our consumers and for the planet.

And our award-winning company is still expanding, which is why we’re searching for like-minded individuals who share our passion for the extraordinary, to help us deliver our food philosophy - Only Delicious Will Do



Who we’re looking for

We’re recruiting for a People Partner with specialist focus on Engagement and Employer Brand based at our award winning Quarry Kitchen near Wells, Somerset.  This is a 12 month maternity cover contract during which you will be responsible for managing our employer brand strategy ensuring we have the requisite talent and skills as we continue to grow and to establish Bigham’s as an employer of choice.


What you’d be doing

Reporting to the Head of People, your main responsibilities will be around:


  • Build the Bigham’s Employer Brand internally and externally: Work together with agency partners to develop our employer brand and to publicise our commitment to people and the planet underlined by our B Corp certification as well as local advertising, sponsorship and PR activities.  Implement social content strategies that support engagement, recruitment and retention.
  • Partner in Purpose: as action area owner develop engagement with Bigham’s Purpose and Values through communication campaigns, regular briefing and alignment of policy, procedures and processes.
  • Benchmarking Pay and Benefits: Ongoing review of market pay and benefits and leading Bigham’s participation in annual job matching and salary survey to enable objective pay benchmarking.
  • Lead internal communication and recognition programs: develop plans that provide clear and effective 2-way communication placing listening at the heart of all that we do.  Create recognition schemes to encourage engagement with our values, a feeling of one team and a culture of collaboration. 
  • Engagement survey: own set up, communication, participation and reporting of annual Best Workplaces Survey and pulse surveys through the year. 


What you’ll bring to the table 

We’re looking for someone who has experience delivering change as an HR specialist or Generalist with specific responsibility for engagement and employee experience, ideally in an FMCG or service organisation. 

You’ll have the ability to communicate confidently, projecting yourself and your ideas appropriately internally as well as externally and will use your contagious energy to create compelling messages that engage our team and wider communities.

You’ll also be insightful and be able to use qualitative and quantitative feedback to determine trends, get to the nub of issues quickly and create plans that will positively impact people performance.


Requisite skills and attributes for this role are:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships
  • A great organiser with the ability to manage multiple projects coupled with attention to detail and a completer-finisher
  • Degree qualified or equivalent
  • Values-led in approach: warm, enthusiastic, imaginative, daring and genuine
  • Passionate about great people and seeing people grow
  • A positive attitude and able to show empathy
  • High impact and energetic, someone who loves telling the employer story and building engagement to deliver the best possible experience for colleagues and candidates.
  • Working collaboratively and believing strength is greater as a team
  • Genuine interest in other people’s ideas and believe that ‘difference’ makes a better business.
  • Curious and able to challenge for the very best outcome
  • Self-motivated – able to set and manage priorities


What we can offer you

First and foremost, we’re offering the chance to join an innovative and fast-growing company that values and rewards the great people in its teams. You’ll receive a 360° Bigham’s induction, to understand how every department contributes to the business, access to the Bigham’s Academy to enhance your personal development and the opportunity to be a key contributor to transformative projects.

We also offer a truly fantastic work space at our award winning Quarry Kitchen in Somerset. 

Our Quarry Kitchen is tucked away in the Somerset countryside yet is easily accessible from Bristol & Bath as well as the beautiful towns and villages across the region and has modern on-site facilities, with ample parking and a cycle-to-work scheme available to commuters.


Other benefits include:

  • Career support in creating an individual PDP via the Bigham’s Academy
  • Pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Discounted gym membership 
  • Bigham’s discounts for hundreds of popular retail and dining outlets


Given our passion for food, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we have a fantastic team cafeteria, serving fresh subsidised meals daily.  And you’ll even have the chance to take home lots of Charlie Bigham’s dishes to enjoy with family and friends. We also organise team outings, sporting tournaments and take part in community and charity events.

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