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Graduate Development Officer (FTC)

  • Type Baan
  • Soort opleiding Bachelor
  • Locatie London, Verenigd KoninkrijkLondonGBGreater London
  • Geplaatst
  • Startdatum -
  • Deadline -
  • FULL_TIMEHuman resourcesJuridisch

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Role purpose

This role is a fantastic opportunity to join our forward-thinking and highly regarded Graduate Recruitment & Development team (GR&D). Our GR&D team are responsible for recruiting high calibre-candidates for vacation placements and training contracts. The team also manage trainee rotations and support their development while they work towards becoming newly qualified solicitors. The GR&D Officer will support the trainee solicitor development and seat moves. 

This role requires someone who has worked in the legal sector or has a background within professional services, and who has had significant experience of both the processes involved in both Graduate Recruitment and Development. Ideally, you will have previously worked at Officer level in a comparable role.

Main responsibilities

Seat moves

  • With support and guidance from the GRDM, organise the seat move process for trainee solicitors to ensure that trainees receive the necessary experience, and departments receive the appropriate level of support.
  • Meet with trainees to obtain seat preference information.
  • Liaise with trainee Partners in each department to confirm capacity for trainees.
  • Negotiate any necessary changes to the ideal seating arrangements, with both departments and trainees.
  • Finalise the seating plan for review by GRDM and Training Principal before circulating to departments for review.
  • Oversee liaison with facilities (conducted GRDC) to ensure seat move takes place efficiently.
  • With the support of the GRDC inform all of those affected of the changes, including HR, Accounts, Co-ordinating secretaries etc.
  • Liaise with departments to allocate supervisors for each trainee.


  • Manage the secondment process for trainees overseas and for client secondments.
  • Responsible for the internal promotion of the trainee secondment programme.
  • First point of contact for trainees applying for/on secondment.
  • Co-ordinate the secondment selection process.
  • Liaise with overseas offices and clients to organise placements including obtaining visas, accommodation, etc.
  • Budget tracking.
  • Liaise with relevant departments across the London office, e.g. payroll and IT.

Future trainees

  • Responsible for the relationship with our future trainee population with support from the GRDC including Training Contract offer process, grants and fee payment and pastoral issues (supported by the GRDM).
  • Support the Learning & Development officer with LPC events, Future Trainees social events, Induction programme and the Firm's relationship with BPP.

Campus events

  • Attendance at relevant marketing events, including law fairs and autumn presentations and vacation scheme socials.
  • Support the GRO with marketing of events, including social media.


  • Working closely with the Head of Recruitment, GRDM and the Inclusion and Diversity manager ensuring best practice methods which align to our inclusion and diversity strategy.
  • Acting as the key person in the team for diversity related initiatives with our partner organisations including Aspiring Solicitors, Diverscity and City Law for Ethnic Minorities.
  • Managing diversity events with support from the GRDC.
  • Taking an active interest in diversity & inclusion and competition analysis so that we remain competitive.


  • Work with our immigration team to support the visa process for future trainees and current trainees.
  • Ensure that the team are compliant with all visa regulations.
  • Monitoring of all offers made to ensure the GRDC has all the relevant paperwork.
  • Sharing knowledge of the visa process with the GR&D team.

Candidate management

  • Responsible for screening applications, reviewing video interviews and acting as a Group Assessor.

Occupational Health

  • Tracking sickness of trainees and managing absence.
  • Supporting trainee occupational health referrals.
  • Supporting trainees and liaising with supervisors regarding any adjustments.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assisting the GRDM in ad-hoc matters relating to trainee development.
  • Ad-hoc project work, as required.
  • Oversee responses to generic Graduate Recruitment inbox (administered by GRD Coordinator and GR Intern).
  • Travel requirements: UK travel only

About the team

Function The People function (Human Resources & Development) in London consists of the following teams:

  • Talent Management
  • Diversity & CSR
  • Leadership & Learning
  • Careers, Performance and Reward
  • Recruitment & Mobility

You will report to Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager

Your direct reports Graduate Recruitment & Development Co-ordinator

Key relationships

  • Graduate Recruitment Officer
  • Graduate Recruitment & Development Co-ordinator and Intern
  • Graduate Recruitment Training Principal
  • Trainee Partners
  • Trainee Solicitors
  • Human Resources Business Partners
  • Immigration team

About the candidate

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Experience of a similar role - including both Graduate Recruitment and Trainee Development - ideally within a professional services organization at Officer/Advisor level
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • A flexible approach to meet current and future business needs
  • Flexibility as the role will involve some travel and evening events
  • A good knowledge of relevant IT systems
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to quickly understand the Firm’s HR policies and procedures
  • Ability to plan, schedule and arrange own activities to accomplish objectives
  • Strong client service ethos and delivery focus
  • Ability to build rapport at all levels
  • Collaborative approach, effectively working with others to achieve team success
  • Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found in the Firm

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

Why Join Us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm.  Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,000 people in 77 offices across 47 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard.  Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of an 800 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, yet friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

  • Acritas’ Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2010- 2017 - ranked 1st/Brand Index: 100
  • The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017: currently ranked 58th
  • Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2012 - 2018: currently ranked 6th
  • Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016:  Five awards: Most Innovative International Firm for Women, Best International Firm for pro bono work, Best in tax, Best in Employment and Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award

To Apply

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role.  We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, Nicola Stanley, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager, on 020 7072 5782 or

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Please note Baker McKenzie does not accept unsolicited CVs.  Please click here for details of our Agency Policy and commitment to sourcing directly.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA – since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to work fluently across borders, cultures and practices.  This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to be the global law firm of choice.  We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view are brought together.  We also know people perform at their best when they can be themselves at work.  Baker McKenzie is committed to serving our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse talent pool and an inclusive community.

The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any), gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

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