Information Officer (12 month FTC)
Gowling WLG
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1d ago

Job Description

Information Officer (12 month FTC)-(2100005S)


Gowling WLG is an international law firm with more than 1,400 legal professionals and a presence in Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

We provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world from the perspective of our clients, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role.

Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork.

We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Main purpose of role : Support provision of services provided by the Information & Library Services team (ILS) by undertaking legal, business and company research along with day-to-day library and information administrative duties.

Key relationships :

Internal : Information & Knowledge Resources Manager, Information & Research Services Manager, ILS colleagues, Fee-earners, Trainees, PSLs, BIS, BD, HR, CAPS.

External : Information providers .

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse and with clients often working to a 24 / 7 rhythm having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

Under our Agile+ policy, we offer a hybrid approach to office and remote working, with up to 50% remote working available over the course of an average month.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Main Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Handling a range of legal, business and company research enquiries on a rota basis;
  • Cataloguing, classification and maintenance of hard copy library collections;
  • Responsibility for providing a regular, bespoke alerting service on key selected topics, including for some clients;
  • Assisting with knowledge project work;
  • Proactively contributing to the development of the services provided by Library & Information Services;
  • Undertaking other duties that may be appropriate within the areas of responsibility of the post, in discussion with the post holder.
  • Qualifications

    Key Skills and Experience :

    Relevant degree or post graduate qualification desirable and experience in legal, business and company research an advantage.

    Skills / Specialist knowledge / Experience

  • Specialist legal information and business research knowledge;
  • Good research methodology and information literacy skills;
  • Knowledge of legal, business and sector information resources;
  • Relevant experience in a law firm is highly desirable, but relevant experience from other backgrounds will be considered;
  • Good communication skills; Ability to work effectively within a team, maintaining good working relationships;
  • Excellent IT skills; Good training and presentation skills;
  • Time management skills;
  • Ability to represent professionally the service and business both internally and externally
  • Equal Opportunities :

    Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.

    This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

    At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.

    Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

    Standard hours of work are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with 1 hour for lunch (35 hours per week). We will consider requests for flexible working, please indicate on your application if you wish to work different hours.

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