• Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager

  • London, England
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  • The Graduate Recruitment Manager will manage the end to end recruitment of trainee solicitors, or equivalent in Dechert’s EMEA offices. They will be responsible for implementing the strategy for each graduate recruitment cycle, ensuring the quality of the Firm’s graduate talent pipeline and building on the Firm’s brand to further our position as an employer of choice in the graduate market. This is a fixed-term maternity cover role, with an approximate start date of February 2022.

    Job Description

    Summary of duties
     

    The Graduate Recruitment Manager will manage the end to end recruitment of trainee solicitors, or equivalent in Dechert’s EMEA offices. They will be responsible for implementing the strategy for each graduate recruitment cycle, ensuring the quality of the Firm’s graduate talent pipeline and building on the Firm’s brand to further our position as an employer of choice in the graduate market.
     

    The mains duties will include but are not limited to:
     

    Recruitment

    Liaising with the graduate recruitment partners, practice group leaders and the Director of Legal Recruitment, EMEA to set strategic targets for graduate recruitment in line with the Global Talent Team’s objectives.Working with internal marketing teams to devise and deliver an effective overall marketing campaign for the EMEA offices in line with overall Firm branding strategy.Managing the screening process for all recruitment cycles, including the bi-annual process for the London vacation schemes (c. 1200).Designing and running interviewing and assessment days for all candidates, working with Regional Office Managers to deliver these where needed.Planning and delivering cyclical work experience and vacation scheme programmes.Managing the online applicant tracking system.Providing regular metrics on the graduate recruitment processes to Firm management as required.Liaising with future joiners and providing Legal Practice Course (LPC) elective advice as required.Working with the Firm’s Global Director of Diversity Equality & Inclusion (DE&I) to ensure the ongoing implementation of best in class diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    Development

    Working closely with the internal Professional Development team and external training providers (including the Firm’s LPC provider) to facilitate all training requirements pre-employment and during the training contractWorking with the Professional Development team to project manage the implementation of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and firm approach to the new route to qualification Coordinating training and ensuring it is compliant with the relevant regulating body e.g. SRA regulations and requirements.Devising and overseeing the co-ordination of the trainee induction programme and four-monthly seat rotation.Ensuring trainees receive regular feedback throughout their training contract via the Firm’s appraisal process, attending meetings as appropriate.Working with the graduate recruitment partners and practice group leaders to establish business needs for the seat rotation and qualification process.Communicating decisions regarding seat moves and qualification to the trainees.Managing the secondment of trainees internationally and to clients.Ensuring ongoing communication with and provide pastoral support to the trainees through regular face to face meetings.Working with the EMEA HR team, advise on all employee relations issues involving graduates.Managing the annual compensation review process for all trainee and intern programmes, working with the Global Compensation team, Director of Legal Recruitment, EMEA HR team and Practice Group Managers.Reporting annually on overall retention levels and managing strategic targets to ensure retention is a priority.

    General

    Monthly management and annual review of the graduate recruitment and development budget.Investigating the possibility of establishing graduate programmes in other EMEA offices in line with Firm requirements.Keeping abreast of changing rules and regulations affecting graduate recruitment in the different jurisdictions.Any other ad hoc duties in line with the requirements of the business.
     

    Key skills

    Knowledge of relevant international regulations and specifically the SRA regulations governing training contracts.Ability to communicate openly, clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.Pro-active, professional manner, personable and approachable.Attention to detail, high levels of accuracy and excellent organisational skills.Creativity and innovation, proven experience of generating ideas for training and marketing campaigns.Resilient, flexible and able to deal with variety of issues including sensitive, confidential issues as and when they arise.Strong team player, able to work effectively within a small team and the wider HR department.Ability to manage and develop more junior team members.Ability to interact and influence at all levels within the Firm.
     

    Education and experience

    At least 5 years’ relevant experience in the legal graduate recruitment market (ideally within an International or US law firm).Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).Experience using applicant tracking systems.Experience working across multiple jurisdictions.Fluency in other languages would be beneficial.Understanding of HR procedures and professional development initiatives related to graduate recruitment.

    Additional Job Description

    Location(s)

    London, England

    Time Type

    Full time

    Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. The Firm prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the armed forces, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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