People

Our belief in people – and their enormous potential – is at the heart of everything we do here at Orbit. So it’s fitting that our People Directorate has the broadest remit of any of our departments. Everything we do is about challenging the status quo to make things better for each individual – whether they work with us, or live in the communities we help thrive. 

Our work is hugely varied. From engagement with politicians, trade bodies and key publications, to brand management across our diverse portfolio and Community Investment initiatives, we’re working to deliver more for every single person who lives in an Orbit home, be they tenant or owner. Our people are our most valued asset. So the work of our HR, people development and training teams helps to ensure the wellbeing and advancement of every one of us is vital to our future success.

It’s an exciting place to be, full of passionate people doing important work in culture where doors are open, ideas are shared, and individual endeavour is acknowledged and rewarded.

Brand & Communications

As a department, our belief in people is clear. A diverse and highly skilled team of marketers and comms professionals, we utilise each others’ expertise (and our growing data sets) to reshape our insights and create ground-breaking ways of working.

We spend every day thinking up new ways to enhance the lives of our customers, to support our colleagues in sales, and to raise the profile of what we do. We like to challenge the status quo, trial new technologies and shake up the market with our new approach and new products.

What’s more, because Orbit delivers private sale, help to buy, social and supported housing, as well as multi-million pound community investment initiatives, there’s real variety in the marketing we produce.

The value of each individual contribution from our team members cannot be overestimated. Every person makes the team stronger and our ideas more diverse, inclusive, original and robust. So we’ll value your input and invest in your future. Regular reviews, workshops and highly individual personal development plans are the backbone of a career at Orbit. An open door policy with senior management means that there is real transparency across the business, and your voice can be heard loud and clear.

Human Resources

"Supporting the people who support our people” – that’s key to everything we do in Human Resources. Whether we’re working with front line employees who are directly delivering services to customers, or advising colleagues who are building and improving our homes – our dedicated team of professionals work in collaboration with the business to provide the best outcomes. If you are a solutions-focused people practitioner - generalist or specialist – every day provides a new opportunity to showcase your talents and genuinely make a difference to people.

Responsible for sourcing and attracting the best talent for the business, our team of experienced resourcing professionals are true brand champions - constantly seeking innovative ways to share the Orbit success story and encourage like-minded individuals to bring their skills and shared values to Orbit. Will you be the next to join us?

Our HR Services team is the hub of our activities. We provide payroll and self service options for our 1180 employees and act as first point of contact for general enquiries. We support and signpost employees with questions on holidays, absence, maternity and paternity, DBS checks and pay and benefits queries.

The HR Business Partner teams work across the business to coach and support all people activities throughout the employee life cycle – providing advice and guidance on employment law, resource planning, sickness absence and talent management.  

Building strategies for compensation, benefits and rewarding great achievement, our Reward team ensures that our pay and benefits offer is competitive, fair and affordable. We have some great benefits on offer – flexible working for the majority of roles, a company pension scheme where the company will match your contributions up to a maximum of 8%, free private medical insurance for all employees, the opportunity to buy additional holiday and a fantastic range of employee discounts.

People Development

The People Development Team are passionate about helping  talented people to learn, grow and develop here at Orbit, We work with our colleagues right across the business to design and deliver fit for purpose solutions that really add value. This could be our core training team delivering tailored team building events at locations such as theme parks and formula 1 race tracks, leadership development programmes for aspiring managers. Everyone at Orbit has a personal development plan that can include investment in qualifications, professional memberships, conferences and seminars or soft skills such as time management and interview skills for those who want to progress with us.

Our team are responsible for defining and driving our culture. We work to ensure our values, mission and purpose are clear and inspiring. We embed a coaching culture across the business with mentoring for our talented people.

We invest time effort into creating and maintaining an environment that supports and improves the well being of our diverse workforce. We focus this on four areas – mymind, healthy mind, money management, choice of great benefits and good physical health.

We provide a variety of opportunities for people living in our communities to take part in our apprentice, graduate, work experience and internship roles across Orbit. We are committed to offering permanent careers for our apprentices and graduates, we recognise that diverse talent is one of the keys to our success. We provide interesting and rewarding careers for motivated people.

As a Sunday Times 100 Employer we want to make sure our people have a voice all of the time. The People Development Team compiles the feedback, cascades to relevant teams, works with managers and employee ambassadors to implement new ideas. .

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities for our colleagues in our community projects such as community centres, our independent living schemes helping our customers to live a full and happy life, protecting our environment cleaning up our beaches and community areas, volunteering at foodbanks the opportunities are endless.

Come and join our Great Place to Work and make a difference to the lives of people living in our communities.

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Harry Tarrant - Graduate Trainee, Market Sales