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Graduate Development Assistant
The successful candidate will support the Graduate Development
Advisor and Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager in
providing a high quality HR service to all London and Bristol trainee
solicitors and future trainee solicitors.
What will you do:
Act as key relationship point of contact for all future trainees
and lead on communication, ensuring queries are resolved
appropriately and effective relationships are built to support a
smooth integration of future trainees into the firm.
Coordinate all aspects of the future trainee onboarding process
including management of the Trainee Skills Academy for future
trainees, administration of law school tuition fees & grants
including liasing with providers, organisation of joining
documentation, production of internal/external correspondence,
organisation of work permits where necessary and the coordination of
Assist with the coordination and provide input to any future
trainee initiatives or projects, working with the L&D team as
appropriate. This includes initiatives such as Trainee Skills
Academy sessions and workbooks, buddying and mentoring programme and
ad hoc development sessions.
Assist the Graduate Development Advisor with all aspects of the
planning, coordination and execution of the trainee seat change and
secondment every 6 months. This includes timely preparation and
collation of documentation and internal/external correspondence,
liaising with trainees, supervisors and partners, working with other
business support functions and coordinating work permit applications.
Assist the Graduate Development Advisor with the qualification
process. Plan, manage and organise the admission to the roll for
qualifying trainees under the supervision of the Graduate
Support the Graduate Development Advisor on all aspects of the
performance management process including coordination of trainee
appraisals, assisting with communications, answering queries from
trainees and supervisors and assisting with any changes and
improvements which are implemented.
Please see the attached job description for a more detailed list of responsibilities.
What we are looking for:
Education / qualifications / experience:
Educated to degree level or equivalent (min 2:1).
Minimum of 12 months (or equivalent) generalist HR experience desirable.
Knowledge and technical skills:
Excellent IT skills, including Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint
Willingness to use software packages that are unfamiliar. In
particular, will be required to use and manipulate the HR database
and the online appraisal tool.
Excellent organisational skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Able to communicate effectively and confidently and adapt
communications styles to different audiences.
Able to adapt to shifting priorities and adjust plans appropriately.
An ability to work well under pressure and to strict deadlines.
Possesses a client-centred 'can-do' attitude. Is relationship
focused and understands the importance of building networks both
internally and externally.
Here at Simmons & Simmons:
We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely
collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a
reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An
inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly
international are just a few more things that make us, us.
Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on
role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to
name a few.
Dress 'for your day' Code.
Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office
with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai;
Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien
Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long
standing history in supporting the art community especially up and
The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing
together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with
non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate
the Simmons offering.
We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30
Employer for Working Families in 2020.
We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas &
Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+,
Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's
network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.
If you are interested in finding out more about this position then
please contact Charlotte Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions. To apply for the role please click on the link at
the bottom of the page/visit the career pages on our website, where
there is also a detailed job description.