SUMMARY: The Head of US Human Resources has responsibility for all aspects of the Human Resources function for seven US offices of an international law firm, including policies, compensation, benefits, performance management, training and development, recruitment, and employee relations.
Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot. We have represented 46% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the US Top 100 Forbes Rich List, 30% of the Top 20 Hong Kong billionaires in the Forbes World's Billionaires list and over 20% of the Forbes Asia's Richest Families list.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Multi-line reporting to Global HR Director, Chief Operating Officer and Global and Regional Practice Group Leaders to manage HR function in the US.
Supervise US HR Managers who are responsible for recruitment, benefits administration, staff assignments and personnel issues, and office events; and an HR Assistant who coordinates new hire and orientation processes for all new joiners in the US, maintains electronic and paper personnel files, assists with event planning, and other various duties.
Consult with US HR Managers and Office Managers to oversee staffing needs, secretarial ratios, employee relations and communications, salary benchmarking, and HRIS.
Consult with Head of Learning & Development to create relevant training programs to enhance professional development at all levels, including the implementation of management, client service and diversity training.
Responsible for taking a direct role in sourcing a pipeline of lateral partner hires as required by each Division. Actively promote good relationships with recruitment intermediaries.
Consult with the US Recruitment Manager who is responsible for sourcing, recruiting, hiring and on-boarding at all levels across the seven US offices, including support staff, summer associates, and lateral attorneys; and a Recruitment Assistant who coordinates interview schedules, liaises with employment agencies and outside vendors, assists with event planning, and various other duties.
Act as a senior level advisor on HR issues to executive management team, practice group leaders, and all levels of employees throughout the firm.
Maintain high level of visibility throughout the firm and handle employee complaints/issues in a timely, equitable, and constructive manner; promote open door policy.
Manage both mid-year and annual performance reviews of all US associates, including collecting feedback, summarizing annual reviews and conducting review meetings with associates and practice group leaders.
Monitor short-term and long-term secondments of US associates to other offices in Europe and Asia, including involvement in the selection process, obtaining necessary work permits, and handling relocation.
Plan and maintain annual HR budget for the US offices; manage expenditures and report on budget variances.
Oversee compensation and bonus programs for associates and staff; propose recommendations for annual salary adjustments and bonuses in conjunction with performance and global budgetary constraints.
Assess benefit trends; evaluate and recommend benefit programs to executive management team on an annual basis and coordinate employee education programs with US HR Managers.
Maintain current knowledge of employment laws and regulations and ensure legal compliance of federal and state requirements.
Recommend and revise HR policies and procedures; keep Employee Handbook up to date.
Travel to other offices as required.
Participate in US Annual General Meeting and Partnership Conference presentations as required.
Masters Degree, preferred with minimum of Bachelor’s Degree.
10+ years experience in Human Resources
Strong HR management/generalist experience
Ability to establish credibility and influence all levels of individuals
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent communication, organizational and presentation skills
Knowledge of employment law at both the Federal and State levels
Ability to resolve employee conflicts in a timely and equitable manner
Withers Bergman LLP was formed on January 1, 2002, when Bergman, Horowitz & Reynolds, P.C., a private client boutique with offices in Connecticut and New York City, combined with Withers, a UK firm with a similar focus. The merger created the first international private client law firm dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their families and advisors.... In the US, the Firm has offices in New Haven and Greenwich, Connecticut; New York City; and San Francisco, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe and San Francisco, California . Internationally, the Firm has offices in the British Virgin Islands, London, Milan, Padua, Geneva, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney. In the US, our nearly 130 attorneys provide integrated solutions for the US, UK and international legal and tax needs of its clients, including sophisticated international trust and tax planning for ultra high net worth families, cross-border corporate and trust restructurings, US and/or foreign tax minimization including the use of financial products, and the formation of charitable organizations.