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HR Business Partner (Fixed Term Contract)

Job Term:
Legal HR, Operations/Other
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Baker McKenzie
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The Role

We are currently looking to recruit a HR Business Partner to join the London team on a fixed term contract basis for 13 months. The projected start date for this role is mid August 2017.

We are currently looking to recruit a HR Business Partner to join the London team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a HR Business Partner to work collaboratively with the business to help them achieve their strategic goals. Through identifying the organisational and people priorities, adopting a responsive, client and solution focused approach and delivering best practice, commercial HR solutions the successful candidate will establish themselves as a trusted advisor within the business.

This role will form part of team five HR Business partners, three HR Officers and a HR Coordinator and will be responsible for a mixture of legal and business services client groups.

In particular, the role will include:

HR&D strategy implementation & Strategic Projects

  • To provide strategic input into the Firm's strategy and to assist with or lead on initiatives that deliver the HR pillars of the Firms' strategy
  • To lead on a number of strategic HR projects
  • To partner and work with senior partners on strategic initiatives and implementation of strategic priorities 

HR Business Partnering

- To act as the strategic HR business partner to assigned internal clients, establishing strong working relationships with partners.  Activities for each client group to include:

  • Assist client groups in delivering against the office and their department strategy
  • Developing and delivering an annual HR plan, aimed at driving employee engagement, a higher performance culture and ensuring best practice HR solutions in support of the     delivery of the client group’s business plan
  • Clarifying the resource requirements client groups and engaging Recruitment to           deliver against these needs
  • Providing trusted one to one guidance and coaching to partners on all HR matters
  • Advising on HR policy, making or recommending appropriate decisions
  • Ensuring the delivery of outstanding operational service through the HR Officers
  • Diagnosing and analysing team and individual development needs, engaging L&D to     put in place appropriate OD and L&D solutions         
  • Coordinating performance reviews, salary and bonus reviews and promotions at all       levels
  • Effectively and proactively managing all ER cases for assigned groups

- To coach, mentor and motivate the HROs and HR Coordinator giving regular feedback and feeding into formal performance reviews

- To look for opportunities to improve internal processes/services and work with the appropriate people to implement these changes

- To collaborate and share best practice with the other HR Business Partners and wider HR&D Team

The Team

The Human Resources & Development (HR&D) department in London consists of the following teams:

  • HR Business Partnering
  • Employee Relations, Reward and Management Information & Reporting
  • Diversity & CSR
  • Learning & Development
  • Recruitment (Experienced Hire & Graduate)
  • Secretarial Services Management Team

The department also delivers various projects, drawing upon resource from across the above teams, working together.

Key Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience of a similar role ideally within a professional services organisation
  • Strong client service ethos and delivery focus
  • A catalyst and leader of change
  • A flexible approach to adapt the role to meet current and future business needs
  • Strategic thinker and with a commercial understanding and ability to translate business goals into HR priorities
  • Influencing and presentation skills to establish senior level credibility
  • Strong client relationship skills with the ability to manage the diversity of multiple leader relationships and serve their needs without compromising service levels
  • Ability to build rapport at all levels
  • In-depth working knowledge and understanding of HR legislation, principles, policies and procedures
  • Ability to develop solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems, requiring creativity and innovation
  • Strong diagnostic and analytic skills and the ability to exercise good judgment
  • A motivator and developer of people
  • Collaborative approach, effectively working with others to achieve team success
  • Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm

Why Join Us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm.  Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,000 people in 77 offices across 47 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard.  Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

  • Acritas’ Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2016 - ranked 1st/Brand Index: 100
  • The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016: currently ranked 57th
  • Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017: currently ranked 7th
  • Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016:  Five awards: Most Innovative International Firm for Women, Best International Firm for pro bono work, Best in tax, Best in Employment and Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award


To Apply

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role.  We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or



Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA – since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to work fluently across borders, cultures and practices.  This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to be the global law firm of choice.  We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view are brought together.  We also know people perform at their best when they can be themselves at work.  Baker McKenzie is committed to serving our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse talent pool and an inclusive community.

The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any), gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

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