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Graduate Job Strategic HR Project Manager (KTP Associate)

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Aston University - KTP
Reference: R140269
Salary: £25-£27K  

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EXPIRY NOTICE: This job has now expired and will not be accepting any more applications.

This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in business or consulting with the support of company and academic mentors.

Higgs & Sons is a long-established legal practice, trading for over 139 years and delivers a wide range of legal services to clients of all sizes- individuals, SMEs and PLCs. They are one of the largest law firms in the West Midlands, with 17 equity partners and 180 staff, and positioned in the top 200 nationally. They were the Birmingham Law Society Law Firm of the Year 2011 and recently crowned "Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2013" at the Midlands Insider Dealmakers Awards. More information can be found at

Higgs & Sons has joined forces with Aston University on this KTP project to change established practices and processes both within a professional services organisation and with its clients. The project will design, deliver and evaluate a workforce intelligence planning system for Higgs within their wider enterprise.

You will gain an understanding of the issues involved in the transition of a highly successful and forward thinking legal practice that is experiencing rapid growth to one using innovative approaches to address future market challenges.

The project will also provide you with a detailed understanding of inter-organisational relationships within an organisation’s wider enterprise and the impact of these on commercial opportunity.

You will develop a range of skills and experiences, including:

· confidence and fluency in presenting to and interacting with senior members of a professional services organisation and their clients

· empathy and facilitation skills in challenging human resource related issues

· strategic human resource management

· implementation of workforce intelligence planning models

· organisational change management


We require a minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant area such as Management Studies, Human Resource Management or Operations Management.

You will be a confident, numerate, self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and able to communicate effectively at all levels verbally and in writing. Ability to understand academic constructs and convey them in layman’s language is essential as are, credibility, enthusiasm and strong negotiation and influencing skills to win the hearts and minds of project stakeholders. We seek someone who can empathise in changing and challenging environments.

You should ideally have knowledge of workforce intelligence planning and experience in obtaining and analysing quantitative and qualitative research information.  

In addition to a generous individual training budget, you will have the opportunity to join an appropriate professional organisation such as the CIPD or CMI.

The experience gained on this project will give you invaluable experience for career opportunities in human resource management and/or the professional services sector.

You will be employed by Aston University but will be based at the company Higgs & Sons in Brierley Hill.

See website for further information and to apply online.  If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-359-0870 quoting reference number: R140269

Closing date: 31st August 2014

Interviews planned for w/c 8th September.

Location: West Midlands

Recruiter Details

Emily Wakefield
Aston University - KTP
0121 204 3396

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