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Early Careers Manager (3499)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Your Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Irwin Mitchell’s award-winning Early Careers team as an Early Careers Manager. 

The Early Careers team works to ensure that the firm’s current and future early careers needs are met through the recruitment and development of our trainee solicitors and apprentices.  This role is ideal for someone experienced in graduate recruitment and/or development who is looking to progress their career to the next level.  You’ll report into the Head of Early Careers to successfully recruit, support and develop our talent to become qualified professionals.  

In order to ensure that Irwin Mitchell continues to be an employer of choice, you’ll work hard to build and maintain the employer brand. You’ll work with educational institutions and third party suppliers to create our marketing collateral, develop our message to market and maintain our strong brand in the early careers arena. You’ll also play a ‘hands-on’ part in the selection of future trainees and apprentices, contributing ideas to our assessment material, assessing applicants and leading assessment centres.

You must be an exceptional communicator as your role will require you to build strong relationships with senior stakeholders as well as the trainees and apprentices. You’ll work alongside the business, offering professional and consultative advice to understand future trainee needs, using this to plan seat rotations and resource plans. This means you must also be extremely organised, with a logical mindset.  You’ll also need strong interpersonal skills as you’ll act as a HR point of contact for trainees and apprentices, ensuring they are fully supported and on track for qualification.

Ideally, you’ll have worked for a law firm previously and be familiar with the new approach to qualification as a solicitor, under the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. An understanding of different methods of assessment and selection would be beneficial. We’d like you to be highly organised, driven and enthusiastic with the ability to coach and mentor. 

If you would like to be part of a friendly, successful and award-winning team, we’d love to hear from you

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.


We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

  • Sub-Department:
    Early Careers
  • Sub-Division:
    People Team
  • Company:
    IM LLP
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