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ProfileSenior Director, Legal Operations Responsibilities: Reporting to the General Counsel based in Stamford, CT, this position’s essential duties and responsibilities will include: Providing creative thinking to help identify and develop cutting-edge strategies for increasing value and reducing outside legal spend while maintaining excellent legal representation and optimizing engagement practices with our law firms. Helping to manage external spend via financial analysis, benchmarking and proposing vendor alternatives, as well as negotiating agreements and alternative fee arrangements/discounts. Supporting department planning by tracking and reporting on key department metrics, business analysis and industry benchmarking. Owning legal department technology solutions, including contract management, records management and e-billing tools, to drive efficiency, collaboration and departmental alignment. Owning and continuing to develop the department wide web portal to support cross-departmental communication, policy compliance, access to key legal department tools and templates and to foster collaboration. Supporting e-discovery efforts, including vetting managed review providers and tool vendors. Managing legal department internal and external financial plans and budgets, including internal allocation process for legal department spend to business segments. Leading the strategic planning process to determine future headcount and spend by practice and site, and working as a primary interface between the Legal and Finance Departments. Managing outside counsel relationship management program, matter management system, and internal legal billing team.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: B.A. required preferably in Business, Finance or equivalent. 10-15 years of experience focusing on legal department operations. Must have in-house experience with a global company demonstrating strong experience in the areas detailed above. Hands-on administration of contracts and contract database. Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to liaise with all areas of the business at all levels, including senior management. Technology-savvy; proficient in all Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel; expertise with e-billing solutions. Ability to work independently and take ownership of projects; demonstrated project management skills. Prior staff management experience. Preferred: Clear and strategic thinker; proven experience in translating strategies into actionable plans. Capable of handling multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion. Very strong organizational and project management skills. MBA/JD Degree Preferred. Professional demeanor, organized and detail oriented. Strong work ethic. Superior organizational, communication and follow-up skills. Ability to react quickly with a strong sense of urgency. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and respond promptly to shifting priorities. Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work well in a team environment, and under strict time constraints.
Requisition Id: 105810
Harman International Industries
400 Atlantic Street,
Stamford, CT 6901