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Senior Commercial Manager, COO Office

DLA Piper
Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester or Sheffield
Closing date
9 Apr 2024

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Generalist
Contract Type
Experience Level
Senior Manager, Manager
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

The role

Join us to deliver co-ordinated, commercial oversight across all the business service areas aligned to the Chief Operating Officer of the International firm.

The role holder is responsible for delivering co-ordinated, commercial oversight across all of the business service areas aligned to the Chief Operating Officer, International.  This includes responsibility for management and delivery of the annual budget submission and the monitoring, forecasting and reporting of commercial expenditure versus budget throughout the year.  The role holder will be required to provide analysis and quality assurance to the COO and other stakeholders as required, across all aspects of Opex and Capex aligned with the COO’s business service areas.  

As well as oversight of the COO areas, the role holder will be required to lead on all aspects of commercial/financial oversight of the Corporate Project Portfolio. This will include preparation as well as analysis and evaluation of business cases, development of a robust methodology for tracking value creation and benefit realisation.

The role holder will work closely with the finance and operations leads in each of the international business service directorates as well as maintaining a close working relationship with the firm’s dedicated finance function.


  • Co-ordination and oversight of the annual budgeting, quarterly forecasting, monthly reporting cycles on behalf of the business service areas reporting into the COO
  • Lead and manage all aspects of commercial and financial oversight for the Corporate Project Portfolio within the business services area
  • Develop, analyse, and evaluate business cases, providing insights and recommendations for strategic decision-making
  • Analysis and commercial modelling for longer term business planning, including identifying and driving opportunities for efficiencies to meet business and financial goals and objectives
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of commercial strategies with overall business (COO area) objectives
  • Monitoring of performance against budgets and action plans, including leading regular commercial review meetings with service areas, provision of insightful analysis and commentary to the COO
  • Identify opportunities for revenue enhancement, cost optimisation, and risk mitigation within the COO area
  • Pro-active preparation of MI, KPIs and presentations for COO use at Executive and Board sessions
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, market dynamics, and regulatory changes to inform and adapt commercial strategies accordingly


  • Applicants should be ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified with at least 5 years PQE working within the legal or professional sector
  • You must be able to demonstrate the ability to influence key business strategies and initiatives and be able to take a strategic view of the business and the financial impact of cost on overall profitability in order to deliver a proactive service to the COO
  • Strong commercial awareness is key with experience in understanding international, complex and diverse business requirements
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the capability to interpret data and trends to inform strategic decisions. You must be service oriented with experience of senior stakeholder management and the potential to establish a credible reputation in the business quickly
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic and international business environment, adapting strategies to changing circumstances
  • Strong track record of successfully leading commercial initiatives and contributing to the financial success of projects
  • Able to handle multiple priorities, working  to sometimes conflicting timescales in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Able to build trust and rapport to develop effective relationships, internally and externally

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals 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 recognise 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 and where relevant, 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 work-related references.


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
160 Aldersgate Street

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