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Emerging Talent Manager

England, London
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Vacancy Type
Human Resources, Talent management
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

Working as a member of the Emerging Talent team with a focus on the acquisition and development of our graduate programme across the UK and Internationally, you will strive to achieve the highest standards of learning and development, HR and acquisition provision for the firm's emerging talent. This role can be based in London or any of the following regional offices including Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow or Edinburgh.

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide. We combine deep local market understanding with a global perspective. We are passionate about building strong relationships with our clients, our people, and the communities we work in.

We take a bold, dynamic, and agile approach to ensure our clients are able to 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 working. Our aim is to inspire, impact and support our clients and our people, helping them to maximize their potential and thrive.

About the Role

Reporting to the Head of Emerging Talent, you will be responsible for the current and future trainees as well as the acquisition of the firm's future talent, ensuring they are fully supported and engaged with the business prior to joining and throughout their time up to qualification as a newly qualified solicitor.

The role will be responsible for, but not limited to:

* Delivering the annual Emerging Talent strategy in line with firm-wide objectives and develop the media and marketing campaign to support this.
* Delivering a compelling and unique marketing & advertising campaign to ensure a strong brand both on campus, in the legal/emerging talent press and on-line to attract candidates of the highest calibre.
* Ensuring the attraction of quality candidates and a fair, consistent & comprehensive selection process.
* Managing of the recruitment and interviewing process for the graduate emerging talent programmes.
* Building relationships with academics, faculty staff, careers service staff and student societies and law society presidents. Establish strong working relationships with emerging talent representatives from other firms, agencies, organisations and publications.
* Working with the RBSI and Diversity & Inclusion teams on emerging talent diversity initiatives and work closely with the Emerging Talent Advisors to ensure a seamless progression from campus to firm.
* Working with colleagues to drive innovation and continuous improvement across the HR function.
* Developing the innovative CMS Academy proposition as best in class in the market and ensure maximum benefits derived from investment.
* Supporting early talent with developing their career in the firm and progressing to qualification.
* Managing and liaising with key stakeholders (partners and office managers) for all secondments to clients and non-UK offices, including obtaining the relevant approvals, management of the logistics, recommendations and obtaining feedback.
* Overseeing the bi-annual qualification process for trainee solicitors.
* Managing the planning of the Emerging Talent Induction from the planning, attending and facilitating of the programme.
* Design and delivery of professional skills programme to emerging talent and their supervisors.
* Working closely with our preferred education providers to ensure that the compulsory and optional training needs/courses are completed.
* Working with colleagues to drive innovation and continuous improvement across the Emerging Talent team.
* To carry out ad-hoc tasks and projects to support the strategic direction of the overall Talent Acquisition function.

About You

To meet the demands of the role you will have the following skills;

* Proven track record of recruiting emerging talent within a professional services or legal environment.
* Commercially focussed, with good negotiation skills, well organised and with the ability to manage a large and varied workload.
* Ability to define and implement creative campaigns and innovative approaches.
* An understanding of how to qualify as a solicitor in England, Scotland and some of our international offices.
* Strong HR technical skills, able to manage a wide range of situations.
* Effective networker, good at building and maintaining relationships both internally and externally.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Proactive customer service focus.

Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive. For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.



CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 74 offices in 44 countries and 5000+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people, and communities.

We’re a global law firm. We focus on the big and the small. We look to the future and embrace agility and challenge. We are experts in our sectors and have the rankings to back that up.  But it’s not all sectors and rankings. We focus on relationships. We’re a community. We look out for each other, encourage everyone to be themselves, and the best version of that. We’re friendly and go-getting. We act with purpose and find passion in what we do. We seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We don’t want everyone to be the same.  We know the best route forward is with the most diverse group of colleagues as possible. We’re here to build a better future.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

Our culture

It’s all about relationships. Our relationship with you, your relationship with us, and the relationships we have with clients and the communities around us. We want you to thrive and show your personality. Foster community, work together, listen, be open, and help each other succeed. Act with purpose and find passion. Strive for progress and embrace challenges. Seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We value trust over rules.

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive, and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

Company info
+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
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