Human Resource Manager

Buckingham Search - Chicago , IL

Buckingham Search is partnering with a multi-billion-dollar global law firm to find a Human Resources Manager. This person will act as a true generalist focusing on employee relations, performance reviews, onboarding and much for over 500 employees. 

Things to get excited about:

  • Chicago office standard hours: – (35 hour standard work week)
  • Staff employees are eligible for an annual merit bonus and increase every July
  • Chicago staff employees start with 24 days of CLT that accrues over the year (“combined leave time” - same as PTO. Pro-rated the first year) and 8-9 paid holidays.
  • Has two retirement benefits: Defined benefit plan: An annual contribution of 5% of the employee’s salary + other eligible compensation. Vested after 3 years of service. 401k: employees can participate in hire.
  • Commuter benefits: pre-tax benefit of up to $255 per month for transit and up to $255 per month for parking. For employees who use public transportation, subsidizes up to $42 per month.

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Manager is a trusted advisor responsible for delivering the highest quality of human resources services to employees. This position will oversee a range of human resources functions, including coaching managers, overseeing the performance management processes and acting as a liaison between employees and management. This individual will be responsible for Chicago lawyers and local support staff (paralegals, legal secretaries, docket, library, etc.).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with employees, managers, and lawyers, while developing a postive reputation as a key business partner
  • Counsel managers on talent management, employee development and team building
  • Oversee conflict resolutions, investigations, performance improvement plans and represent the firm at personnel-related hearings
  • Consult with HR leadership and labor lawyer to identify equitable resolutions to mitigate risks
  • Advise leadership on solutions that increase employee engagement, address organizational challenges, and improve the employee experience
  • Manage new employee orientation and the overall onboarding experience
  • Lead staff performance management processes and annual compensation recommendations
  • Lead semi-annual lawyer review process and work closely with the compensation committee to ensure seamless administration
  • Provide guidance to hiring managers and staff recruiting team, develop job descriptions, match market data to jobs, analyze hiring trends and develop equitable offers
  • Educate employees on the firm’s health and wellness offerings including leave benefits, accommodations and wellness work resources; liaison between employee and manager during leave of absence
  • Manage the exit process, conduct exit interviews and analyze data to make recommendations to leadership for continuous improvement
  • Communicate various firm policies and initiatives to staff; respond to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, accommodations and programs
  • Identify operational enhancements to drive continued efficiencies in delivering services
  • Direct data entry team to process timely and accurate employee status changes in the HRIS system
  • Maintain personnel records and employee relations documentation
  • Keep abreast of HR legislation and trends to ensure best practices and compliance with local, state and federal employment laws and regulations
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the “Duties”) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should let your recruiter know so they can assist.

Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelors Degree
  • 5+ years overall Human Resources experience
  • 2+ years as Human Resources Management (generalist experience)
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Experience with HRIS databases


  • PHR, SPHR or SHRM-CP Certification
  • Experience coaching and advising managers on employee relations
  • Human Resources management experience in a professional services environment
  • People management experience

Other Skills and Abilities

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Proofreads accurately

Posted On: Friday, September 6, 2019

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