People & Talent Manager

Job description

Salary: £40k to £60k

Location: London, UK

Ably is a tech company that provides developer tools and infrastructure for the realtime internet. Chatting on WhatsApp, hailing an Uber, asking Alexa what the weather will be like tomorrow - all of these things rely on complex software and infrastructure. This is what Ably provides.

Here’s just a few things our platform powers: HubSpot’s chat and collaboration products, live score updates for millions of Australian Open tennis fans, and live transit updates for three million Chicagoans.

In the near future, Autonomous Vehicles, IoT devices (e.g. connected fridges or environment sensors), and AI-powered experiences will be the norm. But new infrastructure is required to power it all.

Working at Ably means helping to build that infrastructure and shape the future.

To see what life’s like at Ably, check out our careers page at

In this role

As we move into this period of high growth as a company, we are looking for a People & Talent Manager to be the internal champion of our company culture. You will help us revamp our on-boarding process, keep people happy, define and solidify our culture and values, develop our L&D, organize social events, and manage our talent acquisition process. Most importantly, you’ll make sure everyone feels like they’re valued, developing, motivated, rewarded and happy. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the leadership team to develop our people strategy, supporting a high-performance culture that gets the best out of everyone.

  • Responsible for the whole employee lifecycle, from an awesome onboarding experience to compliance with training requirements to feedback cadence to celebrating milestones.

  • Drive our ongoing talent acquisition; ensure we’re hiring the right people for the culture and kind of company we want to build.

  • Be a trusted advisor and counsel on people-related issues and policies to team members across the whole company.

  • Own and level-up our people frameworks: performance management, career progression, learning and development.

  • Making sure everything we do aligns with our company goals and values. 

  • Strengthening Ably’s sense of community as we grow. 

  • Be prepared to put on many hats, especially in the first six to twelve months, as we scale our company rapidly.


Skills and experience

  • Your passion is helping others achieve their very best.

  • You’ve led People teams before at high growth companies and know how to leverage the opportunities and challenges when scaling a company.

  • You’re super organised and fearless in making sure everyone commits to and follows the people policies you design to support a high performance culture.

  • Your leadership style is empathetic, approachable and candid and are able to build strong relationships across the business.

  • Culture matters deeply to you and you never tire of evangelising how we as a company can enable everyone to do their best work.

  • You value diversity and inclusion because you know we can only perform at the highest level when everyone can bring their whole self to work and we look at things from different perspectives.

  • You feel strongly aligned with our company values and want to be a big part of where we take them from here.

  • You have a broad understanding of all aspects of the HR function.

  • You have hands-on experience performing in a talent acquisition role.

  • You are excited about what we’re doing at Ably and where we’re headed!

  • Bonus: 

    • You have worked in a similar tech space, or at a SaaS or IaaS company.

What’s it like to work at Ably?

Ably is entering a new phase of growth led by an experienced senior team from the likes of Econsultancy and ThoughtWorks. You’ll be part of a successful, highly motivated, and extremely collaborative team.

To provide the infrastructure required for the next generation of the internet, to tell the world about it, and to support everyone inside Ably to do so we hire people who are ready and capable of taking on challenging problems in a high-growth environment.

We want to work in a company of inclusive people who treat each other well. We’re building a company with a diverse set of people who value:

  • Ownership and impact of work. You have real autonomy and ownership over your work with a visible impact inside Ably, and externally on products powered by Ably that you use in your daily life.

  • An environment to thrive. Modern, comfy office in the heart of Camden. Excellent transport links, Camden Food Market with over 100 food stalls and restaurants, and multiple work spaces to match your working style.

  • Truly flexible working and not just lip service. Come into the office, work at home, or rock up at your local coffee shop at the hours you focus best.

  • Work is varied and challenging as we’re solving hard, complex problems that push the limits of what’s possible with today’s software and infrastructure.


  • Health insurance

  • Gym membership

  • Regular company away days and social events

  • Weekly team breakfast or lunch

  • Free drinks and snacks in the office

  • Ongoing professional development (training, events, conferences)

  • 25 days of paid annual leave (33 days including bank holidays)

  • Company contributions towards your pension

  • Your choice of high quality tech kit to work on

Ably has a culture that values employee freedom and responsibility. Apply to talk to us to see if this role on an impactful and collaborative team is right for you.