HR Manager (12 month maternity contract)

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HR Manager (12 month maternity contract)


9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Working week:

Monday - Friday


Human Resources 

Purpose of job:

As HR Manager you will work closely with the HR Director and HR Management team, offering support to manage and develop the HR team ensuring it meets its operational and strategic objectives.


Main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Pro-actively develop effective working relationships with partners and line managers around the firm providing them with professional HR advice, guidance, coaching and support in order to provide a consistent and fair approach to people management and development
  • Provide support and advice to practice areas and support teams on strategy and operational matters such as change management, employee relations, performance management, reward, training and development and interpreting policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all employee relations matters within the firm are handled appropriately and in accordance with the firm’s policies and procedures and legislative requirements
  • Effectively manage discipline and grievance issues including conducting investigations, interviews, preparing for hearings and formal meetings and recommending appropriate action and outcomes
  • Maintaining and appropriately sharing knowledge of employment legislation, best practice and industry experience
  • To ensure employee absenteeism is monitored and appropriate action taken, liaising with third party medical practitioners and OH providers when necessary
  • Develop, implement and maintain HR policies, procedures and systems and ensure that the handbooks are comprehensive and up-to-date
  • Leading and developing projects to support HR and wider firm strategies, e.g. employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, employer branding, talent management, reward and retention, agile working and wellness initiating ideas and writing project proposals for the HR Director and firm’s Management Team’s consideration
  • In conjunction with the HR Director and Talent & Development Manager, evaluate training and development requirements and identify appropriate solutions building relationships with training providers
  • Facilitate delivery of an on-going performance management review, reinforcing the importance of continuous and honest feedback including coaching partners and managers on how to hold effective review meetings and analyse performance levels
  • Prepare allocated practice areas and support teams’ training budgets and then monitor progress throughout the year
  • In conjunction with the HR Manager, forecasting and management of the HR budget in consultation with the HR Director
  • To assist the HR Director with the annual salary review and bonus distribution ensuring alignment to the firm’s approach to talent management, retention, performance management and reward
  • Assisting the recruitment team where required with the recruitment of lawyers, business support team members and trainee solicitors
  • In conjunction with the HR Manager, overseeing the operations of the HR team ensuring that all HR processes are efficient, effective and completed on time and acting as a go to person for the team for help and queries that they may have
  • Direct management and development of HR team members which will include regular one to one supervision meetings and completing appraisals
  • Work closely with the HR Director to develop and implement HR strategy across the Firm
  • Represent the HR team on key internal groups and committees such as the Diversity and Inclusion committee and sub-committees, Health and Safety committee

To apply for this role, please complete the online application form.
For further information about this position please contact, in confidence, Natalie Slater (Recruitment Manager) at

No agencies please

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