Herts for Learning (HfL) is an award-winning provider of products and services to schools and educational settings within and outside Hertfordshire. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.  We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children.  HfL is majority owned by Hertfordshire schools and operates with a not-for-profit ethos. 

    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.

    We encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance.  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. 

    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.

    In addition to a competitive salary you will also have access to these great benefits:

    • Pension scheme (10% employer contribution)
    • Life assurance
    • Performance related bonus
    • 28 days annual leave (rising to 31 following five years’ service)
    • Learning and development opportunities
    • Occupational sick/maternity/adoption pay
    • Flexible working opportunities
    • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which provides advice and support, including a counselling service
    • Local sports activities
    • Free, secure on-site parking
    • Restaurant
    • Shower and changing facilities

    We have much to offer including a state-of-the-art professional development centre and modern office facilities based in Stevenage. If you are looking for the next exciting move in your career we would love you to come and join us!

    In order to apply for jobs at Herts for Learning, please use the following forms:

    We ask that you follow the guidance listed within the above forms to support our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process. Application forms and supporting statements must be submitted in a word format so they can be anonymised before being reviewed for shortlisting.

    Please note, section 1 and 4 of the application form will not be shared with hiring managers, the full application form will only be seen by the HR team. The equal opportunities form will not be stored with your application and will only be utilised by the HR team to help us make sure our policies and working practices are inclusive and non-discriminatory.

    Once you have completed the application, supporting statement and equal opportunities forms please email them to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk you may also include your CV and / or cover letter.

     

    Current vacancies

    If you are looking for the next exciting move in your career, we would love you to come and join us. We currently have vacancies in the following areas:

     

    Contract: Permanent, fulltime at 37 hours per week (flexible working patterns considered)

    Salary: Band 3 - £20,000 - £22,000 p.a. (plus excellent pension scheme and benefits)

    Location: Hertfordshire. Currently remote due to Covid-19. Post Covid-19 there will be an opportunity to work up to 2 days in the Head Office in Stevenage with the remainder as remote working.

    Do you have strong administration skills with a meticulous eye for detail?

    Are you looking to further develop your career in HR?

    Would you like to work for an organisation that upholds its moral purpose and embodies its core values?

    If you’ve answered yes then we’d like to hear from you.

    This newly created post, which forms part of the Company HR team, will focus on providing the team with support for all HR and payroll administrative tasks, to ensure that we continue to deliver a timely service to our internal clients (the staff at HfL) and to external partners. The role also involves working collaboratively across the team to support with company-wide projects.

    As the role involves supporting with different strands of HR, it is imperative that you are able to prioritise and process queries, as well as invoices, in a timely manner in line with monthly payroll. The role needs a proactive individual with a methodical approach and a meticulous eye for detail.

    The successful candidate will have demonstrable payroll experience, an authentically positive attitude and see administrative excellence as the core success factor of a great HR team. They will want to work in an organisation that genuinely improves our community and our society and they will have a growth mindset. That is, they will enjoy being challenged, getting feedback and support whilst learning and growing within a small and high functioning HR team.

    At Herts for Learning, our moral purpose is to ensure that every young person in Hertfordshire, through access to a great education, is able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.

    This opportunity is ideal for someone to develop their career in HR and broaden their depth of knowledge within a supportive and friendly team.

    The team are currently working remotely due to Covid-19, however following this following this you will have the opportunity to work in the office for a maximum of 2 days per week. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

    If you want to know more about this opportunity, please contact Shelley Chappell who would be happy to chat to you on 01438 544445 or via email at Shelley.Chappell@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the HfL application form along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    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: Tuesday 18th May 2021 at midday                

    Interview date*: Wednesday 26th May 2021

    *Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

    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.

    We encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance.  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. 

    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.

    Contract: Permanent - 37 hours Monday to Friday only, 52 weeks per year (Term time plus will also be considered)

    Salary: Up to £21,000 p.a (dependant on experience) plus annual performance bonus

    Location: Hertfordshire. Flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire. Post Covid-19 there will be an opportunity to work up to 2 days in the Head Office in Stevenage with the remainder as remote working.

    Are you tech savvy and know how to maintain and install both software and hardware?

    Can you offer IT support to a novice without using technical jargon?

    If this sounds like you, then you may be interested in this role.

    The role involves supporting schools in Hertfordshire both onsite and via the Service Desk helpline. When supporting schools onsite, you will be travelling around Hertfordshire to provide a range of ICT support services on weekdays, within business hours (i.e. 9am – 5pm).

    On the Service Desk you will be providing high quality support via telephone, email and the ICT Service Desk Portal. Accurately logging requests and incidents, ensuring they resolved in a timely manner or escalated to senior colleagues if appropriate. This is currently taking place remotely due to Covid-19.

