Our objective is to satisfy the needs of our clients – the people who work for Shoosmiths. As with all the business support departments, HR plays a pivotal role in the effective operation of the firm. Many within the team undertake responsibility for a business unit and/or location and the team is headed up by a Head of HR.
The role is also responsible for the Southern region, specifically Thames Valley, London and Solent, operating as the HR expert, to advise, guide and support Partners, Managers and staff by providing high level people management and support.
Working positively, flexibly, and collaboratively with other colleagues across the firm to proactively identify areas for service improvement and achieve that excellence in what we do.
Build and maintain trusted working relationships with internal clients, specifically with the Divisional Heads, Partners, Line managers and other key leaders within the business.Build and utilise a deep understanding of the Divisions, e.g., what they do, the commercial levers, their strategic priorities, etc, to deliver the best service possible.Provide support, trusted advice, and challenge where appropriate.Drive continuous improvement within areas of responsibility.Lead the delivery of HR projects / change initiatives.Analyse management information to identify themes and trends, suggest HR interventions to address these and act accordingly.Supporting the development of Divisional (and Office) D&I and ESG action plansChampion Shoosmiths culture, values and strategy in all activities.Act as a role model and influencer for change initiatives, proactively driving processes forward.Manage the consistent delivery of performance management through effective coaching.
Provide trusted strategic and operational advice to Partners, Line Managers and staff.Resolve complex and/or high-risk people issues to deliver commercial and pragmatic outcomes.Interpret and advise line managers and staff on the application of terms and conditions of service, best practice, policies / procedures and new legislation and proactively advise managers of changes.Identify and raise awareness of potential improvements to the performance of an individual or team through HR interventions.Provide support to others in effective people management.Lead in projects including firm-wide restructuring / ER initiatives.Proactive collaboration with other HRBPs and Head of HR to ensure consistency, communication and collaboration and to share best practice.Work closely with the recruitment and resourcing teams to proactively provide any intel and potential future requirements.Advise on the structure of packages to be offered to new hires ensuring consistency across the varied teams.Support with interviews or line manager training/coaching where necessary.Collaborate with other teams within the People directorate, e.g., L&D, Corporate Responsibility/ESG, Diversity and Wellbeing, Benefits, HR Ops, etc to provide a seamless service to the client group.