Early Talent Manager

We are seeking an Early Talent Manager to work within our busy People Team. The Early Talent function was established in 2020 and the Early Talent Manager role was created to support the attraction, development and retention of our Early Talent. The role is a hybrid one, focussing primarily on recruitment and Learning & Development (L&D) disciplines. You will work closely with the Heads of L&D and HR to help deliver a strategic and professional proposition, attracting and recruiting high calibre individuals into the firm and supporting with their learning and development journey, as well as working closely with training/line managers to coach them to effectively manage their trainees.`

Salary Range:


Key Tasks and Responsibilities


· Develop and embed an Early Talent Attraction strategy with the Snr. Early Talent Recruitment Advisor

· Continue to support and embed a coherent social mobility and ED&I strategy for the Early Talent population, working alongside the ED&I committee

· Oversee the Early Trainee Reward strategy, with the support of the Head of HR, and lead on Early Talent market benchmarking

· Oversee the holistic development journey for the Early Talent population, with the support of the Head of L&D


· Oversee the recruitment processes for all those on early talent pathways (currently ACA and AAT, to include ACCA, CTA, ATT and others moving forwards)

· Raise the profile of the firm and position the firm as an employer of choice through attending relevant events

· Oversee the design and overall delivery of the assessment centres

· Develop and oversee a structured internship programme

  • Oversee and authorise the preparation and issue of appropriate contractual documentation in relation to appointments, terminations, and variations of employment.

· Oversee the salary review and promotion process for the Early Talent population

  • Coach leaders in relation to performance management issues


  • Oversee and help to facilitate Early Talent induction and integration activities
  • Oversee the L&D journey for trainees including:
    • Work with the ICAEW, CIOT and other professional bodies to understand the technical and transferable skill requirements for Early Talent populations to successfully qualify
    • Work with our designated training provider to understand and design the most suitable study paths for our Early Talent populations
    • Collaborate with the Technical Training Director on specific in-house technical training needs
    • Oversee the design/delivery of transferable skills training with the Early Talent Advisors (development)
    • Oversee additional development interventions e.g. mentoring and career coaching
    • Work with job-based managers to support the trainee L&D journey on-the-job

· Oversee the creation of multiple pathways for Tax trainees including ACA/CTA and ATT/CTA

  • Oversee the relationship with training providers e.g. registration of trainees, course bookings, exam bookings, progress monitoring with Early Talent Advisors and Co-ordinator (Development)
  • Oversee and track the trainee training budget, including the apprenticeship levy
  • Identify and measure the ROI of trainee L&D
  • Work with the Learning & Development team to devise learning for training/line managers on people management, with specific reference to training manager responsibilities as required by the relevant professional bodies

People Management

  • Responsible for line management of Early Talent team of 5 individuals
  • Represent Early Talent within the People team management group
  • Work with fellow People team managers to support the development of the broader People team


  • To manage ad hoc Early Talent project work
  • To oversee ad hoc ER activities for Early Talent population with support from the HR Advisor
  • Support with the collation of strategic MI and share insights with People Exec team
  • Keep up-to-date with Early Talent trends and developments
  • Knowledge share with other members of the wider People team

Skills and Experience

  • A solid interest in the People profession
  • Able to build close relationships in client groups with people at all levels, from trainee to leadership
  • A good understanding of our business environment and the challenges facing our client groups and our sector more broadly
  • A progressive and non-bureaucratic approach to People, recognising first and foremost that people are individuals and human beings
  • An awareness of the latest People and Early Talent trends, insights and innovations
  • An ability to formulate and implement strategy
  • Confident to work autonomously
  • Able to lead and inspire a small team
  • Able to confidently challenge and influence leaders to make better decisions
  • Able to spot opportunities to simplify and improve processes to drive better results

Salary Range:


Other benefits:

· 25 days annual leave plus three days off at Christmas

· Option to buy/sell additional days

· Hybrid Working

· Life cover

· Critical Illness cover

· Income protection

· Private Medical Insurance

· Pension Scheme

· Wellbeing support, including generous absence pay, access to Digicare+ and an Employee Assistance Programme

· Weddings & birth vouchers

· Loyalty awards

· Employee & client referral awards

· Professional subscriptions

· Salary reviews twice a year

· Community volunteer scheme

· Fundraising matching

· Perkbox

· Eye Tests

· Cycle to work

A wide range of flexible benefits, including interest free loans for:

· Health Assessments

· Dental

· Gym memberships

· Cancer screening

· Genetic wellness tests

· Phones, laptops, tablets and computers

· Wearables

· Office furniture

· Cycle insurance

· Pet insurance

· Will writing