Job Description

Solutions Architect - Practice Economics

This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. This position is responsible for providing the data and analysis used for purposes of general business management, pricing agreements, and rate negotiations.  This position will develop, implement, and improve KPI reporting strategies and technologies for attorneys, Practice Group Chairs and other firm management.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for developing strategies and best practices for mining the firm’s data for insights into pricing and scoping for future matters.
  • Working with the Director of Practice Economics, develop and implement new financial reports with an emphasis on data visualization, dashboards, and easily accessible and understandable KPIs.
  • Act as the primary day-to-day liaison between the Practice Economics Group and the firm’s IT organization with the goal of improving firm-wide access to financial data and analysis.
  • Work with attorneys to clearly define legal matter assumptions (key tasks, motions, document review, etc.) and monitor, document, and develop pricing for scope changes throughout the life of matters.
  • Create process workflows for various types of legal matters as well as templates for future engagements.
  • Support the creation, evaluation, and execution of client fee arrangements with the objective of driving improvement in the firm’s pricing outcomes.
  • Interact with groups across the firm and work directly with senior management, lawyers, accounting, marketing and others to develop and implement best practices in pricing and budgeting.
  • Create and generate project management statistics and KPI reports for management and practice groups on a regular basis, including statistics relating to time entry task coding, budgeting and budget tracking.
  • Assist in the development, preparation and production of complex reporting required by clients and attorneys, including on individual maters or portfolios of client work.
  • Collaborate with client matter supervising attorneys in the development of matter budgets based on historical data and tracking of budget vs. actual metrics through the lifecycle of the budgeted matter(s).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • 4+ years of progressively responsible work experience in a professional services organization.
  • 2+ years of experience with accounting software systems preferred.
  • BA/BS in accounting, finance, economics or related field; MBA preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products, required; ability to perform advanced spreadsheet functions in Excel, required.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret financial/performance data, and ability to communicate said data in lay terms, required.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with all levels of a professional services organization, including interpersonal skills, required.
  • Strong sense of urgency/prioritization and ability to recognize when to seek guidance.
  • Demonstrated history of taking initiative and being a self-starter.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills with a high attention to detail and ability to work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Previous experience in a law-firm or professional services organization, supporting a multi-office environment, preferred.
  • Prior experience with law firm technology including Elite, Redwood Analytics, and Budget Manager.
  • Project management and/or process improvement experience in a professional services firm a plus.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

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