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Senior L&D Advisor (FTC)

We are currently recruiting for a Senior L&D Advisor (FTC) to join our team in London!

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Fixed Term - Full Time



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About Withersworldwide

A law firm focused on people and collaboration. For the past 125 years, Withers has supported some of the world's most remarkable people and organisations at defining moments in their lives. We are the only international law firm focused on successful individuals and private capital, working closely with founders, investors and family offices. We also advise governments, charities, global brands and start-ups of all shapes and sizes. Many of our clients are shaping the future and creating solutions to tackle many of the world's problems.  It makes for a fascinating and challenging practice. Our role is to get to know each individual client, find out where they want to be, and help them to get there – whether they are building a business, looking after their family, involved in a complex dispute or protecting their finances for the future. To meet their unique needs we are exceptionally collaborative, working together across teams and time zones. We are agile, focusing on strategy rather than rigid ideas and traditional hierarchy. It is a truly flexible working culture that puts people first. Join us to be part of a team that is always looking to the future. Where initiative, big ideas and bold moves are always encouraged. Where you can truly be yourself.

The Role

We are looking for a bright, proactive and confident Senior L&D Advisor to join our busy Learning and Development team on a fixed term contract. Ideally you will have the ability to develop strong working relationships with internal clients to build confidence, trust and respect. Strong service orientation and attention to detail with a sense of urgency are essential. You will be organised and driven to achieve efficiency, with a commercial approach and a robust attitude.

The person in this role would support the Learning & Development team in the implementation and day to day coordination of the Learning & Development strategy of an international law firm. The role includes delivery and co-ordination of the professional skills training syllabus, facilitating career development programmes and supporting the International Head of L&D on various partner development programmes. Whilst this role is London based, a key aspect is supporting our APAC offices (Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo). 

You would be joining a highly collaborative and supportive L&D team that are passionate about delivering the best L&D service to the firm. The L&D strategy is constantly evolving and there are many new and exciting projects due to be developed and implemented in the coming year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Personally deliver various professional skills training courses to support staff and trainees – delivered both virtually and in-person
  • Facilitate at various career development programmes for associates and senior associates
  • Manage the Junior Associate Development Centre working with the L&D administrator to organise the programme – including a virtual reality element
  • Supporting the International Head of L&D, coordinate induction programme and leadership development for newly promoted partners, including a mentoring programme
  • Support International Head of L&D to coordinate development programme for junior equity partners
  • Where required, source and advise on external training providers to meet identified needs, time scales and budgets – this may include DEI training
  • Provide L&D support for the APAC region, communicate with APAC HR teams and regional management to understand any training needs
  • Conduct L&D induction for new joiners in APAC region, and support with APAC trainee programmes
  • Manage the training budget for the APAC region – conduct business planning meetings with regional management
  • Support the wellbeing committee with training requirements – including Mental Health First Aider training
  • Liaise with external coaches to arrange ad-hoc coaching requests for partners
  • Conduct coaching sessions for ad-hoc coaching requests for associates, senior associates and support staff (or source internal coaching if not personally qualified)

This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive.  It is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance of this job and, as such, the role may include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with internal clients – must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills to build confidence, trust and respect
  • Strong service orientation
  • Attention to detail and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to manage a number of projects at the same time
  • First class written and verbal communication skills
  • Organised and driven to achieve efficiency
  • Commercial approach with a robust attitude
  • Proactive, confident, tenacious, resilient and flexible
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent
  • Training, coaching, MBTI and/or other psychometric qualifications (desirable)
  • Minimum of 4 years’ relevant L&D experience
  • Minimum 2 years' experience managing and delivering training in the L&D function of a professional services firm 
  • Experience of Vi Desktop LMS (desirable)
  • Strong IT skills

The Essentials

  • 9.30am to 5.30pm but flexibility is a must
  • 12 week probation period
  • 4 week notice period
  • Flexible benefit package including pension, private medical insurance, dental plan, season ticket loan, discounted gym membership, lifestyle discount scheme, the ability to buy and sell holidays, flu jabs, doctors consultation service, cycle to work scheme, on site café plus more

For further information, please contact the recruitment team.


Information for Recruitment Agencies

Withersworldwide endeavours to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, Withersworldwide operates a preferred supplier list and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.

Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

It is the policy of Withersworldwide to provide equal opportunities for all employees in relation to recruitment, training and promotion.  Decisions in these areas will be made only by reference to the requirements of the job and shall not be influenced by any consideration of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.       

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