    We are seeking a proactive individual who is keen to learn about new technologies, likes to solve problems, and is willing to be exposed to technical issues and equipment from the get go. This is a customer facing role which requires attention to detail, excellent troubleshooting techniques and exceptional customer services skills.

    Previous technical experience would be beneficial, however for the right candidate full training is available.

    The team are working remotely where possible to support their schools and when required, providing onsite support to their schools in line with Government guidelines. Therefore the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. Also as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

    If you have any queries or want to know some more about this opportunity, please contact Bharat Desai on Bharat.Desai@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Ready to apply…

    Download and complete the HfL application form along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline. Once completed, please submit the forms in a word format to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we ask that you follow the guidance stated in the application 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: Thursday 3rd June 2021 at midday

    Interview date*: Thursday 10th June 2021

    *Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

    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.

    We encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance.  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. 

    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.

    FTE salary: FTE £26,795 p.a. (depending on experience)

    Pro-rata salary calculations available on request.

    Contract: Permanent fulltime at 37 hours (5 days) per week, 52 weeks per year

    (Part time working at 29.6 hours (4days) per week, and Term Time plus 2 weeks* (40 weeks) will also be considered)

    *Please note: Term Time plus 2 weeks is 38 weeks during School Term Time and 2 weeks during school holidays.

    Location: Hertfordshire.

    Flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire.

    Post Covid-19 there will be an opportunity to work up to 2 days in the Head Office in Stevenage with the remainder as remote working.

    Do you have strong experience of book keeping, producing budget reports and accounts? 

    Have you ever considered a career in education finance where you can use your transactional skills to support schools to make a difference to children’s life chances across Herts and beyond?

    Would you enjoy applying your knowledge and experience to support schools leaders in managing their finances?

    If the answer is yes, why not come and join Herts for Learning Ltd where you can make a positive difference and further develop your career in education finance.

    In this role, you will manage a portfolio of schools within your allocated area of Hertfordshire to provide advice on both the school’s current financial position and future projections. In addition to this you will provide financial guidance to support the school’s aims of continually driving forward the quality of teaching and learning. This is a busy and stimulating role which requires commitment, resilience and professionalism, but gives flexibility and independent working in line with the service requirements of your schools, e.g. meeting school leaders.

    We are seeking an individual with accounting experience, who may be part AAT/ CCAB/ CGMA qualified, and has the skills to produce accounts and budget reports that school leaders can trust.

    Due to Covid-19, the team are currently collecting documents from their allocated schools and operating remotely to support their schools. In the future, post Covid-19, onsite support will be provided therefore the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. Also as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

    If you want to be a part of our Financial Services team of passionate individuals, motivated to working together in the interests of children, then please get in touch.

    Would you like to know some more about this opportunity? If so please contact hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk for pro-rata salary calculations or for an insight into the role from an employee’s perspective.

    For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Stephen Shaw via email on Stephen.Shaw@hertsforlearning.co.uk and provide your mobile number so a mutually convenient time can be arranged to discuss the role.

    If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the HfL application form along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    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: Thursday 27th May 2021 at 23:59

    *Interview date: Monday 7th June 2021

    *Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

    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.

    We encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance.  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. 

    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 this is an internal vacancy and therefore only open to HfL employees.

    Internal Vacancy: Maintained Team Lead

    Please note this is an internal vacancy and therefore only open to HfL employees.

    Contract: Permanent, fulltime.

    Hours: 37hrs per week.

    Salary: Up to £44,000

    The Financial Services team have an exciting internal opportunity to join the team as a Maintained Team Lead. The role holder will lead the exciting new Financial Services Transactions Bureau and will work closely with the Finance Service Delivery Managers, Knowledge Manager and Systems Manager to ensure that their teams are fully supported to deliver high standards of service to our customers.

    Main areas of responsibility:

    You will lead our team of 4 Finance Service Delivery Managers and their teams supporting them to deliver to a high quality outcomes, ensuring that we are focussed on the needs of our customers and have effective customer communications in place.

    To lead the Financial Services Transactions Bureau.

    To maintain excellent client contract relationships.

    To work with our Knowledge Manager and Systems Manager to ensure that your teams are fully supported to deliver sustained high standards of service and can perform effectively in their roles.

    Manage and deliver manpower planning for the team, ensuring that key deadlines can be met.

    To ensure that the service meets traded financial targets and remains the service of choice to schools maintained by Hertfordshire County Council, maintaining our strong reputation amongst schools.

    To engage and manage a remote working team, ensuring we have effective communication and a strong sense of community.

    To champion and inform service development, particularly in the area of intelligent working, ensuring that we are providing school leaders with the information they need to manage school resources effectively.

    Person Specification:

    Team Leadership; to be able to foster the continued development of our culture of teamwork, utilising this to ensure that our service goals are delivered on time.

