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A&O Shearman is a new global industry-leading law firm with offices in 29 countries worldwide. Our fluency in English law, US law, and the laws of the world’s most dynamic markets, enables us to provide unmatched insight and seamless delivery to clients. We work on challenging and important deals and disputes that have the potential to shape the future.

We offer exceptional opportunities for our people; opportunities to work for the world’s leading businesses; to transform the status quo, and to deliver your best work,  helping you and your career to thrive, while delivering unparalleled outcomes for our clients.

Whether you're helping clients solve complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel. We provide first-rate training and development, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we provide support and ways of working that help you optimize your wellbeing.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. And together, we will redefine success.


Role Summary

Based in New York, in coordination with HR Advisory leadership, this position will play a key role as a trusted HR advisory with direct and primary responsibility for the assigned practice groups and business teams.

Key Relationships

  • Director, HR Advisory
  • HR Advisory and the broader HR team
  • Practice Group and Business Team Heads and members
  • US Management

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and counsel to partners and business team managers on a wide range of HR matters, including career development, talent management, organizational and staffing needs, and employee relations.
  • Partner with leaders to develop and drive the people agenda to support firm objectives.
  • Actively engage with internal clients to develop a full understanding of their business operations, organizational structure, staffing, and potential human resources issues and opportunities.
  • Work closely with HR leadership and specialists to develop and implement programs, policies, and initiatives to address the needs of the assigned client base and broader firm.
  • Manage various projects and processes, including salary and bonus review, promotions, secondments, employee value proposition discussions/communications, employee engagement initiatives, and other ad-hoc projects.
  • Facilitate talent discussions, monitor check-in meetings, follow-up on objectives/issues, and manage the talent pipeline in accordance with our talent management system. Provide performance management guidance to people managers through coaching, counseling, and career development and performance improvement conversations.
  • Collaborate with the Professional Development and Learning & Development teams to ensure that development needs are assessed and appropriate training is delivered.
  • Partner with the broader HR team, including the Recruitment, HR Transactions, Global Mobility, Benefits, Payroll, Compensation, and Wellbeing functions.
  • Manage employee relation investigations.
  • Support the induction and integration of new joiners as well as transition and off-boarding processes.
  • Partner with HR administration on the tactical aspects of the employee life-cycle.


Key Requirements 

  • Qualified candidates will have a minimum a Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of experience as an HR practitioner, preferably in a professional services organization or law firm.
  • Technical competence in all aspects of the role and responsibilities as noted above.
  • Hands-on, self-motivated, and able to work well on their own as well as on a team.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to operate under pressure.
  • Excellent track record of working with leadership within a matrix organization.
  • Strong commercial/business acumen with the ability to influence strategic thinking/direction through creative and pragmatic issue resolution.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface with all individuals and particularly to win the respect of the senior management community and build and develop strong client relationships.
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to nurture others and work in a fast-paced, intellectually rigorous environment.
  • High energy individual who enjoys both the operational and strategic sides of this role and demonstrates great flexibility.
  • Resilient; able to understand that credibility has to be earned and may take time.
  • A person of sound judgment, able to establish a high level of credibility in the organization and act as a trusted advisor to management.

Additional Information:

For individuals assigned to or hired for this opportunity in New York, the estimated annualized base salary range for this position is $165,000 - $180,000. The actual base salary offered will depend on the overall qualifications of the individual applicant for the position and other job-related factors permitted by law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

A&O Shearman is an equal opportunity employer. Every individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination and harassment. It is A&O Shearman’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals, without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status or alienage, disability, pregnancy or related medical issue, military or qualified veteran status, familial status, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, gender, including gender identity, gender expression or transition status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and/or sex offenses, sexual and reproductive health decisions, unemployment status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of an individual’s relationship with A&O Shearman, including, without limitation, recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

If you are vision-impaired or have another disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or similar law and wish to discuss accommodations related to applying for employment at A&O Shearman, please contact US HR Transactions at or call +1 212 610 6300 and ask for HR Transactions.


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