Senior HR Advisor (HFL Education)

Senior HR Advisor (HFL Education)


Band 5 – FTE £35,000 - £40,000 p.a. (Pro-Rata).

Date Ending

May 15, 2023


Contract: 12 month fixed-term to cover maternity leave

Hours: We are considering applicants for a 30 hour or 37 hour post working on a 52 weeks or 40 week (term time only + 2) basis.

Salary: Band 5 – FTE £35,000 – £40,000 p.a. (Pro-Rata). Pro-rated salary calculation available on request.

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, with flexibility for occasional visits to Stevenage or other Hertfordshire locations as needed.

The HR Services and Recruitment team has recently undergone a period of growth as we build on our successes to offer a wider product range to more customers.  One of our strategic priorities is to develop and grow our traded L&D services, upskilling leaders, managers, and HR specialists in all areas of people management and HR practice.


We are looking to appoint a Senior HR Advisor to take on an exciting role with a mix of ER, HR Generalist and L&D Elements. 


The role holder will be responsible for providing professional HR advice across a range of educational settings to support Head teachers, Governors and Educational Leaders in managing HR issues.  They will act as senior practitioners managing a range of cases with customers with a focus on the more complex cases escalated to them from the HR Advisory team.  They will also deliver of a range of traded consultancy services with our customers including, but is not limited to, investigation service, restructure design and delivery, ad-hoc training, TUPE, organisational change programmes, diagnostic support work and audit services. 


The role holder will also be responsible for operationally leading, evolving and curating our L&D services. They will be lead on the operational management of a project to redesign and expand our traded and non-traded L&D offer.  As such, a wider understanding of L&D practice would be ideal as this role will take an all-through view of our approach to L&D including free, subscription and traded content, bite size learning, eLearning, webinars, classroom-based learning (digital and physical) and written resources.


This is a particularly exciting role where you will have an opportunity to grow a service that will have a real impact on our customer schools.  Our department has a culture of trust and allowing team members control over how they deliver their work.


Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of remote working and, if desired, up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. There may be an occasional need to attend other sites in Hertfordshire in person, however this will not be a regular element of the role.  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 Chris Brown, Head of HR & Recruitment Services who would be happy to chat to you on 01438 544463 or email hrservices@hfleducation.org   

How to Apply

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org with a detailed CV along with a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role.

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: Monday 15th May 2023 at midday

Shortlisting Date: Thursday 18th May 2023

Interview Date:  Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th May 2023

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.