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Human Resources
JR-2338 Requisition #

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. 

The HR Manager is currently responsible for managing the Human Resources function in Singapore including operational activities and projects across recruitment, performance management/development, and compensation as well as office wide initiatives.

You will have a proven track record of developing and implementing HR initiatives which have demonstrably contributed to achieving business objectives and enhanced overall business performance.

The APAC HR team is embarking on a period of transition and as such this role needs someone with a flexible approach, open mind and ideally transformation experience. 

Key Responsibilities

HR Business Partnering 
•    Act as a trusted business partner regarding all people related concerns as well as policy.  Represent the people side of issues in general management discussions.
•    Provide a sounding board for Partners and Business Professional leaders with regard to team and individual issues.
•    Proactively working with business leaders to manage talent, develop succession plans and align resources to business requirements. 

Team Leadership
•    Provide day-to-day guidance and leadership to the HR operations team (4).
•    Develop HR initiatives for the Singapore office in line with changing business priorities and industry best-practice standards (including maintaining external networks for industry best practice information). Liaise with other colleagues across the network to ensure, where appropriate, regional, and global consistency.
•    All HR activities/initiatives to be reviewed with the Regional Head of HR and Development.
•    Work with the accounts team to set and manage the HR budget.
•    Support and contribute to the office budgeting process for fee earnings teams as required.

Talent Acquisition 
•    Manage office resourcing and recruitment (legal and non-legal) including advising on structure and resourcing levels, and proactively recruiting to meet requirements.
•    Oversee the delivery of the Graduate Recruitment Program, as managed by the GR specialist, working with regional colleagues to develop and maintain a best-in-class program. 
•    Works with colleagues to identify solutions to address key people challenges in a timely manner, thus maintaining morale and retaining talent.  
•    Oversee secondment arrangements, approvals and paperwork.

Talent Management and Development 
•    Lead and guide performance management processes, providing advice to partners and managers on disciplinary matters and development plans.
•    Drive and oversee annual and mid-year appraisal processes including providing support as required (i.e. training).
•    Define and manage soft skills training schedule and advise employees on development as required.
•    Uses data to inform decision making and advise key stakeholders on the risks / opportunities in relation to people
•    Works with key stakeholders to drive the Inclusion objectives and action plans for individuals, and functional / practice areas.

Compensation and Benefits
•    Drive annual salary review and bonus approach.
•    Develop and maintain salary benchmarking tools and philosophies for both lawyers and business services.
•    Maintain benefits portfolio to ensure that the Singapore office remains competitive within the local market, and offers compensation and benefits that are aligned with the global CC benefits philosophy.
•    Oversee and manage payroll processes for the Singapore office.

Projects/Change Management
•    Implement global and regional HR initiatives. Considers the impact and interdependencies of projects, people and other functions and/or practice areas to either mitigate risk or leverage benefit.
•    Support projects and initiatives across the office as required including taking a lead role on some internal committees 

Employee Relations and Regulatory/Compliance
•    Advise on legal issues in regards to internal employment matters.
•    Ensure HR-related compliance is maintained (ie lawyer registrations, EPs etc).
•    Ensure that the operational infrastructure of the HR function is maintained and improved, including up to date. documented HR processes and procedures.
•    Anticipates likely ER issues with sensible likely predictions to identify early interventions.

Skills & Experience

•    At least seven years' experience working in a similar role in a professional services firm, with at least two at a management level, ideally running the HR function for an office.
•    Strong intellectual and analytical skills with the flexibility to manage detail as well as think conceptually and creatively
•    Team management experience.
•    Proven experience of setting the HR agenda and delivering on HR objectives.
•    Ideally experience of HR transformation and change.
•     Strong communications skills.  An ability to form good relationships at all levels across an organisation
•    Courage and resilience in persuading and influencing a diverse audience with differing views 
•    A global perspective and the ability to work in a diverse, cosmopolitan team. 
•    Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills.


Working at Clifford Chance & About the Firm

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and develop your skills and knowledge. 
From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skillls-based and technical training and on the job learning. 
Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you're heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions. 

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career. 
We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.


Equal Opportunities

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society. 
We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.
Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more here.

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