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This role can be based in any of our North American Offices.
The Practice Group Professional Development Manager, NA Tax Practice Group (NATPG) will work collaboratively with the NA Tax Practice Group Leaders (PGLs) and Director, Business Management (BMD) to accelerate practice group and individual lawyer performance and development, aligned with strategic direction, vision and values of North America. 
The Practice Group Talent Manager, NATPG will work closely with the NA Director of Talent Management, Practice Group TM Lead, and other Practice Group TM Managers for North America; and play an essential role providing high-quality business partnering support to lawyers in the NATPG.
This is a highly collaborative role, which requires liaising closely with the PGLs and BMD, while also working on a daily basis with office-based Talent Management colleagues.  It is a hands-on position that requires proactive and reliable business partnering advice and service to the assigned PGLs and to the lawyers within the NATPG.
Operate as a business partner for the PGLs and BMD to understand their strategic needs in relation to their people; liaise and coordinate with office-based Talent Management and Recruitment business partners to deliver: 
  • Team planning and management for the NATPG (pipeline, succession and promotion, and, in partnership with the PG BMD, capacity review and utilization, etc.)
  • Recruitment (determine needs, evaluate staffing options, coordinate the on-boarding for the NATPG)
  • Mobility (liaise with Global Mobility Advisory Group and office-based Talent Management on mobility issues throughout the NATPG in NA)
  • Talent Reviews (support and coordinate the NA Talent Review process for the NATPG and work with the PGLs and BMD to identify and implement solutions and programs for underperforming and high potential talent)
  • Performance Management (execute associate and local partner performance management processes (e.g., annual evaluation and promotion processes); evaluate performance results with the PGLs and BMD)
  • Career Development (coordinate nomination for North America programs, assess and identify lawyer training needs and address in partnership with North America Leadership and Learning Lead, provide individual career development coaching sessions on an as-needed basis.)
  • Organizational Development (e.g., follow-up on internal feedback surveys and campaigns within the practice group, consistent with overall North America approach; focus on improving engagement)
  • Integration (serve as key liaison to support and facilitate integration of North America lateral partners in consultation with Partner Integration Manager); support and facilitate the NA Integration Mentoring Program for non-partner new joiners.
  • Close coordination with office-based Human Resources to support the PGLs and BMD on people-related issues
  • Partnership with the People team and North America leadership teams to help develop optimal People strategy, infrastructure and resources for North America
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree focusing on Learning, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Management, or other related areas; JD/law firm experience beneficial; but not required
  • Extensive experience in Talent Management (Professional Development), preferably in a professional services firm environment
  • Experience working across multiple locations and jurisdictions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and  attention to detail; fluent written and spoken English is required
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and drive results with a sense of urgency in setting strategies and executing against the objectives
  • Proven ability to influence, interact and consult with senior leaders, strong collaboration skills and effective stakeholder management
  • Strong coaching, counselling, business acumen, and overall communication skills