Resource Manager

Business & Service Delivery

Job Reference

2017

Function

Business & Service Delivery

Category

Lawyers

Location

Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Birmingham, United Kingdom

The role

THE OPPORTUNITY

DLA Piper understands that you’re building a future. Which is why we encourage you to reach your full potential. To explore the opportunities and choices that shape your individual career journey. Here, personal growth goes hand in hand with professional development. 

That’s our commitment. This is your opportunity. 
An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced Resourcing Manager to join one of our Australian offices- Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. 

DLA Piper have introduced a resourcing framework to improve efficiencies in how practice groups manage and allocate matters, and as a result we are looking for an experienced Resource Manager to bring the benefits of effective resource management to the Australian business. This role is an addition to the relatively new Resourcing team, as part of the firm’s investment in innovation and change. This will be a very exciting time to join and help launch this function in Australia.

The Resourcing Manager will be fully immersed into the Practice Groups and relied on for staffing all resourcing demands, allocating work to the right people at the right time. Whilst this role will be focused on establishing resourcing into the team as BAU, they will also be expected to contribute to the success of encouraging a holistic resourcing function, working with the Legal Project Management group, Flexible Lawyering offering, and Legal Delivery Centre. 

This role is part of a growing function and therefore growth and opportunities to develop this role beyond this initial set of requirements will be encouraged.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Being accountable for the successful delivery of resourcing requests in a timely and efficient manner
  • Monitoring current and anticipated activity levels, capacity and matter staffing; and help smooth utilisation levels where required
  • Working with lawyers to help ensure work is aligned to individual associate development needs and interests where possible
  • Building strong relationships with stakeholders within the practice groups, at all levels including Partners, acting as a trusted advisor 
  • Managing resourcing data generate insights and assist with resourcing decisions
  • Providing forecast and actual utilisation and availability reports and other management information, as required
  • Oversight analysis of business forecasting e.g. chargeable hours, utilisation, and proactively drive resourcing decisions 
  • Understanding and maintaining knowledge of individual skills, development needs, experiences and personal / professional aspirations and apply this knowledge in resourcing decisions 
  • Supporting the ongoing development of the resourcing framework and implementation of the concept across the firm as part of the overall Resourcing strategy
  • Collaboration with other areas of the business and promoting Service Delivery offerings, such as, Legal Delivery Centre, Flexible Lawyer Service
  • Proactivity in seeking opportunities to further promote and enhance the resourcing framework
  • Contributing to conversations surrounding innovations to the framework including new solutions being discussed with both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Providing input into the strategic development of resource management firmwide.

ABOUT YOU

We are looking for:

  • An analytical approach and actively enjoys problem solving.
  • Strong experience of dealing with resource allocation, ideally within a professional services environment 
  • The ability to handle multiple priorities, working to sometimes conflicting timescales in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • A positive response to change and ability to bring others along the change journey
  • Strength in building trust and rapport to develop effective relationships
  • Ability to navigate an international matrix, with key stakeholders in multiple locations
  • The gravitas to learn the language of the business and apply this to resourcing conversations 
  • Resilience and pragmaticism with a strong commercial acumen
  • Innovation and ability to offer creative solutions 
  • Experience of working with financial systems
  • The ability to influence and promote change in line with strategy
  • Capability to commercially articulate the impact of resource management

ABOUT US

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

OUR VALUES

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.

AGILE WORKING

We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.