Head of Legal Project Management
At Addleshaw Goddard we not only provide technical excellence and experience but, crucially, demonstrate real insight into our clients and what really matters to them. A natural choice for FTSE100 clients and for the best talent, our people fulfil their potential in an environment where they are developed and valued. We put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, as part of a team of effective business people as well as efficient lawyers. We currently operate eight offices across the UK, the Middle East and Asia; with more than 180 Partners and over 1,400 staff worldwide. The firm's revenue for the year end April 2016 was £201.8m up from £192.4m the previous year.
Purpose of the Role
Our refreshed vision for 2017 re-confirms our commitment to being a firm at the leading edge of innovation and efficiency a key aspect of this is to set up a new Legal Project Management function. This will bring together key functions across AG including Transaction Services, Innovation and Legal Technology, AG Consulting and AG Integrate. The Head of Legal Project Management will build on existing work to establish Legal Project Management as a key delivery tool for AG by acting as a legal project manager on individual significant mandates, defining and codifying our legal project management tools and building a team of legal management professionals. The team composition will be defined jointly and may include dedicated project managers, paralegals from the transaction services team and lawyers from the divisions.
► The Head of Legal Project Management (HLPM) will create and develop our new project management team
► To develop project management techniques into the culture of the firm and will be instrumental in defining and implementing legal project management best practices throughout the firm
► Particular focus on working with partners and lawyers to develop a best practice approach to scoping, pricing and project managing legal matters that can be adapted to practice area needs within a consistent overall framework.
► Scoping; budgeting; setting up project phases.
► Lead multiple legal and business projects simultaneously, for internal and external clients.
► Preparation of project plans / timelines for internal and external use. Identifying appropriate team members considering issues such as capacity, experience required; client service continuity and impact on profitability.
► Identify stakeholders and establish a communication plan.
► Establishing team, settling protocols, briefing team members.
► Scoping and designing MI.
► Deliver projects on time and in budget.
► Provide regular and accurate reporting of project progress, deliverables and anticipated/actual benefits.
► Help to create a culture of continuous improvement and ensure project success is celebrated with the team and appropriately recognised.
► Create status reporting as required.
Knowledge, skills and experienced required (bespoke to role)
► Leadership – ability to lead the function through significant change, including people and process. Track record of developing individuals in the team to succeed as well dealing with low performance. A team-player with experience of working in a multi-office, multi-cultural, non-hierarchical environment. Ability to negotiate with and persuade others, not in direct line of report
► Project Management experience with a strong understanding of all stages in a project lifecycle.
► Engagement - ability to engage effectively with Partners as a discussion partner on the evolution of their personal business as co-owners within a professional partnership structure
► Management - strong management skills. Ability to build teams to deliver stretching targets. Effective management of significant budgets. Experience of creating and implementing new programmes and policies within a budgetary and time-critical framework
► Vision – articulate a compelling vision of the future shape of the business and its client relationships, of the firm’s approach to clients, the management of relationships and how the firm services them
► Experience – hands-on experience in a professional services business (audit, consulting, law).
► A project management and/or Change qualification would be desirable.
► Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office, especially Word, PowerPoint, Project and possibly Nimbus process mapping software although this is not a “must have”.
► Excellent numeracy and literacy skills.
► Ability to operate under pressure to resolve issues in a controlled and calm fashion