Description

Role Location: Any Baker McKenzie Office or Center in EMEA (except London, Amsterdam, or Paris)

Role Purpose

To assist with all aspects of supporting Legal Project Management (LPM) including finance and operations, and systems and technology, enabling the LPM team to focus on people, profitability and client (internal and external) outcomes.

To work closely with the LPM Tech & Ops Lead to support LPM goals and metrics; day-to-day department operations, including reporting, dash-boarding, budgeting, and financial management; change management and continuous improvement of LPM service delivery.

To support LPM colleagues and legal stakeholders in the Firm on client and internal projects by helping teams to leverage existing Firm technologies and embed data-driven project management best practice.

Main Responsibilities

Strategic Planning:

  • Contribute to special strategic projects and initiatives led by LPM Tech & Ops Lead as delegated by the Director of Legal Project Management

Change Management:

  • Assist with identifying, and executing on critical business change management initiatives, and high priority strategic and process improvement projects across LPM with a focus on standardizing, simplifying and streamlining processes; implementing mechanisms to track, measure and report on results and benefits

Financial Management:

  • Support the continual improvement of firm financial and project reporting on projects by defining and championing business user needs
  • Facilitate capacity tracking and demand management for new and existing projects 

Technology:

  • Assist with implementation and ongoing support of new technology, including working closely with other technical experts in the firm to support the testing and rollout of new technologies
  • Work with diverse global teams to solve data-related challenges on client projects, and help develop solutions to empower non-expert users of technology

Travel requirements

This role may require some regional and some global travel driven by internal and external events related to LPM 

About The Team

Function


The Firm's Professional Services function works closely with our Partners and fee-earners to deliver comprehensive, high quality and high value services to our clients. It is geared towards improving operational and financial performance, and constantly rethinking the services we offer, as well as developing new innovative solutions and platforms. The core teams within Professional Services are:

  • Business Management
  • Legal Operations
  • Pricing Excellence
  • Legal Project Management
  • Global eDiscovery and Data Advisory
  • Service Design
  • Alternative Legal Services

This role will report to the LPM Technology & Operations Lead.

The key relationships of this role are with the Associate Director, LPM Regions and LPM colleagues.

About the Candidate

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a significant data analytics/data science focus
  • Extensive experience working in large complex organizations ideally in a law firm or professional services firm
  • Strong technology background with the ability to quickly learn and master new technologies
  • Proven ability to work with technical and non-technical stakeholders to identify, define and solve business problems
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication 
  • Superior data analysis skills including mastery of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience working with databases and / or workflow automation tools is desirable
  • Proven skills, knowledge and experience in preparing reports, executive summaries and status reports for consumption by the Firm's leadership and clients
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in data visualization and modelling
  • Ability to interact and build trusted relationships with all levels of the organisation and across geographical and cultural boundaries
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Proactive and highly motivated approach ; a self-starter with strong initiative and the ability to learn quickly
  • Adept problem solver

Personal qualities

These personal qualities represent the shared characteristics of high performers across Baker McKenzie, regardless of job level and location. 

Know-how

  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the real issue, and to anticipate requirements and potential consequences; distills a range of possibilities by thinking in a considered, prudent manner
  • Has a capacity to take on new ideas and develop knowledge and to think holistically about business and address media, analyst, employee, and client audiences
  • Able to move through a variety of tasks requiring different approaches, knowledge, and expertise, with the agility of mind and capacity for analysis and synthesis 

Dedication

  • Driven by a strong personal sense of integrity and upholds exemplary quality standards
  • Prepares thoroughly, takes responsibility, uses initiative, and is self-reliant to ensure work progresses to the fullest extent possible
  • Hardworking and diligent with a keen understanding of client demands
  • Demonstrates composure when dealing with difficult situations 

Personal Impact

  • Uses complex, coordinated influencing/negotiation strategies, adapted to people, organizations, and/or the situation, e.g. networks
  • Leverages direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration across the organization
  • Builds partnerships based on a common agreement that acknowledges individual differences but creates a new commonality beyond root belief large-scale
  • Creates a positive impression at all times; develops relationships through collaboration and reciprocity
  • Negotiates to achieve mutually satisfactory outcome; shows good judgment on when to stand strong and when to compromise 
  • Invests in, nurtures, and builds a network of productive relationships

Humanity 

  • Respectful to others, regardless of their position, and earns the respect of others by being transparent 
  • Has care and concern for others and a genuine interest in others as people
  • Treats delicate or confidential issues with discretion

To Apply

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or Recruitment.London@bakermckenzie.com

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, Vanessa Renforth, Recruitment Manager, on +442070725731 or Vanessa.Renforth@Bakermckenzie.com

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About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instill confidence in our clients. This is an exciting time to join us as we invest in and further develop our Professional & Business Services organization, providing rewarding and challenging career opportunities in all of our world-class business functions. 

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all. Our unique international culture is reflected in the drawing together of a worldwide family of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds in all of our offices. We encourage the best people -- regardless of race, religion, or belief if any, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or age -- to fulfill their professional aspirations with us.