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Resourcing Specialist

A&O Shearman
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
3 Aug 2024

Job Details

Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Resourcing Specialist to join our HR team in London.

Department purpose
The resourcing team has overall responsibility for filling all recruitment requirements of the London office, with the exception of entry-level recruitment.  It sits within the global HR function.  The team sets the strategy for hiring the most talented people to feed the needs of the office, and then implements and hires the necessary people. 

Role purpose
The Resourcing Specialist will work with the Resourcing Manager in filling the recruitment needs of specified practice groups and/or business team roles, and also work with the Resourcing team to support the strategic recruitment needs of the business as a whole.

Role and responsibilities

  • Responsibility for managing the end-to-end recruitment process for specific legal practices and business team roles, including direct responsibility for paralegal recruitment.
  • Drive candidate attraction and build engaged talent pools using direct sourcing methods, marketing materials and recruitment agencies.  For example, job boards, social media, networking events and referrals.
  • Develop and implement innovative sourcing strategies to attract diverse pools of qualified candidates
  • Attend interviews and lead assessment centres/drafting tests to provide HR input into the recruitment process
  • Build and maintain talent pipelines that are in line with business requirements and the talent/people agenda
  • Contribute to  the recruitment agency performance review process lead by the Resourcing Manager.
  • Build and maintain relationships with candidates to ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the recruitment process
  • Monitor spend against relevant part of recruitment budget.
  • Produce resourcing MI and regularly report back to the relevant HR Manager/Recruiting Manager to ensure they remain updated.
  • Provide recruitment advice and guidance (including sharing market intelligence) to Partners and hiring Managers and HR Business teams.
  • Work closely with the recruitment administration team in Belfast to ensure the end to end recruitment process is accurate, efficient and fit for purpose for the practice area.
  • Support the Senior Resourcing Manager and Resourcing Managers on strategic recruitment initiatives.
  • Stay informed about industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies in recruitment and talent acquisition

Examples of strategic recruitment initiatives include

  • Direct sourcing.
  • Development of employer brand and marketing materials.
  • Preferred Supplier List recruitment agency management.
  • Promoting and developing our applicant tracking system (Infinite Brassring) globally.
  • Improving global consistency of approach to recruitment.
  • Training line managers/interviewers.
  • Supporting international recruitment campaigns.
  • Induction content and presentation.
  • Internal promotion processes.
  • Management information and data analytics.

Key requirements

  • In-house experience of managing recruitment campaigns within a complex matrix and busy environment, ideally within a professional services environment. 
  • Experience of both fee-earner and business team staff recruitment experience preferred.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to influence.
  • Demonstrable direct sourcing experience, including developing talent pipelines for lawyers and business teams and reducing recruitment costs.
  • Creative thinker about new ways of working and understands how things may change in talent acquisition and responds to this accordingly
  • Ability to add value to an already established team.
  • Experience of managing resourcing projects especially around process improvement and innovation.
  • Experience of online candidate applicant tracking systems (ideally Infinite Brassring).
  • Strong judgment and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work with and influence senior members of the firm including partners.
  • Can demonstrate working with a highly collaborative approach.
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritise tasks, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to build rapport with candidates quickly.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment practices

Should you require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process due to a disability or a health condition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our recruitment team who will work with you to provide any adjustments as required.

We are an equal opportunities recruiter and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

We recognise that our people are our most valuable asset, which is reflected in the wide range of benefits that are available to our employees. Some of these benefits include: our occupational pension scheme, group income protection cover, private medical insurance, mental health resources and free apps, health and wellbeing services encompassing an onsite gym, wellbeing centre and GP service, emergency back-up care support, parental and special leave, holiday entitlement increasing with length of service, holiday trading, season ticket loans and online discounts and lifestyle management services.

We recognise the value of flexible working and embraces hybrid working, allowing our people to work from home up to 40% of their working time. We do however remain committed to working together in person for the remaining 60% of time so that we can learn, grow and succeed together.

Additional information - External

A&O Shearman is a new global industry-leading law firm, with nearly 50 offices in 29 countries worldwide. Our fluency in English law, US law, and the laws of the world’s most dynamic markets, enables us to provide unmatched insight and seamless delivery to clients. We work on challenging and important deals and disputes that have the potential to shape the future.

We offer exceptional opportunities for our people; opportunities to work for the world’s leading businesses; to transform the status quo, and to deliver your best work, helping you and your career to thrive, while delivering unparalleled outcomes for our clients.

Whether you're helping clients solve complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel. We provide first-rate training and development, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we provide support and ways of working that help you optimise your wellbeing.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. And together, we will redefine success.


A&O Shearman is global industry-leading law firm with 48 offices in 29 countries. We are a partner and trusted advisor to some of the world’s most sophisticated companies, governments and financial institutions. With the combined strengths of our legacy firms, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling, we offer unmatched global breadth and depth, a forward-thinking perspective on the future and a one-firm culture of excellence to achieve unparallelled outcomes  for our clients and for each other.

We're at the start of an exciting journey, and this offers exceptional opportunities for our people. Whether you're helping clients solve their most complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel - whether you’re starting out, or taking the next step in your career.

We work to attract and retain the very best people – and we support them to build their future with us. As part of our high-performance culture, we have high expectations of one another in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work in the way they see fit, to a standard we all share.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. And we nurture an environment and ways of working that promote positive wellbeing.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Your unique perspective, attributes and experiences are valued here and we invite you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best, we ask for the best of you, and we support you to achieve your potential. And together we excel.

Company info
+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD
United Kingdom

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