Early Talent Recruitment Manager

Bristol or Newcastle
20 Jul 2021
18 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Experience Level

Investing in future talent is so important to our business and our fabulous Early Talent Team are now on the lookout for a Recruitment Manager to join them to lead on the early talent recruitment strategy.  

Home-grown talent is at the heart of our recruitment strategy and as an Early Talent professional there is nothing more rewarding than being able to positively impact someone at the start of their career, whether that is a first step or a career change.  Our Early Talent team are integral to identifying, developing and supporting our future generation of lawyers; working with schools to inspire young people to consider a legal career, recruiting our future trainee solicitors and working closely with them to support their development and wellbeing through to qualification.  We might be a touch biased, but we believe that we deliver a fantastic programme – not only do our clients tell us this, but a number of our partners have progressed from trainees in the firm to the current leaders of our business.

We are currently looking for an Early Talent Recruitment Manager to join us and be part of the next exciting stage in the design and delivery of our early talent strategy.  With the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam on the horizon, we have big plans to redesign the way in which we recruit, train and develop our future generation of lawyers, and this is a great opportunity for you to influence the direction of travel on what is likely to be a significant transformation project.  On a day to day basis, you'll be overseeing our marketing and campus strategy for graduate, leading on the recruitment and assessment of our candidates, and providing guidance and support to the wider team.  You'll be supported by our fabulous Early Talent Recruitment Advisor and Early Talent Co-ordinator, as well as an enthusiastic group of ambassadors throughout the business. 

What are we looking for?

It goes without saying that you will need to be passionate about recruiting the very best talent.  At the heart of all that we do as team, is candidate and employee experience, and it's important that you share that ethos too.  You will need to have had some experience in leading on the design and delivery of rigorous assessment processes, be creative in your ability promote employer brand allowing us to stand our in a very crowded market and have a natural ability to build strong relationships with candidates and internal stakeholders.  Previous experience in the legal sector or knowledge of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam is absolutely not a deal breaker for us.  As a team we have plenty of sector knowledge and we're happy to help you learn.  It's more important to us that you can bring your existing experience and help us to shape the future of our programme.   

In return for your expertise, we believe this role will afford you an excellent opportunity to further develop your career, with the autonomy to really make a difference and have impact.  Of course, you'll be well supported by the Early Talent and wider Recruitment team but we'll be looking to you to guide and continually challenge us.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feelemphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicitiesdisabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/womblebonddickinsoncareers/)