Senior Early Careers Manager

  • Location
    City of London, London
  • Contract Type
  • Posted
  • Industry
  • Salary
    GBP80000 - GBP85000 per annum
  • Expiry Date

Am partnering with a leading international law firm in their search for a Senior Early Careers Manager.

Reporting to the Head of HR, the Senior Early Careers Manager is responsible for leading the delivery of a comprehensive service to support the recruitment, management and development of Trainee Solicitors, vacation scheme participants and Solicitor Apprentices.

As the main internal and external point of contact for all Early Careers matters, this is a client-facing role involving key stakeholders in support of activities undertaken by the Early Careers team, encouraging buy-in and participation in all activities undertaken by the Early Careers team and overseeing a proactive advisory service to employees on all Trainee Solicitor and Solicitor Apprentice issues.

Some key activities/responsibilities

Marketing and Candidate Attraction:

Leading all aspects of the firm’s Early Careers branding, publicity, marketing and promotional materials ensuring that the firm’s profile is represented effectively and in line with business needs and strategy such as the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Developing and executing comprehensive strategies to attract and recruit Apprentices and Early Careers talent.

Recruitment and Assessment:

Managing the Trainee Solicitor, vacation scheme and Solicitor Apprentice selection processes, overseeing the management of the firm’s online application system and relationship with the external assessors, designing and participating in assessment centres, conducting interviews and overseeing all offer-related administration including PGDL and SQE sponsorship arrangements.

Trainee Solicitor and Solicitor Apprentice Development:

Leading and managing the welfare and development of Trainee Solicitors and a small number of Solicitor Apprentices.
Overseeing the organisation and running of the firm’s induction for Trainee Solicitors and Solicitor Apprentices.

Future Trainee Solicitors:

Overseeing the welfare and development of future Trainee Solicitors during the period between accepting a Training Contract offer and joining the firm, including the maintenance of a programme of liaison, engagement and support.

Trainee Solicitor Resourcing and Qualification:

Overseeing the Trainee Solicitor seat rotation process and the Solicitor Apprentice rotations, considering business requirements and SRA regulations and including all aspects of international and client secondments.
Collaborating with internal stakeholders to identify talent needs and developing effective strategies to determine resource plans to deliver a pipeline of newly qualified solicitors to meet business requirements, taking into account the future needs of practice areas through consultation with Group Heads and the Training Principal.


Managing and developing an Early Careers Advisor and an Early Careers Assistant.
Being responsible for budgeting and monitoring all costs relating to Early Careers and ensuring return on investment

Skills and experience – essential

Experience of operating successfully at Manager level in a Graduate Recruitment and Development / Early Careers focused role, ideally gained within a legal environment.
Experience of improving processes and driving value-add service delivery.
A confident communicator who is able to build trust and offer proactive solutions.
Proven ability in influencing at management level with a commercial mindset to understand the client’s needs and what is important to them.
A collaborative working style, pragmatic and positive in approach.
Experience of managing junior team members essential.

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