A leading law firm is building a team of Legal Project Managers to work with the lawyers and legal support professionals to provide project management support for the Litigation practice. The Legal Project Manager will deliver support and contribute to the development and roll out of legal project management best practices, tools and techniques, as well as provide user training on the legal project management software. The position is based in New York.
The Legal Project Manager will work closely with partner and lawyer teams to support the efficient management of client engagements through: scoping and pitching, planning, managing and monitoring matter completion and review. Provide 'on-demand' support and consultancy for partners and lawyers on 'live matters' at set up, delivery and/or review; Identify opportunities for efficiency and innovation – assisting with the development of such solutions, where appropriate, and, once developed, embed best practice; Champion and support the build out of Legal Project Management (LPM) capability across the Firm; Be a trusted member of transaction/case teams focused on service quality, delivery and efficiency; Liaise with other operational specialists at the Firm to support the following functions: pricing/finance; reporting/IT; knowledge gathering and sharing; and pitching/marketing and business development in the LPM space; Provide training and development on the LPM methodology; and support the implementation, use and further development of the LPM software tool, as well as provide user training on the software.
Must understand project management methodology and be able to adapt it to suit the needs of a legal/professional services environment; Results-driven, with a record of delivering creative and effective outcomes; Advanced knowledge of Excel (for fee analysis and reporting) preferred; Willing to challenge and question assumptions and propose alternative and bold solutions; Ability to work with all levels within an organization, from senior partners to more junior team members; Build effective relationships and networks, internally and externally; Master's degree or J.D. preferred; Project management experience within a professional services environment (audit or consultancy) preferred; Formal project management qualification, PMP preferred; Familiarity with Lean/Six Sigma project/process management principles desired.
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