Ropes & Gray

Posted on 05-01-2017 in Jobs



Project manager within the department is responsible for planning, executing, and delivering projects according to strict deadlines and within budget. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party contractors or consultants in order to deliver projects according to a defined charter.  Interfaces with all affected by the project, including business analysts and end users.  The project manager will also define the project’s objectives and scope and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

Project Manager is typically responsible for the managing all aspects of multiple complex projects / processes.  Delivers innovative solutions to business problems.


  1. Direct and manage project from start to finish. Track project milestones, deliverables, and risk

  2. In collaboration with management and stakeholders. Define project scope, goals, requirements and deliverables that support business goals

  3. Develop full-scale project plans and associated communications documents. Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools.

  4. Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.

  5. Liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

  6. Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals.  Where required, negotiate with other department managers for the acquisition of required personnel from within the company.

  7. Draft and submit budget proposals, and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.

  8. Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.

  9. Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel.

  10. Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.

  11. Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path.

  12. Proactively manage changes in project scope and devise contingency plans.

  13. Define project success metrics and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle.

  14. Monitor, mentor, motivate project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

  15. Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project.

  16. Conduct project post mortems and document successful and unsuccessful project elements.

  17. Develop best practices, project standards, procedures and quality objectives for assessing progress.  Utilizes established project standards and procedures and quality objectives.

  18. Has a detailed understands of specific practice group and/or business areas processes.  Uses informal networks, where necessary, to gain an understanding of the firm.


  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


  • 3 – 5 years experience in a project management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • Project Management Certification recommended

  • Strong familiarity with project management software, such as Microsoft Project

  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong consultative skills

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong process focus

  • Coaching and mentoring experience

  • Law firm experience preferred


  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Ability to defuse tension among project team, should it arise.

  • Ability to bring project to successful completion through political sensitivity.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute multiple activities.

  • Ability to learn, understands, and applies new technologies.

  • Ability to work in a teamwork/collaborative style and environment.

  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.

  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-office environment


Normal office environment and schedule.  Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

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