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Senior HR Specialist - Whittlesey, Grantham and Wombourne

Job at McCain Foods in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Position Title: Senior HR Specialist - Whittlesey, Grantham and Wombourne

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Whittlesey

Requisition ID: 20737

There’s nothing beige about McCain… Except our potatoes — and we’re extremely passionate about them.

When you join McCain, you’ll be joining the biggest player in the frozen potato game, bringing people together around the nation for over 60 years by sharing simple, delicious planet friendly food.

We’ve partnered with thousands of the country’s supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, hospitals, and schools to change the way people see the humble spud. It’s all about elevation and creating something better.

So, come and make your career at McCain Foods.


We have ambitious growth business plans at McCain, but we can’t achieve those without our people. Our HR team play a huge part in driving our winning culture and it’s the role of our HR Specialist to get under the skin of the people behind the potatoes.

Working as part of a wider HR team you will support and oversee the day-to-day HR Employee Life Cycle Processes across our demanding Whittlesey, Grantham and Wombourne Manufacturing Plants as well as occasionally supporting our Head Office departments across several different business areas.

This will include…

Working in partnership with People leaders to drive a continuous improvement mindset to enable the everyday engagement of their teams Overseeing and advising People Leaders and Employees with Employee and Labor relations issues including overseeing the employee absence process Managing talent and succession with a strong focus on attracting, recruiting, and selecting the best talent Working in partnership with the HRBP’s and our leader to be an ambassador of driving diversity, equity, and inclusion Supporting regional implementation of CoE-driven processes, policies, and initiatives. Analysing the data available through our Global Employee Self Service Support Platform (HRNow/ServiceNow), to identify trends and take insight driven actions. Whilst striving to continually improve the content to enhance the employee experience. Reviewing and supporting the development of our HR Procedures, to ensure compliance with legislative updates and best practice changes. Whilst playing a key role in the coordination of the HR aspects in Audits.

We are a team of connectedness – which means you will create impactful relationships between local HR Specialist and our Global Employee Experience Centre to provide a world class service to our employees. And because we have a one team approach you will also have the opportunity to ‘chip in’ and partner with other departments outside of your normal business areas.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to springboard their career into HR Business Partner in a high performing business and team.


As well as a breadth of HR experience working in a fast-paced environment you’ll also have experience of managing people priorities across multiple sites and business areas.

We’re looking for a CIPD level 5 qualified HR professional or equivalent as well as...

Comprehensive HR policy and process knowledge Extensive Employee Relations experience with strong knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations Ability to understand and apply HR compliance requirements Strong ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with impact and handle confidential information Proven teamwork capabilities; strong relationship management and interpersonal skills Strong business acumen coupled with project management and analytical skills HR Project delivery with a Continuous Improvement Mindset Working knowledge of HR systems, particularly SuccessFactors and Service Now


You’ll be pleased to know we don’t pay you in ‘chips’. As well as a competitive salary we also have some ‘a-peeling’ benefits including:

A generous car allowance plus business miles expensed Achievable personal and business performance-based bonus Private single medical insurance scheme A great pension plan — and we’ll pay double what you do, up to a maximum of 12% of your pay Flexible holidays — with the option to buy & sell up to 5 extra days per year ‘Chips In’ Volunteering Day Off — to make a positive impact in McCain communities across the globe Optional health cash plan Cycle to work scheme Opportunities to relocate in the future — we’re a worldwide business, so the opportunities are there for those who seek them


You will mostly be based in our Whittlesey Plant however you will also cover our Grantham and Wombourne plant, splitting your time across the three plants as the business demands.

We also recognise that being in the office every single day is a thing of the past. Here at McCain, we champion hybrid working so there may be times where it is convenient for you to be able to work from home.


At McCain Foods, we are committed to becoming an employer of choice for diverse employees; where leaders, structures, and interactions encourage individuals to thrive while being their authentic selves. If you need any adjustments making throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs. #LI-CB1

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs. Your privacy is important to us. By submitting personal data or information to us, you agree this will be handled in accordance with the Global Privacy Policy

Job Family: Human Resources Division: Global Human Resources Department: ​HR Delivery GB ​ Location(s): GB - United Kingdom : England : Whittlesey || GB - United Kingdom : England : Grantham || GB - United Kingdom : England : Hull || GB - United Kingdom : England : Peterborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Scarborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Wombourne || GB - United Kingdom : Other : Reference job description || GB - United Kingdom : Scotland : Montrose

Company: McCain Foods (G.B.) Ltd

ID 131806 Sectors:
in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

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