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Project Professionals
JR-1158 Requisition #

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. Clifford Chance's aim is to be the leader of an elite group of law firms.

Clifford Chance Business Services provides a wide range of IT Enabled Services to its client/parent company, Clifford Chance LLP. Having grown steadily over ten years, the company employs more than 600 highly skilled and experienced professionals enabling the organisation to successfully support its client in the following areas:

• Finance
• Information Technology
• Administration and Research
• Legal Support Centre
• Document Production Unit
• Project Management and Continuous Improvement

The Global Programme Group (GPG) works with the Firm's leadership to shape and deliver the Firm's strategy as part of an orchestrated programme of change.
The role of a Project Manager sits within the GPG Project Management team which is the function charged with delivering the business benefits of the GPG programme of change. The GPG Project Management team adds value through the attitude, knowledge, skills and experience of its staff.

Role Description

The role of the Project Manager is to deliver the business benefits outlined in the Business case within the agreed tolerances of time, cost and quality. The role incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of the full project lifecycle covering the overall, planning, management, co-ordination and financial control of multiple projects.

Key Accountabilities

The role incumbent will be responsible for delivering the full project lifecycle with a primary focus on benefit realization and will hold the following accountabilities:
• Provide day to day project team leadership and matrix management to motivate and inspire multi-discipline project teams to deliver project milestones according to agreed project schedules;
• Elicit business needs and requirements translating them into clearly documented application and operational requirements;
• Collaborate with technical teams and subject matter experts to establish the solution and analyze compromises between usability and performance needs;
• Contribute to the analysis, documentation and proposition of solution options ensuring the options are based on sound commercial and financial judgement;
• Ensure projects start, progress and finish with a defined and detailed scope including time, cost and governance parameters;
• Develops, reviews and gains agreement of project plans, allocates resources and work packages to accomplish project objectives;
• Provide and maintain the link between business requirements and the delivery plan;
• Ensure sufficient resources and skill sets are available in order to meet all project targets agreeing resource requirements throughout the project team with the relevant managers, escalating where necessary;
• Undertake cost management, in liaison with the finance and commercial support teams, including time, resource and cost forecasting with associated change management;
• Provide accurate project status reports against milestones, project expenditure against budget and benefit realization to all stakeholders;
• Plan and mitigate project risks to acceptable levels to ensure project objectives and deliverables are achieved, communicating all risk mitigation steps relevant stakeholders;
• Prepare and communicate various project related documentation including; Project Board information, project briefs, exception reports and options papers;
• Utilize the Clifford Chance project management methodology (the Delivery Framework) and project management tools to plan, manage and communicate throughout every stage of the project;
• Participate in the development and organic learning of the Clifford Chance Delivery Framework and project management techniques;
• Ensure projects comply with all internal Clifford Chance policies, procedures and regulations;
• Develop and execute project communication plans; and
• Contribute to the lessons learnt process and champion organizational learning.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

The role incumbent will possess the following skills and knowledge, preferably practiced in a law firm or other similar professional services company:

• Demonstrable evidence of several years project management experience covering at least four full project lifecycle deliveries
• Degree or equivalent;
• Prince2, MSP, Agile Project Management or other recognised project management qualifications preferable;
• Knowledge and experience of Microsoft packages, including Project, PowerPoint, Word and Excel;
• Ability to lead, develop and manage multi-disciplinary teams across multiple global locations;
• Cultural sensitivity and awareness in dealing with global customers and suppliers;
• Excellent communication skills in order to engage with stakeholders at all levels of the business;
• A strong customer centric approach and can lead by example; and
• A strong desire to solve problems and contribute to a positive and supportive learning environment.

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