Senior People Operations Associate



People & HR, Operations
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Who are we?

Established in 2017, Wayve is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, driven by breakthroughs in Embodied AI. Our intelligent, mapless, and hardware-agnostic technologies empower vehicles to navigate complex environments effortlessly.

Supported by prominent investors, Wayve is advancing the transition from assisted to fully automated driving, making transportation safer, more efficient, and universally accessible. Join our world-class, multinational team of engineers and researchers as we push the boundaries of frontier AI and autonomous driving, creating impactful technologies and products on a global scale

Where you’ll have an impact:

We’re looking for experienced and motivated individuals to join our journey in developing next-generation autonomous vehicles.
The People Operations Manager is a pivotal role within our People team, focusing on delivering exceptional employee experiences from onboarding through offboarding. This role serves as an escalation point for all People-related inquiries, ensuring that all employees feel supported and valued throughout their journey with the company. The ideal candidate will be responsible for Payroll, Rewards & Benefits, Projects & an escalation point for our People Helpdesk ticketing system.

Challenges you will own:

  • Reward & Benefits: Responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of employee rewards and benefits programs.
  • People Helpdesk Escalation: Have a good generalist knowledge of all things People and be able to speak confidently and answer when required.
  • Payroll: Responsible for submitting Payroll on time and accurately for our Finance team to then implement.
  • Continuous Improvement: Contribute to the continuous improvement of People processes and policies, aiming to enhance efficiency and the overall employee experience.
  • Projects: As and when, this role will need to be able to work autonomously on larger projects from start to finish.

What you will bring to Wayve:

We understand that everyone has a unique set of skills and experiences and that not everyone will meet all of the requirements listed below. If you’re passionate about self-driving cars and think you have what it takes to make a positive impact on the world, we encourage you to apply.


  • 3+ years of experience in a HR or People Operations role.
  • Payroll experience. Ideally have been responsible for Payroll for a Headcount of 100+ employees.
  • Great experience in rolling out new Benefits. From Design/Selection through to Implementation.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to handle sensitive matters with empathy and confidentiality.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with an ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in HRIS systems and familiarity with ticketing systems.


  • Experience working in a Start-up company.
  • Strong knowledge of UK Leave policies.
  • Global experience and an understanding of different markets.

What we offer:

  • The chance to be part of a truly mission driven organisation and an opportunity to shape the future of autonomous driving. Unlike our competitors, Wayve is still relatively small and nimble, giving you the chance to make a huge impact
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • A dynamic and fast-paced work environment in which you will grow every day - learning on the job, from the brightest minds in our space, and with support for more formal learning opportunities too
  • A culture that is ego-free, respectful and welcoming (of you and your dog) - we even eat lunch together every day
  • Benefits such as an onsite chef, workplace nursery scheme, private health insurance, cycle scheme, therapy, yoga, two onsite bars, large social budgets
  • This is a full-time role based in our office in London. At Wayve we want the best of all worlds so we operate a hybrid working policy that combines time together in our offices and workshops to fuel innovation, culture, relationships and learning, and time spent working from home. We also operate core working hours so you can be where you need to be for family and loved ones too. Teams determine the routines that work best for them.

At Wayve we're committed to creating a diverse, fair and respectful culture that is inclusive of everyone based on their unique skills and perspectives, and regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, ethnicity, age or religious belief

DISCLAIMER: We will not ask about marriage or pregnancy, care responsibilities or disabilities in any of our job adverts or interviews. However, we do look to capture information about care responsibilities, and disabilities among other diversity information as part of an optional DEI Monitoring form to help us identify areas of improvement in our hiring process and ensure that the process is inclusive and non-discriminatory.