Graduate scheme

North West

An opportunity to help a thriving scale-up business to protect its culture as it grows, by supporting the smooth delivery and continuous improvement of its people-related processes.

The Culture Collaborator role falls within the Culture Tribe at PortSwigger. This tribe is responsible for recruitment, employee engagement and our workplace; it undertakes projects to support belonging, leadership, feedback, and wellbeing amongst our people. The Culture Collaborator role will work across these different areas, providing support with a wide range of operational and other tasks, delivering a gold standard of people-related processes, and helping us to continuously improve how we work and protect our culture.

We believe our culture is our most valuable asset and our biggest differentiator as an organisation. Enabling us to achieve our primary goals, of having fun at work, delivering amazing products and services, and changing the world for the better.

We currently have 100 people and expect to grow steadily into several hundred people over the next few years. We are fixated on protecting our culture as we grow. We are keenly aware that many organisations lose their way and drift into a toxic corporate culture. We refuse to accept that this is inevitable.

The work of the Culture Tribe is heavily backed by our founder, Dafydd Stuttard, and by our board, including Yvonne Agyei, a highly experienced People professional who has held senior roles within Google and

Key responsibilities

The foundations of our culture initiatives are solid people processes that are efficient, accurate and seamless. Delivering value to our people by making their lives easier at work, is central to what we do.

The scope of the Culture Collaborator role is broad. You will actively support the hands-on delivery of all people processes. You will continuously look for opportunities to improve our processes to make them more efficient, and more closely meet the needs of “customers”, both internal (i.e. the wider PortSwigger team) and external (e.g. candidates and recruitment agencies). You will provide other ad-hoc assistance to colleagues wherever it is most needed.

In addition to your wide-ranging supportive role, you will actively engage with the work of the Culture Tribe across a range of exciting projects. You will frequently work directly with colleagues across the entire business outside of the culture tribe. Gathering feedback on our processes and working to improve them will generally involve close collaboration with our people in all areas.

About you

  • You are people-orientated.
  • You are inspired by how we have described our culture and our mission of protecting it as we grow.
  • You believe work should be fun.
  • You are highly organised, able to work on multiple tasks in parallel, prioritise time to the most important or urgent actions, and keep to deadlines.
  • You are can-do and energetic. You are eager to deliver tangible value and see the impact of your efforts. You thrive on being busy.
  • You are highly attentive to detail, conscientious, and strive for accuracy in everything that you do.
  • You can be unorthodox. You don’t follow the herd. You definitely aren’t a corporate HR person.
  • You are creative, full of innovative ideas for protecting and enhancing company culture.

Essential skills for the role

  • Communication. An excellent communicator, in both written and oral form. Ability to adapt communication style to a widely varied audience.
  • Conscientiousness. Pride in work, a high level of care and attention to detail, and a determination to always deliver the very best that you can.
  • Organisation. Ability to work on several tasks and projects in parallel, handle interactions with numerous stakeholders, keep to deadlines, and flexibly adapt your priorities as new important or urgent tasks appear.
  • Collaboration. Ability to work closely and build strong relationships with others, share work-in-progress and incomplete ideas, give and receive continuous feedback, and deliver value in small iterations.
  • Emotional intelligence. Aware of your own emotions, able to manage them, and adapt your style to other personality types.
  • Technical competency. Able to quickly gain proficiency with a wide variety of business support platforms and other technical solutions. Able to identify and help implement new tools to drive efficiency in our processes.

Desirable skills for the role

  • Agile working: Knowledge of Agile principles and methodologies.
  • Commercial awareness. You're comfortable holding a conversation with external parties (e.g. recruitment agencies) and are able to address common contractual questions.

Examples of tasks and projects you would be involved in:

  • Coordination of our recruitment process and delivery of a first-class candidate experience. You will be expected to:

    • Engage with all candidates promptly and accurately - responding to their questions, making sure they have the information they need, and being a friendly contact at PortSwigger.
    • Effectively manage our relationships with external recruitment agencies.
    • Pre-screen and interview candidates to help us understand their motivators and strengths.
    • Provide effective and constructive feedback to candidates and agencies.
    • Work with teams across the business to develop effective job descriptions and assessment, and support them in using these to identify candidates that will thrive at PortSwigger.
    • Creatively marketing our roles on various social media platforms.
    • Proactively identifying opportunities to implement best practice and continuously improve our recruitment processes.
  • Coordination of amazing Swigger socials and company events. You will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of:
    • Large-scale events in the Summer and at Christmas.
    • Quarterly lunches & evening socials for all teams.
    • Celebratory events (e.g. to recognise major achievements across the business).
    • Recruitment events and open days for potential candidates.
  • Providing Swigger support - you will be a central point of contact and signposter for all Swiggers on any range of questions. You will:
    • Provide a friendly face and empathetic ear.
    • Help onboard new Swiggers.
    • Provide well-being & mental health support.


We believe in paying people what they are worth and not what we can get away with.

Our excellent salaries are above the normal market level, and this is always determined based on the candidate’s individual skills and contribution.

All our people also receive:

  • Share options.
  • 8% employer pension contribution.
  • Life assurance: 4x salary.
  • Income protection: full pay for first 6 months of incapacity followed by 75% of salary plus pension contribution.
  • Private medical insurance (Bupa).
  • 25 days holiday plus public holidays.
  • Car Scheme/Bike Scheme.
  • Continuous personal development.

Company Background

PortSwigger is a cybersecurity company that is located in the outskirts of Knutsford, Cheshire. It is a global leader in the cybersecurity sector. Our cutting-edge software is used by over 13,000 customers in 150 countries to help them secure their web applications. Our educational and research output is used by millions of people globally to learn about web security.

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