Head of Leadership and Management Development

Experience level: Advanced
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Strategic Change
Location: National
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The role

The role will include:

  • Partnering with senior internal stakeholders to define current and future anticipated people challenges and business drivers which will form the basis of the Shoosmiths Academy.
  • Partnering with Shoosmiths clients to define current and future anticipated people challenges and business drivers.
  • Lead the identification, delivery and integration of solutions that address an evolving people agenda.
  • Ensuring talent development activity relating to key initiatives is implemented

It is essential that you have previous experience of:

  • Leadership Development
  • Leading the Talent agenda within a matrixed organisation
  •  Coaching – with team coaching experience
  • Early careers, diversity and inclusion as well as leadership development

Shoosmiths is a great place to work and being part of a team is at the heart of that. We need a genuine team player with bags of enthusiasm, grit and determination to bring the Shoosmiths Academy to life. The ideal person will be well organised and have an ability to build a team infrastructure around the Shoosmiths Academy. Able to work with gravitas and lead from the front the ideal person will be an ambassador for Shoosmiths values both internally and externally.

Skills and qualifications

Masters degree or Level 7 CIPD (or working towards completion)

Chartered Member of CIPD or equivalent body


Accredited practitioner of psychometric profiling

Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.