Requisition Number: 2023-11-01642-0171-001
Job Title: Performance Development Specialist
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday-Friday; 9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Hours: 35

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.

Performance Development Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Performance Development Specialist will be a key member of the Talent Management and Compensation team, supporting Professional Staff in all initiatives related to Talent, Performance and Compensation. This role will partner closely with the Director and Sr. Analyst of the team and help move the organization forward as we evolve our talent and performance strategy. Your scope will include: supporting a new Performance Management strategy by developing resources for managers and employees, supporting the strategy design by researching best practices,and leveraging strong analytical and operational skills to support the design and roll-out of strategy and practices related to compensation, performance and talent management.


  • Support the design and evolution of the Talent Management and Compensation strategy along with development of processes, tools and analytics to drive a more transparent and engaged culture
  • Research best-in-class practices to support the development of our Talent and Compensation strategies moving forward
  • Serve as a key contact to HR and business partners in the roll-out of new processes, Workday implementation and a new Performance Management platform

Talent and Performance Management

  • Support current and future projects in the Talent Management space including but not limited to: Job Architecture and Career Leveling, development of performance expectations, and establishing a promotion process
  • Support the roll-out of a Performance Management process by developing tools and resources to support the change management effort and engaging with clients
  • Manage and/or coordinate multiple assignments and projects with cross-functional teams and other duties as assigned
  • Support data-driven decision making through the use of analytics with talent and performance-related data
  • Create Executive-level presentations by synthesizing key findings from analyses


  • Provide support on the compensation side as needed during the year-end process
  • Support the compensation benchmarking survey process
  • Partner with the Sr. Analyst of Talent Management and Compensation to review and reconcile reports and contribute to the evolution of the Compensation strategy

Required Skills

  • Proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, take initiative, be flexible, handle highly confidential information appropriately, and have exceptional attention to detail
  • Must possess a combination of strategic and critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, and strong analytical ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse group of subject matter experts and managers
  • Aptitude for working effectively in a team setting as well as independently
  • Must be capable of operating with tact and discretion and maintain utmost confidentiality of personnel information
  • Proficiency for handling requests across multiple sources and to work effectively across teams
  • Strong query, reporting, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, including ability to prioritize project tasks, manage risks/issues, and communicate status
  • Ability to create executive presentations
  • Strong project management skills
  • Affinity for data and experience using it effectively to make decisions, drive initiatives, and conduct analyses

Required Experience

  • 3-5 plus years of experience as an HR Business Partner, Talent and Development, Compensation, or related HR field
  • Comprehensive experience with Data Analytics, including advanced Excel skills (Macros, Vlookup, Pivot Tables, Index Match, etc.)

Preferred Experience

  • 1 year of Compensation experience preferred
  • Experience writing complex formulas in Excel to analyze data and build dashboards
  • Experience with People and Talent Analytics
  • Experience with Workday a plus

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field involving Analytics


Salary Information

The estimated base salary range for this position is $100k to $115k at the time of posting. The actual salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. This role is exempt meaning it is not overtime pay eligible.

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