Talent Lead, UK


  1. London
  2. Human Resources
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job Description

Role Closing Date - 1st March 2024

The Role

Job Overview

As part of the UK HR team, you will lead on the delivery and deployment of the global talent and learning priorities for the UK, as well as any specific regional needs in collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of HR functions. Working closely with global HR colleagues on the design & development of initiatives that drive the firm’s global talent and learning strategy and roadmap.


Who you will work with

You will work closely with the HRD for the UK and HR teams including Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Early Talent Development, and particularly the HR Business Partners, as well as the Global Head of Talent Management, Global Head of Learning and Leadership Development, Global Head of Coaching and relevant business stakeholders.


What you will be responsible for

You will work with the Global Talent and Learning teams and our local UK HR team to help implement and deliver the talent, performance, learning and career elements of the firm's global people strategy, and deliver against regional needs in order to identify, develop, retain and accelerate talent across the firm.

You will also work with other teams across all parts of the employee experience to align activity to our shared culture and ways of working, and core value of inclusion for all.


What you will do

You will build strong collaborative relationships with the HR teams, particularly the HR Business Partners. Here are some of the activities you can expect to be involved in which include, but are not limited to:

  • Talent and capability reviews: contribute to implementing talent and capability reviews for the UK.  Looking at talent pools and capability to help inform the firm's global people plans now and for the future.
  • Partner performance: contribute to the delivery of the Partner performance review processes for the UK in line with Partner expectations.
  • People performance and assessment: contribute to the evolution of our firm wide approach to performance and lead the UK people performance process, aligned to the global approach. Help to build a culture of ongoing feedback and performance development across the firm.
  • Careers: contribute to embedding the firm's career frameworks and support the enablement of careers for both lawyers and business professionals.
  • Talent development: partnering with the Learning & Leadership Development Team and other HR teams as appropriate to create development interventions and solutions for those identified as talent in the UK, as well as prioritise nomination onto milestone development programmes and manage coaching, mentoring and sponsorship requests.
  • Learning: shape UK learning interventions to support specific needs in the region, working in collaboration with the global learning academy.
  • Talent technology: contribute to reviewing and implementing talent management and learning technologies (Workday, plus other forms of tech) in the UK, as part of firm wide implementation to improve and embed the wider talent agenda and create high quality employee experiences.
  • Data, reporting & insights:  work with the relevant teams to measure the impact of each component of our talent management strategy and associated programmes and interventions, being able to readily analyse data for insights and reporting.


Your Experience 


  • SME: you will have business consulting skills, combined with strong execution and project management.
  • Stakeholder management: you will have effective and flexible relationship-building skills with constituents at varying levels across a diverse international group.
  • Business acumen: you will have the ability to help drive long-term business and HR strategy, thinking in global terms and demonstrating strong business acumen.
  • Collaborative & growth mindset: you will be able to work successfully with key stakeholders to create joint expectations and deliverables; striving for positive results and engaging others in the journey.
  • DE&I: You are a champion for embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into talent management and development.
  • Data savvy: you will have the ability to analyse data and generate insights to inform progress and action.



  • You will have a proven record of being involved in the design and implementation of talent management, performance, career and learning processes and initiatives for large multinational organisations.
  • Ideally, you will have experience of helping to design and deliver HR technology systems, processes and enablement of employees to support a talent agenda.
  • Experience of working in a matrixed / global environment is desirable.
  • You will have experience of partnering with and influencing management teams.



  • Qualifications in Occupational psychology or HR would be an advantage but are not essential.

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.

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.

HR forms a key part of the firm's infrastructure, supporting our global strategy to attract, develop and retain the best people in order to ensure the organisational capabilities needed for executing our business strategy and goals.

The HR team advises on people strategy and manages operations across areas including, HR operations and policy; leadership and talent development; resourcing; graduate recruitment and development; reward & recognition and HR systems.

Additional Information

Hybrid Working

This role follows our 'balanced' hybrid working approach and as long as business needs allow, you will be supported to work in a hybrid way with the expectation of working from the office for a minimum of 50% of your time.


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.



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