Perkins Coie, LLP Senior Practice Group Business Manager in Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Practice Group Business Manager
Job #S20200705K – Phoenix, Arizona
The Senior Practice Group Business Manager position is responsible for providing and/or ensuring the well-coordinated operational support for the IP practice group. This position is expected to employ a wide range of strategic and tactical solutions to help improve the profitability and efficiency of the IP practice group under the direction of the Sr. Director of Practice Management. This position also serves as the staff focal point for the IP practice group and provides management support and advisory services to multiple Practice Group and Subgroup chairs. The scope of responsibility encompasses a wide range of duties, including, but not limited to: Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Financial Management and Analysis, Pricing and Legal Project Management, Client Development and Professional Development. The Practice Group Business Manager will manage initiatives overseen by others as well as plan and develop the content for and participate in practice group conferences, retreats and meetings. This position will also conduct statistical analysis, and develop other proven management tools to research, analyze and improve the profitability and efficiencies of the IP practice groups, elevating key issues to the Sr. Director of Practice Management and Practice Group Chairs. Such activities may also include performing financial analysis, identifying trends, managing business intake, integration of new attorneys and assisting in attorney workload balancing and at all times exercising judgment to know what and when to escalate issues.
Required Skills:The ideal candidate will demonstrate a superior level of understanding of assigned tasks and procedures and is expected to perform with limited guidance and supervision from the Sr. Director of Practice Management. Independent judgment and discretion are required. The Practice Group Business Manager must be able to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects at one time, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required; proficient use of MS Office applications and statistical analysis is expected; must be adept in using the internet and standard databases as well as PowerPoint and sophisticated functions in Excel. Knowledge of law firm operations or familiarity with professional services environments is preferred. This position will also supervise practice operations manager and practice administrator.
Education & Experience:Ideal candidates will be experts in law firm operations, legal accounting and finance, the elements of law firm profitability at the client and matter level as well as the attorney level, and will understand the challenges of local office operations. Must also have strong leadership and the ability to guide and mentor management-level staff. Requires a BA Degree or equivalent; a solid understanding of the business, finance, personnel, statistics and/or systems disciplines; and/or a minimum of 8 years of applicable experience. MBA or JD preferred. Experience with Intellectual Property legal practice strongly preferred.
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