Description

The Legal Project Manager will work alone or support Senior LPMs to secure, design and lead on the process control of projects. Delegate and manage work of the Legal Project Coordinators. Ensure successful delivery of tasks within both client- and internally-facing projects bringing solutions using established and new tools and processes.


Responsibilities:


Manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
Scope and manage specific client-facing projects
Manage own case load and that of more junior legal project management resources on projects
Liaise with the client and the Firm's client project team, as well as the Firm's specialist departments and offices worldwide, along with external stakeholders
Use (and assist others in using) pricing tools and analyse the outputs, bringing in the Pricing Strategy Team as required
Support the Principal/Lead Associate in defining matter scope, track and manage changes
Capture explicit and implicit client requirements/ preferences and design the project approach accordingly
Identify, quantify, record and manage risks/issues in projects including mitigation strategies
Prepare, manage and report on suitably-detailed project plans to internal and client matter teams
Support whole-project budgeting, monitor and report on costs and fees on an ongoing basis both internally and externally
Prepare internal and client status reports and provide timely updates to team leaders on potential risks/issues identified
Support the matter review process for key matters and identify areas of improvement in practice area processes through discussions with fee earner
Be creative, solve problems and improve on standard delivery solutions on a given project
Identify future needs / opportunities for new service delivery and lead on analysis and design workshops
Work with the Global LPM Leadership Team to define, enhance and integrate a single set of project management standards, processes, methodologies and tools to improve the efficiency of LPM
Roll out improvements and solutions through individual attorney coaching and training sessions
Work with internal stakeholders to secure and define LPM role on projects; move matter work into or out of LPM team where appropriate
Assign priorities across large task lists, identify and communicate dependencies, and capture items in project timelines
Disaggregate routine tasks and reassign by leveraging Alternative Legal Services and other non-traditional resourcing models on projects
Clarify and communicate roles and responsibilities of the project team and all internal/external stakeholders
Actively contribute to the Firm’s Innovation and LegalTech strategy and localize and leverage these on projects, finding ways to encourage team uptake
Become a subject matter expert on given tech and standardized processes: evangelize, advise, train, apply to projects and support refinement
Lead portions of LPM training for internal audiences
Design end-to-end, matter specific portals for small to medium projects
Integrate with allocated practice areas/ service lines; become comfortable with legal concepts / terminology / principles
Strengthen network of professional colleagues across the range of PBS (including Knowledge Management, Business Development, Finance, and IT), and legal teams, carving out a role for LPM on new projects
Build strong client relationships both with client in-house lawyers and Legal Ops professionals; contribute to business development opportunities by leveraging this client knowledge
Offer PM expertise to non-LPM initiatives


Skills and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree
Formal project management qualification of Prince 2 Practitioner or equivalent (required) and LSS Green Belt (desirable)
Formal project management qualification of Prince 2 Agile, Management of Portfolios (MoP) or PMP (desirable)
Strong experience in project management roles
Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
Understanding of/ experience working in large complex organizations, ideally in a law firm or professional services firm
Knowledge/ experience of relevant IT packages: e.g. Document Management Systems, Project Extranets (e.g. SharePoint) or other collaborative project management tools, Other LegalTech knowledge desirable
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Visio, Excel, and of financial systems and reports
Experience of influencing or coaching within a professional services  environment desirable
Outstanding communication and relationship building skills
Demonstrated ability and desire to work collaboratively with senior-level professionals to help them succeed in meeting their business development objectives
Ability to work independently and willingness to work hands-on to achieve objectives in a relatively “flat” organizational structure
Ability to analyse matter-level performance including profitability
Advanced knowledge and experience of data manipulation tools (e.g. Excel) and experience with visualisation tools (e.g. Tableau)
Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in compiling executive summaries and status reports for consumption by attorneys and clients
Ability to identify and secure future internal project management opportunities (including process improvement analysis or follow-on client work)
Ability to cover a wide subject-matter range and difficulty level of tasks from thinking strategically to troubleshooting detail
Ability to understand the impact of matter finance decisions on profitability in order to understand and independently calculate key financial metrics
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic and complex environment to meet deadlines and daily requirements
Strong competency in continuous improvement, change management, flexible approach and exceeding expectations

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