Social Finance

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About Social Finance

We are an ambitious not for profit group organisation aiming to achieve lasting social change that enables people to lead fulfilling lives. We collaborate with governments, funders, community organisations and the wider social sector to create breakthrough solutions to challenging social problems in the UK and internationally.

Founded in 2007, our team shares a passion for social impact and includes over 100 employees with a blend of experiences from the public, commercial and voluntary sectors. Our people bring a unique set of skills in digital, data, research, operations, policy, facilitation and financial analysis that is highly valued by our partners in social change. We are based in Vauxhall, London with sister organisations in the US, Israel, India and the Netherlands, as part of the Social Finance Global Network. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What we do

We develop models, products and services that are pragmatic and have the scope to drive systemic change to improve people’s lives. In the UK, we focus on issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse, mental health, learning difficulties, loneliness and vulnerable children on the edge of the care system. We also look to improve equity for marginalised communities in social services. Internationally, we design outcomes- based models for issues such as maternal and neonatal health, education and employment.

Our Values

Everyone at Social Finance believes that change is possible. Our unique blend of skills and backgrounds enables us to create breakthrough solutions to society’s toughest problems. To help us do it, we have three core values that guide everything we do:

Pioneering Spirits

Be ambitious for lasting change and don’t stop until social systems truly meet people’s needs. Change is hard but by juggling social insight, business flair and practical savvy we make it happen

Curious Minds

Unearth the evidence, ask awkward questions and don’t give up until we get the right answer. Through rigorous thinking and learning from others we generate ideas that make a big social impact.

Respectful Hearts

Be all ears, see all angles – we seek to understand, not to blame.
We embrace diverse backgrounds to build strong teams and create lasting partnerships for change.

If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear more.
More information about us can be found on our website:

The Opportunity

Social Finance are looking for someone with generalist HR experience to join our small HR team, which includes an HR Manager, HR Analyst and this role. Supporting an organisation of c.100 employees, your stakeholders will include both managers and wider team members. Your role will be varied and focussed on supporting the business with its people priorities. Routine tasks will include preparing offers, answering HR queries and maintaining accurate people records.

About You

You will bring experience of working within an HR team with a good understanding of the key HR disciplines and how best to support the people in the organisation to achieve their goals. You will be comfortable providing direction and support to line managers and answering questions on regular HR matters. With excellent listening skills and an empathetic approach, you will take pride in developing strong and trusted relationships with people across the organisation. You will enjoy working as part of a team as well as taking the initiative when needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the organisation as we continue to grow, oversee the recruitment, onboarding and induction of new joiners.
  • Prepare all offer letters and contracts for new joiners as well as agreements for consultants, including managing considerations around IR35.
  • Act as the primary contact for candidates, new joiners and consultants.
  • Manage, support and develop the HR Analyst.
  • Oversee the effective running of The Analyst Programme working with the HR Manager, HR Analyst and

    wider team members.

  • Develop an understanding of what drives employee engagement to identify areas to improve.
  • Maintain and update HR policies and procedures.
  • Oversee sickness absence procedures and annual leave records.
  • Maintain and report on key HR metrics including turnover and sickness absence.
  • Ensure HR systems are up-to-date with relevant records and act as interface with any third party


  • Co-ordinate the training efforts across the organisation.
  • Oversee the effective implementation of the mandatory learning framework, including procurement of

    courses when required.

    Skills and Experience

  • Experience of supporting managers and employees through the employee lifecycle from offer through to exit.
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills with the ability to gain respect and confidence of all colleagues, especially managers.
  • Sound understanding of employment life-cycle administration, employment regulations, people policies, procedures and HR good practice.
  • Successful experience of recruiting, onboarding and inducting new joiners.
  • Proven experience of interpreting and analysing employee data and preparing clear and insightful reports.
  • Strong presentational skills including excellent use of PowerPoint and similar tools.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines.
  • Strong instinct for discretion and confidentiality.
  • IT literate.

    Our Commitment to You

    Social Finance offers a range of training and development support, using both in-house expertise and external partners to develop and deliver our training programmes. Alongside the Project Managers you work with day to day, your Line Manager will support you in your career planning and personal development. All new staff have a buddy in place to help them learn about life at Social Finance.

    The fixed salary for this position is £45,000 per annum plus an additional 10% pensionable salary in lieu of benefits. We offer a generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays and corporate leave between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed. We also offer a contributory stakeholder pension scheme, season ticket loans, bike to work schemes and Give as you Earn via salary sacrifice.

    Encouraging community and wellbeing is important to us. We have a health and wellbeing plan to encourage better working practices for individuals. Social Finance is a disability confident committed employer as well as a founding signature of the UK social investment sector’s Diversity Forum manifesto.

    Diversity and Inclusion

    We need a diverse organisation to be effective. Our work requires us to bring together people with a broad range of skills and life experiences to ensure our impact across a range of social issues and systems. We are committed to having an inclusive culture and working environment in which everyone feels at home and is supported to achieve their potential. We know there is further to go and are implementing a Diversity and Inclusion strategy with a group of external experts to hold us to account.

    We actively encourage applications from under-represented and minoritised groups, including those with lived experience of the social issues we are working to address. We are an equal opportunities employer.

    We support a range of flexible working options and welcome UK based applications from outside of London/the South East so far as they can meet the in-person meeting requirements for the role. We can also accommodate secondments and part-time working.

    How to Apply

    Social Finance are using Applied, a new application platform developed by the Behavioural Insights Team, to record your application. Applied is focused on using behavioural and data science to improve hiring decisions and minimise unconscious bias in the recruitment process. You will be asked to respond to four situational based questions which will allow you to express your ability.

Your answer to each question will be viewed in isolation. Please therefore ensure there is enough detail in that single response, without any references to your other responses.

NB: Whilst we are asking for your CV, please note that we will not be viewing your CV during the initial sift process. The selection panel will not have access to your CV, so it is therefore essential that you respond to each question fully.

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Closing date for applications: 1pm – Thursday 8 July 2021

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