Job Details

Business Manager

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland, OR

Job - Law

Close Date: 01/31/2020

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a leading Pacific Northwest law firm, is seeking a results-driven Business ‎Manager to work with our CEO and C-suite.‎

We are looking for someone with a strong work ethic and initiative who is eager to work with us in ‎supporting the firm’s strategic initiatives and day to day firm operations. As leadership’s “right-hand ‎‎person,” this high-level role requires a skilled individual who possesses strong emotional intelligence, is ‎self-motivated, and has strong financial and analytical ‎skills. The successful candidate will be able to ‎anticipate unmet needs, have difficult conversations, and handle multiple initiatives and constant deadlines. ‎They will have the ability to prioritize projects based on assessing urgency and importance. The Business ‎Manager is key to implementing both change initiatives and operational plans that support the Firm, CEO, ‎and Chiefs’ operational and strategic goals. The ideal candidate works independently and functions well in ‎a collaborative team environment.‎
This position is based in our Portland, OR office and will report to the CEO.‎

Job Responsibilities
This role has responsibilities in five key areas:‎
‎1.‎ Support the firm’s strategic and business planning processes and execution;‎
‎2.‎ Organize, track and ‎facilitate communication and share information among leadership;‎
‎3.‎ Work on cross-disciplinary projects with the firm’s operational leaders; CEO, Chiefs and Leadership ‎Cabinet (Board, Industry Group Leaders, Department Heads);‎
‎4.‎ Support the CEO in the role as Board Chair, as requested by the CEO and Chiefs; and ‎
‎5.‎ Develop project and communication plans and scorecards to evaluate progress and measure the ‎effectiveness ‎of initiatives.‎
This position must: ‎
‎1.‎ Work with leadership to align their meetings, actions, and communications in support of agreed-‎upon goals and priorities. ‎
‎2.‎ Use expert communication skills, including experience producing effective written and verbal ‎communications for ‎executives.‎
‎3.‎ Work collaboratively across departments, offices, and industries to help achieve strategic plan ‎goals.‎
‎4.‎ Demonstrate the ability to handle confidential information with discretion. ‎
‎5.‎ Understand how to get things done or who to ask by having robust project management ‎capabilities.‎
‎6.‎ Demonstrate accurate and detailed analytical thinking, financial acumen, and business insights.‎
Strategic Direction: Help firm leadership maintain momentum on mission-critical projects and stay abreast ‎of important decisions or deadlines. Perform diligently on projects and initiatives by understanding critical ‎strategic goals.‎
Management and Facilitation: Manage special projects/initiatives. Facilitate follow up of action items ‎from leadership meetings and ‎retreats. Work with CEO, Chiefs, and Leadership Cabinet on a master ‎planning cycle for ‎the firm as it applies to Departments and Industries. Ensure that decision-making ‎processes are explicit, follow-up actions from meetings are clear, ‎and commitments to act get completed ‎by agreed-upon deadlines.‎ A successful Business Manager will exert tenacity in these efforts. ‎
Measurement and Evaluation: Develop or use existing firm tools and processes to ensure alignment, ‎effectiveness, and efficiency across the firm in pursuing strategic goals. Prepare materials ‎summarizing ‎relevant information for the CEO and Chiefs, including gathering essential project data.‎
Knowledge of Business Operations: Prepare reports for senior management and work on firm policies. ‎This position will develop proven management tools to research, analyze, and improve efficiencies.‎
Education and Experience
• A bachelor’s degree in business administration, business management, or other related field is ‎mandatory. MBA is strongly preferred.‎
• At least five years’ experience in a management position.‎
• Project management experience strongly preferred.‎
• Knowledge of law firm operations or familiarity with professional services environments is ‎preferred.‎
• Ideal candidates will be familiar with 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. They ‎will understand the challenges of local office operations. ‎

This position may require occasional travel to other office locations.‎

About Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt ‎
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a law firm that offers a new type of client experience based ‎on a ‎deep ‎industry focus. We provide a wide range of legal services to our clients through ‎‎‎comprehensive, ‎proactive, ‎and industry-focused advice to help them achieve their goals. We ‎‎focus on six industry ‎groups: Healthcare ‎and Life Sciences; Technology; Transportation, Ports, and Maritime; Real ‎‎Estate and ‎Construction; Natural ‎Resources; and Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retail. With ‎more ‎‎than ‎‎180 attorneys, Schwabe is one of ‎the largest Pacific Northwest ‎regional law firms, ‎with ‎offices in Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Salem, ‎Oregon; Seattle and Vancouver, Washington; Mountain View, California; and Anchorage, Alaska.‎
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt provides a team-oriented working environment, offering competitive ‎salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎vision, life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, ‎tuition reimbursement, EAP, transit ‎subsidy, and paid time off.‎
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‎ All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ‎‎ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other ‎status protected ‎by law.‎

Apply Now
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter ‎to the HR Director at ‎‎