Requisition Number: 2021-06-01317-0160-002
Job Title: Project Manager
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday-Friday; 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Project Manager

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Description/Job Summary

The Project Manager is responsible for the success of all projects in the portfolio, including documenting project progress, managing resources and identifying critical paths. The project manager plans, executes and delivers all projects on time, within budget and scope in accordance with business priorities. Throughout the lifecycle of each project, the project manager tracks project status and manages project teams to mitigate issues and risks. This role utilizes expertise and leadership skills to direct staff and to ensure that project goals and requirements are met.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Direct large-scale, complex projects that may involve multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Define, create, estimate and execute project plans for project, portfolio and product prioritization and implementation; coordinate and facilitate delivery of project objectives
  • Evaluate trade-offs between project size and complexity, cost, urgency, risk and stakeholder value
  • Partner with business sponsors to define success metrics and criteria
  • Build, lead and mentor multiple project teams throughout project lifecycles
  • Monitor and enforce on-site schedules, milestones and vendor accountability; facilitate all operational checkpoint activities throughout projects lifecycle
  • Make project related purchases  in accordance with policies, budgets and operational demand
  • Create risk mitigation strategies to anticipate, assess and resolve project risks as they are encountered
  • Ensure all projects adhere to project methodology compliance standards set by the Firm
  • Prepare project status reports and present project performance updates to relevant business stakeholders
  • Define and track project milestones while developing, maintaining and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan
  • Ensures all projects meet success parameters and ROI targets stated in business case
  • Establish project management standards and distribute among the IT Department
  • Identify technologies which can streamline and simplify the PMO process
  • Highlight project challenges to the Associate Director, PMO
  • Manage projects, using aforementioned project management standards, as assigned by the Associate Director, PMO
  • Act as IT liaison providing support to the professional departments at the Firm
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience managing IT projects in a law firm environment
  • Excellent project management and team leadership skills
  • In depth understanding of project management concepts
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Project and other program management tools
  • Understanding of software development lifecycles (i.e. Agile, SCRUM, Waterfall, Iterative) including project initiation, mobilizing resources in a matrix environment, business stakeholder engagement, transition to service delivery, etc.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Ability to anticipate problems, gather information, analyze and make recommendations
  • Ability to work effectively across work groups
  • Ability to anticipate risks and devise solutions in the moment
  • Focused and versatile team player who is comfortable under pressure, ambiguity, frequent change, or unpredictability
  • Strong knowledge of business objectives
  • Proficiency in MS Office and related tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, plan and multi-task work activities in a high pressure environment

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or  related field  (Master’s preferred)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Certification in PMP or CAPM required
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