Attorney Development Supervisor

Hong Kong

Job Summary

About Us 

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity to deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. By relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity, our lawyers deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are recognized as a global powerhouse for complex transactions, litigation/controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as for the open, collaborative relationships we build with clients. Our attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across 50-plus practices and 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.

The Opportunity

Skadden is looking for an Attorney Development Supervisor to join the Asia office. This position supervises Attorney Development and Training in the Asia region; works with Attorney Recruiting and Development team generally. Responsibilities include:

  • Supervises performance management processes for Attorneys, International Project Managers and Trainee Solicitors.
  • Supervises trainee solicitor program, performance management and training and development, including rotations, secondments and staffing.
  • In conjunction with Manager, supervises compensation and bonus processes for Asia based attorneys.
  • Works with team on matters related to attorney development, recruiting and training generally.
  • Supervises training team to develop content for in-house training programs throughout Asia.
  • Supervises and executes Mentor and RAMP (Rising Young Associates Mentor Program) programs in Asia.
  • Supervises Asia based Specialist, working with NY and LA offices to monitor CLE, CPD and RME needs and compliance of attorneys in the region.
  • Oversees Micron data reporting for training programs.
  • Engages Associates Committees throughout Asia through meetings, encouraging open lines of communication and ensuring follow up with relevant departments.
  • Works with team on summer associate and vacation placement program, including planning, execution and management of program.
  • Supervises Law Society of Hong Kong compliance for Trainee Solicitors.
  • Oversees/advises on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to support attorney recruitment and development through coordination with the global DEI team.
  • Advises attorneys on Firm policies and procedures as well as applicable legal requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with global mobility including Firm policies, procedures and local regulatory requirements as it relates to incoming and transferring Asia attorneys, International Legal
  • Project Managers, Trainee Solicitors and students.   
  • Ensures current knowledge of firm policies and practices for staff, current knowledge of industry trends, and continued professional development for staff.
  • Participates in the interviewing, selection and training process.
  • Recommends and implements changes and improvements in methods and procedures to higher level management.
  • Coordinates and oversees department projects, day-to-day operations and long-range plans.
  • Monitors time, attendance, overtime, and expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance with firm policies. 
  • Recommends and participates in disciplinary procedures.
  • Effectively utilizes the Firm's performance management process to communicate performance expectations, monitor performance, coach employees, and manage unsatisfactory performance. 
  • Oversees employees' work performance and provides guidance in the resolution of problems.
  • Initiates disciplinary procedures in collaboration with the Human Resources Department. 
  • Recommends guidelines and practices to promote efficiency, effectiveness, excellent customer service and improved employee relations, in alignment with the Firm's Core Values. 
  • Develops and communicates departmental guidelines and procedures. 
  • Ensures accurate and timely responses to requests for departmental services. 
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of Firm operation, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of HR policies and procedures, training and development
  • Knowledge of business and legal forms and formats
  • Current knowledge of industry best practices, trends and techniques
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Knowledge and implementation of the annual budget process 
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills
  • Ability to effectively supervise others
  • Ability to administer Firm policies and procedures
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and delegate effectively
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • Minimum of six years’ experience in a human resources and/or attorney development role
  • Fluency in one or more Asian languages a plus
  • Commitment to the Asia Pacific region

Culture & Life at Skadden

What makes Skadden special is our people and the culture, community, and spirit of collaboration we have created. We believe in teamwork and inspiring each other to be our best in an atmosphere that promotes professionalism and excellence in all that we do. We know that inclusion, equity, and drawing on the strength of a wide spectrum of diverse talent only make us better and is vital to the Firm's success. Our goal is for everyone at the Firm to enjoy a challenging career with opportunities for development and growth and to support the well-being of our attorneys and professional staff.

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EEO Statement

Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, alienage or citizenship status, marital or familial status, domestic partnership status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual and reproductive health decisions, disability (where the applicant or employee is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation), any protected military or veteran status, or status as a victim of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault or offense, or stalking.

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