Senior HR Business Partner

Senior HR Business Partner


Band 6 – FTE £43,000 - £50,000 p.a. (pro-rata for reduced hours)

Date Ending

August 11, 2023

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR professional to join our HR & Recruitment Services team, which is an external customer facing team consisting of 26 skilled professionals.

Following a period of growth and change we are now seeking a pragmatic and enthusiastic person to join our Senior Management Team (SMT) and lead our HR Business Partnering service to our Multi-Academy Trust customers. 

As we are a customer facing rather than an internal facing service, this role will give the successful candidate stretch and opportunity that will be hard to find elsewhere. When we say that no two days are the same, we genuinely mean it and there is opportunity here to create growth in the role, enhance the service and develop your skills and experience alongside this.

As our lead for HR services to Multi-Academy Trusts, the role-holder will work to establish and maintain credibility, strengthen our relationships with trust customers and develop an understanding of the evolving needs of this customer base to ensure that our HR Business Partnering offering meets these needs. The ideal candidate will be an expert HR practitioner who can identify opportunities to support Trusts whilst balancing a commercial mindset and embracing our not-for-profit ethos and values and identify customers where future relationships can be built. 

As a member of our SMT, the role holder will also support the design and implementation of departmental strategy, lead on the operational delivery of strategy in their areas of responsibility and play an active role in departmental leadership activities working in collaboration with HFL colleagues.

This is a role that requires solution focused thinking, the ability to connect and build relationships with customers, skill in looking round corners and the ability to align strategic HR practice with organisational strategy and outcomes.

If you think this sounds like a role for you then we can offer an exciting and varied opportunity in a team where there is a genuine culture of trust and distributed leadership.

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. This will often be 2 days per week but there will be variations from week to week and the role-holder will need to travel within this area as required.

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

To learn more about the opportunity, contact Chris Brown, Head of HR & Recruitment Services, who would be happy to chat to you on 01438 544463 / 07500 125068, or by email at chris.brown@hfleducation.org

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 in aligning HR practice or strategy with organisational goals to ensure successful delivery of outcomes.
  2. Give an example of how you have grown credibility as a trusted partner and a critical friend with an internal or external customer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

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.