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Senior Librarian Team Lead

Location: Belfast, County Antrim

Industry: Legal & Compliance

Salary: £36000.00 - £40000.00 per annum

Contacts: Abygail Forsythe,

Job Ref: BBBH48502

Expiry date: 2024-01-10

Honeycomb are delighted to be working with our client, a leading global law firm operating in over 30 countries, with the recruitment of a full-time, permanent Senior Librarian Team Lead.

The Client holds a renowned reputation for delivering exceptional legal solutions which are critical in helping their clients to grow, innovate and thrive. The client remain at the forefront of recognising changes in the legal industry and through putting their people first embraces new ways of thinking and integrating technology into their everyday work.

The Role of Senior Librarian Team Lead comprises two roles: as supervisor of the Research & Library team based in Belfast, and as the Team Lead for the development and resourcing of the Library function in Belfast.

The Research & Library function and supports all offices through the purchase and management of information resources - both digital and print. For the UK offices it is responsible for the management of the library collections including acquisitions, cataloguing, organisation and circulation of stock, and the administration of digital and print subscriptions. It also supports the global offices with the identification, purchase and processing of new resources, subscription administration, cost monitoring and collection management advice. For some offices the team provides a remote library management service. In the wider team the Librarians work closely with global practice groups on their library service and resource requirements.

The team is also responsible for the administration, development, and exploitation of the automated global library management system (LMS) including running reports, training and advising business users and international colleagues.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Library Belfast team to be a productive and valued partner within the global Library function.
  • Representing the team at Belfast office meetings and promoting office initiatives.
  • Responsible for the production and presentation of service delivery and performance metrics and reports for Global service and office management.
  • Contributes to budget management by reviewing requirements and monitoring on-going expenditure.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the Belfast Research team and liaising with the Research Manager for feedback on personnel matters pertaining to this team.
  • Responsible for fostering a positive, collaborative, and agile team ethos and supportive working environment.
  • Responsible for development of metrics to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and continuous improvement of working procedures.
  • To proactively establish positive relationships with the department's clients, inspiring trust, and credibility.
  • To influence global library colleagues in the adoption of procedures and use of core systems.
  • To plan and oversee the delivery of projects by the team to deadline and within budget.
  • The review, maintenance and communication of procedures and policies via email, wiki, and intranet.
  • Technical library tasks undertaken alongside other team members to include the acquisition, cataloguing and management of information resources for all clients.
  • Responsibility and oversight of resolving end user requests for resource information, access, and support.

The hours of work for this role are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, operating a hybrid working model. The package for the role includes a competitive salary alongside generous benefits to include:

  • Occupational pension scheme.
  • Group income protection cover.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Mental health resources and free apps.
  • Health and wellbeing services including GP service, emergency back-up care support.
  • Parental and special leave.
  • Holiday entitlement increasing with length of service and holiday trading.
  • Online discounts and lifestyle management services.

The ideal candidate for the will be commercially aware with demonstrable experience in managing staff and services, able to establish and maintain strong working relationships and show credibility at all levels across the global firm, and will have:

  • 2 years of people management or work allocation experience.
  • Technical expertise and fluency in the use of software and online products such as MS Office, automated library management systems (LMS), enquiry management systems, SharePoint, eBooks, and journals.
  • 3-5 years of experience of acquisitions, cataloguing and abstracting.
  • Legal or financial subject knowledge desirable.
  • Information / Library qualifications.

To speak in absolute confidence about this opportunity please send an up-to-date CV via the link provided or contact Abygail Forsythe at Honeycomb on 028 9620 7050 or

If you have a disability which means you require assistance at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact us directly to discuss.

Honeycomb is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all.

** Please note, we are receiving an exceptionally high number of applications and present and will be unable to shortlist candidates who are not meeting the specific requirements for this role. Due to the high volume of applications, we may be unable to provide individual feedback. We thank you in advance for your understanding. **

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