Project Management Director, Managed Contracts Axiom Law
Axiom, a new model professional services firm in the legal industry, is seeking a Project Management Director, Managed Contracts to join our Managed Services team in Chicago. Managed Services is the fastest-growing part of Axiom, and is responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of Axiom?s projects and outsourced legal service offerings.
Who We Are
Founded in 2000, Axiom saw the need to rethink the way legal services were delivered. Today, Axiom comprises a team of 1,000 across 11 client service offices and 4 delivery centers on 3 continents and has grown at 50%+ CAGR since inception. Axiom serves nearly half of the F100, and has 90% client retention. Our clients include Cisco, Google, Honeywell, NBC, Avon, Yahoo! and many of the world?s largest financial institutions.
Driving much of this growth is Axiom?s Managed Services division ? a recognized pioneer in delivering Managed Legal Solutions. Indeed, the Legal and Compliance industries have historically lacked a delivery model that integrates both legal know-how and operational excellence. In-house departments tend to be sub-scale, law firms lack process DNA, and traditional BPO providers lack legal know-how. Axiom?s process and technology driven model delivers legal and compliance processes with tighter risk management, better service, and lower cost. Unlike consulting firms, the Managed Services team at Axiom is charged with building and executing ? not just advising. This critical distinction is what has attracted an incredibly talented team made up of partners and consultants from leading strategy consulting firms (McKinsey, BCG), pioneers from the world of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), and experts in cutting edge technologies and systems.
In recognition of the above, The Financial Times? 2012 Innovative Lawyers Report recognized Axiom as the leader in ?The Business of Law? and ?The Most Innovative Firm in Corporate Strategy.? Axiom?s unique approach has also been recognized by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, and BBC. For more information, please visit our website, www.axiomlaw.com.
What We?re Looking For
This is a truly rare opportunity for a strong problem solver with excellent client relationship skills who wants to help drive innovation in a rapidly changing legal environment. The legal landscape is on a precipice of change, and Axiom is very much at the forefront of this movement. Candidates interested in this role will likely be interested in service delivery, strategy, and product development roles.
The Project Management Director will report to the Vice President of U.S. Delivery, Managed Services and responsibilities include
Project Delivery and Management:
Managing a portfolio of complex projects across Axiom?s Managed Contracts Projects business
Overseeing the implementation of large scale, complex projects or multiple, smaller scale projects
Directing and supervising the project from scoping and requirements development through deployment, including working with the projects teams to:
Develop and manage a project plan
Conduct resource planning
Identify risks and issues and develop appropriate mitigation plans
Proactively manage and monitor execution of deliverables and status
Manage critical path, dependencies, and contingencies
Ensure the project stakeholders' expectations are understood and managed, and
Ensure that the project team follows all quality assurance processes
Accountable for delivering projects on time, on budget and meeting overall margin commitments
Coordinating the resource plan and project launches across Contracts Project delivered out of Chicago.
Contributing to building Axiom?s proprietary Intellectual Property in the rapidly changing Managed Contracts Services business area.
Operating within a collaborative environment with highly motivated colleagues and interact with all parts of the business, including Attorney Hiring & Professional Development and all corporate functions (marketing, finance, HR, IT, etc.). Lead and contribute to altering and developing new internal workflows to accommodate new service offerings.
Being comfortable in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of autonomy and accountability.
Embodying and living our core values to foster our unique culture.
Our ideal candidate
This position is ideal for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, goal orientation and a demonstrated pattern of strong, practical problem solving skills, who exhibits an outstanding work ethic and professionalism, and thrives in a fast-paced, high-performing environment, and is highly credible with senior client executives.
This position is based out of our Chicago office. The candidate would need to be open to project travel as required not expected to exceed 20%.
Experience & Qualifications
Minimum of 8-10 years of formal client service experience working with external customers, overseeing complex projects within a leading consulting, legal, banking or accounting firm.
Exceptional program management skill, with demonstrated ability to drive complex, technical projects to success, working through technical, business and people challenges
Relentless focus on client?s needs and consistently raises the bar on service excellence
Superb time management, judgment, decision-making and problem solving skills
Demonstrated ability to manage resource allocation and ensure appropriate spending across all projects
Must be able to demonstrate ability to enable and empower people, create a climate in which people are motivated to do their best on behalf of the overall organization, making timely decisions the drive a positive long term benefit for the organization
Team building - set team performance criteria and create and maintain a high performing team
Managerial courage - providing direct and actionable feedback to people and situations, taking
a stand on the right thing to do
Accountability - acceptance of responsibility and willingness to commit to and deliver specific, measurable work products and results
Thrives in both individual and collaborative team environments
Experience building and maintaining Metrics and Measurement systems as it relates to project management (Define, develop and deliver regular scorecards)
Expert high-impact communication and presentation skills
Organizational fit for the Axiom culture, that is, exhibit the core values of Irresistible, Fresh, Committed, & Thoughtful
Legally eligible to work in the country in which the position is located
Bachelor?s degree in a related discipline or equivalent business experience in related field, MBA or JD preferred
Proven leadership and effective decision-making capabilities
Demonstrated ability to negotiate, deliver tough messages and effectively present alternative solutions
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (including PowerPoint and Excel. MS Project experience highly recommended)
Strong process orientation, problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
Participate in cross-functional initiatives and innovation projects to improve implementation methodology and/or product efficiency.
Exceptional interpersonal, and collaboration skills with people at all levels and disciplines (from C-Suite and down)
Exceptional English language oral /written communication skills
Ability to travel to customer sites averaging 20% of the time
MBA and/or JD preferred
Bachelor?s degree required
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