Personal Assistant to Executive Members

Personal Assistant to Executive Members


Band 4 – FTE up to £33,000 p.a dependant on experience

Date Ending

August 18, 2023

Are you an experienced PA looking for your next move? HFL Education offers you the chance to contribute to a high-performing team focussed on delivering services to schools and education settings in Hertfordshire.

This role is key to enabling our busy senior team to function effectively and to deliver our moral purpose of ensuring that every young person in Hertfordshire, through access to a great education. You will be part of a small PA team, and will provide support to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Operations and Technology and to the Commercial Director.

You will have experience of operating as a PA in a busy business environment, of supporting senior executives and of providing a high level of customer service. You will be able to manage calendars and inboxes, to facilitate meetings, to deal with challenges and conflicting priorities. You must be able to remain calm under pressure and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. In this role, this will comprise an expected 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and 3 days per week working from home. Travel to other venues across Hertfordshire will also be required occasionally. 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

You can contact Andrew Griffiths via email on Andrew.griffiths@hfleducation.org who will be happy to provide you with an insight to the role.

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

  1. Please describe a situation you where have managed multiple and conflicting priorities. What actions did you take to manage the situation? What was the outcome?
  2. Which 2 of the required skills and abilities (listed on the Job Outline) are your strengths? Outline an example from your working life which demonstrates each of these strengths.

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:   Friday 21st July 223 at midday

Interview Date:  Wednesday 2nd August 2023 in the afternoon and Thursday 3rd August 2023 in the morning. Interviews will be taking 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