19TH June 2024

People Manager – Maternity Cover

19TH June 2024


We are seeking a people manager for a 12-month maternity cover to work with the team in the UK.

About ADP

ADP Architecture is proud to be an Employee Owned Trust and converted to this structure in 2017. We are  BCorp certified and have ‘Gold Investors In People’ status. We know that a healthy work/life balance is important and in addition to other competitive benefits we offer the opportunity for compressed working hours.

We are a practice of about 80 staff in total, based in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Nicosia in Cyprus. ADP is 29th in the AJ100 largest UK architectural practices and has been in operation for almost 60 years. Our projects span a wide range of sectors and scales, including education, healthcare, residential and workplace and for public and private clients.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and a gold-standard investor in people – reflecting our belief that it takes a people-centred practice to create people-centred architecture. Diversity is at the heart of our success, and we welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

The role

This is a varied and hands-on role, ideally suited to an HR/People generalist who enjoys working as part of a small team within a multi-studio architectural practice. The People Manager role is the sole HR specialist within the business.

Working closely with directors across the practice, the People Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the business’ People policies and processes as well as supporting on health and safety and training. They are supported by the finance team and the Operations Director.


  • Managing the day-to-day operation of the ADP People policies and processes.
  • Helping to create a sense of belonging and community in our studios.
  • Evolving and continually improving the ADP People processes to provide a high-quality employee-focused department which reflects the ADP Vision.
  • Supporting employees in their professional development process and with personal improvement plans.
  • Maintaining knowledge of regulations and legislation associated with ADP People processes.
  • Advising the Executive Leadership Team on HR matters and providing monthly reports on activity.
  • Supporting studios in their recruitment requirements and managing the administration of the recruitment process.
  • Managing the onboarding, probation and leavers process.
  • With the finance team, assist with the employee benefit processes and payroll.
  • Carrying out risk and workplace assessments associated with ADP People processes.
  • Working with the CPD Coordinator and Operations Director to implement a suitable training and CPD curriculum and keeping the ADP Academy information up to date.
  • Complying with, and supporting, the requirements of the Quality Management System and Environmental Management System.


  • HR Generalist experience, ideally a minimum of 2 years
  • An excellent standard of oral and written English
  • A professional attitude with good planning and time management
  • Excellent communication skills with a positive and collegiate approach to teamwork
  • Minimum CIPD Level 5 or other relevant qualification/work experience
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills
  • Able to build supportive and effective relationships with a wide range of team members quickly across multiple studios
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously when needed

Experience in the construction design sector is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The role will be mainly studio-based with some flexibility for ad-hoc home working.

The preferred location for this national role is at our London studio but other locations will be considered. Occasional travel to other UK studios may be required (London, Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester and Edinburgh).

Unfortunately, we are not able to support candidates who require a visa to work.


To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to careers@adp-architecture.com with ‘People Manager’ in the subject line.