Head of Learning & Development

South East England
12 Sep 2017
07 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Are you an experienced and creative Learning & Development professional with the desire to work in an innovative and growing environment? About the role We're looking for a Head of Learning & Development to be responsible for all aspects of setting and implementing the learning and development strategy to ensure that Partners and employees at all levels in the firm are challenged, supported and developed to their full potential. Reporting into the Director of HR and managing a team of 4, your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Managing the Learning and Development team (4 direct reports, 3 indirect). Managing the full training cycle for Partners and all staff; training needs analysis, design, delivery and evaluation of business skills courses and programmes. Implementing Leadership and Management development processes and programmes for Partners and leaders in the firm under a competency framework structure. Managing and delivering firm-wide organisational development projects and supporting team based development activities. Developing others through coaching and mentoring using both internal and external expertise. Management of the LMS system to ensure that all learning attendance is captured and all regulatory requirements met. Responsibility for the Learning and Development budget. Developing relationships with key external providers, in particular the CMS-wide Academy programmes and the relationship with IMD. Identifying, developing and supporting the Partners of the future through talent programmes, coaching and mentoring. Developing and delivering bespoke client training as a value add to clients of the firm in conjunction with the Client Training and Professional Development Manager. Working collaboratively with other Heads of in HR and Knowledge to ensure a joined up learning experience for all regardless of the content of the training. About you We're looking for an experienced individual with a background within Learning & Development within a professional services, ideally law firm, environment. You will be a strategic and creative thinker with excellent and well developed management skills which will enable you to both lead a team and the function across the UK and internationally. As the Head of L&D within an environment that has seen a great deal of change, you will be able to positively tackle all challenges, formulate solutions and engage with others to ensure proactive steps are taken. You will work in a way that encourages a collaborative, team-orientated culture ensuring you and the team maintain a client focused approach. About us CMS is an international organisation with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. Ranked as the world's 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 39 countries from 70 office worldwide. On 1 May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang came together to create a new future-facing firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent. Equal opportunities CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status ("Protected Characteristics"). For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website. If you are interested please apply online or contact Nicky Clark, Lateral Recruitment Manager, for more information. Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.