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  1. GENERAL SUMMARY:

    The Legal Project Manager ("LPM") will be
    responsible for supporting the delivery of the full matter lifecycle, from pricing and inception through to the completion of post-closing activities, for a portfolio of significant matters (or work streams within those matters) to ensure that they are delivered in accordance with the client's needs, efficiently, on budget and within agreed upon timeframes. The role is client facing, and the LPM will join the lawyers as a part of the engagement team.

In addition, as the development of the Legal Project Management program is a prioritized firm strategy both in the Americas region and for Clifford Chance globally, the LPM is expected to take responsibility in contributing to the program's establishment and successful growth.

The LPM will work with and report to the Continuous Improvement Portfolio Manager that is leading the regional program and be a part of Americas region's Best Delivery team in New York. The LPM will engage with key Partners and Associates, in addition to external clients, in achieving measurable benefit from the matters that he or she is involved.

 
  1. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work with Partners, Associates, colleagues and external clients to:

  • Confer and prepare scope, resource and budget proposals for relevant matters and work streams
  • Track progress against plan, promptly alerting relevant stakeholders to variances and recommend and develop contingency plans when necessary
  • Work with Partners, Associates and other colleagues to build and foster meaningful relationships with high degree of trust and respect
  • Arrange kick-off meetings and send communications to ensure that the teams are adequately briefed about the matter and the client's expectations, and arrange for appropriate communication channels and resources, including identifying and facilitating reporting needs
  • When appropriate, act as the interface to the client, external vendors and internal stakeholders
  • Develop matter timetables to track milestones, deliverables and dependencies, and produce periodic reports to provide status internally and externally
  • Proactively identify any risks and issues that arise, provide options for their mitigation or resolution and take or coordinate the appropriate responsive actions
  • Assist partners and associates with the billing process, and provide status reports for the client as required
  • Arrange post-closing matter reviews and lessons learned exercises
  • Help promote the LPM program in the region, including building LPM methodologies and case studies
  • Support the growth of the global LPM program

The successful candidate will:

  • Be credible, engaging and authoritative and have the ability to build close working relationships at all levels and with clients across the board
  • Have a solid background in project management, preferably gained in a professional services environment
  • Understand law firm financial and performance metrics, the link between effective matter management, profitability and delivering value to clients
  • Engage in problem solving with commercial insight to absorb and explain complex issues clearly and concisely
  • Be able to analyze financial reports of varying levels of complexity
  • Rise above the detail to see broader implications, in terms of both long-term consequences of action and effects on the business analysis
  • Willing to challenge and question assumptions and propose alternative solutions, including justifying recommendations and rationally handling objections and counter-proposals
  • Produce clear, high-quality documents (e.g., timetables and status reports) that clients can readily understand
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong planning skills to ensure client matters are resourced, monitored and progress in accordance with client expectations and within deadlines
  • Able to work under pressure, multi-task, prioritize appropriately and delegate to others
  • Be experienced in cross-functional team settings and demonstrate commitment to the team by supporting colleagues and collaboratively deliver high quality service to clients
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset and get motivated by the opportunity to create something new
 
  1. REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES:
  • Must be independently legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Bachelor's or graduate degree preferred
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Documented project management experience
  • Formal project management qualification is a plus (e.g. PRINCE2 or PMP)
  • Written and oral communication in Spanish a plus
  • The role is in New York, but some travel might be required
 
FIRM SUMMARY:

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in Business Services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still.  Business Services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.

 
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

It has been and continues to be the Firm’s policy to provide equal opportunity and equal terms and conditions of employment to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, immigration status, pregnancy, disability, veteran status, genetic predisposition, or any other status protected by law.

Alternatives are available for individuals who are unable to use or access our online application system.  For assistance, please contact Clifford Chance's Human Resources Department at hr.recruiting@cliffordchance.com or at 212.878.8025.

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