The Senior Human Resource Manager provides guidance and expertise in a wide variety of HR disciplines across the Americas region. The role oversees a team of two HR professionals and is responsible for Business Professionals recruitment, integration, employment, performance management, compensation, policies, compliance, employee relations and counselling and HR best practices. The role is highly visible in the Americas region and is a valued and effective business partner to both fee earners and Business Professionals management and employees. The role collaborates with other members of the global HR team in similar roles and also on special projects.
Manage a team of HR professionals with varying generalist duties to deliver HR services to the Americas region.
Offer managers guidance in a variety of HR areas including recruitment, new hire compensation, employee relations, performance management, career development, market adjustments, retention initiatives and annual salary and bonus review administration.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal clients; act as a trusted advisor and value-add member of the management team.
Act as an effective partner throughout the employee life cycle; deliver lawyer orientation and continuously assess and enhance the overall orientation and new joiner experience.
Provide support to colleagues at all levels regarding HR-related matters, including interpretation of HR policies; maintain a deep understanding of such policies and how they may be interrelated.
Work closely with management and employees on employee relations matters by conducting investigations and overseeing issues to successful resolution; liaise with the employee assistance program provider on matters as needed.
Develop a deep understanding of Business Professionals talent; advise managers on the performance management process, including overseeing the new joiner and annual performance review processes, and help to identify and support key contributors.
Manage the Business Professionals appraisal process for the NY, DC, and Sao Paolo offices and oversees the Continuous Feedback appraisal process for US Associates. Involved in the annual US Associate appraisal process.
Participate in appraisal discussions for certain class years of law clerks/associates, supporting partners on messaging and acting as a resource for law clerks/associates.
Partner with managers to develop and maintain accurate job descriptions for Business Professionals roles; conduct FLSA and role mapping reviews with managers as needed.
In conjunction with the HR Systems team, support the Firm’s compensation planning and administration process for Business Professionals; monitor market developments and provide strategic counsel.
Stay abreast of changes in all areas of employment law and workplace best practice(s); apply and recommend updates to policies, procedures and forms based on former and acquired knowledge.
Maintain documentation of all HR policy changes.
Develop and maintain deep knowledge of affirmative action plan documents and federal contractor employment-related requirements.
Liaise with external statistician and outside counsel regarding preparation of annual affirmative action plan documents.
Oversee employee recognition programs and annual length of service event; continuously consider possibilities for improvement.
Oversee briefing series for managers covering management and leadership topics; provide consultation to Professional Development on business skills training needs among Business Professionals.
Conduct exit interviews for lawyers and identify patterns related to turnover.
Advise on handling of performance issues; conduct separation meetings and prepare separation packages as needed.
Oversee backup care benefit, reviewing utilization and service levels and enhancing benefit as needed to best support the population.
Draft annual holiday schedule for US offices.
Continuously assess the effectiveness of HR programs and resources, making enhancements as needed.
Develop and deliver presentations on various HR topics.
Keep abreast of industry and HR trends affecting the business.
Perform other job related duties as assigned.
Minimum of 10 years' of progressive human resources experience in a professional services organization within multiple disciplines, including employee relations, recruitment, compliance, performance management and compensation administration.
Prior experience managing a team of professionals, including the ability to manage, coach and develop others.
Ability to effectively apply knowledge of Federal, State and local employment laws and regulations.
Ability to prioritize multiple projects and responsibilities and consistently deliver high quality results in a timely manner.
Proven track record of successfully handling employee relations issues.
Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to exercise the utmost sense of confidentiality and sense of urgency.
Strength of character, ethics, commitment and reliability
Ability to use sound judgment in decision making and think strategically.
Proven track record of developing strong relationships with internal clients in a matrixed organization.
Must be resourceful and resilient.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent time management, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Detail-oriented approach to work with a deep commitment to client service.
Technical proficiency in a range of software, including Microsoft Office products, applicant tracking systems, and HR information systems.
Ability to travel to other offices in Americas region as needed (infrequent).
Must be independently legally authorized to work in the United States.
Minimum of Bachelor's degree.
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification or similar.
Prior experience working for a federal contractor.
It has been and continues to be the Firm’s policy to provide equal opportunity and equal terms and conditions of employment to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, immigration status, pregnancy, disability, veteran status, genetic predisposition, or any other status protected by law.
Alternatives are available for individuals who are unable to use or access our online application system. For assistance, please contact Clifford Chance's Human Resources Department at Human Resources Department or call 212-880-5607.
About Clifford Chance US LLP
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.
Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining our Business Professionals team, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business Professionals are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.