Position Overview: The Practice Group Business Manager will provide operational support to the Firm’s Advocacy practice groups with the aim of driving and enhancing practice performance in line with the Firm’s strategic objectives. The Manager will work closely with practice leaders to implement strategic initiatives, manage daily operations, as well as cultivate and execute business processes
Instrumental in developing and implementing strategic plans, including financial, marketing, legal project management, technology, and business development activities.
Works with Practice Group Leaders (PGLs) and other Professional Business Service (PBS) team members to develop, monitor, analyze and review annual practice-level financial goals and targets, and works to drive improvements to ensure alignment with planned targets.
Partners with PGLs and PBS team members to ensure cross-practice and cross-functional initiatives are implemented at the practice group (PG) level.
Ensures appropriate resourcing model, headcount planning, staffing, succession planning, and talent pipeline leveraging support from and in coordination with other PBS functions.
Collaborates in the development of, and monitors to ensure effective implementation of, Partner business development plans, leveraging support working in coordination with other PBS functions.
Assists in the development and creation of PG meeting agendas and presentations.
Identifies tools to assist in practice growth, analysis of viability of potential new business, and forecasting trends that will affect existing or potential new business.
Partners with other PBS functions to bring training opportunities to the PG related to practice management technology, resources, and other tools that facilitate productivity and business development goals.
Working in coordination with PGLs, oversees PG budget and expenses.
Oversees Associate utilization, reporting issues to PGLs and Professional Development Team regularly.
Responsible for work allocation and staffing recommendations within PG, taking into account utilization and development needs and desires.
Works with accounting department to produce financial reports for PGLs, monitors same and reports to the PGL.
Works with PGLs to develop, implement, and update knowledge management portals in collaboration with IT.
Other projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required. J.D. or M.B.A. strongly preferred. 5+ years of experience in strategic planning, leadership, financial analysis/reporting, legal operations management, and/or legal marketing in a law firm. Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to manage projects in a collaborative fashion. Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Strong technological proficiency. Requires regular and predictable attendance during the assigned work schedule. Ability to travel to other offices as needed.
About Thompson & Knight LLP
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight today is a full service law firm known for our capabilities in energy finance, taxation, business transactions, and an ability to resolve our clients'? controversies in or out of court. The Firm has more than 300 attorneys with U.S. offices in Texas, New York, and California, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe. Our attorneys and resources circle the globe from areas such as Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, and Nicaragua in Latin America; Algeria, Libya, and Egypt in North Africa; Ghana, Angola, South Africa, and Nigeria in sub-Saharan Africa; England and France in Europe; and China, Japan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and South Korea in Asia. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the Firm takes pride in the depth of our experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight is named “Law Firm of the Year” in Natural Resources Law (2018) and in Oil & Gas Law (2011-2013, 2015, 2017) by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms."?