Legal Project Manager

RARE: You can work out of any major metropolitan office in the United States

One of the largest law firms in the world, with more than 1,500 lawyers on over 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia seek an experienced Leal Project Manager. This visionary firm represents leading international businesses from FTSE 100 corporations to emerging enterprises.

As the Legal project manager, you will assist lawyers with exemplary client service through advanced matter management and client management. You will understand the firm’s business goals and support lawyers in value-added services to clients. This includes analyzing financial data, creating Excel-based financial reports, utilizing project management methodologies and tools, and building client communication tools (such as dashboards).

You will have a keen understanding of legal project management and the proper rigor to apply to a given legal matter to ensure best results. You must be able to demonstrate significant intuitive flexibility in the choice and application of various finance, project and legal process management disciplines and tools (depending on the type of engagement), and the real and acknowledged needs for matter management of the legal team. You must be able to take a long-term view with regard to the successful adoption and acceptance of legal project management and the firm as a whole. You must be comfortable working with–and leading–teams of partners, associates and other legal personnel. Additionally, you must be adept at navigating complex, high-pressure environments. You will also interact directly with clients, maintaining and fostering positive relations while working on administrative and legal matters.

You will Analyze data from the firm’s financial systems and create Excel-based financial reports. Develop a keen understanding of law firm profitability metrics and key performance indicators–and how they interrelate–and demonstrate the ability to discuss those metrics with firm attorneys and clients. Make recommendations to attorney teams on how to improve client and matter profitability metrics. Assist legal teams in defining and documenting project scope, goals and deliverables that support business needs of both the Firm and our clients.  Compare matter progress to budget and convey status to firm attorneys and clients. Assist with the development of large-scale budget and matter work plans and configure our current matter management system to underpin the execution of the plans.  Estimate the resources and participants (staffing) needed to achieve project goals and provide input in the budget-creation and matter work plan-creation process.  Consult on the use of pricing methods and alternative fee and value-based billing arrangements as needed.  Consult on the use of alternative staffing approaches and automation where needed.  Define project success criteria and disseminate data to involved parties throughout project lifecycle.  Effectively communicate project expectations and status to firm attorneys and clients in a timely and clear fashion. Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks and devise contingency plans as appropriate.  Manage multiple projects concurrently, juggling priorities, deadlines and essential project management duties for each respective project.  Create and complete internal and external “after action reports” to facilitate the continuous improvement of the execution of our legal project management program and legal work at large.  Build, develop and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project.  Travel to client locations and other firm offices, as needed.  Partner with the Firm’s Knowledge Management, Pricing, Client Intelligence and Business Development groups to execute strategy and achieve program success.  Conduct training on project management, process improvement, profitability and value services both at the firm and client level.  Strategize with Client Value team regarding firm initiatives to drive efficiency and profitability.  Negotiate rate and fee agreements with clients and prepare partners for similar discussions.

You must have a BA/BS, an MBA or Juris Doctor highly desired and any PMP Certification or Paralegal experience a plus.  Minimum five years of work experience in finance or legal industry.

Computer proficient with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Visio, and Project are required. Must be able to learn, understand and apply finance skills and new technologies.  Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products. Willingness to work remotely with the Global Team and maintain seamless communication.

9-5:30, $65,000 – $90,000 DOE, the firm offers outstanding benefits and perks, occasional overtime and travel and a very special team oriented happy positive culture.