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HR Manager

About the role

Founded by Josh Littlejohn MBE and Alice Thompson, Social Bite began life as a small cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2012. They became involved in the homelessness issue, when a young homeless man named Peter came into the cafe one day to ask us for a job. When they offered this young man employment, this was the origin of an unexpected 9 years of charitable work and campaigning on the homelessness issue.

Social Bite started to offer more jobs to people experiencing homelessness as we got more engaged in the issue. After a few months, they introduced a “Pay it Forward” system in the cafes where customers could buy some food in advance for people experiencing homelessness to get later on.

This has led to them becoming a major employer of people experiencing homelessness and extreme barriers to employment, as well as the largest provider of free freshly made free food in the UK to those in need.  Social Bite normally give out over 140,000 items of food and hot drinks every year through their network of cafes and have distributed over 800,000 food packs during the pandemic alone. They also have a restaurant, Vesta Bar & Kitchen, formerly called ‘Home’, which opened in 2016 and which provides weekly sit-down meals for an average of 40 people experiencing homelessness and food poverty, as well as training opportunities for our supported employees.


The Role

Social Bite are seeking a hands on HR Manager to be based at their Edinburgh HQ. This is a really exciting time to support the evolution of their HR function.

A practical  approach is required to update policies and work collaboratively with the small team to get it right for their people.

As Social Bite’s HR Manager, you will work with the Executive Director and Heads of Department in driving employee engagement, whilst ensuring legal compliance is adhered to. You will be responsible for identifying recruitment requirements and supporting managers to deliver robust policies and procedures in their unique environment.

This is a role where you will have the ability to see results and have an impact, and will suit people who can cope with degrees of ambiguity.

The successful candidate will come with ideas and innovation, you will be solutions focussed and have the eye for detail and results.

You will be:

  • Educated to degree level with 3 – 5 years of HR experience
  • Experience in managing internal and external teams
  • Demonstrable coaching experience
  • Experience managing and improving HR processes
  • Ability to navigate through problems with ease


How to apply

For more information and to apply, please email or send your CV and covering letter to Jaclyn Needham at