Early Talent Advisor

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5 May 2022


Early Talent Advisor  


9.30 am to 5.30 pm, and as required, flexible applications considered

Working week:

Monday - Friday


Human Resources

Purpose of job:

To take ownership of the trainee lifecycle, from recruitment through to development, pastoral support, and qualification. To support the wider HR team with the recruitment, development and pastoral support of the firm’s non-qualified and pre-manager team members.

Specific duties will include:

The Training Contract & Alternative Routes to Qualification

  • Managing the on-boarding, appraisals and seat rotations of trainees, including overseeing the trainee and newly qualified induction programmes
  • Working closely with the firm’s Training Principal to support trainee development, engagement and retention post-qualification
  • Liaising with external providers to manage the delivery of professional qualifications, principally the SQE via ULaw
  • Liaising with the SRA and other relevant governing bodies to ensure requirements for the SQE and alternative routes to qualification are met. Alternative routes to qualification include legal apprenticeships and CILEx
  • Managing the newly qualified process by which eligible trainees and non-qualified firm members apply for newly qualified associate positions


  • Partnering with the recruitment team to ensure the firm’s employer value proposition for early talent remains competitive, compelling and in line with the firm’s D&I strategy
  • Developing an early talent recruitment brand to promote opportunities at the firm (work experience, paralegals, internships and graduates) and attract a talent pipeline of engaged early careers talent for the firm. Including creating an online presence and working with third parties such as universities and student guides
  • Supporting the end-to-end recruitment process for all early careers roles in collaboration with the relevant hiring managers. This will also include graduate and school leaver opportunities available at the firm including (training contracts, apprenticeships, work experience and internships)
  • Organising, attending, and facilitating early talent attraction events including careers fairs, skills sessions, assessment day and insight days
  • Pro-actively developing and enhancing the content for early career attraction opportunities
  • Taking part in interviews where required


  • Partnering with the talent team to ensure the firm are proactive in delivering development opportunities over and above regulatory requirements
  • Being the first point of contact for early talent for career support, providing a combination of advice, coaching, and signposting to further resources as appropriate
  • Work closely with the trainee supervisors and line managers to provide proactive support and signposting where required
  • Proactively working with practice areas and business support teams to help drive the engagement of early talent (as measured by Best Companies)
  • Working with the wider Talent & Development team to create, deliver and refine development programmes and offerings for entry level talent across the firm and identify potential skills gaps


  • Ensuring that all early talent processes and initiatives are accessible and inclusive
  • Using various systems and data as required, such as the HR system (Dynamics 365), applicant tracking systems (Allhires and Apply4law) and learning management systems
  • Coordinating the graduate recruitment budget where required
  • Make recommendations, in line with the firm’s continuous improvement strategy, for process improvement including on-boarding and future trainee events
  • Deliver updates to the HR team, wider firm and candidates, building networks both internally and externally, with an understanding of relevant industry and competitor trends and activity
  • Any other ad hoc projects required within the team

To apply for this role, please complete the online application form.
For further information about this position please contact, in confidence, Molly MacKenzie-Williams (Recruitment Assistant) at mmackenzie-williams@kingsleynapley.co.uk

No agencies please

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