HR Manager

City of London, England
£7000 - £85000 per annum
12 Sep 2017
19 Sep 2017
Alan Hewett
Contract Type
Full Time

A superb role is now available within a highly commercial law firm where HR is at the front of the people plans and business goals and agenda. They are now looking for a Regional HR Manager who will support the London population, manage the highly efficient HR team and also work with the business and Partners of the business in order to help the business achieve its goals and coach and guide them through any people related matters.

This position will require candidates that have strong business acumen and excellent stakeholder management skills and be able to drive the people agenda through embedding a quality, efficient and integrated HR strategy, which adds value to the everyday business activity within the firm.

We are looking for candidates that ideally have legal experience already or a Professional Services (Partnership) background. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate how they have coached, mentored and managed a team of HR professionals in order to motivate and get the best out of them. CIPD is essential as is experience in working for a large business with a matrixed structure.


  • Line management responsibility
  • Responsibility for the overall location relationship of multiple offices, which requires collaboration with all members of the Business Partnering team to deliver a quality HR service
  • Provide generalist HR support to business leaders and employees on a wide range of employee relations issues, ensuring that all advice given is in line with legal requirements
  • Contribute to business strategy and help functional leaders build their people capability through the identification of a talent pipeline and succession plans
  • Support and guide managers in dealing with sensitive issues, such as disciplinary and grievance hearings and the potential exiting of employees from the firm
  • Conduct exit interviews and where appropriate, discuss the feedback with the relevant Group or Department in order to assess opportunities for future learnings
  • Assess the wider impact that business decisions may have on people and play an active role in challenging decisions by providing professional insights and context
  • Maintain and update technical HR skills through keeping informed of changes to employment law and relevant market/industry trends or best practice
  • Engage with business leaders to ensure commitment to the annual Performance Management Review (PMR) process and encourage them to tackle performance concerns and also commit to developing top talent within their function
  • Coach business leaders and empower them to deliver key strategic HR messages
  • Provide analysis of people data to business leaders and work with them to instigate action where required
  • Work collaboratively with the Specialist HR functions in order to deliver a seamless HR service to business leaders and employees
  • Drive regular conversations with business leaders to encourage the anticipation of retention issues and future resource needs in order to proactively plan ahead
  • Analyse exit interview data and address any issues with business leaders as appropriate
  • Strategically support the firm during change management programmes to aid in the smooth running and subsequent delivery
  • Work collaboratively with the Specialist HR functions to help business leaders deliver key annual processes such as PMR and salary review
  • Work collaboratively with the Specialist HR functions to deliver firm wide HR initiatives/activities
  • Explore opportunities to nurture the development of other members of the HR team


  • Professional Services experience ideally legal or Partnership environment
  • Ideally educated to Degree level or equivalent
  • Ideally CIPD qualified or working towards this
  • Previous HR generalist experience, ideally in a large multi-site organisation
  • An understanding of the HR Business Partnering model is essential
  • An understanding of a Matrix Management structure would be beneficial
  • A strong understanding of employment law is essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels
  • Encourages collaboration and idea sharing across the HR team and Specialist Functions
  • Ability to organise and prioritise a diverse and often complex workload, whilst maintaining a consistently high degree of quality
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and challenge business decisions
  • Strong personal drive and self-motivation
  • Strong cultural fit and positive role model for the business' values
  • Seeks continuous improvement to drive greater efficiencies
  • Extensive experience of dealing with change management programmes
  • Extensive experience of dealing with complex Employee Relations cases
  • Extensive experience of coaching
  • Experience of nurturing and developing more junior HR professionals
  • Ability to effectively challenge, influence and persuade key stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt style and approach to suit the situation or audience
  • Strong commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Experience of driving a succession planning and talent management culture
  • Experience of developing and delivering ad-hoc training/coaching content
  • Experience of analysing data and trends to provide insight and recommendations

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