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Singapore Academy of Law

Job Description:

The Director / Senior Director, LEC oversees the overall learning and development work of the Singapore Academy of Law through formulating strategic goals, driving operational efficiencies, and cultivating partnerships. He/She assesses the industry landscape to identify new business opportunities and drive the continual development of the organisation's learning products and services portfolio. He / She is responsible for influencing and engaging stakeholders to secure their buy-in and support and collaboration for SAL’s learning and development mandate, strategic goals, initiatives and programmes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess industry landscape
    • Synthesise analyses of emerging industry trends
    • Direct analyses of emerging academic and industry research
    • Anticipate impact of potential government initiatives and regulatory changes on the industry and organisation
    • Evaluate current and emerging client needs in context of the organisation's products and services
    • Evaluate competitive business landscape to identify expansion opportunities
    • Establish strong industry networks across clients, vendors, partners and institutions
  • Drive portfolio innovation and growth
    • Establish portfolio management strategies for the organisation's learning and development products and services
    • Lead evaluation of the organisation's learning and development products and services portfolio performance based on business objectives and performance standards
    • Endorse priority innovation and research areas for the organisation in the area of learning and development
    • Evaluate proposed improvement areas and innovation applications across the organisation in respect of the learning and development function
    • Champion research findings and innovations in learning and development across the organisation and broader industry networks
    • Support a productivity and innovation culture within the organisation
  • Drive organisational performance
    • Establish the work plans for the learning and development function within SAL in consultation with the Chief Executive, Committee Chairs and the Executive Board
    • Oversee talent and performance management and manpower planning for the department
    • Lead development of the department’s business continuity strategies, policies and guidelines
    • Establish departmental quality assurance philosophy and policies
    • Establish departmental budget and financial targets
    • Evaluate the department's financial performance and viability of products and services
  • Manage stakeholders
    • Champion stakeholder management strategies
    • Evaluate stakeholder needs and priorities
    • Establish long-term stakeholder relationships
    • Oversee management of stakeholder expectations and feedback
  • Manage vendors
    • Establish vendor selection processes
    • Establish policies and procedures for creating vendor requirements specification
    • Oversee vendor selection processes
    • Champion strong relationships with vendors
    • Oversee management of vendor performance
    • Oversee the management of contractual and performance issues with existing vendors
  • Drive business development excellence
    • Endorse sales and marketing strategies in line with the organisation's business objectives
    • Establish sales volume, market share and profit objectives for products and services
    • Oversee development of the organisation's sales expense budgets
    • Evaluate industry landscape and networks to anticipate potential sales opportunities
    • Set the overall direction for proposals and sales collaterals based on evaluation of business opportunities
    • Oversee sales negotiations and pitch processes
    • Oversee the development and execution of the organisation's marketing campaigns
    • Evaluate marketing outcomes to assess impact and return on investment
  • Function as management representative of SAL’s learning and development function within the SAL top management team
  • Represent learning and development function on key event and learning and development committees, working groups, project teams and presentations
  • Oversee management of the Group Events Planning and Resourcing unit to coordinate event scheduling, logistics and resourcing for SAL business units and subsidiaries.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Law from an approved university with at least 15 years post-qualification experience in a law firm, legal department, or legal academia / learning and development, or equivalent.
  • In depth experience and knowledge of the legal services industry and the current and future issues affecting legal professionals in Singapore within a global context.
  • Significant experience, in a lead role, in the development and successful implementation of key organisational strategies.
  • Well-developed and current relationships with legal industry stakeholders (judges, practitioners, corporate counsel, academics). [A mature global network of contacts relevant to the role would be an advantage.]
  • Evidence of experience and skills in building positive and productive relationships, with colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Evidence of aptitude in leading multi-disciplinary departments to deliver multiple, concurrent and complex projects and achieve organisational goals.
  • Evidence of sound financial management skills and commercial awareness to deliver on financial targets and lead a team with operational efficiency.
  • Appreciates and comfortable using a range of technologies relevant to the role.
  • Able to read, speak and write English with advanced fluency.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit your resume, stating your current / expected salary and date of availability to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.