HR Advisor X2

HR Advisor X2



Date Ending

April 5, 2021

Our company

Herts for Learning (HfL) is an award-winning provider of products and services to schools and educational settings within and outside Hertfordshire. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.

We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children. HfL is majority owned by Hertfordshire schools and operates with a not-for-profit ethos.

Job context and purpose

Herts for Learning’s HR Services Team provides specialist HR advice and consultancy to over 500 schools, with approximately 20,000 staff. Schools repeatedly buy back into our service year after year because of the depth of expertise and the high quality of the service we provide.

We are looking for 2 new HR Advisors to join our team, to meet the growing demand for our service portfolio and to contribute to the development of the HR business into new areas

Main areas of responsibility

  • Delivering a range of traded and retained HR Services to customer
  • Providing professional HR advice across a range School customers to support Head teachers, Governors and School Leaders in managing HR
  • Effectively supporting employee relations cases through to resolution, including capability, ill health, disciplinary, grievance, safeguarding and Guiding School Leaders on pragmatic solutions to support their objectives.
  • Delivering a professional investigation service; supporting schools with complex cases by conducting an objective investigation in line with the school’s
  • Supporting organisation change projects, including restructure, redundancy and TUPE processes, via both our retained advisory service or on a consultancy
  • Developing and delivering resources, and training and advice sessions for schools and settings to raise awareness of people management topics and help build capability in schools
  • Designing model HR policies and resources to support people management in Schools
  • Keeping abreast of national policy changes, HR and employment law developments to inform practice and services within the team
  • Balancing a commercial mindset with a not-for-profit ethos and our organisational moral

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. The post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time become necessary, particularly in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

Person specification

Please provide a supporting statement outlining why you are applying and how you meet the criteria below;


  • Strong knowledge of employment law. Knowledge of Education sector employment law would be an advantage but is not essential to be successful in this
  • Holds a CIPD Qualification at level 5 or above, is in the process of gaining accreditation, or has equivalent
  • Educated to degree level or has equivalent

Experience of

  • Providing professional advice to stakeholders across the employee lifecycle
  • Supporting employee relations issues to completion including disciplinary, grievance, capability and ill health
  • Analysing complex information and situations and giving pragmatic and tailored HR Advice to support customer Knows when to seek further advice and support.

Skills and abilities

  • Able to engage and influence a wide range of
  • Well-organised individual with ability to manage multiple cases and demands on their time at
  • Able to demonstrate a commercial mindset in alongside a commitment to HFL’s ethos and moral Strong commitment to Herts for Learning’s mission.
  • Experience of operating in public, education or not for profit sector would be an advantage but not essential


For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Chris Brown on 07500 125068 or at chris.brown@hertsforlearning.co.uk and provide your mobile no. so a mutually convenient time can be arranged to discuss the role.

Equal Opportunities

HfL is committed to the aim of ensuring that everyone who applies to work for us receives fair treatment and we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership and caring status. We expect all our staff to demonstrate a commitment to advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations.

Disclosure and Barring Service

This post may be subject to full pre-employment checks and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Please note that additional information referring to the Disclosure and Barring Service is in the guidance notes to the application form. If you are invited to an interview you will receive more information.

Health and safety

It will be the duty of every employee while at work to take reasonable care for the Health and safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

Intellectual property rights

It is a contractual requirement of all employees of HfL to protect the intellectual, property rights of the company and to adhere to our company policy with regard to IP.

Application Process

Please download and complete the HfL application form along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline and person specification. We would also love to hear why you are interested in becoming part of the HfL team.

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we ask that you follow the guidance stated in the application forms and submit these in a word format to enable your application to be anonymised.

To help HfL make sure our policies and working practices are inclusive and non- discriminatory we would like you to complete the HfL equal opportunities form. This will not be stored with your application and will only be utilised by HR.

To submit your application or to discuss any recruitment queries please email our Central Recruitment Team on hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk or 01438 544439.

Closing Date: Monday 5th April 2021 at midnight

*Interview Date: Wednesday 14th April 2021

 *Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.


Job ReferenceHFL1355

1 X 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

1 X 37 hours per week, Term time only +2weeks (40 weeks)

Salary Band

Band 5 – FTE £29,230 – £35,000 p.a (pro-rata for part time)

Contract Permanent
Reports toHR Manager
TeamHR Services

Currently remote due to Covid-19.

Post Covid-19 will include split between Head Office – Stevenage, remote working and working on customer sites throughout Hertfordshire.