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New Role: Legal Operations Specialist

New role in from global law firm Simmons & Simmons for a Legal Operations Specialist based in the UK.

More details below:

About the job

We are looking for a Legal Operations Specialist to join the Simmons & Simmons Legal Operations function.

The Legal Operations Specialist role is a newly created position in a newly created function. The Legal Operations (Legal Ops) function, established in May 2023, has been created to ensure business and technical practices are embedded and continuously improved, increasing productivity and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of how legal services are delivered and experienced by our clients globally.

The role will provide support to the function, helping it become established, internationalised, and embedded in the working practices of the firm’s practice.

What will you do:

  • Work side-by-side with the Legal Operations Manager to develop an agile, centralised legal process improvement capability in order to create processes and practices to improve the day-to-day efficiency and effectiveness via supporting operational performance initiatives within teams and practices, globally.
  • Manage and support projects ensuring the objectives of the process improvement initiatives are understood and delivered.
  • Help the legal operations manager to deliver strategic and operational initiatives.
  • Support the development of process improvement methodologies and tools that are reflective of our operating environment, as well as assist in identifying and implementing tools to streamline new or existing practices.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including marketing & business development, IT, legal tech, and finance, as well as various business units.
  • Develop credible and effective relationships with the Legal Ops team and other stakeholders and colleagues to drive delivery of the Legal Operations strategy.
  • Actively identify where process improvement activities can be deployed for wider business benefits and work with the Legal Ops manager to translate learnings across to our strategic focus areas.
  • Support Legal Ops manager reporting on metrics and case studies demonstrating how value is added through process improvement initiatives.

What we are looking for:

  • Previous experience of working in a similar role at a law firm or other professional services entity.
  • Experience of applying process improvement methodologies and tools and development of business tooling (such as process maps, procedures, guides etc).
  • Experience of business analysis and applying findings to operating environment.
  • Strong collaborative management skills and style.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A proven track record of delivering to business objectives.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • A firm understanding of the legal sector and up to date knowledge of Legal Operations and process improvement best practice.

Here at Simmons & Simmons:

Simmons & Simmons is a place where dynamic minds thrive. Our culture is built on work that matters, you will work on inspirational and thought-provoking projects, using your influence to create positive impact for our clients, society and the planet. We also ensure that everyone’s voice is heard from day one, irrespective of job title, qualification, or background. You’ll be encouraged to have an enquiring mind and share ideas that can drive the firm forward. Through innovative learning and development opportunities, you will be provided with a platform to excel, enabling you to exceed your career ambitions and do things you never thought were possible.

Some key information:

  • We offer a competitive package including bonuses dependant on role/level, private medical insurance and pension contribution.
  • Our global skills academy provides our people, regardless of their role and location, with excellent learning opportunities (including live workshops, podcasts, short videos and practical learning experiences).
  • We have adopted a hybrid working approach with a requirement for a minimum of three days in the office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
  • We bring together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with non-traditional capabilities via Simmons & Simmons Solutions that enhance, expand and differentiate the Simmons offering.
  • We are proud to rank as a top 30 Employer for Working Families and a top 25 Employer for Social Mobility.
  • We have a range of social and sports committees, summer and winter parties and monthly get togethers.
  • We have a range of diversity networks to connect people and celebrate our differences which is integral to our inclusive culture.
  • All UK offices have their own artwork collections – including Damien Hurst and Tracey Emin pieces in the London office. We have a long-standing history in supporting the art community especially up-and-coming artists.

Equal opportunities:

  • We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to equal opportunities in employment.
  • We believe in equality of opportunity, irrespective of race or ethnicity, religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment. We ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly during the recruitment and selection processes.
  • At Simmons & Simmons we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. We are supportive of flexible working arrangements wherever possible and we would encourage you to discuss this with us, should this be something you are interested in.

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