Responsible Business Project Manager

Manchester Science Park, UK
16 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description - Responsible Business Project Manager (19000090)Job Description Responsible Business Project Manager - (19000090)Description Freshfields Overview

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

Our people make our firm - we are a people business and want to create a welcoming and supportive environment where all can flourish. We see diversity as a strength which creates fresh perspectives and generates new ideas. We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job. We deliver best when working in teams.

We think and work globally - we don't just say we are one firm; we act like one firm right across the world. We work wherever our clients need us. This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross-border work isn't just what we do, it is what we excel at. We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.

We aim to add value in everything we do - we are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We use our experience and creativity to help clients make judgements and achieve their goals. In everything we do, we seek to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.

Location Overview

The Freshfields Global Centre provides both business and legal services to the firm. Our services are delivered in a way which supports the global nature of our firm and our clients, enables our fee earners to deliver exceptional service to our clients and to do that in a way which is efficient and effective. Our Centre in Manchester is the first site to be established in the emerging Freshfields Global operating model. Our aspiration is to establish further sites in the US and Asia-Pacific in the coming years.

Function Overview

Responsible business (sometimes known as CSR, citizenship or sustainability) lies at the heart of the firm and its strategy for success. In the words of the senior partner: "the way we do business at Freshfields reflects who we are and what we stand for. We don't just want to advise our clients well, we want to do so in a responsible and sustainable way."

Our responsible business strategy [link] focuses on (i) the way we work (ii) how we engage with clients around RB and (ii) how we make a positive difference to the communities we touch, focusing our efforts on providing access to justice and access to opportunity.

The Responsible Business team is responsible for developing and delivering our strategy in respect of the external-facing aspects of responsible business, developing and delivering our environmental strategy and working closely with our HR teams to ensure a responsible working environment for our people.

One of our flagship programmes is the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme. This was devised to address the disproportionate underrepresentation of black men from less privileged backgrounds in large commercial law firms and the City of London. It is a UK-wide scheme aimed at exceptionally talented first year students at UK universities studying Law, and in a small number of pilot universities, other courses too. In memory of Stephen Lawrence, the Scheme was launched in 2013 by Freshfields, working with Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE.

Now in its seventh year, the Scheme has assessed over 400 candidates and offered 69 Scholarships. The 2019 cohort of 14 scholars were selected in May 2019 and begin scholarship activities in July 2019. Many scholars have gone on to accept training contract offers from Freshfields or join other prestigious City organisations. Applications are made by universities on behalf of exceptionally talented demographically eligible students, with candidates also submitting a two minute supporting video. Successful applicants then attend a two day assessment centre at Freshfields in London, before final scholars are chosen. Scholars receive a contribution towards study-related costs, work placements during university holidays, an alternative route to interview for a training contract at Freshfields, interview coaching and mentoring. Qualifications Role summary / purpose of job

The Responsible Business Project Manager will be responsible for project managing the successful delivery of our award-winning Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme (the Scheme). They will develop processes and plans which ensure that the project is delivered on time, to budget and to the right quality, managing people and resources to ensure that the Scheme is sustainable in the long-term. S/he will work in a team comprised of the social mobility partner, the community investment manager (to whom s/he will report), the community investment executive and the many volunteers (around 200) who get involved in running the Scheme each year. S/he will also work alongside other teams involved in social mobility and recruitment (eg our Diversity & Inclusion and graduate recruitment teams) to ensure that the Scheme is aligned with and embedded in the firm.

S/he will also be responsible for:
working with the global head of RB and project managing global responsible business projects which require central co-ordination, for example the annual United Nations Global Compact report and the annual London Benchmarking Group exercise; andsupporting the global head of RB and work stream leads in developing the RB operating budget and monitoring costs.
Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme

The RB project manager will be accountable for the successful delivery of the Scheme. The primary tasks are to:
project manage the scheme's ongoing programme including:candidate selection and registration process;constituent events that comprise the programme including universities day, assessment centre, project week and up to 12 development programme meetings per year;internal engagement programme and volunteer involvement;outreach to universitiesproduction of all marketing material and collateralreview and improve the programme to deliver ongoing gains in efficiency and student/volunteer satisfaction, including managing:the creation of project plans, process maps, risk logs etc. to deliver a step-change in the scheme's operational resiliencethe transition to a paperless/paper-lite programmethe development of an alumni programmemanaging the resources necessary to effectively deliver the Scheme according the project plans, including the work of the community investment executive and any other staff or volunteers assigned to the projectAlongside the community investment executive, act as the contact point for resolving all enquiries from applicants, scholars, alumni and university tutors. Be adept at separating the important from the urgent, and be resourceful in solving challenging problems - involving the right people as appropriate Support the community investment manager in positioning the Scheme externally, including PRManage the Scheme budget.

Responsible business projects

In addition the role will involve project managing annual RB deliverables by working with the subject matter experts in pro bono, community investment, client sustainability and environment, alongside senior members of staff outside of the RB team and the wider volunteer coordinator network to produce the annual UNGC report and complete the annual LBG benchmarking exercise.

Key requirements (Communication/skills/experience)
Proven ability to deliver cross-discipline projects in a large organisation, using a structured approach, with recent examples of successful execution;Experience of delivering high-quality corporate events;Project management or process improvement experience;Experience of recruitment, assessment centres or other relevant experience an advantageProven experience of successfully challenging the status quo and delivering sustainable, measurable improvements to business processes; Stakeholder management experience to director level;Excellent written and verbal communication skills;Excellent work productivity combined with attention to fine detail including in volume correspondence. Owing to peak workflows, willingness to work outside conventional working hours and in school holidays;Awareness of race and social mobility diversity and inclusion issues, policies and best practices;Strong empathy with students at racial and social disadvantage and ease in engaging with outlying groups. An understanding of the legal career path and skill set required in a large commercial law firm an advantage;IT literate; a fluent user of MS Project and MS Office, including Excel, Visio and Connect; andWillingness to travel within the UK.

Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background. All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing. Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.
Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made. A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer: we make decisions on a case by case basis and take a number of factors into account (eg the role you are applying for and the circumstances of the offence). You would have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision. Job: Business ServicesSchedule: Full-timeShift: Day JobEmployee Status: RegularJob Type: StandardJob Posting: Jul 4, 2019, 10:15:41 AM

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