Lateral Recruiting Manager


  1. New York
  2. Human Resources
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job description

Job Description

The Role

The Lateral Recruiting Manager – US will co-manage lateral recruitment for the Americas region.

This role will deliver an effective, proactive, and efficient recruitment service by partnering with the business to develop strategies and manage searches to meet the region's strategic partner resource needs while delivering the highest standard of expertise to our clients. This role will be integral in driving sourcing strategy, building talent pipelines, designing recruitment campaigns, reviewing, and shortlisting of candidates, interviewing, and managing offers and candidate feedback of the recruitment process for lateral partners. This role is based in New York and will be reporting to the Senior Lateral Partner Recruiting Manager – US with a dotted line to Head of Legal Recruiting – US.


  • Act as a Talent Acquisition Business Partner to the hiring/sponsor partners, the Practice Areas and internal stakeholders to meet the firm's strategic goals while providing best practice expertise to the wider global network.
  • Work alongside a global team of professional recruiters to ensure a seamless recruitment and onboarding experience and process for lateral partner hires, including collaborating with Business Professional teams in the region/network.
  • Co-manage partner recruitment for the Americas and deliver innovative and creative recruitment solutions to stakeholders while creating best practices in the region in an extremely competitive market. 
  • Establish a recruitment strategy and roadmap for working with partners and stakeholders in the Americas region in line with the firm's strategy.
  • Ensure that recruitment activities and initiatives are aligned with the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy.
  • Report progress regularly and maintain progress against recruitment strategies, including quarterly reporting for Mansfield.
  • Review market intelligence data, market mapping reports, and internal research to identify prospects.
  • Regularly report and present to partners regarding recruitment plans, progress, feedback, and market themes.
  • Manage the internal approval processes, including assisting with documentation, business cases, market intelligence, and feedback.
  • Manage and maintain terms with preferred suppliers (including supplier negotiation) and review them regularly to ensure they are in line with market norms.
  • Act as the main point of contact for candidates, from the initial approach through the selection process, ensuring each is provided consistent updates regarding status and soliciting feedback on the process as appropriate. 
  • Working with others in the team, arrange interviews in a timely manner, ensuring that interviewers are briefed and debriefed. Build out bespoke interview schedules for each candidate to ensure they get the right information at the right time.
  • Support the preparation for and the coordination of internal and external meetings as needed with stakeholders and search firms.
  • Coach candidates through the resignation, offer, and onboarding process to manage a post-offer cultivation program tailored to each candidate.
  • Ensure effective lateral partner tracking processes, including familiarity with our applicant tracking system tracking of lateral submissions, and working with the recruitment team to enable quality management information, data reporting, and status updates, including preparing relevant reporting on lateral partner hires and targets/prospects.
  • Coordinate with internal departments and relevant stakeholders to ensure successful on-boarding, pre-partnership screening, and pre-arrival orientation activities ensure a first-class candidate experience. Provide partners with professional direction with respect to best practices to enable them to manage recruitment more effectively.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision and mentorship to junior members of the team.
  • Stay abreast of changes in the industry while maintaining a broad external network in the legal recruiting community, including peer firm contacts and search agencies.



Your Experience 

  • Minimum of 8+ years of progressive legal recruitment experience in a law firm. Lateral senior recruitment experience is preferred.
  • Proven experience in handling sought-after candidates in a highly competitive market, managing candidate and agency negotiations, and ensuring a best-in-class candidate experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate deep knowledge of recruitment methodology and candidate engagement with the desire to challenge the status quo and innovate.
  • Ability to navigate a matrix organizational structure with a full understanding of a professional services environment.
  • Ability to advise and guide our hiring partners and candidates through the entire lifecycle of recruitment with discretion and confidentiality in all your dealings. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to problem solve, work under pressure, and work within tight time frames.
  • Proven track record of building rapport and credibility with applicable internal client groups while delivering results to meet strategic objectives.
  • Must be reliable, resourceful, and resilient.
  • Must have strong time management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have strong attention to detail with a deep commitment to client service.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and various applicant tracking systems.
  • Must be independently, legally authorized to work in the United States.


Clifford Chance US LLP offers a comprehensive benefits and compensation package. The salary range for this role is $130,000 to $175,000. The actual salary will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and relevant experience.


Company Description

Who we are

We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

Our one firm global strategy is focused on targeted growth led by the needs of our core clients, those who we can best support with the breadth and depth of Clifford Chance expertise, across the sectors and geographies, which matter most to them.

You’ll find our clients in commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s possible thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet.


Additional Information

Equal opportunities statement

At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. 

Find out more about our inclusive culture here.

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 212-878-8000.




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