HR Manager (Projects)

Gowling WLG
03 Jul 2017
19 Jul 2017
Contract Type
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

In all aspects of the business we look to recruit people with the potential to be the best in their field. People who will bring energy, enthusiasm and creativity. People who can build strong relationships, both with colleagues and with clients. We go to great lengths to make sure that everyone who works here is supported, empowered and enjoys their work and are proud to have been ranked in the Great Place to Work?? survey for 17 consecutive years.

Main Purpose of the Job

As part of the award winning HR Team, the HR Manager will be instrumental in implementing and driving HR initiatives throughout the firm. They will work closely with key stakeholders across the firm to lead and deliver key transformation projects aligned to Gowling WLG's people strategy.

Key relationships:

Internal - business services and legal teams, at all levels; Practice Leaders, Partners, POMs, Senior Leadership team (project dependent), Business Services Directors and Heads of.
External - External suppliers, clients, consultants and key industry groups (project dependent)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the delivery and implementation of firm-wide cross-functional business change programmes and projects as directed by the HR Director.
Partner with senior leadership and key stakeholders to ensure project buy in and support. Effectively deploy a consulting style to build relationships quickly and effectively throughout the project.
Develop effective plans to ensure all projects are delivered on time, within scope, and, agreed budget.
Take personal ownership to deliver and successfully achieve the objectives of each project, co-ordinating internal and external resourced where required. Report and escalate issues as necessary to the HR Director and / or project sponsors, proposing options to address and effectively manage any issues.
Proactively manage project risks and identify options and strategies to mitigate.
Identify any potential deviations from agreed deadlines or quality levels and manage stakeholders and project members to resolve the issues.
Act as a change agent - responsible for creating positive change for client groups/teams in accordance with external/internal influences.
Provide valuable input and expertise for client groups/teams on employment relations, good practice and engagement.

Key skills and experience

An experienced Senior HR generalist with project management experience
Ideally a CIPD qualified graduate (or equivalent experience)
Proven ability to influence and challenge colleagues to achieve project aims
Project management knowledge or experience
Strong change management and facilitation skills
Excellent stakeholder management
Excellent communication skills
Highly organised and able to prioritise and manage demanding deadlines
Demonstrate flexibility and be willing to go the extra mile

N.B. no agencies please

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.