Requisition Number: 2023-02-01631-3575-001
Job Title: Manager, Legal Talent
City: Houston
State: TX
Shift: N/A
Hours: 37.5

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. 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, Legal Talent

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Description/Job Summary

The Manager of Legal Talent (Human Resources) is responsible for supporting management in all aspects of the Legal Talent department functions, including evaluation processes, associate integration and additional key professional development initiatives for associates in the Houston office.  This role is an integral part of the Firm’s culture and serves as primary resource for all Houston associates.


  • Collaborate with the Legal Talent Team to support the delivery of thorough evaluations and developmental objectives for Houston associates
  • Participate in the relevant meetings with Group leadership to discuss associate evaluations for each practice group
  • Coordinate with and assist the Legal Talent Team with ensuring robust feedback is provided to each associate in the group in a timely fashion and related follow-up items are handled  
  • Assist with intake of orally communicated evaluations on an as needed basis
  • Liaise with Associate Director, Professional Development on key takeaways from DEI pipeline building discussions
  • Assist in other performance management initiatives, including promotion of real-time feedback
  • Work closely with Directors, Diversity Equity & Inclusion team and other managers within the department on various initiatives and programs addressing associate feedback, work-life integration and engagement
  • Support the practice group heads with ensuring that attorneys in each group have strong mentoring connections and team-based interactions
  • Develop a professional relationship with associates, including understanding of professional aspirations, experiences, strengths, and development areas
  • Ensure mentors are connecting and engaging in dialogue with mentees about ongoing professional development goals
  • Liaise with the Houston Manager of Legal Recruiting & Associate Life on the progress of mentoring relationships
  • Partner with Professional Development Managers across practice groups, senior members of the Legal Talent Team, and the Houston Deal Staffing Coordinator to assess utilization and help ensure appropriate workflow and professional development opportunities
  • Work closely with the senior members of the Legal Talent team and the Houston Manager of Legal Recruiting & Associate Life on incoming associate related responsibilities; lead communication efforts and facilitate internal processes in advance of associate arrivals and help lead integration efforts
  • Serve as a point of contact for all attorney-relation related requests or issues  in the Houston office
  • Collaborate with and assist the Legal Recruiting Manager with planning practice group and other social/connectivity events for Houston attorneys
  • Participate in exit-interviews for departing associates and ensure related data is synthesized and analyzed
  • Serve as a resource to attorneys and provide guidance and direction on Firm policies, procedures and standards in support of the Firm’s strategic goals, objectives and initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must have superior judgment and the ability to deal discreetly with confidential information
  • Ability to interact well and build professional relationships with a collaborative approach to working with all levels and departments
  • Ability to self-direct, manage multiple priorities, analyze needs and implement solutions
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail for both long and short-term projects and responsibilities
  • Must be flexible to adjust hours to meet departmental needs
  • Must display professionalism, quality service to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors

Preferred Skills

  • Prior managerial experience a plus
  • Coaching certification a plus
  • HRIS/SHRM Certification is a plus

Required Experience

  • 5 to 6 years of comparable experience in legal personnel/human resources
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with legal personnel and recruiting applications

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree required

Preferred Education

  • Coaching certification a plus
  • HRIS/SHRM Certification is a plus
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