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Senior Project Manager - 12 Month FTC

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Job Overview

Clifford Chance is currently running a multi-stream Programme of works to deliver business critical and strategic activities with focus across buildings, space requirements, future ways of working, design and process review. 

A Senior Project Manager is required in order to manage one of the key workstreams which will include multiple projects to help the Firm navigate through the decisions and preparation activities for its head office lease break in 2028. The work will impact the Firm's long-term position as a leading law firm and it is essential to have a strong programme team structure in place that is able to build credibility, navigate senior management and understand political pressures to get to decisions and positive outcomes. 

Who you will work with

You will work within a core Programme Team reporting to the Programme Manager and working closely with the Programme Support Office, Business Change Manager, Finance and Communications leads. You will be responsible for managing Project Managers, delivery teams and external third parties. You will need to work with and manage stakeholders across the business. 

What you will be responsible for

You will support the Programme Manager in planning and designing the programme workstreams or "sub-programmes" and their individual projects, ensuring alignment to the programme vision and objectives. 

You will be responsible for ensuring the projects are managed effectively, undertaking quality assurance and ensuring alignment with the programme's governance framework. You will need to balance strategic goals with business operations and project delivery, reducing operational risk by improving consistency and transparency of project delivery across the sub-programme you are managing.  

You should foster collaboration, innovation and challenge thinking with delivery teams and stakeholders, ensuring the programme is on target to achieve its strategic goals and transformational change. 

What you will do


  • You will manage one of the programme's key workstreams/sub-programmes, which will at times include Project Management of specific projects.
  • You will be responsible for the management, coaching and development of Project Managers assigned to projects. 
  • You will ensure resource and capability requirements are identified and efficiently maximised to enable delivery and realisation of benefits. 
  • Management of risks, issues and interdependencies across the sub-programme and its projects, following the appropriate escalation procedures.
  • You will monitor the effectiveness of delivery teams, holding people accountable to ensure delivery of projects on time and within budget. 
  • You will ensure projects have the appropriate governance frameworks and delivery structures in place and work with the Programme Support Office to ensure this is consistent with the programme governance framework. 
  • Creation of business cases, including budget requirements and implementation plans for each project, socialising them with the relevant stakeholders and taking them through the appropriate approval procedure. 


  • You will ensure benefits are identified and tracked throughout the programme and project life cycle. 
  • Report on progress of the sub-programme you are managing in the context of the wider programme objectives. 
  • You will create and lead presentations where appropriate. 
  • You will work with the Programme Manager, Programme Support Office and other Programme Leads to ensure interdependencies and overlap across the programme are appropriately managed. 
  • You will be responsible for managing key stakeholders at all levels of the business, setting expectations and ensuring they are engaged appropriately. 
  • You will work closely with the Business Change Manager and Communications Lead to ensure the Business Change Strategy and Communication Plan is aligned to the sub-programme and project plans. 
  • You will be responsible for budget management within your sub-programme, working alongside the Finance Lead to track costs and articulating budget performance to the Programme Manager and governance groups. 

Your career experience so far


  • Experience in working on large and complex transformation programmes in a design and workspace context. 
  • Experience of working in Professional Services and/or Partnerships would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Proven experience in setting project management frameworks and translating delivery and prioritisation challenges into business language. 
  • Recognised project management and programme management certification (PMI, MSP, Prince 2 preferred). 
  • Excellent industry knowledge and an understanding of the complexities of working in a global organisation. 

Key Skills

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Strategic thinker but with good attention to detail. 
  • Ability to build and sustain strong colleague relationships. 
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, with confidence in communicating at senior management level. 
  • Good presentation skills. 
  • Good motivation stills and the ability to negotiate with and persuade others not in direct line of report. 
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, with the ability to prioritise, manage time effectively and use initiative. 
  • A self-starter. 
  • Able to drive value from teams working remotely
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite; primarily Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio.

How we will support you

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and development your skills and knowledge. From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.

About the Firm

Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you’re heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and  languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career. 
We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.
You will work within the core Programme Team, which is based in Canary Wharf, London. Limited travel is expected as part of the role. The programme is looking to build a strong, credible and highly capable team that can deliver consistently throughout the programme which will continue until 2028.

Equal Opportunities

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society. 

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more here. 



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