Interim Head of Learning and Development

  • Location

    London, England

  • Sector:

    Law firms

  • Job type:

    Fixed term contract

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  • Contact:

    Dominique Seal

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

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A global Law firm are currently looking to hire their Interim Head of Learning and Development for a 12-month Maternity cover contract. The new incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of a wide range of training and development programmes to business services and Lawyers across the firm.

In particular, the Head of L&D will be responsible for;

Working with and overseeing a senior L&D Advisor, an L&D Advisor and an L&D Coordinator;

Supporting individual offices with their business services skills development including training programmes, coaching and management skills;

Other L&D and organisational development projects, such as creating competency frameworks, dissemination of the firm's core values, integration projects.

The team consist of 12 people (6 in London, 2 in Asia and 6 in the US).

key Responsibilities

Planning, Design and Implementation

  • Identifying training and development needs: working closely with other members of the L&D team, HR Operations and members of client groups to ensure that all interventions are bespoke and aligned to the firm's career development framework and the firm's strategic business objectives
  • Design and facilitation of new face to face training, on-going review of existing training sessions and programmes and design and delivery of improvements
  • Overseeing and managing the implementation and administration of training sessions and programmes
  • Leading and project managing global HR organisational development projects
  • On-going review of existing courses and development centres, and working with the L&D team and KDLs to design and deliver improvements
  • Supporting the Global Director of L&D with design and facilitation of bespoke and in some cases, client programmes
  • Identifying and engaging local "L&D champions" to support learning and development interventions


  • Delivering training sessions and global development programmes including management and leadership
  • Using a variety of teaching/learning methods throughout; introducing new technology and training methods
  • Identifying and implementing innovative, effective learning and development solutions; thinking beyond what has been done before
  • Creating supporting materials including presentations and online materials
  • Leading the associate and senior associate development centres including co-delivering the launch
  • Facilitating at development centres; running one-to-one coaching and development sessions
  • Administering a range of psychometrics to support key development programmes


  • Strong experience of managing and delivering professional skills programmes (ideally within professional Services)
  • You will be an experienced L&D professional with an interest in developing talent looking to work in an entrepreneurial, growing Law firm where L&D is greatly valued.
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to deliver to a range of audiences
  • An innovative mindset - a curiosity for doing things differently in order to facilitate behaviour change and inspire others
  • Experience of running development centres and qualified in one or more psychometric tools
  • Ideally, strong experience of managing and delivering professional skills programmes (within a professional services environment)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills in order to liaise with different parts of the firm
  • Strong influencing skills: ability to gain credibility with all levels of staff and "sell" the benefits of on-going employee development
  • Team player - ready to pitch in and support not just the L&D team but the wider HR department
  • A genuine interest in how professional services firms/partnerships operate
  • Strong project management and organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects
  • Ability to work under pressure and take a flexible approach to service delivery
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience of working across international offices desirable but not essential
  • Trustworthy with the ability to deal with confidential information

The SR Group (UK) Limited is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.