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Job Title Recruitment Manager, Amsterdam
Job Location Amsterdam
Job Category Business Services
Practice Group N/A
Support Department HR & Development

Role Purpose

To manage and execute all non-partner (Graduate, Associate/Fee-earner and Business Professional) recruiting activities for the Amsterdam office, providing high quality recruitment expertise and delivery that is consistent with local country office and EMEA+ Recruitment strategy and is aligned to wider Regional and Global Recruitment strategy, ensuring implementation of agreed recruiting objectives.

Working closely with the Associate Director of Recruitment, EMEA+, the regional Recruitment team, local Talent leads and Talent Business Partners, Amsterdam office leadership and Practice Group Leads / senior functional leads to ensure that the Firm is attracting and hiring top quality, diverse talent and that all candidates receive a world-class candidate experience throughout the recruitment and selection process, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Main Responsibilities

Overall Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute associate / fee-earner recruitment, graduate recruitment (and associated programmes and activity) and Business Professional recruitment, working closely with and managing the Amsterdam recruiting team to ensure best-in-class delivery of all recruiting activity
  • Drive creative sourcing methodologies, reducing dependency on agencies and focusing on direct sourcing in support of the direct hiring strategy across all populations
  • Lead and/or actively participate in recruitment work-streams and the agreed sub-streams to develop and implement recruitment objectives, whilst ensuring recruiting professionals are aligned on recruitment execution
  • Ensure effective coordination with the End to End (E2E) team across all service level requests to ensure support is seamless, efficient and provides high quality candidate experience
  • Effectively and proactively manage all internal and external relationships, developing trusted advisor status - ensure all internal clients are kept fully informed around the status of their vacancies, working closely with stakeholders to ensure a first class recruitment experience; ensure external contacts, including recruitment agencies / head-hunters and candidates are kept up to date with progress and of any wider firm updates and appropriate communications / collateral to support the Firm's brand as an employer of choice and to ensure a first class recruitment experience
  • Provide regular management information reporting, metrics and status updates as required to key stakeholders, including Recruitment Leadership Team, working with E2E team
  • Work closely with Talent Management to ensure seamless transition post candidate acceptance, providing a first class candidate experience
  • Network with Firm partners, legal recruiters and other law firm recruitment professionals in an effort to stay abreast of trends and activity in the legal community
  • Mentor and develop junior recruitment professionals, as required

Graduate Recruitment

  • Manage the Campus Recruiter and have oversight of the full cycle of Graduate Recruitment activities, including but not limited to, advising on innovative graduate attraction strategies; ensuring that the firm remains competitive within the local market, liaising with Practice Groups to ensure that the right calibre of individual is recruited and providing an escalation point to the wider team
  • Ensuring first class Graduate Recruitment programmes, timely hiring decisions and processes supporting the attraction and hiring of high quality, diverse talent, in adherence to local market practices and regulations

Lateral Associate / Fee-earner Recruitment

  • Manage and execute recruitment activities, including but not limited to, managing vacancies, developing and managing relations with preferred agencies/search firms and other legal industry organisations to promote the Firm and lateral opportunities; proactively working with regional practice groups and hiring managers to manage recruitment process from sourcing to hire, advising on and implementing best in class recruiting processes, with support from E2E teams; collaborate with Talent Business Partners e.g. on hiring forecasts, talent pipelines and post offer as required

Business Professional Recruitment

  • Manage and execute recruitment activities, including but not limited to, managing vacancies, developing and managing relations with preferred agencies/search firms, sourcing, interviewing and assessment for Business Professional positions, and to collaborate with the Business Professional Recruitment Manager, EMEA , as and when required across Business Professional hiring

