Key Accountabilities

The role incumbent will be responsible for delivering the full project lifecycle with a primary focus on benefit realisation 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 analyse 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 realisation 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;
  • Utilise 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 organisational learning.

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 extensive project management experience covering at least four full project lifecycle deliveries;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing complex, large scale construction projects through their full lifecycle;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing office relocations and restacking exercises where building swing space is minimal;
  • Understanding of open plan flexible workspace including physical design and people change aspects;
  • Application of best practice cost control and identification of costs reduction opportunities that can be applied i.e. through value engineering;
  • Understanding the construction tendering process through to appointment and ongoing management of the construction contractor;
  • Ability to identify key areas of risk within the programme and provide best practice industry solutions to mitigate the risk;
  • Experience in acting as the interface between the client and suppliers such as Architects to ensure design requirements are met;
  • Experience of working effectively with and overseeing contractors work, where no formal reporting line exist;
  • A strong awareness of related office relocation Change Management activities;
  • Knowledge of Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations and Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) desirable;
  • 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 locations;
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness in dealing with 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.