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Legal Project Manager (LAW FIRM)

New York, NY, United States
  • Employment Type: Direct Hire

Our client, a pre-eminent global law firm, is looking for a Legal Project Manager for their New York office. The Legal Project Manager will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the full matter life cycle, from pricing and inception through the completion of post-closing activities, for a portfolio of significant matters (or work streams within those matters) to ensure that they are delivered in accordance with the client's needs, efficiently, on budget and within agreed upon time frames. This person is expected to take responsibility by contributing to the development of legal project management tools and best practices and provide training in project management techniques to lawyers. The candidate must have documented project management experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, and a formal project management qualification is a plus (e.g. PRINCE2 or PMP). Send resumes to [email protected].

General Summary:

  • Supports the delivery of the full matter lifecycle, from pricing and inception through to the completion of post-closing activities, for a portfolio of significant matters (or work streams within those matters) to ensure that they are delivered in accordance with the client's needs, efficiently, on budget and within agreed upon timeframes
  • Takes responsibility by contributing to the development of legal project management tools and Firm best practices and provide training in project management techniques and best practices to lawyers
  • Works with and reports to the Continuous Improvement Portfolio Manager ("CIPM"); engages with key Partners and Associates, in addition to external clients, in achieving measurable benefit from the matters involved

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works with Partners, Associates, colleagues and external clients
  • Confers and prepares scope, resource and budget proposals for relevant matters and work streams
  • Tracks progress against plan, promptly alerting relevant stakeholders to variances and recommends and develops contingency plans when necessary
  • Works with Partners, Associates and Resource Managers to ensure that relevant matters are always adequately and appropriately resourced
  • Arranges kick-off meetings and send communications to ensure that the teams are adequately briefed about the matter and the client's expectations, and arranges for appropriate communication channels and resources
  • Ensures that any applicable information barriers and/or insider lists are established and maintained
  • When appropriate, acts as the interface to the client, external vendors and internal stakeholders
  • Develops matter timetables to track milestones, deliverables and dependencies, and produces periodic reports to provide status internally and externally
  • Proactively identifies any risks and issues that arise, provide options for their mitigation or resolution and takes or coordinates the appropriate responsive actions
  • Assists partners and associates with the billing process, and provides status reports for the client as required
  • Arranges post-closing matter reviews and lessons learned exercises

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Be credible, engaging and authoritative and can build close working relationships at all levels and with clients across the board
  • Possess a solid background in project management, preferably gained in a professional services environment
  • Understands law firm financial and performance metrics, the link between effective matter management, profitability and delivering value to clients
  • Engages in problem solving with commercial insight to absorb and explain complex issues clearly and concisely
  • Should be able to analyze financial reports of varying levels of complexity
  • Ability to rise above the detail to see broader implications, in terms of both long-term consequences of action and effects on the business analysis
  • Should be willing to challenge and question assumptions and propose alternative solutions, including justifying recommendations and rationally handling objections and counter-proposals
  • Produces clear, high-quality documents (e.g., timetables and status reports) that clients can readily understand
  • Should have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess strong planning skills to ensure client matters are resourced, monitored and progress in accordance with client expectations and within deadlines
  • Works under pressure, multi-task, prioritize appropriately and delegate to others
  • Should be experienced in cross-functional team settings and demonstrates commitment to the team by supporting colleagues and collaboratively deliver high quality service to clients

Requirements/Preferences:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Documented project management experience
  • A formal project management qualification is a plus (e.g. PRINCE2 or PMP)
  • Must be independently legally authorized to work in the United States

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