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Talent Management Specialist – 12 month FTC

DLA Piper
Birmingham or London
Closing date
6 Jul 2024

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The role

DLA Piper are looking for a Talent Management Specialist to support the delivery of the firm’s Talent strategy across all groups and geographies (International coverage). If you’re a seasoned Talent Management professional looking for your next challenge – the breadth and the depth of responsibilities this role offers may be on an interest!

You will be responsible for leading several Talent Management initiatives and projects that support the broader Talent strategy which will position the firm as a leader for attraction, development and retention of the most exceptional talent. You will proactively provide current and leading-edge subject matter expertise and enable the business to be the leading global business law firm.


  • Actively contribute to the delivery of firm-wide Talent priorities
  • Provide specialist subject matter expertise to support firm-wide initiatives
  • Keep up to date in key developments, research and best-practice in the field of Talent Development
  • Independently lead talent projects with limited supervision, including maintenance of project plans, stakeholder maps, and change and communications plans
  • Own, maintain and deliver against key Talent Management projects within the people lifecycle
  • Build strong relationships with the HR Business Partner teams to enable them to support their clients across all groups and geographies at DLA Piper
  • Be a key point of specialist expertise to support leaders within the CoE teams
  • Identify areas for collaboration across the wider Talent Development function

Specific duties will include:

Partner and Lawyer Promotions

  • Leading on all aspects of the partner promotion process on an annual basis
  • Maintaining and delivering project plans, comms and engagement plans for all aspects of the process
  • Developing, guides and other support materials which accompany the partner and lawyer promotions process
  • Working with senior stakeholders to refine the process on an annual basis (Finance, Operations, HR)
  • Working with other talent specialists to ensure the talent review process identifies a diverse partner and lawyer pipeline
  • Co-ordinating each specific stage of the promotions process including MD and Board interviews
  • Developing and issuing critical communications to senior leaders (to CEO level)
  • Working with the US firm to ensure a joined up approach to external communications and partner induction
  • Developing all required reports throughout the promotions cycle.

Leadership Development

  • Coordinating all talent and leadership programmes on an annual basis
  • Working closely with L&D and HR to identify and validate participats following the annual talent review
  • Developing project, stakeholder an dcommunication plans to ensure high profile programmes are delivered to scope and buget
  • Working with external vendors to ensure programmes are delivered to the highest possible standard
  • Tracking spend against the leadership development budget and ensuring all invoices are paid on time
  • Developing guides and briefing materials for BFHR
  • Producing evaluation reports as required


  • Have coordinated high profile processes and programmes across a complex multi-stakeholder business
  • Confident in working and influencing senior stakeholders
  • Have owned significant Talent Developmentprojects end-to-end across the people lifecycle at a large, international firm
  • Have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for Talent Development  
  • Have extremely strong time management, organisational and project management skills
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and be fluent in English
  • Be able to quickly build relationships
  • Be able to exercise discretion and sensitivity
  • Have a strategic mindset
  • Have experience of working in international teams/environment


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals 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 are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.


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 and where relevant, we will 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 work-related references.


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, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. 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 and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
160 Aldersgate Street

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