A leading specialist law firm has a fantastic opportunity for an HR professional to join the team as their first HR Manager. The HR Manager will be given scope to develop the existing HR function and provide strategic and operational HR support and lead on various projects, change management and process improvements.
Main tasks will include:
Manage the firm’s recruitment for legal and support staff in line with the current people strategy ensuring that all members of the relevant team are kept informed.
Draft HR documentation to be in compliance with legislation and best practices.
Review all current HR policies.
Work with existing personnel to manage recruitment and termination processes for all joiners and leavers, including orientation presentations, probationary period reviews, regular check-ins and exit interviews.
Ensure all items for payroll are documented and processed correctly.
Update starter materials including handbook
Advise on employee relations matters and participate in review, disciplinary and termination meetings with managers
Oversee handling of flexible working requests, leaves of absence, grievances and disciplinary matters to ensure appropriate procedures are followed, deadlines are met, and actions and outcomes are properly documented.
Regularly review and update the firm’s policies including a stress and mental wellbeing at work policy, menopause policy, fertility policy and environmental policy
Compensation and benefits
Review the firm’s remuneration package and offer guidance and recommendations on salaries and financial package
Develop an understanding of health and welfare benefits and pensions, including private medical and dental, group life and income protection
Ensure continued compliance with automatic pension enrolment procedures and accurate monitoring of opt-in, opt-out and contribution changes
Communicate benefits information and coordinate annual open enrolment; monitor participation and costs of insurance products and prepare data for annual renewals.
Ensure all salary, bonus and other remuneration data is fully approved, communicated to individuals, and transmitted to the payroll and pension providers and update staff records accordingly
With the Head of Finance identify an integrated payroll system which can be linked to Cascade, the firm’s HR system
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
With relevant staff review the firm’s current diversity, inclusion and belonging (DI&B) policy and work on diversity goals and specific initiatives to increase inclusion and the retention and promotion of underrepresented groups.
Deliver a range of activities to celebrate key dates throughout the year including@ LGBT+, International Women’s Day, Mental Health Awareness Week, Pride, Black History Month, World Book Day.
Prepare regular and ad hoc reports as required, including the annual UK gender pay gap report, recruitment and diversity reporting and updates on HR initiatives in London.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including the ability to communicate clearly with concisely effective tone.
Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels and manage expectations.
Ability to priories work under pressure and make objective, business-based decisions.
Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
The successful applicant will have gained at least 5 years’ experience in a management-level Human Resources generalist role, ideally within a law firm, and have strong knowledge of employment law in England and Wales.
As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We believe that the firms that thrive are those with the most diverse team; that's why we work so hard to source the best talent from the broadest pool possible. As an equal opportunities employer we strive to accommodate anyone who may have specific needs. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance.