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4 months ago
Salary: Competitive
Location: Cardiff
Job type: Permanent
Category: Partner Jobs
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Global Operations

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About Eversheds Sutherland:

Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client.

Increasing globalisation has changed the nature of business. It has also changed the type of advice our clients need. Eversheds Sutherland was formed with this in mind. As our clients expand globally, we are with them. Our lawyers around the globe are united by our vision, values and understanding of our clients’ businesses and their needs. They provide legal advice of the highest quality whether they are operating within country or across borders from our 61 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Reporting to the Senior Human Resources Partner, you will provide generalist HR advice across the location/s you support. You will also be responsible for firm wide project work and other HR activity or Senior Office Partner relationship where appropriate.

Key responsibilities:

• Supporting the Senior HRBP team in the definition and delivery of the firm wide People strategy strategy/plan for the Practice Groups in your location and implementing key firm wide people related initiatives within the client group.

• Acting as a business partner to managers/partners. Delivering performance management, budgeting, workforce planning, project and change management. Exploring and challenging team structures to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

• Work with and providing support for specialist teams, including our volume services teams

• Influencing and being part of project teams delivering business strategies and initiatives.

• Challenging existing HR ways of working to ensure maximum efficiency across all day to day activities.

• Supporting the business in driving and managing change (to leaders, role structures, new ways of working, use of new skills etc.) effectively, using change management tools and processes to ensure that teams continue to operate effectively.

• Coaching partners and managers and being their trusted advisors, not just on people issues but on business decisions and direction. When providing advice, always ensuring employment legislation is balanced alongside a commercial approach.

• Monitoring, measuring and reporting on HR issues, opportunities and development plans and achievements, through HR data analysis, to enable fact based decision making. Always doing so to agreed formats and timescales.

• Influencing reward decisions effectively within the practice group, ensuring compliance with the firm wide Reward approach and fairness & consistency of decision making. Co-ordinating the salary review & bonus allocation process for the relevant teams, taking accountability for ensuring that decisions are accurately captured and processed.

• Understanding the International priorities of the practice groups / international operations and promoting international mobility. Supporting both outbound and inbound international assignees and the relevant processes associated with international mobility, including package negotiation and arranging sponsors, performance management and repatriation.

• Championing the learning agenda within teams, and ensuring participation in the relevant programmes for individuals depending on their performance and potential. Working with the partners to develop talent and succession plans, working to ensure that the diversity profile of the practice groups improves in line with the firms objectives for inclusivity. Supporting the line manager to carry out the development activities identified in the plans in terms of both formal training and work place activities at associate and senior associate level.

• Managing vacancy approval (through budget as required), and then supporting the recruitment team to deliver external and internal recruitment for the practice groups. Managing the on boarding of all external candidates from induction planning onwards. – do we do this? Continuously increasing understanding of the wider world of HR, sharing external perspectives and best practice with the business and HR colleagues.

• Trainees – ownership of trainees during their seats in the practice groups, and inclusion in talent planning activities.

Skills and experience:

• Successful candidates will ideally be fully CIPD qualified and have a good amount experience in a generalist advisory role, ideally from professional services, but primarily experienced in working in a large and complex international organisation.

• You will have a good understanding and practical experience of complex ER and L&D delivery. In addition, we are looking for someone with a well-developed commercial acumen, with the ability to contribute to the wider business and HR agenda.

• Ideally your experience will include exposure to organisational development and change management. You will have a track record of coaching, motivating and influencing at management level using pragmatic and data based approach.

• Well-developed diplomacy, listening and influencing skills. You will demonstrate a range of influencing skills, personal impact and communication skills that will ensure success and command instant credibility at all levels of the firm.

• Excellent IT skills; competent Excel skills essential and competent in the use of information systems highly desirable.

Key competencies:

Ability to drive change in a partnership, providing ‘friendly challenge’ and innovative thinking.

Confident and credible in dealing with internal /external stakeholders and clients.

Strong financial acumen and ability to understand the performance of the practice group and teams. Numerically agile and able to understand and interpret complex salary and performance data to influence decisions.

A good understanding of how to add value in the HR arena and demonstrate this value within an organisation.

Creative, commercial and able to think laterally in identifying and developing opportunities. You will approach your work with a practical can-do mentality. In this role, you will need to have the ability to work with minimum supervision, in an autonomous and independent way.

Consistently positive attitude and ‘can do’ approach, as well as the ability being able to work well on your own initiative and as part of a wider team.

Solution oriented with a lively, energetic and positive outlook. Pragmatic, robust and resourceful, with the ability to adapt quickly to different situations and personalities.

Evidence of driving significant change in a partnership through well-developed diplomacy, listening and influencing skills. Evidence of ability to build strong internal relationships at the highest level in order to implement strategic change.

Confident enough to challenge constructively combined with a level of resilience.

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