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IT Project Manager

DLA Piper
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Closing date
9 Apr 2024

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Vacancy Type
IT, Project management
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

The role

The role is responsible for the effective management of one or more projects within a change programme, as approved by the business. 

Broadly skilled in information and communications technology. 

Excellent people skills, ability to bring people on the project journey and foster an excellent team environment across both the project team and wider stakeholders.

DLA Piper are currently on a journey to transition from more traditional waterfall methods of project delivery to agile delivery, so the incumbent will need to be able to navigate both waterfall and agile delivery.


  • Leads projects from inception through to deployment 
  • Builds and develops the project team to ensure maximum performance, by providing purpose, direction, and motivation
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with relevant stakeholders, providing regular contact on project status and changes
  • Identifies barriers and impediments to progress and offers suggestions on how to address them
  • Drives decision making, ensuring decisions are timely and recorded to ensure progress and accountability
  • Adherence to the organisation’s delivery frameworks (Waterfall and Agile)
  • Uses experience and influence to support the adoption and/or optimisation of agile ways of working by instilling knowledge, and developing processes and practices within teams, and constructively challenging traditional ways of working/attitudes/behaviours, as required
  • Be transparent, open, and honest about delivery status, making visible risks, issues, and dependencies, planning for mitigation and escalating where necessary
  • Foster a safe and inclusive environment for all team members where everyone can have a voice, be engaged, contribute, learn, and constructively challenge
  • Facilitate and ensure the team has agreed ways of working that are understood, visible, and open to challenge, improvement, and evolution. Guide and coach the team through a process of continuous improvement to optimise their workflow and process for flow and effectiveness
  • Actively work with, and coach the team, to break down silos, share knowledge, and enable and develop the required skills to solve shared problems and work as an empowered, cross-functional team
  • Champion an outcome-focused approach and support the team to understand and measure how deliverables align with business and team goals, values, and objectives


  • Five or more years of project management experience
  • Professional certification such as PRINCE2, Agile Project Management
  • Able to handle multiple priorities, in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Able to build trust and rapport to develop effective relationships, internally and externally
  • Leadership – ability to drive engagement, growth, and development of the team through creating a culture of psychological safety and enabling the ambition of autonomy and empowerment of the team through providing context, and increasing capability and ownership
  • Coaching – ability to help and encourage individuals and teams to improve performance 
  • Stakeholder Management – establishing relationships, analysing perspectives, and managing stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Adapting stakeholder engagement style to meet the needs of different audiences. 
  • Team Dynamics – knowledge and understanding of the psychological and environmental forces that influence the direction of team behaviour and performance, and the tools and techniques to improve team cohesion and performance.
  • Communication – advocate open and transparent communications and actions within the team and beyond, through honesty about failure and celebration of success
  • Problem Solving – must not be defeated by problems and thrive on solving them
  • Risk Management – identification, assessment, and management of risks, which could result in failure to deliver products which are of value


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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