HR Business Partner

6 days left

Edinburgh, Scotland
22 Mar 2021
19 Apr 2021
Emma McMurray
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Human Resources
Contract Type
Experience Level
Senior Manager
CMS a future facing, top 10 global law firm has an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR Business Partner to join the HR Business Partnering team to drive forward HR agenda in line with the firms business strategy.

About the role

This role can be based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Sheffield or London.

The purpose of this role is threefold:

  • To set the HR / Talent agenda for their aligned Practice Groups ("PG") and region, taking both these stakeholder's strategic business plans and the firm's people strategy into consideration. They will bring commercial and pragmatic HR expertise to discussions with key stakeholders, partnering with colleagues across the whole HR function to design and deliver well thought through people solutions;
  • To deliver the firm-wide people plan and cyclical people activity within the PG (e.g performance cycle, salary and bonus review, implementation of the Mindful Business Charter and wellbeing strategy etc.) and use insights gained from partnering with their client group to help shape these priorities and approaches going forward;
  • To act as a leader within HR as well as an HR leader in your client group, leading on projects and initiatives for the firm and identifying and acting on opportunities to coach and develop colleagues within the function.

The role will be a combination of home and office based, with some travel between offices in line with business demand.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead HR Business Partnering responsibility for assigned UK Practice Group populations - to be a key point of contact for HR consultancy services.
  • Bring commercial and pragmatic HR expertise to discussions with key stakeholders, partnering with colleagues across the whole HR function to design and deliver well thought through people solutions for your aligned PG.
  • To lead on the approach to and coordination of cyclical HR activity within your PG client group such as performance reviews and annual reward cycle.
  • Lead on HR projects for the whole firm, diagnosing needs and developing solutions e.g approach to talent identification and management, employee engagement, change management.
  • Provide trusted one to one guidance to stakeholders on HR matters.
  • Provide general advice on HR policies and managing complex Employee Relations issues; coaching HR colleagues and stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Work with colleagues to drive innovation and continuous improvement across the HR function ensuring knowledge is captured across the firm.
  • Be an active member of the HR Business Partnering leadership team, acting as a leader of the HR function as well as an HR leader within your aligned client group.
  • Work closely with colleagues in HR Business Partnering team and provide cover for their client groups during holidays and as required.
  • Lead small team of HR Advisors through setting clear objectives, providing constructive feedback and supporting their development.

About you

Key requirements:

    Strong HR and business acumen, able to display a commercial and pragmatic approach.Proven track record of driving forward an HR agenda in line with business strategy from diagnostic through to designing and delivering solutions. Technical depth in a specialist HR discipline such as Leadership and Talent, Organisational Development or Employee Experience would be an advantage.Demonstrable strategic thinking skills with the ability to develop business strategy and issues into a people strategy and plan. Ability to analyse key people metrics and use data to influence business leaders' decisions Demonstrable ability to coach and influence senior stakeholders to foster true strategic partnering, rather than generalist advisory. Experience of implementing a cloud based HRIS would be advantage.Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to articulate best practice HR in a practical and accessible manner, both face to face and in writing. Strong presentation skills desirable.Collaborative and proactive in seeking opportunities to work with colleagues to co-create solutions that meet needs of multiple client groups.

About us

CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.

Ranked as the world's 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online or contact Emma McMurray,Talent Acquisition Advisor via email at, for more information.

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