Mayer Brown LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in 26 key business centers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are a collegial, collaborative and diverse firm where highly motivated individuals with an unwavering commitment to excellence receive the opportunity, support and development they need to grow, thrive and realize their greatest potential.
If you enjoy working with team members whose defining characteristics are achievement, initiative, professionalism, responsiveness and adaptability, you may be the person we are seeking to join our Information Technology department, in Chicago, as Global IT Project Manager.
The Project Manager’s overall responsibility is to deliver projects that are on-time, on-budget, within scope, and fulfill the business requirements. To do this, the Project Manager will need to work closely with the Business Sponsor, the project team members, and IT Management to ensure the timely completion of the agreed upon deliverables. Will typically manage multi-year projects with budgets in excess of $1 million, and a resource effort in excess of 2,500 hours.
Accountable for the overall management of assigned projects through the Project Delivery Framework phases: justify, start-up, plan, delivery, and wrap-up
Develop and maintain project documentation, including the project brief, project plans, communications plans, project team status, executive status reports, project roles & responsibilities, and maintain the document repositories
Accountable for coordinating project activities including establishing schedules, assigning tasks, monitoring, and resolving conflicts
Accountable for the project Risk, Issue, and Change Management processes, analysis, reporting, and escalation
Facilitate executive status meetings with the Business Sponsor and Steering Committee during which, the project progress will be reviewed, issues discussed for resolution, and raise any material changes to scope, budget, or schedule
Provide regular status progress reports to Project Management Office to assist with the overall tracking and management of the Project Portfolio
Program Management oversight including mentoring of Project Managers
Responsible for managing multiple large and complex projects at one time
Responsible to work closely with the business functional areas, vendors, and other IT teams in defining project priorities, scope, approach, resource requirements, schedule, deliverables, and budgets; facilitate cross project coordination and communication
Responsible for vendor relationships throughout the project ensuring outsourced tasks meet contract expectations, firm standards, and are delivered on time
Assist with the development of RFIs and RFPs as required to enable third party solutions and IT services
Responsible for the definition of the project business requirements, analysis, and design; facilitate decision making sessions for project specific architecture, business strategy, operational processes, business processes, and organizational requirements
Meet with project stakeholders to clearly capture business requirements, critical milestones, and dependencies – may require travel to other offices
Coordinate the creation and follow up of project related surveys and end-user communications that clearly explain technical concepts using non-technical language
Act as a liaison between IT stakeholders to strengthen understanding of business-aligned goals
Challenge the status quo
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
A minimum of 8 years successfully managing large and complex IT projects from inception to completion, overseeing direct / indirect reports and vendors. 12+ years of IT experience
Legal Industry experience preferred
Strong understanding of project management principles and methods; preferred current Project Management certification such as PMP, Prince 2, Master’s Certificate, CSM or other certification / degree in project management
Agile and DevOps experience preferred
Proficient with MS-Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, Project
Excellent written and oral communication skills and a keen level of attention to detail
Strong leadership and organizational skills
Self-motivated, self-starter, focused on delivery of deadlines and adherence of quality assurance procedures
Proven ability to work under pressure; ability to handle multiple conflicting priorities
Team awareness – recognizes and understands both personal and team dynamics and relationships; empathetic to stakeholder concerns; recognizes motivational issues and effectively influences more desirable outcomes or provides incentive as necessary
Pragmatic and flexible in project management approach, tailoring their style to the needs of their projects, teams, and business partners
Strong business analysis skills and strategic thinker; experience managing high risk projects
Strong understanding of technology, architecture, development, and quality assurance
Change Management experience with complex business transformational efforts
Strong experience working with global teams; ability to adapt to different cultures
High level of discretion, comfortable handling sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality
Expert project planning and management skills
We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision/life/and AD&D insurance, 401(k) savings plan, back-up childcare and eldercare, generous paid time off (PTO), as well as opportunities for professional development and growth. EOE m/f/d/v/so
About Mayer Brown LLP
Mayer Brown LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm takes a cross-practice, cross-border approach to solving the needs of its clients through the seamless integration of its lawyers across the globe.
Mayer Brown is noted for its commitment to client service and its ability to solve the most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide.