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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lead (Bristol, Leeds or Manchester)

Job Introduction

The role will proactively drive forward and deliver the firm’s EDI strategy , providing ideas and pragmatic solutions to the business to ensure that our workplace is as diverse and inclusive as possible , where everyone feels able to achieve their potential. The role can be Bristol or Leeds based.

We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, long term health condition or neurodiversity whose application meets the essential criteria for the role.  If this applies to you and you feel you meet the minimum criteria for this vacancy as set out in this advert then please contact recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com in confidence, quoting the reference number for this vacancy in the subject box of your email, and a member of the Recruitment team will be in touch.

Role Responsibility

  • Contribute to a review of the current (FY 21-25) EDI strategy, including target setting.
  • Working closely with the Talent Partner, Early Talent/Learning & Development/Resourcing and the wider business, you will design and deliver activities to achieve the objectives of the EDI Strategy.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of EDI activity to maintain momentum and progress, including, but not limited to:
  • supporting co-chairs with delivery of diversity networks’ plans (Access, Spectrum and Women +) by offering effective guidance and insight, generating ideas / supporting delivery of ways to mark awareness days and harnassing network members’ views to influence policy and change;
  • driving forward Race Action Plans and the Disability Confident plan ( to achieve Disability Confident Leader Status);
  • supporting delivery of initiatives  such as Reconnect ; Back to Work Mentors ; Project Search ; accessibility champions ; establishing a peer support network for parents of neuroatypical children .
  • capitalising on DACB’s membership of third party organisations such as Business Disability Forum, Working Families, Aspiring Solicitors and Stonewall.
  • Supporting client relationship management and business development activities through provision of information to the Bids Team, Client Relationship Partners and occasional direct contact with DACB clients and/or counterparts within client organisations to build sector knowledge.
  • Contributing to effective inclusion training solutions, working with learning and development colleagues.
  • Tracking progress against key deliverables and providing analysis and reporting of data , in collaboration with the HR operations team, to influence key decisions .
  • Submissions and reporting : contributing to benchmark submissions ( e.g. Working Families, Stonewall, Disability Confident) ; compiling annual EDI Report; supporting the Reward Team with pay gap reporting; supporting ongoing collection of diversity data ; reporting periodically to the Executive Board and other business leaders.

  • Supporting internal and external communications and brand by contributing towards the design and delivery of a proactive communications plan telling our story, for example through social media or external awards.

  • Driving knowledge and generating improved awareness around the importance of intersectional and holistic approaches to inclusion through stakeholder engagement across all levels of the business.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential experience

  • Proven experience of formulating and implementing EDI strategy.
  • Proven experience of delivering and/or supporting EDI initiatives in a similar role.
  • Previous experience of supporting colleague networks.
  • Experience of working in a professional or corporate business environment.

Desirable experience

  • Previous experience of gender pay gap reporting .
  • Using data to influence key decisions and identify trends and priorities

Proven skills

  • Ability to build stakeholder relationships at all levels
  • Ability to influence others with a goal orientated, delivery approach.
  • Innovative and creative in approach to new challenges.
  • Proactive and willing to take ownership of tasks and projects.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable to work with ambiguity.
  • Well organised, with the ability to prioritise effectively.
  • Highly motivated to effect change and influence the Firm’s approach, working collaboratively.

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with around 3,000 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Rome, Singapore, Argentina Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, Central America, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are a broad-based commercial firm with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate. This is complemented by a fast-growing Business Advisory capability. We represent a wide range of clients, ranging from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for all of the UK’s top-ten insurers, we are market leaders in the provision of strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to providers and commissioners in the health sector, and in real estate we advise all of the UK’s top-12 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 142 Chambers UK 2021 practice area and individual lawyer rankings. In Legal 500 UK 2021, the firm received a top tier ranking for 37 of its practice areas, and 58 DACB lawyers were singled out in the ‘Leading Individual' rankings.

Our successes have been recognised by the legal industry and the markets in which we operate. These accolades include two top prizes in the ‘Excellence in Business Development’ and ‘Excellence in Technology & Innovation’ categories of the 2020 Law Society Excellence Awards – the highest accolade for law firms in England & Wales. Our health sector team won the ‘Crisis Management Team of the Year’ award at the 2020 British Legal Awards for its support to the NHS at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Cyber & Data Risk team received the ‘Business Development Innovation Award’ at the 2020 Legal Innovation Awards, as well as ‘Cyber Law Firm of the Year’ at the prestigious Insurance Insider Cyber Rankings Awards, for its market-leading suite of digital tools to help our clients prepare for and respond to cyber and data risk crises.

Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. For further details on our work and our culture, please visit www.dacbeachcroft.com.

Application Details

At DAC Beachcroft, we don’t just accept your differences we celebrate them.  From bespoke solutions for our clients, to treating you like an individual.  Our strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work. So if you’re good at what you do, come as you are.  We welcome direct applications and are happy to talk flexible working.

We also want you to be at your very best.  Please feel free to let us know of any changes we can make at any point in the recruitment process that will help support your application.  If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV.  Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Note for Recruitment Agencies – the DAC Beachcroft recruitment team is responsible for managing all current vacancies through direct hiring and referrals wherever possible.  We do work with recruitment agencies and where we require external support we will formally release those vacancies to the agencies on our Preferred Supplier List deemed best placed to assist us.  Speculative CVs sent by any agency to any DAC Beachcroft employee without a specific request by the recruitment team will not be accepted and with no introduction fee applicable.  Our recruitment team can be contacted at recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

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