HR & Recruitment Advisor

HR & Recruitment Advisor


Band 4 : FTE £26,000 - £32,000 p.a (pro-rata)

Date Ending

January 5, 2022

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week (30 hours per week considered for the right candidate)

52 weeks per year or Term Time Only + 2 weeks (40 weeks per year)

Salary: Band 4 : FTE £26,000 – £32,000 p.a (pro-rata)

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties, and up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


In HFL Education we know that our people are critical to our ongoing success.  Due to growth in the service, we are looking to recruit multiple HR Advisors to work in our external facing HR Team and support the delivery of services to our customers.

To be successful in this role you will have experience in a HR role where you have been a source of advice and support to internal staff or external customers.  You will also have drive and enthusiasm and the ability to juggle multiple, varied and interesting cases and projects across a spectrum of schools of all shapes and sizes.

In this role, you will work with Head teachers, Governors and Educational Leaders to support them in managing HR issues from one off advice through to more complex casework.  The role will have an Employee Relations focus as you give pragmatic and tailored support on absence and health issues, conduct, performance management, grievance matters.   You will also support on matters around the full employee life cycle, including pay, wellbeing, flexible working and restructure.

This is an exciting, fast- paced environment which is also incredibly rewarding in the difference we make to schools and the impact we have on children’s lives.

We are proud of our culture that gives you autonomy and agility to get things done in balance with a supportive environment to help you to deliver and succeed.  If you feel this is an environment for you then we’d love to hear from you.


Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of working on-site across various schools and settings, remote working and, up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Whilst this role will largely be office or home based, you may occasionally need to reach different locations by car. 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? For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Ali Stevens or Louise Brace on 01438 544468 or at ali.stevens@hfleducation.org and louise.brace@hfleducation.org, and provide your mobile no. so a mutually convenient time can be arranged to discuss the role.

How to Apply

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org with an up-to-date CV along with a cover letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role detailed in the Person Specification.  Please pay particular attention to the following criteria:

  • Experience working with, and guiding others on, HR policies and procedures.
  • Supporting Employee relations matters such as disciplinary, grievance, performance and absence.
  • Assessing internal or external customer needs and tailoring advice accordingly.

Please indicate on your cover letter if you are applying for the full year post, term time only post, or both.

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.


Closing Date: 5th January 2023 at midday

Shortlisting Date: Monday 9th January 2023

Interview Date: Monday 16th January 2023 via Microsoft teams

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.


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.