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Human Resources Manager (2899)

Latham & Watkins LLP

San Diego, California 92130
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Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking a Human Resources Manager to join our winning team, located in San Diego. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.

The Human Resources Manager will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure.

The Human Resources Manager at Latham will support the office by using his/her experience and understanding of the legislative, judicial, and competitive market landscape to contribute to the strategic planning and implementation of goals and objectives of the office, the local and global Human Resources departments and the firm. He/she provides guidance and advice to all personnel in the office regarding employee relations issues and the employee lifecycle. Roles and responsibilities include: 

  • Makes recommendations to the Administrator regarding all functions of the human resources platform in the office.
  • Manages and coordinates the provision of adequate functional skills and professional skills training for the office. Identifies training needs/ issues, designs and conducts training and development programs and supports the development, implementation, and assessment of on-going training programs.
  • Assumes responsibility for the recruiting process for all staff candidates in the office. Ensures advertising and job placement is appropriate for all positions to generate a valuable candidate pool. Interviews candidates as appropriate, and makes recommendations to managers regarding quality candidates. Provides recruiting and interviewing skills coaching in the office as needed.
  • Develops orientation programs to facilitate integration of new employees. Leads new staff integration efforts in the office to foster positive introduction to the firm and takes concrete sustained steps to ensure new employees quickly become fully productive.
  • Manages, trains, and coaches the human resources staff. Focuses, defines and assists staff members in their professional and career development endeavors.
  • Acts as primary resource to the Office Administrator regarding creative and effective use of staff resources. Researches and provides continuous improvement strategies for the office. Uses expertise in change management principles to achieve buy-in to new ideas from all stakeholders and implement change.
  • Analyzes workforce metrics (e.g., retention, attrition, etc.) and identifies how the office compares to firm, industry, and local market benchmarks. Sets goals for improvement and designs programs to meet them.
  • Stays abreast of new human resources processes and market trends including current and pending federal, state, and local employment laws or court precedents. Identifies workforce trends that will affect the office and is creative in identifying methods and programs to ensure the workforce is effective.
  • Acts as lead resource in the office for human resources questions, issues, initiatives, programs and processes. Provides guidance and direction to department managers with regards to employee development and relations issues including hiring, training, counseling, coaching, and disciplining departmental employees.
  • Acts as lead resource in the office for all health and welfare benefit programs provided by the firm. Understands the firm’s benefit package for partners, associates, and staff and provides local leadership for key processes including leaves of absence and annual enrollment.
  • Leads the twice yearly performance review process in the office. Provides training and support to managers, supervisors, and staff regarding effective review writing skills. Reads all performance reviews for quality and appropriateness. Assists the office administrator by recommending salary increases and reviewing bonus allocations for all non-management staff in the office.            
  • Counsels staff who are not meeting firm standards and works with the appropriate manager to create plans for improvement. Makes recommendations with respect to employee terminations. Coordinates exit procedures, conducts exit interviews and maintains reports that track employee turnovers.
  • Develops and maintains strong, interactive relationships with key members of the office leadership. This includes, but is not limited to the Office Administrator, global chiefs, directors, managers and supervisors.
  • Develops and maintains strong, interactive relationships with all members of the Global Human Resources department. Uses the members of the Global team as a resource as needed. Operates within the policies and strategies as set forth by the global team. Makes recommendations and provides feedback to the global team as local conditions support or are challenged by global initiatives.
  • Manages local office timekeeping processes including review of timecards for accuracy.
  • Interprets and implements the firm's Human Resources policies. May contribute to the development of new policies in conjunction with the Global Human Resources Department.
  • Maintains employee records for entire office. Responds to EEOC, ADA, workers' compensation, and unemployment claims based on firm policies and standards. Conducts annual file audit to ensure compliance with all federal, state or country regulations.
  • Develops and manages annual departmental budget and provides monthly variance explanations as needed.
  • Coordinates with other areas / departments of the firm where overlap exists to develop efficient procedures / communications to streamline processes and satisfy various department needs.
  • Completes special office and/or firm projects on various issues as needed.
  • Promotes effective work practices, works as a team member, and shows respect for co-workers.

A Bachelor’s degree is required with a focus in Human Resources or a related field preferred. Six (6) to eight (8) years of progressively responsible Human Resources management experience is desired with four (4) years of experience implementing and administering Human Resources policies and procedures.  Recent experience in a legal or professional services environment strongly preferred. The Human Resources Manager should understand and apply Federal, State and Local Employment Laws or Court Precedents including but not limited to: OSHA, ADA, FLSA, EEO, ADEA, and FMLA. He or she should have excellent leadership skills and the ability to work in a team environment with a customer service focus. HRIS experience, preferably PeopleSoft and Kronos Timekeeper, is a plus.

Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms.

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