Graduate Development Manager, UK - Maternity cover

DLA Piper
London (Central), London (Greater)
21 Aug 2019
20 Oct 2019
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Experience Level


The Graduate Development Manager, UK will be responsible for all graduate development activity across the UK's 7 offices. The role holder will report into the Head of Graduate Recruitment & Development for the International firm. The successful candidate will have proven experience of leading graduate development and programme management activity within a global, matrix organisation. Ideally, the successful candidate will also have previous experience of graduate recruitment. The role requires significant UK travel, and offers the role holder the opportunity to work within an international, industry leading graduate recruitment and development team.


  • Programme Management responsibility for all UK graduates inclusive of rotation management

  • Design, delivery and execution of on-going training interventions inclusive of International Graduate Induction, Continued Learning, technical training

  • Budget management for the UK Graduate Development activity

  • Management of relationship with vendors inclusive of the SRA from a Graduate Development perspective and academic institutions (e.g. LPC / GDL)

  • Stakeholder management with business and HR colleagues

  • Management of annual compensation review in conjunction with Reward colleagues and associated external media coverage

  • Co-ordination of roles and forecasting in partnership with the business in relation to annual hiring targets


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Demonstrable experience of finding commercial solutions that are in line with best practice, the firm's policies and also meet the needs of the business

  • Previous experience of programme management (high volume rotation management) required

  • Experience in working with senior stakeholders, including Executive level

  • Proactive and solution focused

  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage conflicting deadlines

  • Strong understanding of performance management processes and frameworks

  • Previous experience of Employee Relations required

  • Significant experience of managing budgets required

  • Excellent data skills

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

  • Previous experience of working in a complex, global environment

  • Ability to think strategically, whilst proactively delivering hands-on results for clients

  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office projects (specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint)


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world.  We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering  practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully

  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in

  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big

  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent.  Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly.  That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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