About Ashurst: Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations The legal services market is undergoing fundamental change. The key drivers of that change are client expectations, technology and liberalisation of markets, with different kinds of competitors, combining to create a more uncertain legal marketplace. Increasingly, clients are turning to 'non-traditional' delivery models to help solve their most complex legal challenges. They expect their legal advisers to be expanding their service offering in new and innovative ways. Many of our clients are under direct pressure to deliver more for less through greater operational efficiency. To help our clients address these challenges, Ashurst created Ashurst Advance - a uniquely integrated global team that combines the three fundamental areas of legal service innovation: resources, process and technology. Ashurst Advance joins together the firm's existing 'new law' capabilities, establishing a clear and differentiated service proposition for our clients whilst creating a global platform for future innovation. Ashurst Advance consists of three core teams - Legal Analysts, Legal Technologists and Legal Project Managers, who work with each of our global practice areas across the firm's international network. Business Area - Ashurst Advance Role: Senior Legal Project Manager Location: Based at Ashurst's London office Reporting to: Head of Legal Project Management, UK Hours of work - Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 17.30. You will be required to work such hours as are necessary to carry out your duties. Department/ Role Overview: The Legal Project Management team, part of Ashurst Advance, helps to drive greater transparency, predictability and certainty in legal matters through the provision of effective project management support. We are a busy global team with legal project managers located in London, Glasgow and Sydney. We now have an opportunity for a Senior Legal Project Manager to join our London team Main responsibilities: Your role will involve working closely with clients, partners, lawyers and business support staff to manage the efficient delivery of legal services. Primarily this will involve legal matters but will also include some internal firm projects and initiatives to further drive efficiency and profitability. Key responsibilities include: Grow our service within the London office Support Client Relationship Partners and Business Development with pitching through the provision of high-level scoping, scheduling, resourcing and pricing expertise. Support the Responsible Partner by working in consultation with the client, legal team and support services to prepare detailed matter plans. Arrange appropriate kick-off meetings and regular communications so that there is common understanding and buy-in to the legal objectives and matter approach. Track progress against matter plans, alerting relevant stakeholders promptly to variances and recommending changes and developing contingency plans where necessary. Arrange post-closing matter reviews and lessons learned exercises. Work in collaboration with the other Ashurst Advance teams, Expertise and business support staff to implement a range of initiatives to improve efficiency and profitability. Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requires and internal policies. Essential skills and experience: At least five years of project management experience in consultancy or professional services firms Experience of the whole project lifecycle and covering scoping, scheduling, costing, resourcing, communications, quality and risk Excellent client facing skills along with a track record of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels Excellent presentation, written, communication and interpersonal skills Advanced organisational and influencing skills, flexibility of style, attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high pressured, detail-oriented environment Financial literary/understanding of law firm financials and performance metrics High degree of initiative and independent judgment with excellent troubleshooting, decision-making and follow-through skills Excellent IT skills, in particular Microsoft Project, Excel and PowerPoint PMI PMP or equivalent project management certifications Desired skills and experience Experience of working within the legal and/or banking industry Project management of legal matters or legal-related initiatives Working with virtual teams in a global environment Qualifications and experience in change management and process improvement such as PROSCI and Lean Six Sigma
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