• Location: Exeter
  • Reference Number: LSW5511

Legal Southwest Ltd

Our client is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 160 partners and 950 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Asia, they provide a full-service integrated offering.

Their clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. They also act for many high net worth individuals.

They are different and believe it is their people that make them unique. They expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is they don’t prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It’s what you can do that interests them most.

While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities our client looks for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the vital characteristics for this position.

You will work as part of a 28 strong Human Resources department and work closely with colleagues and the firm’s leadership to help achieve strategic goals.

Due to a strategic focus on talent and resourcing, our client is now seeking a new recruitment manager to be based in our Exeter office.  The new recruit will work alongside the head of lateral recruitment, 2 recruitment managers, a recruitment officer, 2 recruitment assistants and a recruitment administrator.

This will be a busy role with the key objective being to ensure our client finds the best talent for the firm in a timely and cost-effective way.

What you’ll be doing

  • As an existing recruitment professional you will already appreciate what is involved in running a busy recruitment function day-to-day.  In particular for this role you will:
  • Conduct, from sign-off to induction, all experienced/qualified fee-earner recruitment in the Exeter office, contributing on senior business support, partner hires and wider regional and international recruitment where required
  • Playing a pro-active role in the selection process through participation in interviews and the use of online and hard-copy selection tools
  • Manage advertising and attraction for each role
  • Manage the on-boarding and induction of all new joiners so as to ensure the best possible experience and retention
  • Work to raise the firm’s profile and use social media platforms to reinforce our position as an employer of choice
  • Act as an ambassador and advocate, and represent the firm, and the team, in best possible way
  • Ensure that the principles of diversity and inclusion are embedded in all activities
  • Provide monthly and weekly reports for the Board and its executive committee, and for the Director of HR
  • Develop relationships with a PSL of agents and contacts.  Agreeing standard terms & conditions with them
  • Develop and promote the staff introduction bonus scheme
  • Work with our Alumni group to promote our recruitment and develop wider HR knowledge to aid our recruitment activities
  • Assist with managing and controlling budgets
  • Ensure the effective use of the ATS and create talent pools, maximising its functionality
  • Ensure the recruitment website is effective and up to date and manage other jobs boards
  • Collaborate with HR colleagues in L&D, Reward, Graduate Recruitment and Operations to ensure a seamless service and track the success of hires
  • Drive direct sourcing and devise innovative ways to attract talent
  • Ensure that all existing recruitment protocols and policies are followed and contribute to their regular review and improvement
  • Strive constantly to improve the time to hire and the interview to offer ratio on all hires
  • Lead and deliver on appropriate recruitment projects and team and stakeholder training
  • Represent the firm at appropriate external forums and networking groups
  • Ensure that all legal requirements are complied with

What you’ll need

  • Quality-driven with keen attention to detail and commitment to service.  The recruitment team has built a strong reputation through quality of delivery and hard work.  The new manager will share these values and bring rigour and determination in equal measure
  • A strong, successful track in Southwest fee earner legal recruitment.
  • An established reputation in the legal recruitment market
  • Flexibility and can-do approach.  The ability to suit the needs of the business and the recruitment manager will be expected to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.  They will also be capable of adapting to different styles of working, local variations and shifting priorities
  • Excellent communicator.  The need for effective and regular communication in this role cannot be over-stated. Building relationships quickly and positively, and exhibiting professionalism and attention to detail in all dealings is essential
  • It is critical to the success of the role that the new manager inspires the team and can work in close collaboration with the regional recruitment manager and the wider HR department
  • The highs and lows of recruitment require a robust and tenacious character.  The ability to remain focussed, cheerful and committed is a must

Please get in touch if you would like more information about this role or send your CV via the form below in complete confidence and we will get back to you. 

 Legal Southwest will never, without exception, send out your CV without your prior knowledge or consent so please be assured that we treat every application with the utmost confidentiality.

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