Head of Resourcing

Gowling WLG
13 Jun 2019
22 Jun 2019
Job Function
Recruitment Consultant
Contract Type
Full Time
About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence - we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do ''

Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse - and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm - having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team - while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

Main purpose of role:

Deliver strategically and commercially-sound advice and solutions across workforce planning and talent acquisition, which enhances the profitability and reputation of the Firm. Evaluate and identify key changes in resourcing and recruitment practice that improve cost-efficiency and challenge the sector.
Through management of a team, deliver excellent client service and high-calibre talent at all levels that adds demonstrable value to the business.

Budgetary / financial responsibility: Responsible for devising and monitoring the overall recruitment budget, currently ??2million.

Key relationships:
• Internal - Practice and Team leaders, Business Service Directors, Training Principal, HRD and other Senior Management
• External - Contingent and retained employment agencies, advertising and marketing suppliers, senior resourcing colleagues within other law firms, CMS supplier, Universities and FE Colleges, professional bodies, course and online testing suppliers, head-hunters, job boards and advertising agencies.


Key responsibilities:

Understand the firm-wide strategy, and deliver an aligned and commercially strong resourcing plan that includes both attraction and development of talent.
Lead on flexible workforce options to maximise profitability per head across the legal functions.
Lead on transformation project work streams to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the resourcing function and wider HR team.
Deliver best in class talent (Partner to Apprentice levels) to meet FTE requirements and contribute to overall business profitability across UK and international offices.
Devise and oversee innovative Early Talent attraction campaigns and selection processes that deliver high-calibre graduates, apprentices and interns to support business needs and build future talent pipelines.
Review, develop and implement recruitment processes to reduce administrative tasks and increase business facing activity.
Reduce recruitment costs through building direct sourcing capability and an innovative digital strategy.
Manage, mentor and provide ongoing training and development to build a recruitment team of multi-skilled advisors able to add value to the business.
Develop and implement the employee value proposition in line with the firm's values, and to raise brand awareness and deliver additional direct candidate pipelines.
Work closely with wider HR leadership team to identify cohesive HR practices.
Manage all supplier relationships to ensure productive relationships whilst working towards budgetary targets.
Interpret and analyse recruitment MI to monitor team performance and identify ongoing effective improvements.
Review capability of hiring managers within the business and provide support where necessary.
Responsible for overseeing the external partner hire end to end recruitment process to ensure first class recruitment, on boarding and induction experience in the UK and International offices. Manage/support ad hoc projects across the wider Human Resources team

Role specific knowledge:

• Experience of devising and implementing winning resourcing strategies within a professional services environment.

• Strong management and able to role model inclusive leadership behaviours.

• In depth knowledge of current thinking in the recruitment market, and applying best practices and methodologies.

But most of all an authentic leader who is able to make a difference and wants to leave a lasting legacy.

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 or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.