HR Manager

HR Manager


Band 6 – minimum £43,846.22 (pro rata)

Date Ending

November 5, 2023

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a HR Manager to join our fast-paced and collaborative team. 


HFL Education is a unique organisation created to support schools in delivering exceptional education and outcomes for children.  Following a significant period of change and growth, our HR and Recruitment Services department has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive person to join our 28-strong team as an HR Manager, leading on the provision of HR services team to our external school and multi-academy trust customers.


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.  


As HR Manager, you will manage and coach the HR Advisory team to ensure we provide our customers with a solution-focused, pragmatic and sector orientated service covering the full range of complex employee relations and wider HR issues.


As a member of our departmental leadership team, the role holder will support the design of departmental strategy, lead the operational delivery of strategy in their areas of responsibility and play an active role in departmental leadership activities.


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 lead our team and the provision of 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. In this role you will work on-site across various schools and settings, remotely work from home and attend our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, a minimum of 1 day per week. 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.

How to apply

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 Chris Brown, Head of HR & Recruitment Services, who would be happy to chat to you on 07500 125068 or email chris.brown@hfleducation.org

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

How you meet the essential criteria for this role

Your experience of leading others to deliver HR services internally or externally.

If you are applying on a less than full time basis, please include details of your maximum working hours in your application.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on hflrecruitment@hfleducation.org.

We would love to hear from you.

Closing Date:   5th November 2023 at midday

Interview Date:  14th & 15th November 2023 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.