Seyfarth Shaw is one of the most progressive, forward-thinking law firms in the world. Legal Project Managers are aligned with Firm strategy and play an important role in forwarding the Firm’s innovative approach to the practice of law and the delivery of legal services.
This position supports client-facing engagements and internal firm projects to ensure successful implementation of such projects. This position will provide support for all practice departments and will impact efficiency, quality, profitability, competitive position and client satisfaction. This position will interact with legal and business professionals internally and externally in a team setting and is expected to uphold the image of the Firm by maintaining positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff, as well as observing confidentiality of client matters.
Essential Job Functions:
Assist legal teams with the delivery of legal services for complex, high profile client engagements employing project management techniques and tools as defined by the department.
Support SeyfarthLean initiatives as defined by the department such as facilitating process mapping sessions, data collection and analysis, implementation of improvements and controls, leveraging technology and knowledge management solutions.
Provide project management oversight, principles, methodologies and tools as defined by the department for internal and client-facing projects.
Manage assigned projects and associated activities to ensure that the necessary resources are channeled to produce the planned deliverables on time within scope and within the approved budget.
Work closely with relationship attorneys to support and guide the entire project team in their effort to achieve business goals and produce deliverables within the specified time frames and on budget.
Monitor the project scope management process to ensure key stakeholders are apprised of scope change requests and impact to project.
Manage performance against expectations for assigned project teams.
Collaborate with team resources to plan for custom solutions and oversee the design, plan and implementation for client facing technological or process solutions.
Follow policies, procedures and documentation created for the Lean Solutions department.
Manage multiple projects concurrently.
Occasional travel to client and other Seyfarth Shaw office locations.
Flexibility with work schedule and hours.
Educational and Experience Requirements:
College degree in Business or related field or equivalent work experience.
Minimum five years formal project management experience required.
PMP certification required; must be obtained during 1st year of hire.
Minimum three years law firm or legal operations experience required.
Computer proficient with advanced skills in MS Office required; Sharepoint, Visio, MS Powerpoint and MS Project knowledge preferred.
Ability to learn new technology, tools and platforms.
Ability to make work independently and demonstrate good judgement.
Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills, including record keeping, data collection and system information.Ability to compile and analyze data, and furnish concise, detailed information in written report format.
Facilitation skills to lead meetings, conduct effective briefings and presentations, and to develop consensus, both internally and externally.
Ability to lead, think creatively, pro-actively adapt to a changing environment, act decisively, and motivate, develop inspire and empower others.
Ability to plan, organize, direct, implement and evaluate processes to lead people and manage resources to achieve desired results.
Ability to develop and maintain systems for administrative feedback, monitor and evaluate information, and to make necessary adjustments to procedures, and program implementation.
Ability to maintain long term focus and ability to see the end result and assume responsibility and ownership of results.
Ability to create an open environment conducive to freely sharing information and ideas.
Ability to demonstrate team behavior through willingness to contribute to the greater good at the expense of personal gain.
Ability to use a variety of personal computer software programs to provide professional documents and prepare presentation media to executive audiences.
Ability to operate standard office equipment, including computer, telephone, copier, scanner, calculator, facsimile, etc.
Position involves extended computer and telephone work, standing to present and facilitate meetings.