We're currently looking for a Project Manager to join our Programme Management Unit (PMU) on a full time, permanent basis.
The team are based across our Bristol, Newcastle and Plymouth offices so ideally you'll be based near one of these locations, although one of our other regional offices may be considered (Southampton, Leeds, Edinburgh).
The PMU is responsible for co-ordinating, defining, supporting and running the Programme of key Projects for the firm, encompassing both internal and client facing projects. They do this by providing qualified Programme Management, Project Management, Business Analysis expertise and Project Assurance.
This is an exciting and varied role that will see you take the lead in the successful scoping and delivery of a variety of large scale projects, including large scale process and service improvements, IT and client focused work. You'll manage the resource, budget and risk within the projects and work closely with our Business Analysts to ensure timely delivery. You'll also work closely with different teams across the business so will need to establish effective communication strategies to ensure a collaborative working approach.
Your main responsibilities will include:
- Being responsible for the running of business critical projects on a day to day basis, ensuring that they will achieve the benefits defined in the business case.
- Ensuring all projects produce a robust business case to the standards set out by the programme governance before the project is initiated. You'll be expected to take an active role in supporting the business case production and to work with Business Analysts to understand the requirements.
- Planning, co-ordinating and managing a number of business focused projects within scope, plan, budget and quality as agreed.
- Producing accurate resource forecasts and securing resources on the project to enable it to be delivered within set timescales and budget.
- Assessing and monitoring risks, issues, dependencies and changing requests to ensure the project is delivered successfully.
What are we looking for?
Although experience of working in a legal setting isn't necessary, we are looking for someone who has delivered large, multi-disciplined projects within a regulated professional services environment. As a business we embrace new technology so you'll need to share this passion so that you can help us become more efficient and deliver an excellent client service.
You'll have great budget and time management skills and be able to build effective relationships – this is particularly important as you'll regularly communicate with colleagues right up to Board level. You should also have full MS suite knowledge alongside good presentation skills. A PRINCE2 qualification would be beneficial, but is not essential.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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