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HR Manager

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Job Title: HR Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Contact Name: Pete Faulkner
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Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

About The Company

Our client is a major international law firm, providing business law advice of the highest quality. They aim to be the law firm that clients turn to for legal advice where it most matters, wherever in the world that may be. The Firm has over 2,400 lawyers in 28 offices around the world, providing a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.


About The Role

HR creates value for the firm by attracting and developing the best talent, building a culture of high achievement and delivering excellent HR processes. Operating within a respected HR team, your role will be to provide advice and guidance on HR programs, policies and practices, resolve queries and deliver first-class customer service to colleagues across our international office network.

To provide the full range of HR Generalist support to designated groups working alongside a Senior HR Manager (SHRM) as well as managing full operational and strategic support to one defined group. There will also be the opportunity to contribute on specific project related tasks with the SHRM and both Central and Specialised HR functions covering the London office.


Key Responsibilities

HR Management

  • Collaboration with the Practice Group leaders, to understand the key business objectives in order to define, create and deliver HR solutions

  • Monitor business and people performance and make relevant recommendations

  • Develop and sustain strong business relationships with relevant line managers by giving professional advice and becoming a trusted advisor

  • Provide expertise and advice on HR related issues

  • Participate in regular discussions with the line managers on immediate resourcing and succession planning requirements in order to identify gaps and develop plans to fulfil both short term and long-term requirements


Business improvement

  • Work with the SHRM, partners and line managers to implement business improvement, HR policies and processes

  • Promote the use of and build strong relationships with the HR Services team in Manchester to encourage efficient working


Talent Management and Development  

  • Support the identification and development of key talent within designated groups to enable individuals to meet their potential and the departments to meet their business objectives through effective succession planning

  • Develop the relationship with, engender trust, and support relevant line managers

  • Support the assessment of and collation of training and development requirements within the designated groups

  • Manage the secondment programme within the department and liaise with the Global mobility team to oversee all the relevant processes


Communication and management reporting

  • Work with the Practice Group leaders and partners to co-ordinate and manage internal communication initiatives and processes to improve employee engagement

  • Participate in designated group management meetings as the HR professional and expert

  • Produce regular standard and ad-hoc management reports to enable appropriate decisions to be made

  • Facilitate effective communication and knowledge sharing between the departments, SHRM and HR Services


Recruitment, Resourcing, and Induction  

  • Work closely with the Resourcing Team to ensure that appropriate recruitment needs are met

  • Help deliver induction programmes

  • Manage new joiner integration and conduct six month reviews within designated populations


Salary and bonus review

  • Manage the salary and bonus review process as it applies to designated groups. This will include the following:

    • Communicating and co-ordinating all relevant parties

    • Providing advice and support in relation to the decisions, maintaining objectivity and fairness

    • Attending and facilitating salary and bonus meetings with line managers

    • Advising on performance bonus levels

    • Working with HR Services to capture and input data into the system

    • Participating in London office 'moderation' activity for designated groups


Appraisal Programme  

  • Manage the annual and interim appraisal programme for the designated groups by monitoring progress and conducting the necessary follow up

  • Manage the implementation of the appraisal process for the designated groups. This will include:

    • ensuring timely launch

    • effective monitoring of progress

    • facilitating the moderation process

    • advising on the context and structure of messages to be delivered in appraisal meetings


Employee Relations and Performance management  

  • Keep fully up to date with all developments in terms of employment legislation and employee relations issues and utilise this knowledge to advise guide and direct line managers where necessary

  • Manage long term sickness for the designated groups, liaise with Occupational Health where relevant and provide general support to line managers as required  

  • Manage performance, grievance & disciplinary issues (including managed exits) within designated groups and support the SHRM in cases across the department working closely with our Employee Relations team.


General employee management  

  • Maternity - liaise with HR Services on all department maternity matters

  • Liaise with HR Services and interact with the department around long term service and relevant awards

  • Manage, with the HR Services team, requests for flexible working and other leave.

  • Promote, manage and actively encourage employee well being and positive mental health.

  • Be an active member of the wider HR Consulting team across the London office and get involved in team projects where needed.

  • Actively manage diversity and inclusion initiatives within defined Practice Groups and across London with the HR Consulting team.


Skills & Experience

  • A graduate with CIPD qualifications

  • Significant generalist HR experience

  • Previous experience working within a HR Manager capacity is essential


  • Ideally experience within a professional services organisation or a company known for HR excellence

  • Proficient IT skills including experience of HR databases and excel. SAP knowledge would be helpful

  • Knowledge of Professional Services would be an advantage


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