Senior Human Resources Advisor (maternity leave with possibility of permanence)

Clyde & Co. Canada LLP
January 24, 2023
Suite 700, 555 Burrard Street, Vancouver, Canada
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Clare Moriarty


With over 5000 people operating from over 60 offices and associated offices across six continents, Clyde & Co. is a globally connected team of talented people who act with a firm-first mentality to achieve success.  We offer a highly supportive culture in a friendly, welcoming environment, characterized by diversity and inclusion.  Our fast-growing international firm is known for its global outlook, comprehensive practice, and genuine commitment to clients, as well as for its distinctive approach within an open, fast-paced and rapidly changing field.  We offer a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package.

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Human Resources Advisor to cover a maternity leave with possibility of permanence.  The position will be based in Western Canada (Vancouver or Calgary), and will be designed to support the Canadian Human Resources function through continued organizational development initiatives in our 4 locations, which also include Montreal and Toronto. This true generalist role will involve partnering with the business leaders to achieve the people strategy at the firm while taking part in a variety of HR initiatives from collaborating with the North America recruiting team to participating in different projects or annual process cycles within the region. The incumbent must furthermore be able to deal with sensitive matters across Canada as needed and according to high standards of professionalism and ethics.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Act as a trusted advisor to the business at Clyde & Co across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal) as part of the North America region and larger human resources team, dealing with HR related queries and matters professionally and proactively;
  • Provide support to partners and management team on people-related issues in any Canadian location;
  • Help organize annual talent review meetings with partners and managers for all employee groups and lawyers in Canada;
  • Contribute to resolving employee relations issues as they arise in order to help maintain a healthy and positive work climate;
  • Follow up on probation periods and check in with Managers/Lawyers/Partners in the first three months (for business services employees) to make sure job expectations are clear and proper feedback is being given to help new employees succeed;
  • Assist in monitoring performance and address improvement needs as required;
  • Respond to employee queries relating to compensation & benefits as they arise;
  • Assist the HR Director, Canada with the annual compensation review process; participate to regular salary surveys and other benchmarking initiatives; help with the market analysis and prepare/update yearly salary review spreadsheets;
  • Assist with organizing learning & development initiatives, liaising with the Americas' L&D team;
  • Assist with the drafting and development of up-to-date HR policies in all 4 locations as needed so that the firm in Canada can ultimately have a comprehensive set of policies to guide people management actions in an open, consistent and fair fashion, with the spirit of aligning to the regional and global firm's practices and culture, in keeping with the distinct employment laws in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec;
  • Participate in recruiting activities for all 4 Canadian locations by supporting the North America recruiting team on search initiatives within Canada;
  • Prepare Open Requisitions, develop and/or update job descriptions in consultation with reporting Managers or Partners to best define the business needs, the targeted responsibilities and the required qualifications to succeed in the open roles;
  • Prepare offer letters and related documents as needed;
  • Work with the Payroll & Benefits Coordinator in Montreal and our regional interdepartmental teams to launch the on-boarding process in preparation for the new hire arrivals;
  • Develop orientation and training plans, tailored to the roles, in collaboration with other firm members to facilitate the greeting and integration of new hires in Canada in the first few weeks/months;
  • Draft internal announcements to all employees regarding arrivals, departures or other events;
  • Support the yearly articling interview processes in across Canada as much as possible;
  • Prepare annual salary change notification documents in Canada, for lawyers and business services;
  • Seek to increase Employee Engagement and work with the HR Director, Canada and the North America HR team on agreed upon initiatives;
  • Take part in other relevant duties according to new or emerging business needs.

 Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, commerce or administration with a major in human resources, or equivalent level/nature of academic credentials;
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years' experience as a Human Resources generalist or HR Business partner within a professional environment, ideally a law firm;
  • Certified or chartered HR Professional designation preferred (normally governed by a specific code of ethics and providing professional liability insurance);
  • Highly-developed sense of discretion, confidentiality and work ethics;
  • Professional maturity and sound judgement;
  • Intermediate or advanced Microsoft Office Suite knowledge and skills, especially in Word and Excel; being technology-savvy and capable of quickly learning new systems and tools;
  • Employment law knowledge in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec constitute assets;
  • Bilingualism, as defined by having excellent English written and verbal communication skills and by being adequately functional in written and conversational French – would be an asset;
  • Marked sense of initiative and organization; proactive;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information;
  • Rigor, attention to detail, accuracy in the work produced;
  • Flexibility, teamwork, great interpersonal skills and ability to adapt to change.

 If you are interested in joining the Clyde team, please email your resume to Monica Anderson, Resourcing & Recruitment Specialist (North America) at