Description

Location

Either London, Madrid, Barcelona or the offices in Germany

Role Purpose

To manage and execute legal content projects, training and knowledge initiatives for the Employment & Compensation (E&C) practice group within the context of the firm's knowledge strategy.

Main Responsibilities

To make first-class knowledge easily available to lawyers, increasing the quality, consistency and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that Baker McKenzie gives its clients. Including:

  • Precedents. Draft, develop and automate E&C precedents
  • Work product. Collect and input the group's work product into the firm's global repository of knowledge and populate global, multi-jurisdictional databases and resources
  • E&C skills training. Prepare, support and deliver training programs and develop training materials that are aligned with the firm's training strategy
  • Advice and Current Awareness. Support the E&C practice with legal expertise on an as-needed basis including regularly drafting alerts on legal and market/deal developments and acting as editor/writer/researcher of the firm's publications
  • Business development/thought leadership/profile. Assist in the development of thought leadership initiatives, drafting articles and legal content for proposals or other business development resources
  • KM strategy. Assist in development and implementation of the group's knowledge plan in line with the firm's knowledge strategy; support, implement and communicate the firm's knowledge strategy to the group and actively participate in the firm's knowledge projects and initiatives
  • Relationship building. Build relationships with key stakeholders in the EMEA region and build greater KM community connections in the EMEA region and globally
  • Operational enhancements. Improve efficiency and quality of the delivery of our E&C legal services. Actively contribute to operational enhancement initiatives, particularly with respect to offshore service centers/alternative timekeepers, integrated use of project managers and other technology tools

Travel Requirements

Some travel may be required

About The Team

Function

The Knowledge function is a Firm-wide team of nearly 300 professionals, including Knowledge Lawyers, Information & Research professionals, and a variety of other functional specialists. The Knowledge function helps the Firm deliver better legal solutions by producing and providing easy access to high quality, relevant legal information for both lawyers and clients. The focus is on the following areas:

  • Content: creating, collecting and providing access to market-leading precedents, sample documents, practice notes, training materials and other knowhow for our lawyers and clients, reviewing and updating regularly, to ensure that the content is current and market-leading
  • Systems: working with the Technology function to design, develop and build user-friendly and flexible platforms to store knowhow and deliver it intuitively to lawyers and clients, adopting common systems across all offices and practice/industry groups
  • Culture: striving to establish Knowledge as a core part of every lawyer's role, engaging actively with all lawyers in the Firm and encouraging them to share their own knowhow and expertise with colleagues as openly as possible; embracing a "one team" culture within the Firm's Knowledge community ensuring that all team members create and develop high quality local content while being aligned with our global strategy and approach

This role will report to the Lead Knowledge Lawyer, Global E&C Group.

The key relationships of this role are the EMEA E&C group. Due to the international nature of our practice, some work with other offices may be required. You will receive day-to-day project assignments and overall direction from the practice group's chair, as well as the Lead Knowledge Lawyer for E&C. You must liaise closely with other members of the Professional and Business Services team – especially the Knowledge function – to ensure that Knowledge projects and initiatives are carried out consistently with the firm’s overall business objectives and its Knowledge Management strategy.

About The Candidate

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Law degree
  • Current license to practice law (or eligibility for one); preferably admitted in a European jurisdiction
  • Strong post-qualification experience as a practicing lawyer with direct involvement in E&C projects, particularly cross-border E&C
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written) and the confidence to communicate in a multi-cultural, multi-level environment
  • Experience working directly with senior counterparts on strategy and execution
  • Excellent time management and organizing skills; ability to prioritise and manage time to meet deadlines
  • Strong word processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Experience in or willingness to learn document automation and other legal tech

Personal qualities

These personal qualities represent the shared characteristics of high performers across Baker McKenzie, regardless of job level and location. 

Know how 

  • Keeps across key developments in all relevant areas and demonstrates the ability to develop substantive authority in relation to the Firm's specialist fields 
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the real issue, and to anticipate requirements and potential consequences; distils a range of possibilities by thinking in a considered, prudent manner
  • Able to move through a variety of tasks requiring different approaches, knowledge, and expertise, with agility of mind and capacity for analysis and synthesis 

Dedication

  • Driven by a strong personal sense of integrity and upholds exemplary quality standards
  • Prepares thoroughly, takes responsibility, uses initiative and is self- reliant to ensure work progresses to the fullest extent possible
  • Hardworking and diligent with a keen understanding of client demands
  • Demonstrates composure when dealing with difficult situations

Personal Impact

  • Creates a positive impression at all times; develops relationships through collaboration and reciprocity 
  • Negotiates to achieve outcomes that are mutually satisfactory; shows good judgement on when to stand strong and when to compromise 
  • Invests in, nurtures and builds a network of productive relationships

Humanity

  • Respectful to others, regardless of their position, and earns the respect of others by being transparent 
  • Has care and concern for others and a genuine interest in others as people
  • Treats delicate or confidential issues with grace and discretion

To Apply

At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications.

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or Recruitment.London@bakermckenzie.com

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, David Roberts, Recruitment Manager, on 020 7052 5752 or david.roberts@bakermckenzie.com

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