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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Entry Level
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Lead Recruiter

Looking for a new challenge and opportunity to contribute to a thriving, global financial services firm? If so, consider the Lead Recruiter position at a #4 ranked Fortune® magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Baird's Human Resources team is dedicated to attracting, developing, engaging and retaining the best global talent to meet the firm mission of being a best place to work. The Talent Acquisition team is critical to sourcing, attracting and hiring top talent across the firm. The Lead Recruiter will manage all facets of talent acquisition success while performing full life cycle recruiting (source, qualify, interview, assess, extend/negotiate and close offers) for multiple client areas. This position will be instrumental in building relationships with both internal clients and external prospects in an effort to ensure current and future talent acquisition strategies are well aligned to support the workforce and talent needs of the organization.

As a Lead Recruiter, you will:

Manage the strategy and execution of the full life-cycle recruiting process for designated client areas:
  • Collaborate with team and HR colleagues and leadership to implement a clearly defined talent acquisition strategy for each client through understanding the client's business, financial goals and strategic initiatives.
  • Plan and implement cost-effective, efficient recruiting strategies that identify and deliver top talent and minimize time-to-fill.
  • Influence hiring managers by developing and clearly communicating recommendations based on knowledge of the markets, candidates and talent strategies
Utilize creative sourcing techniques to bring in quality talent:
  • Build and maintain networks of potential candidates through pro-active market research and on-going relationship management.
  • Cultivate a network of relationships inside and outside the organization; work with clients to help promote opportunities out to their networks.
  • Develop a pool of qualified candidates in advance of need; collect market intelligence on talent supply, compensation, competitor trends, etc. Demonstrate diversity awareness and utilize sourcing techniques that reach diverse population
  • Possess deep expertise using social media tools for attracting, marketing, engagement, networking, and sourcing; to include but not limited to: LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook
Ensure efficient and effective recruitment process to ensure quality client and candidate experience:
  • Lead and manage complex projects/recruiting initiatives including assessment of best practices in interviewing techniques, leveraging of internal sources of talent and identification of top performers
  • Ensure a positive candidate experience and promote company employment brand
  • Engage with hiring manager to conduct initial needs assessment and create accurate, well written position specifications/job advertisements with compelling employee value propositions
  • Develop efficient/effective interviewing strategies that demonstrate an understanding of hiring manager preferences through high offer-to-interview ratios
  • Conduct regular follow-up with managers to determine the effectiveness of recruiting plans and implementation
Build strategic relationships within HR and the business:
  • Develop strong partnership with HR Business Partner team and Talent Development to implement a clearly defined talent acquisition strategy and support client talent roadmaps.
  • Collaborate with Client Senior Leadership to develop and communicate key results around recruiting strategies.
  • Partner with Campus & Community Relations Manager to attract top interns and graduates to build candidate pipeline.
  • Partner with Total Rewards team to communicate challenges related to market compensation and benefits to attract top talent.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to clients on TA strategies, programs, practices and issues.
Provide coaching and direction to Talent Acquisition team members:
  • Coach recruiting team ensuring focus and execution of bringing quality talent into Baird.
  • Manage workload for team based on client needs. Solicit feedback from team regarding ideas for best practice and individual development.
Be a leader in your field:
  • Keep abreast of developments in Talent Acquisition to increase performance and drive business results.
  • Build relationships within TA community to exchange ideas, identify trends and collaborate to improve approaches to common challenges, resulting in thought leadership and best practices for Baird.
What makes this opportunity great:
  • Work with key business leaders and build strong relationships with both internal clients and external prospects.
  • Influence hiring teams while recommending a talent acquisition strategy based on your knowledge of current markets.
  • Providing leadership and coaching to talent acquisition team members.
  • Partnering with HR leaders in support of client talent roadmaps.
  • Ability to work a variety of teams and leaders, proving your ability to be flexible and high adaptable.
  • Fast paced environment that will enable you to grow as a professional.
What we look for:
  • Bachelor's degree preferred with seven to ten years of full-life cycle recruiting experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in recruitment best practices, client relationships, and talent sourcing in a professional services environment.
  • Experience developing and executing recruiting and sourcing strategies including employer promotion in the marketplace, candidate management, diversity sourcing, and interview process management.
  • Proven capabilities writing well defined job specifications/advertisements.
  • Outstanding interviewing and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to discern core competencies as they relate to the position requirements in order to evaluate and refer the best candidate pool to hiring managers.
  • Strong sense of urgency, high level of accountability and ability to successfully influence hiring managers.
  • Exemplary negotiation, organization & time management skills; prioritizing multiple tasks by importance or impact to the company.
  • Expertise in utilizing applicant tracking system (ATS) to efficiently manage candidates.
Who we are:
Baird is an employee owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than $157 billion in client assets and over 3,300 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients.

Baird has built an environment of trust, respect and teamwork, where associates are our greatest asset. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, its thirteenth consecutive year on the list. To learn more about Baird's culture, click here.