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Corporate Head of Knowledge

DLA Piper
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
21 Sep 2023

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Vacancy Type
Other specialist roles, Knowledge Management
Contract Type
Experience Level
Head of Department
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

The role

We are looking to recruit an International Corporate Head of Knowledge who can be based in any of our UK or European offices. 

You will have the opportunity to flourish within our fast-paced environment and have the opportunity to advance your career within our global firm.
Our Growth. Your Opportunity. 


  • To develop, lead and manage the Corporate Group’s international Knowledge strategy (covering initiatives directed both internally and externally) to support the Group’s overall business strategy and the firm’s overarching Knowledge approach. 
  • To take overall responsibility for the quality of the Group’s legal practice and to be a role model for technical knowledge, skill, and advisory techniques in the Group, including management of multi-jurisdictional projects. 
  • To drive change across the international Corporate Group as appropriate, including the adoption of technology as an integral part of the Knowledge offering. This will include developing the strategy for the global use of automated core corporate precedents. 
  • To champion the firm’s vision for Knowledge across the Group and represent the Group in the firm-wide Knowledge community.


Strategic leadership

  • Developing and leading the Group’s international Knowledge strategy in line with the firm’s overarching Knowledge approach and initiatives, including making adaptations where necessary for the local needs of jurisdictions. 
  • Implementing and managing projects to deliver the strategy.  The role must lead “from the front” and play a full and active part in the substantive delivery of projects (e.g., development of know-how documents or delivery of training), especially where he or she has relevant technical expertise.
  • Building relationships and collaborating with the Group’s partners to identify where expertise lies and championing and facilitating the sharing of expertise by identifying and promoting common interests, best practice, ideas and initiatives between teams and locations.
  • Acting as the Group’s practice quality expert and supporting the Group partners to determine best practices for adoption by the Group to ensure the quality of the Group’s legal practice.

People Management

  • Providing leadership, management, guidance, and appropriate supervision (including on-going training, coaching and undertaking performance reviews) to the Group’s Knowledge team so that the team embraces and demonstrates the firm’s values of being bold, collaborative, supportive, innovative and exceptional. 

Financial Management

  • Managing the budget covering the areas of responsibility.


Strategic and commercial aptitude

  • Attuned to the dynamics and drivers affecting the Group’s business internationally and able to anticipate changes to the markets in which the Group operates.
  • Able to translate strategy into specific plans and strong project management skills to deliver those plans.
  • Understands and actively seeks the appropriate application of technology for effective knowledge sharing and efficient high quality service delivery.
  • Understanding of knowledge management strategy and implementation in a professional services environment and preferably experience of high-quality implementation in a legal services organisation.

An expert facilitator

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to connect influence and collaborate in a multi-cultural environment across multiple geographies.  Proactively engages others and can lead, inspire, and motivate through building strong relationships and instilling confidence in others to encourage dissemination of best practice and new ideas.
  • Experience of working in a large matrix organisation with multiple reporting lines and across multiple geographies.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to assess competing priorities and provide structured solutions to address them. 
  • Highly organised and able to co-ordinate and deliver projects across multiple teams. Demonstrate project management experience, preferably in a partnership environment.
  • Team management experience, with experience of working virtual team settings and of managing teams and working effectively with others with little direct face to face interaction

Quality oriented

  • Excellent technical academic credentials and broad in-depth relevant practical experience.
  • Experience of developing knowledge resources and delivering training.
  • Ability to assess quality beyond own immediate technical expertise.
  • Self-aware, confident, and resilient.  Must be a self-starter and takes ownership for tasks, progressing them independently but seeking direction and advice as appropriate. Able to work under pressure and remain focused.
  • An inclusive, values-based leader with excellent leadership skills who can create a team spirit and support the career development of everyone.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
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