Talent Development Manager

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Purpose of role

To assist the Head of Talent Development with the implementation of the Talent Development strategy, new initiatives and programmes and to provide innovative, business-focused solutions to support the personal and professional development of all staff. 


Design and Delivery

  • Work with the business to identify and address development needs of individuals or groups across the Firm and the Firm's clients.

  • Design and deliver creative, engaging and blended development solutions appropriate to the audience (lawyers and business services).

  • Create and manage an award-winning development programme for Business Services staff ensuring it meets the needs of the business, managers and individuals.

  • Work with the Head of Talent Development and Talent Development Manager on the design, facilitation and support of the Firm's milestone programmes and events.

  • Build strong relationships within the Firm at all levels in order to understand the priorities of the various practice groups / departments.

  • Build a network of strong relationships with external suppliers to ensure effective design and delivery of all talent development solutions.

General Responsibilities

  • Work with groups and individuals to progress personal development plans through coaching, mentoring and expert advice.

  • Provide first-line advice to HR business partners and managers regarding development solutions in line with best practice guidelines.

  • Promote the use of Percipio to enhance the existing programme and offer a blended and mobile learning approach.

  • Ensure robust evaluation processes are implemented to produce quantifiable and qualitative ROI data for high value programmes.

  • Lead the departmental internal communications plan by developing and collating content for online portal, Talent Development ebulletins and other related documentation.

  • Draft relevant policies or Firmwide frameworks that require development focus.

  • Conduct regular (internal and external) analysis of trends and themes in HR and Talent Development to continuously improve the quality of the Talent Development offering at Dentons.

  • Promote the work and profile of the Talent Development department by providing exemplary client service to all staff in the UK and Middle East region.

  • Represent the Firm at external legal and Professional Services networks and events.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • Significant experience designing and delivering Talent Development solutions within a professional services environment including webinars, e-learning and mobile solutions.

  • Experience of facilitating onAssessment/Development Centres and of administering and reviewing psychometric tests. Experience of MBTI/DISC/Hogan or similar tools is desirable.

  • Experiencing of coaching and mentoring individuals. A coaching qualification is desirable.

  • Experience of driving forward Talent Development in a changing cultural environment.

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office and sound grasp of learning technology platforms. 

  • Degree or equivalent and / or relevant professional qualification in HR or Talent Development.

Personal Skills / Attributes

  • Willingness to travel to other UK and Middle East offices (and European offices when required).

  • Positive, proactive and motivated, thrives on owning new initiatives and delivering creative client-focused, quality solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Confident and engaging presenter and facilitator.

  • Good team player and able to quickly establish collaborative working relationships with the team and others within the wider firm.

  • Strong influencing skills across all levels to ensure key stakeholders are kept fully informed and are supportive of Talent Development activities.

  • Strong attention to detail, professional and calm under pressure and highly organised to successfully manage a varied workload.

  • Carries out all responsibilities in a way which supports the firm's values and promotes its equal opportunities and diversity principles.

  • Ability to be an ambassador for Dentons, being professional in outlook, attitude and appearance.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

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