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Talent Development Business Partner

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Bristol, Southampton

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Due to our continuing growth and our people focus we are looking to recruit a Talent Development Business Partner (based in either Bristol or Southampton). You will report to the Executive Director of Talent Development working with key business stakeholders to shape, design and deliver our development offering for our lawyers, business support professionals and clients. Alongside your Talent Development Business Partner colleagues, you will shape our talent development plans to drive our firm's strategic priorities. Among other themes, you will be focused on and experienced in: supporting upskilling legal and business support professionals to develop business, client and market impact, advisory performance and client relationship capabilities, as well as supporting personal career ambitions. You will be responsible for designing, delivering and procuring a full offering of people development programmes, group coaching sessions and external client programmes; and familiar with hot topic market themes for professional service firms from the L&D perspective. 

What we need

This is a great opportunity to own the direction of travel for the development of legal and business support professionals, and support the growth of our client services capability, while also lending additional strength to a highly successful, fun and valued team of experienced Talent Development Business Partners. We are looking for:

  • A highly successful learning and development / talent development track record both at a strategic and delivery level, ideally with experience of law firms / professional services firms
  • Prior legal market experience is not essential. The key to success in this role is to have excellent stakeholder management skills, tailoring your approach to different individuals with the ability to deliver strategically aligned and differentiating L&D / talent programmes that meet our business and market needs
  • You will be able to spot opportunities to improve our processes, and collaboratively create new approaches which meet business and client needs
  • Commercial awareness to drive our business and market sector strategies, working intuitively with our stakeholders to build relationships, ideas and solutions.  This Talent Development Business Partner role will work fluidly with your Business Partner colleague supporting our legal team, business support and client programmes
  • Experience of working with developing colleagues from early careers through to and including Directors and Partners will be highly valuable.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. We encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour and option to swap a day's annual leave for 15 Family Hours, along with private medical insurance, 28 days annual leave and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. You can also buy holiday and manage your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We operate from seven locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021.  We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law.

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