HR Business Partner

HR Business Partner


Band 5 – FTE £41,725 - £46,825 p.a

Date Ending

August 2, 2023

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, working across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties (including London), along with visits to our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Following a significant period of change, our HR and Recruitment Services department has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive person to join our customer facing HR services team as a HR Business Partner.

The HR Business Partner will be the lead contact for specified school trusts who subscribe to the bespoke HRBP Service. The successful person will partner with school trusts to support them in responding to their unique HR challenges at both an operational and strategic level. This varied, dynamic, and interesting role will cover the full remit of generalist HR, with significant involvement in the management of complex employee relations casework, as well as leading organisational change projects, including TUPE, restructure, and redundancy. The role holds responsibility for building, developing and nurturing relationships with senior external stakeholders, and will also be involved in aspects of business development and product and service evolution.

We are looking for someone with significant HR experience and a strong generalist background, who can confidently support and challenge managers, whilst providing business focused, pragmatic, and customer centric solutions.

To be suitable for this role you will need to demonstrate an inquisitive, solution-focused approach to HR practice, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with a range of senior stakeholders.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of remote working, working across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties (including London), along with visits to our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The expectation is, on average, to travel to educational settings / Head Office up to 2 days per week. This is an average expectation over time, and there will be variations from week to week. Mileage allowance payable for all travel from home.

The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

Benefits: a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, paid mileage, a cycle to work scheme, onsite charging points for electric vehicles, access to mental health and wellbeing support, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers, and more.

Would you like to know more information about this opportunity? If so, further information can be found in the job outline. You can also contact Helen Varlese, Senior HR Business Partner, who would be happy to chat to you on 07741 500666 or email helen.varlese@hfleducation.org

How to apply

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org with a detailed CV along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions:

  1. Detail your experience and skill in partnering with senior and executive level customers to address ‘root cause’ HR issues as opposed to providing reactive HR support.
  2. Detail your experience of how you have balanced providing proactive, customer centric support against managing expectations with senior stakeholders.
  3. Provide an example of when you have contributed to the development of new business opportunities, or product / service development. What were your key learnings and outcomes from this experience.
  4. Highlight how you overcame a situation where you have experienced a challenging stakeholder. What actions did you take and what was the outcome?

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above. We would love to hear from you.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. To make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity, please submit your application as soon as you can. Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams initially; Stage 2 will take place in Stevenage.

We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.

HFL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HFL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HFL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.