    Finance skills; to have a strong understanding of financial management and key principles of accounting. Experience gained in a schools environment is particularly valuable.

    Customer focus; to have a positive growth mind-set in developing and delivering services to support school leaders in the increasingly challenging area of the financial management of their organisations.

    Initiative; the ability to work alone and take a lead when hurdles arise and deadlines have to be met.

    Planning; to be able to stay ahead of the situation and ensure that plans are in place to keep us on track to achieve our goals.

    Problem Solving; to be able to adapt quickly to the fast changing world of education finance, reacting effectively to meet challenges.

    Learning and development; be a pro-active learner and to champion this in the team.

    Communication; excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build productive professional relationships with school leaders and teams across the business.

    Systems and procedures: be proactive to improving processes and providing excellent customer service.

    Inspirational; to be able to inspire change and forward thinking in the development of our services.

    If you would like to know more then feel free to contact Stephen Shaw via email at Stephen.Shaw@hertsforlearning.co.uk or on 07774 174774 and he will be happy to provide an insight.

    Ready to apply: Complete the forms in the attached ‘Internal Vacancy Forms’ folder and send these to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk only.

    Please note: Your application and supporting statement will be anonymised as part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process. Therefore please ensure the completed forms are only sent to the hfl.recruitment email address above.

    Closing date: Thursday 27th May 2021at midnight

    *Interview day: TBC

    *Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

    Internal vacancy forms (zip/87kb)

    Please note this is an internal vacancy and therefore only open to HfL employees.

    Contract: 1x Permanent, 1 x Secondment

    Hours: 37hrs per week (part-time will be considered and term time plus additional weeks will also be considered)

    Salary: Up to FTE £29,763 (pro-rata for reduced hours)

    The Financial Services team have two positions available to join the team as a Specialist Financial Adviser. This is a new role which is an integral part of the financial management and reporting service offered to school leaders to support them, from a finance perspective, to achieve their goals for their schools. This role will also be critical in supporting the team and Service Delivery Managers by championing the use of new technology or processes by the team and providing mentoring and coaching to staff members. The role will include providing support on our Financial Services helpline and working with our Knowledge manager to develop/ deliver training to both internal and external customers.

    Main areas of responsibility:

    To deliver a finance business partner service to school leaders who are seeking both strategic and operational support in the financial management of their school. This role will be key in developing our termly service to customers  and being able to offer  a school finance business partner service

    To lead on and deliver complex school finance projects including business recovery planning, financial management development projects, complex school projects working in collaboration with colleagues across Herts for Learning.to ensure school leaders are supported. This may include finance reviews on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.

    To provide mentoring and coaching to staff in their first year with Financial Services, ensuring that staff are supported and service delivery to schools is to a high standard during this transitional period.

    To champion new ways of working and improving the efficiency of our systems and procedures, working closely with the Financial Services Systems Team and the Knowledge Manager.

    To provide emergency finance support to schools either as a result of staff absence both in our team and school offices.

    To deliver accounting and financial advisory services to a small portfolio of schools.

    The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. The post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may, from time to time, become necessary.

    Person Specification:

    Knowledge:

    Ability to produce financial modelling for schools including “what –if “ scenarios

    A sound knowledge of financial reporting in Hertfordshire schools

    A sound knowledge of how schools are funded

    An understanding of financial efficiency in schools (although training will be given)

    Experience of:

    The provision of excellent accounting and financial planning support to  schools in Hertfordshire

    Experience of providing guidance to school leaders.

    Skills and abilities:

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    To be able to be able to tell the story around “what –if “scenarios in order to clearly advise/articulate the financial implications of different courses of action to school leaders.

    To be able to work collaboratively and form strong working partnerships with colleagues across schools, Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council.

    To be able to communicate the meaning of financial information/ performance to school leaders.

    Ability to scrutinise financial plans and reports to establish that robust are accurate and robust.

    Proactive approach to learning and development for both personal and team learning.

    To be commercially aware and to be able to understand the needs of school leaders and Governing Boards, having a flexible approach to meeting these.

    To be able to be able to form and stand by their opinions.

    To be able to influence senior leaders in their decisions, including supporting the shaping of their strategic financial planning and financial direction of the school.

    If you would like to know more then feel free to contact Debbie Williamson via email at Deborah.Williamson@hertsforlearning.co.uk  or on 07580 787225 and she will be happy to provide an insight.

    Ready to apply: Complete the forms in the attached ‘Internal Vacancy Forms’ folder and send these to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk only.

    Please note: Your application and supporting statement will be anonymised as part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process. Therefore please ensure the completed forms are only sent to the hfl.recruitment email address above.

    Closing date: Thursday 27th May 2021 at midnight

    *Interview day: TBC

    *Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.