Additional Duties

  • Work with and provide in-market support, as needed, for the Regional Lateral Partner hiring team on Partner hires for Amsterdam.
  • Annual recruitment budget development for designated office and monthly compliance of same
  • Conducting interviews as and when required and possible
  • In conjunction with EMEA+ Recruitment Team Leadership, conduct reviews of processes and procedures to ensure recruitment best practice and local / regional compliance, whilst ensuring Baker McKenzie is the employer of choice
  • Develop recruiting initiatives that positively impact the overall recruitment of diverse candidates, ensuring that all recruitment activity and processes support and are aligned with the firms Diversity & Inclusion ("D&I") strategy, working closely with other recruitment, talent and D&I professionals
  • Develop and lead / participate in recruiting projects in line with designated recruitment work-stream and sub-streams. Participate in / lead ad-hoc recruitment projects as and when required
  • Provide support, as and when required, to the Recruitment Leadership Team and work collaboratively as part of a regional Recruitment team, assisting other offices on recruitment activity and projects
  • Participate in various recruiter organisations to increase personal networking, knowledge sharing and promotion of the Firm

Travel requirements

The role may require some occasional travel

About The Team


The Firm's People function has responsibility for recruiting, supporting and developing all of the Firm's people, including our Partners, Lawyers and Professional & Business Services, working closely with the Firm's leadership to design and deliver the Firm's people strategy, building on the Firm's core commitments to collaboration, excellence and inclusivity. The function includes:

  • Talent Management
  • Recruitment & Mobility
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership & Learning
  • Careers & Performance
  • Partner Services
  • Total Rewards

This role will be reporting to initially the Amsterdam HR Director (office) and Associate Director of Recruitment, EMEA+ (functional).

The direct reports for this role are two Recruiters.

The key relationships of this role will be with the following:

  • Recruiting Leadership team
  • In-market Talent Management
  • Regional Recruitment colleagues & those with a shared work stream/s
  • Relevant Hiring Partners/Hiring Committee Members
  • Office Managing Partners & Practice Group Leads

About The Candidate

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Significant demonstrable recruiting experience, at Manager level and across all populations, in a professional services organization and/or large law firm, preferably with multi-office responsibility and in support of a diverse base of legal practices / functions
  • Strong track record in direct sourcing methodologies and delivery
  • Strong management skills and able to develop others via coaching, mentoring and delivering performance feedback
  • First class written and oral communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with a proven ability to relate to and gain the confidence of people / influence at all levels within an organization
  • Able to bring good judgement and empathy to sensitive situations
  • Strong organizational skills and must be able to meet deadlines and multi-task in a matrix, fast-paced, professional services environment
  • Bi-lingual Dutch and English to business level

Personal qualities

These personal qualities represent the shared characteristics of high performers across Baker McKenzie, regardless of job level and location.

Know how

  • Keeps across key developments in all relevant areas and demonstrates the ability to develop substantive authority in relation to the Firm's specialist fields
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the real issue, and to anticipate requirements and potential consequences; distils a range of possibilities by thinking in a considered, prudent manner
  • Able to move through a variety of tasks requiring different approaches, knowledge, and expertise, with agility of mind and capacity for analysis and synthesis


  • Driven by a strong personal sense of integrity and upholds exemplary quality standards
  • Prepares thoroughly, takes responsibility, uses initiative and is self reliant to ensure work progresses to the fullest extent possible
  • Hardworking and diligent with a keen understanding of client demands
  • Demonstrates composure when dealing with difficult situations

Personal Impact

  • Creates a positive impression at all times; develops relationships through collaboration and reciprocity
  • Negotiates to achieve outcomes that are mutually satisfactory; shows good judgement on when to stand strong and when to compromise
  • Invests in, nurtures and builds a network of productive relationships


  • Respectful to others, regardless of their position, and earns the respect of others by being transparent
  • Has care and concern for others and a genuine interest in others as people
  • Treats delicate or confidential issues with grace and discretion.

About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instill confidence in our clients. This is an exciting time to join us as we invest in and further develop our Professional & Business Services organisation, providing rewarding and challenging career opportunities in all of our world-class business functions.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all. Our unique international culture is reflected in the drawing together of a worldwide family of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds in all of our offices. We encourage the best people - regardless of race, religion or belief if any, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or age - to fulfil their professional aspirations with us.