Requisition Number: 2021-03-01482-0175-002
Job Title: Manager, Lateral Recruiting
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Manager, Lateral Recruiting

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Description/Job Summary

The Manager of Lateral Recruiting will oversee lateral associate & counsel hiring in the New York office and coordinate efforts with other Simpson Thacher offices, emphasizing firm interconnectedness globally.  The Manager will implement strategic lateral integration & performance initiatives with the Legal Recruiting and Legal Personnel teams.  Specific recruitment duties include: ensuring a focus on diversity; liaising with search firms and managing those relationships; building and promoting the STB brand; as well as managing applicant sourcing.

The Manager will monitor and assess hiring by practice group,  deliver relevant headcount data & metrics, and oversee the lateral budget.  The position also oversees such lateral-related projects as LLM hiring and targeted marketing of the Firm to prospective applicants and will  assist with specific time-bounded Legal Recruiting work streams including summer associate feedback, candidate follow-up during recruiting season and other assignments, as needed.  


  • Collaborate with senior management in developing strategic hiring plans, to include ensuring diversity in lateral applicants and acceptances as well as hiring from a global candidate pool
  • Coordinate search implementation and approval of hires, including coordination of specific candidate terms
  • Plan and manage successful execution of lateral searches – including interview coordination, liaising with candidates, offer extension and follow up
  • Advise key stakeholders on relevant market data, positioning and competitive market intelligence
  • Develop and maintain preferred firm relationships with search agencies – such as through consultations with recruiters and preparation of firm & practice-specific marketing materials
  • Maintain statistics and preparation of related analysis on lateral hiring
  • Manage day-to-day implementation of lateral policies and procedures, including compensation analyses
  • Oversee lateral onboarding process and integration into the firm 
  • Recommend and implement innovative means to attracting lateral applicants
  • Provide direction and supervision of teammates involved in the lateral hiring process
  • Oversee lateral resume submissions (e.g. search firm, referral and direct applications) including Vi data-entry, reports and candidate responses
  • Lead advertising and promoting openings, as appropriate to ensure optimal sourcing
  • Coordinate across Simpson offices for an integrated and cohesive approach
  • Share resources, contacts and best practices with Legal Recruiting and Legal Personnel teams
  • Provide direction and supervision of teammates involved in the lateral hiring process
  • Execute projects, as needed to assist Chief Talent Officer and Directors of Legal Recruiting and Legal Personnel
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet departmental needs
  • Additional duties as needed

Required Skills

  • 4-6 years of comparable experience in lateral hiring
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact well and build professional relationships while maintaining confidentiality; collaborative approach to working with others of all seniority levels
  • Ability to self-direct, manage multiple priorities, analyze needs and implement solutions
  • Strong analytical & organizational skills with attention to detail for both long and short-term projects and responsibilities
  • Must be team oriented, contributing as needed on unexpected projects or requests
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and comfortable working in web-based databases/software, e.g. viDesktop

Preferred Experience

  • Prior experience in a law firm; visa/immigration experience

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required
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