Oak View Group

People & Culture Project Manager - Co-op Live

Job Locations UK-Manchester
# of Openings
Employment Type
Permanent Full-Time
Location : City
Location : Name
Co-op Live Eastlands Arena
UK Group
Co-op Live

Oak View Group

Oak View Group is the global leader in venue development, management, and premium hospitality services for the live event industry.  Offering an unmatched, 360-degree solution set for a collection of world-class owned venues and a client roster that includes the most influential, highest attended arenas, convention centers, music festivals, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions on the planet.


More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Venue

Co-op Live offer a warm Manchester welcome to over 23,000 fans and amazing artists. With innovative smart ‘bowl’ design, cutting edge visual and acoustic technology, plus 32 amazing bars and restaurants and 12 premium lounges and clubs, we have created a unique space for the people of Manchester and beyond. World class, planet friendly and all in the heart of our local vibrant community.


For more information - Co-op Live

Role Purpose

Co-op Live is the biggest live entertainment arena in the UK, and we’re looking for a People & Culture Project Manager. This is a really exciting, true people generalist role, where every day will be different and bring new challenges.


This is a genuine opportunity to make a difference, supporting our people, managing the HR systems, developing and maintaining policies. You will be supporting the set up of our people processes, embracing our ways of working and developing how we do things. Its a fantastic opportunity to bring your ideas to the table, and put your stamp on the role.


  • Roll your sleeves up and get stuck into all things people & culture related; every day will be different as we work together to support ongoing development of systems, processes, policies and ways of working
  • Manage HR systems that create as much automation as possible, reducing people administration activities such as time & attendance, DBS, pay & reward, recruitment, employee engagement and performance management
  • Support the team to co-ordinate, administer, interview, onboard and attend careers fairs to attract the best talent to Co-op Live
  • Work closely with the People & Culture team on the delivery of all people projects
  • Support on diversity and inclusion initiatives, driving inclusive practices into everything we do
  • Support the development of our employee reward strategies for permanent and event teams
  • Provide practical, people and employment law advice to leaders, managers & supervisors
  • Proactively manage people policy and employment law updates to ensure statutory compliance and best practice
  • Produce monthly reports that monitor progress against our internal and external commitments, identifying opportunities to continuously improve what we do and think outside the box
  • Manage the administration support for the team ensuring processes are slick and effective
  • Work with key local stakeholder’s including Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, Manchester City Council, City Football Group and supporting charities
  • Manage relationships with external service providers including rewards & benefits partner


What Co-op Live will give to you


Alongside the benefit of working with an awesome team of talented people, we want to help you get the best out of your work and have a work life balance.

  • Provide you with development opportunities and regular one to ones
  • Key objectives for you to succeed in your role
  • Your general wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds, we understand the importance of balancing work and personal commitments
  • This is an office base role, it’s really important we work together to mobilise the biggest music and live entertainment arena in the UK
  • Working 5 out of 7 days - this may include evenings and weekends

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Employer pension scheme
  • Private Health Care scheme – Vitality
  • Life Assurance 4 x basic salary
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • WeCare Employee Assistance Programme to support you and your family 24hrs, 7 days per week when you need the service
  • Company sick pay scheme
  • Enhanced family friendly benefits
  • Office fruit & snacks
  • Team social events

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • CIPD Level 5 qualification
  • An infectious can-do approach
  • Great employment law knowledge
  • Have a passion for getting things done
  • Be a brilliant team player
  • Broad generalist people experience
  • Thrive when its buzzing
  • Have a flexible approach, like variety of which there will be loads!
  • Confident to challenge and support all levels of the team
  • Good working HR systems experience


  • Experience of working with a large team of casual staff
  • Experience of working in an arena, stadium or large business
  • Great project management skills

Closing date for applications: 4 July 2024

Our Inclusion Commitments

Our venue is for the fans, the artists, everyone! Attracting a diverse workforce which reflects our local community is what will make our venue the best music venue in the UK!


We understand that to continue positively disrupting the sports and live entertainment industry, we need a diverse team to help us do it. We also believe that inclusivity drives innovation, strengthens our people, improves our service, and raises our excellence.


If you do require any additional support or reasonable adjustments to support your application, please let us know and we will work with you to ensure you have everything you need.


We will consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the required skills necessary to fulfil the role.

Employee Screening and Eligibility to Work

We recognise the importance of safeguarding, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, details of which will be shared with you at offer stage.

If successful in your application, you will be required to provide eligibility to work evidence in line with the ‘Eligibility to Work in the UK’ requirements.


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