Legal Project Manager

Team: Legal Project Management  Reports to: Senior Legal Project Manager Purpose of job: Supporting BCLP’s partners and lawyers in the rigorous management of matters using the concepts of project management to manage legal matters and costs.  Working within BCLP’s Legal Project Management Team (part of Practice Support), this role includes the management of matter scope, schedules, delivery risks, parties and stakeholders to ensure that client needs are met, alongside maximising the commercial performance of matters for the firm, as well as assisting with pitches.  What’s in it for you? You will be part of a global team within BCLP, responsible for a wide range of projects and support for practising lawyers at the firm.  You will also work closely with teams of lawyers around the world to help them deliver cost effective legal services to a variety of clients from a wide range of industries.  This is a high profile and demanding role, which is often client-facing and fast-moving.   Key responsibilities: • Input into RFPs for relevant matter/panel pitches on LPM methodology to be used; • Participate in pitch presentations to clients on the role of LPM on matters and approach to running matters efficiently; • Work with partners and pricing teams to scope work and tasks on matters as part of preparing budgets/estimates; • Lead project management on multiple legal matters in conjunction with legal teams and clients; • Portfolio management for clients with multiple matters; • Work with legal teams on projects to improve the way we deliver legal services to clients; • Ensure good financial management of legal matters including reviewing work in progress, managing disbursements / external costs, regular (e.g. monthly) reporting to clients and associated billing, scope management; • Manage key matter stakeholders, e.g. clients, external expert witnesses, local and other counsel and other parties to the matters and help coordinate their input as needed; • Where requested, set up, manage and coordinate use of client collaboration platforms for each matter or portfolio of matters/assets; • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Innovation, KM and IS to ensure other firm solutions that support efficient working are being leveraged as needed on matters; • Source and manage alternative delivery options for matter resources, e.g. contract lawyers and/or BCLP’s Service Delivery Centres; • Prepare plans and schedules for matters which range in duration from weeks to many years;  • Forecast legal spend in upcoming periods and up to the whole life of matters; • Utilise the firm’s matter pricing, profitability and reporting dashboards and alerts to ensure matters are supported with effective financial management data In addition to working on matters:• Train and support BCLP staff to ensure deep understanding of the principles of project management and how they apply to the management of legal matters, and/or works with L&D to develop/review third party training materials. • Create and maintain Firm wide Legal Project Management templates and guidance materials for “self-service” use by lawyers; • Help assess and implement new firm technology solutions that support legal project management Key relationships:• Partners and lawyers in all of the firm’s offices • Practice group Chief Operating Officers • Knowledge Management team • The firm’s Innovation team • COO of Manchester Experience and knowledge• At least 2 years’ experience leading projects in the legal, consulting or other professional service sectors • Experience in dealing with senior business stakeholders • Experience of “selling” LPM internally to a legal audience • Experience in budgeting and planning, ideally in the context of the delivery of professional services  Skills and competencies• Legal project or matter management experience with a strong understanding of all stages in a matter lifecycle • Willingness to learn line management skills and invest time in the development of others • Team player with a high level of initiative and drive • Advanced organisational skills • Attention to detail and exemplary literacy and numeracy skills • Excellent communication, professionalism and interpersonal skills are essential, as the role often involves contact with clients and senior business leaders • Change management experience • A project management qualification  • Experience with practice management systems within professional services organisations is desirable • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint Diversity, inclusion and working differently  Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our firm. At BCLP we aim to create an inclusive and inspirational culture where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. BCLP is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce and is supportive of flexible working arrangements, tailored to the individual, wherever possible.   Please feel free to speak to the Resourcing Team about the flexibility we are offering for this role.   Confidentiality  To ensure all hardcopy and electronic materials containing confidential information are securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content. Disclosure  As a regulated firm of solicitors, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (“BCLP”) is required to undertake appropriate vetting of staff. In addition to completion, by applicants who accept a job offer, of a regulatory questionnaire, BCLP uses a specialist provider to undertake professional verification and background checks (including through electronic data sources, and directly with employers and professional bodies/regulators) on our behalf. We will also undertake certain verifications ourselves. BCLP adopts a risk-based approach to its vetting procedures, which are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with IT, legal and regulatory obligations. For further details, please see our recruitment website: This employer is a corporate member of myGwork - LGBTQ+ professionals, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.

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