Secretary, Corporate

Secretarial Services

Job Reference

2200014G

Function

Secretarial Services

Category

Business Professionals

Location

Dublin, Ireland

Schedule

Full-time

The role

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are recruiting a Secretary within our Corporate team based in Dublin.

DLA Piper has a unique approach to our legal secretarial function - 'the hub' (a model encouraging true teamwork). This approach allows us to stretch and develop your skills ensuring you are given interesting work at an appropriate level whilst making sure you are not over-burdened. You still have contact with clients and partners but you will collaborate and work with a wider range of people in the department than in a traditional secretarial model.

The feedback on 'the hub' from our existing team has been really positive - we see it as the natural evolution of secretarial services.

We have 4 levels of role in the team:

Team Coordinator - monitors incoming work and team capacity and distributes jobs and projects to members of the team, whilst also operating as a senior level secretary. They are also responsible for communicating with fee earners to keep them appraised of a task or projects status

Senior Secretary - takes ownership for the efficient running of the team by role-modelling as an effective and responsible team member and act as workflow supervisor where required

Secretary - provides general secretarial and administration services as part of the secretarial team

Team Administrator - a junior role for those still developing their skills, undertakes routine secretarial tasks at the direction of the Team Coordinator

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works as part of the team to provide general secretarial and administration to the Group
  • Assists the team in providing fee earners with effective and high quality secretarial support, enabling them to focus on providing the best legal services to clients
  • Undertakes all aspects of the role using the most appropriate tools and resources for the task to meet deadlines
  • Ensures clear and concise record keeping relating to tasks undertaken and correct filing of tasks and supporting materials (i.e. email instructions / discussions)
  • Follows team processes and procedures when undertaking tasks
  • Collaborates with team members on hub processes, procedures and solutions
  • Responds flexibly and appropriately to fee earner requirements/needs
  • Actively participates in team meetings
  • Develops prioritisation skills
  • Demonstrates flexibility and proactively contribute to the team's success by actively seeking to improve working processes
  • Communicates problems promptly to Team Coordinator (or Senior Secretary)
  • Seeks help or clarification and confirms understanding when uncertain about a task or when instructions are not clear

ABOUT YOU

Technical:

  • Previous relevant experience as a Legal Secretary or Team Administrator
  • IT literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook), Lync - Skype for Business
  • Excellent diary management
  • Document management and filing efficiently
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Basic understanding of billing
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Applies knowledge and judgement to solve problems and make decisions

Personal:

  • Friendly, personable and approachable
  • Excellent communicator- both written and verbally
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Confident and professional
  • Conscientious and diligent
  • Remains calm under pressure

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 may 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.