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ABOUT OQC

At Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) we are building quantum computers to enable life-changing discoveries: from new drug modelisation to longer-lasting battery technology and portfolio optimisation. We are developing a cloud based quantum computer service – Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) – to help our customers improve their operations and trailblaze new commercial and scientific approaches. 

Our team is composed of 40 people with various backgrounds in quantum physics, nanotechnologies, hardware, software and business or creative industries. We are all bound by the desire to put OQC at the forefront of the quantum revolution and help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

 

ROLE OVERVIEW

As OQC’s HR Specialist, you will play an influential role in developing and supporting our entire employee life cycle. In this role, you will drive improvement in our people procedures, support our internal recruitment team with retention processes, assist with talent acquisition and steer our onboarding.  In addition to this, you will also support our performance and progression activities. You will draw on your professional experience to help us expand our world-class team and build OQC’s reputation as an employer of choice for our current and future employees. This role is an integral part of a busy, growing business, and we are looking for someone enthusiastic and keen to really work with the team and across the company to improve and drive change.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure the team at OQC is well-equipped and comfortable with HR and values-related matters
  • Manage the employee life cycle activities for all employees including assisting with talent acquisition, performance management, contracts, offers, onboarding and offboarding
  • Maintain and improve HR management software - keeping employee records up to date in a timely manner
  • Manage benefits administration and rewards/wellbeing portals 
  • Review, amend, create and communicate HR related policies, principles, handbooks and process manuals 
  • Assist and support the recruitment team with interviewing and retention and visa process 
  • Be responsible for and drive improvement in diversity, inclusion and engagement 
  • Sustain OQC’s learning and development, including suggesting and arranging any  required team training, advising on performance development plans and processes and attending review meetings.  
  • Be a point of contact for any personable work related issues (e.g. grievances and employee disputes) 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

You must have the right to work in the UK (unfortunately, we will not be able to sponsor visas)

  • At least 5 years of experience in similar a role dealing with HR-related matters
  • Good knowledge of UK labour laws, regulations and working practices
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Experience writing and implementing HR policies
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discretion and confidentiality 
  • Project management skills with experience in managing / coordinating change programmes.
  • Previous experience using HR databases
  • Experience using Slack, G-Suite, Confluence and Zoom
  • Self starter with the ability to prioritise
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
  • Project management skills with experience in managing / coordinating change programmes.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • HR Professional Qualification 
  • Knowledge and experience of the UK Visa process (UK points based system and visa request procedure). 
  • Previous experience improving company diversity 
  • Experience in a startup environment
  • Experience/knowledge of the Technology industry and ability to quickly grasp the technical skills required at OQC

 

LOCATION & TRAVEL

OQC’s office is located in Shinfield, Reading. There may be a requirement for occasional travel throughout the UK and elsewhere abroad for careers fairs. 

 

APPLY NOW

Please apply via https://apply.workable.com/oqc/ . As part of our application process we ask that you also provide us with a cover letter outlining why you think you would be a good fit for the role and what attracts you to OQC. Applications without a cover letter including this information will not be considered. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

At OQC we are not just hoping you’ll fit in our culture. We aspire to thrive, as a company and as people, thanks to your diversity of thought and background. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to providing our team members with a work environment free from discrimination, where everyone is treated with respect. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, talent and merit and all our colleagues share in the responsibility for fulfilling our commitment to diversity. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or if you think we can do better with our recruitment process, please contact us at careers@oxfordquantumcircuits.com

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