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29 Nov 2021

Full-Time Bilingual Senior HR Advisor

Clyde & Co – Posted by clydeco Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

A Few Words About Clyde & Co

Our Canadian offices are an essential part of Clyde & Co’s global practice, providing a strong regional focus for both local and international clients across a range of complex and contentious matters, including professional liability, casualty, construction and infrastructure, cyber risk, class action defence, insurance defence and coverage, D&O liability and product liability. Our lawyers have vast experience litigating disciplinary proceedings against a broad range of professionals as well as handling fraud, antitrust, anti-corruption and regulatory investigations.

At Clyde & Co, 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.

Overview of the Role

The Bilingual Senior Human Resources Advisor role, based in Toronto, is designed to support the Canadian Human Resources function through continued organizational development initiatives in our 3 locations, including also Montreal and Vancouver. This is a generalist role requiring functional bilingualism (French being the second language) with involvement in different areas of HR including talent acquisition and supporting the NA recruiting team (both for lawyers and business services recruitment); on-boarding & integration, employee relations, support to the partners and management team, compensation, benefits, learning and development, organizational effectiveness, etc. The incumbent will interact at all levels of the business and team up with HR counterparts in Canada and within North America on a variety of HR projects.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Act as a trusted advisor to the business in Toronto and our other Canadian locations, dealing with HR related queries and matters professionally and proactively, whether in English or French as needed;
  • Take part in recruiting activities for all 3 Canadian locations by supporting the North America recruiting team on search initiatives in 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 roles;
  • Prepare offer letters and related documents;
  • 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 announcements to all employees regarding arrivals, departures or other events;
  • 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;
  • Coordinate and support the yearly Articling Interview Process in Toronto;
  • Provide support to partners and management team on people-related issues;
  • Assist in monitoring performance and address improvement needs as required;
  • Liaise with external employment counsel regarding termination events or other;
  • 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;
  • Prepare annual salary change notification documents in Canada, for lawyers and business services;
  • Assist with organizing learning & development initiatives, liaising with the Americas’ L&D Manager;
  • Help organize annual talent review meetings for all employee groups and lawyers;
  • Assist with the drafting and development of up-to-date HR policies in all 3 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 Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia;
  • Seek to increase Employee Engagement and work with the HR Director, Canada and the North America HR team on agreed upon initiatives;
  • Contribute to resolving employee relations issues as they arise in order to help maintain a healthy and positive work climate

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 years’ experience as a Human Resources generalist involved significantly in recruiting within a professional environment such as a law firm or other;
  • Bilingualism, as defined by having excellent English written and verbal communication skills and by being adequately functional in written and conversational French;
  • 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;
  • Employment law knowledge in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec constitute assets;
  • 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;
  • 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.

This is the job description as constituted at present; however, the Firm reserves the right to reasonably amend it in accordance with the changing needs of the business.

Please note that Clyde & Co LLP Canada requires all Firm members and visitors to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to entering the workplace. Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to provide proof of full vaccination upon arrival to the Firm as a condition to enter our offices. Clyde & Co LLP has a duty to accommodate those who are unable to get vaccinated due to religious, medical or other protected grounds. For applicants who require an accommodation, please contact your recruitment advisor to discuss further.

-Principals Only-

We offer a rewarding work environment that supports professional growth and opportunities. We value diversity in our work place and it is the policy of the Firm to recruit, hire, promote, reassign, compensate and train highly qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable law.


How to Apply

Please apply directly on the Clyde & Co website: Clyde & Co Job Board (

Job Categories: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: HR and human resources. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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