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Graduate Recruitment Officer (FTC)

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The Role

We are currently looking for a Graduate Recruitment & Development Officer to join our Graduate Recruitment and Development team in London.  The role is a fixed term contract position for a period of 6 months working either 4 or 5 days a week.

In particular the role will include:

Spring, Summer and International placement schemes

  • Responsible for the smooth running of these programmes with assistance from the GR intern
  • Lead point of contact both for candidates and within the business
  • Design of all schemes and overall responsibility of effective delivery and return on investment
  • Review of on-line application forms in conjunction with other officers
  • Advertise and market the programme to ensure maximum publicity
  • Ensure the administrative elements of the programme are delivered by them
  • Oversee the programme of training and social events
  • Oversee the seat allocation process, with support from the GR Intern
  • Oversee trainee mentor allocation and briefing with support from the GR Intern
  • Oversee the feedback and debrief sessions with support from the GR Intern
  • Budget tracking
  • Produce an end of scheme report for the GRDM in a timely manner

Recruitment Advertising

  • Act as point of contact for all external contacts
  • Oversee advertising strategy for Graduate Recruitment
  • Review all new requests for advertising and make recommendations to the GRDM and Head of Recruitment
  • Co-ordinate the placement of adverts and articles within publications, liaising with Marketing Department when necessary
  • Negotiate competitive advertising rates
  • Manage the advertising spend and maintain the costings spreadsheet
  • Participate in award submissions

Online Media

  • Liaise with the Marketing and Communications Team as appropriate to
  • Propose a strategy for online advertising and social media (to include costings)
  • Implement and maintain the Firm's Graduate Recruitment social media presence
  • Ensure full and comprehensive use of online advertising opportunities
  • Monitor the success of online advertising
  • Ensure the Firm's Graduate Recruitment website is updated whenever required
  • Supervise the GR intern to successfully implement and run the Future Trainee Facebook page

Campus Management and Sponsorship

In the role of Campus Lead, have overall responsibility for the campus strategy across the Firm's key target universities (overseen by the GRDM) including:

  • In the role of Campus Lead, have overall responsibility for the campus strategy across the Firm's key target universities (overseen by the GRDM) including;
  • Create a formalised template for team campus plans
  • Provide guidance around content of campus plans to ensure consistency
  • Responsible for promotional items and merchandise
  • Responsible for the Brand Ambassador programme, including and managing the ambassadors in conjunction with an external agency
  • Responsible for the campus social media strategy
  • Manage the data collection and ROI project
  • Budget tracking and reporting
  • Responsible for campus liaison at the following target universities:
    • Queens, Exeter, Durham, Nottingham, Leicester, Cambridge and QMUL. Joint responsibility for Warwick and Southampton. To include:
      • Write, and follow, a structured business plan for each university, focussing on law and non-law recruitment
      • Relationship building with key contacts at Careers Services, within student bodies and law faculties
      • Attendance at relevant marketing events, including law fairs and autumn presentations
      • Manage the budget for each university
      • Liaise with careers services to book milkround presentation dates
      • Oversee GR Intern to book and manage correspondence with venues
      • Oversee GR Intern to coordinate event staffing
      • Oversee GR Intern to arrange transport and accommodation where required

First Year Insight Scheme

  • Responsible for the strategy/content of the First Year Insight programme supported by the GR Intern

Trainee Development

  • Support trainee development processes when necessary and assist with trainee matters as required

Other Responsibilities

  • Support the GRDM with the Graduate Recruitment marketing campaign
  • Attend ad-hoc events and presentations, as necessary
  • Participate in ad-hoc project work, as required
  • Oversee responses to generic Graduate Recruitment inbox (administered by GRD Co-ordinator and GR Intern)

Candidate Management

  • Assist with application screening and group assessments as required.
  • Responsible for screening applications, reviewing video interviews and acting as a Group Assessor

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)

Key Skills and Experience Required


  • Experience of a similar role - ideally within a Professional Services environment although this is not a prerequisite
  • A flexible approach to meet current and future business needs
  • A good knowledge of relevant IT systems
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills Ability to quickly understand the Firm’s HR policies and procedures
  • Ability to plan, schedule and arrange own activities to accomplish objectives
  • Ability to build rapport at all levels
  • Collaborative, 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


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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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