Assistant Document Automation Developer

Manchester, England, Greater Manchester
Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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Vacancy Type
Marketing and Communications, Generalist
Contract Type
Practice Area
Employment & Pensions, General Employment
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Details

Would you like to be a part of a long-standing automation team of over 20 years standing? The team sits in an active Innovation department and is looking to take automation forward out of the "cost savings" bucket and integrating it into our wider business. We are building out our client facing offerings and ensuring that automation at CMS links into new legal tech offerings on the market.

About the Role

We are upgrading to the latest version of the automation software we use this calendar year and are also developing a new client facing automation portal. There will be opportunities to be at the core of innovation in legal service delivery where you will develop your skills and experience in document automation and work across the firm with all levels of seniority and disciplines (partners, associates, professional support lawyers, IT).

You will:
* Support practice groups to automate their standard documents and to keep their respective standard documents accurate and up to date. In particular, you will work with key knowledge contacts and PSL teams.
* Engage in a collaborative development and testing regime with senior developers and other members of the team.
* Train document specialists, secretaries and others in the firm to use the automated drafting tool and present on its benefits.
* Follow the firm's standard internal procedures, ensuring the correct levels of access are granted to users (user/editor/administrator).
* Liaise with the HotDocs vendor contacts and technical team under the direction of the team manager and the head of Documentation Production, Automation and Design.
* Provide support on the integration of automation into other key firm applications, including collaboration and workflow tech, to automate the product extracted by AI tools.
* We are looking for a developer who has demonstrative experience of Application Development experience to automate, develop and customise documents/templates in a HotDocs environment. The successful candidate will have the ability to understand and write basic logic for document scripting and have a good understanding of template behaviours when combined with automated (AI) and collaboration technologies.

About You

You will have some document automation experience with significant experience in a professional services environment. Ideally you will have worked in a legal environment with extensive experience and knowledge of working with legal documents and experience of building relationship with internal and external clients. You will be highly effective as part of a wider team, and a real team player with strong communication and technical skills. Having a flexible attitude is a must, with the ability to juggle a mixed role and busy workload. Legal training or knowledge would be ideal.

This role would suit a bright, client-facing individual who can build trust and relationships within the business with drive, passion, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. A logical self-starter with a proactive approach to work, planning workload and solving client requirements.

* Degree (or equivalent).
* Technology / product development background and engagement.
* Document development skills ideally HotDocs but may consider other packages

Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive. For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.



CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people and communities.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

We take the same approach with our colleagues: we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace where everyone is encouraged to speak up, share ideas, seek advice and where ability and commitment is recognised by rapid progression. 

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

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+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
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