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Environmental, Social and Governance Manager

Employer
Weightmans LLP
Location
Location is flexible and we will accept applications from all regions.
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
2 Aug 2021
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Job Details

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

This is a new role for Weightmans. The successful candidate will work closely with the Board and the Operations Board to lead on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) embedding ESG into the core strategy and purpose of the firm.

Location is flexible and we will accept applications from all regions.

The role holder will need to work independently and ensure that they can bring together the work that is already underway across the Firm in Environment, CSR, D&I, H&S and Governance.  The aim is to work with the Board to agree the Agenda for Weightmans and work with the Operations Board to agree a Delivery Plan to support our agenda and the Metrics to measure our success.  The role holder will be a member of the Operations Board and will also be expected to attend main Board meetings as required to facilitate the development of the approach and to report on the progress of the Plan.

The role

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To ensure that ESG is baked into the Firm’s Purpose, Strategy, Target Operating Model and Values.
  • To define the current activity that is underway within the Firm across Environment, CSR, D&I, H&S and Governance through engaging with the role holders who lead these activities.
  • To use the work above to identify the gaps in which work may need to be undertaken.
  • To define and agree with the Board the short and medium term focus of activities and the key milestones that will measure our success.
  • To ensure that our approach is cohesive and consistent and is aligned with our Target Operating Model.
  • To work closely with teams and people across Weightmans eg Facilities, HR, Marketing, CSR, and ROHs to ensure there is an understanding of the ESG Plan and to agree the approach for updating on activities and reporting metrics .
  • To work with the Board on an approach to stakeholder engagement across the Firm and the approach to communications with different stakeholder groups.
  • Promote and raise awareness, at all levels of the Firm, of ESG so all staff understand how a shared approach to Sustainable Values can help the Firm with new opportunities.
  • To agree a set of reporting metrices to show progress against our Plan and these metrics are  in line with external best practice.
  • To ensure that the right governance framework is in place to enable effective decision making and translate policy into action.
  • To support relevant teams to help clients in developing and implementing frameworks that enables them to transition to a more sustainable business.
  • To provide subject matter expertise and operational advice to Client Relationship Partners to deal with client request.
  • To ensure that we have a Weightmans approach that can be included in Tender documents.
  • To review the governance of ESG within our supply chain.   
  • To coordinate the production of any annual reporting.   
  • Prepare and deliver training on legislation and guidance updates.

The person specification

  • A commercial approach and an understanding of ESG Frameworks.   
  • A knowledge of working in related areas and a real passion and interest to establish an approach within the Firm for ESG.  
  • It would be desirable to have an understanding of the legal sector.
  • An understanding of the regulatory landscape within ESG.
  • An ability to quickly understand how the Firm works and to ensure that you can engage and build relationships across the Firm.
  • An understanding of client relationships and an ability to work alongside Client Partners to support them in developing a client proposition.   
  • An understanding of data management and analysis.
  • A collaborative approach to working across teams and to be able to influence teams.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability work with and influence at a senior level.  
  • A change agent who can transform behaviours.
  • An innovative approach and the ability to demonstrate how the Firm can grow in a sustainable way.
  • Ability to work in an independent way. 
  • Degree level of education.
  • Project management experience.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail

Other Information

Please note:

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
  • We're committed to diversity and inclusion and to creating an environment where everyone can reach their full potential.  For more information please click  on the following link:

https://www.weightmans.com/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion

Company

We're a top 45 UK law firm, with over 1300 people working from our offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

What makes us different is our people. Our people are determined to achieve the best results for our clients. How we get there varies from organisation to organisation, person to person. No assumptions, no one-size-fits-all approach. We measure and monitor results to ensure that we are the preferred legal service provider for our clients.

We also recognise the importance of our people enjoying what they do, providing a friendly and inspiring working environment in all our offices. This is acknowledged with us being awarded the Top Employer accolade for the thirteenth year running!

Our strengths

We're proud to be a leading national player in insurance, with a formidable reputation and heritage. We're highly respected in the public sector, acting for many local, police and fire authorities, and NHS trusts. We're also recognised as a strong provider of a diverse range of commercial services for public sector bodies, large institutions, owner-managed businesses and PLCs. In addition, we offer a full family and private client service including willstaxprobate and residential conveyancing.

We're well equipped to provide a full legal service to all of our clients and have the resources to deal with the most demanding legal needs, both at home and overseas. We've built informal associations with law firms in most foreign jurisdictions, complementing the comprehensive range of legal services we provide.

Our vision and values

We aim to be a top 30 law firm with clients at the heart of everything we do. We will invest in our people to take care of our clients and excel at meeting client needs.

As a socially and environmentally conscious company, corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility are important to us and we are proud to have a thriving programme in each of these areas.

Our values

Our three core values: radical transparency, teamwork and respect and enterprise

Radical transparency

  • We are accountable
  • We do what we say we will do, individually and collectively
  • We keep our promises to each other and our clients.

Teamwork and respect

  • We are passionate and enthusiastic
  • We develop ourselves and each other
  • We are ambassadors for the firm internally and to our clients.

Enterprise

  • We put our clients and the firm first
  • We are entrepreneurial
  • We understand our and our clients' markets
  • We learn and improve.

Our history

We are a law firm with a long and proud heritage. Founded in 1827, we've grown from our Liverpool roots to become a leading national law firm. As a progressive firm, we're committed to our clients and our people, as well as constantly looking at ways of improving the service we provide.

We've significantly grown and adapted to the needs of our clients over the last two centuries – here's how we've evolved so far:

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