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Strategy and Planning Project Leader

Company: Ropes & Gray
Location: Boston
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

About the Strategy team

A key component of Ropes & Gray's success is a strategy team that supports the firm's leadership in making a wide range of strategic business decisions through rigorous research, analysis, and assessment. The strategy team enjoys the trust of Ropes & Gray's leadership and is called upon to advise on important strategic decisions about the firm's future. The wide range of practice areas at Ropes & Gray and the broad array of client segments and geographic markets that the firm serves result in strategy team projects that span many disciplines - indeed, no two projects are alike - and variety is the name of the game. Strategy team members have diverse backgrounds, but share an immutable commitment to the excellence of our work product and to the growth and development of team members. We are dedicated professionals, we work together as a team that has a strong sense of purpose, and take great pride in our collective success.

About you

We are looking for a special individual to join us. Ropes & Gray is an exceptional firm and a special place to work. The strategy team is a group of highly capable, humble, and deeply committed professionals with an impressive track record of excellence in all that we do. You are our ideal candidate if you are curious, self-motivated, patient, and poised; enjoy working in an environment where team members are supportive and have each other's backs; possess an innate desire to own and complete assignments to the highest standard in a timely manner; and have experience, aptitude, and interest in both quantitative and qualitative business analytics and strategy development. As a member of the strategy team, you will feel vested in the team's success and will care about the professional experience of colleagues. You will enjoy working on a wide variety of strategy projects that are challenging and provide opportunities for growth.

Essential responsibilities

  • Research and analysis, which is a cornerstone of the strategy team's work. This means you get to be curious and learn every day, and encourage curiosity and a learning mentality in other team members. You will either work independently or guide others to gather, analyze, structure, and synthesize qualitative and quantitative business, external market, and competitor data and information, as well as examine aspects of the firm's client base, capabilities, and economics - to find patterns, draw implications, and develop effective and compelling deliverables.
  • Project management and work planning, which means that you will start your work and the work of others from a general problem statement and clearly scope out the strategic issues and options to be researched and analyzed. You will develop hypotheses and figure out how to explore them, applying effective time management skills to balance multiple efforts and consistently meet deadlines, and prepare and execute against detailed modular work plans for projects or work streams - all the while ensuring the highest level of accuracy, organization, documentation, communication, and follow-through for your own work and the work of others, as a mentor to strategy analysts.
  • Strategic option development and decision support - starts with the presentation of findings through compelling and logical deliverables such as qualitative and quantitative exhibits, as well as detailed written reports - involves working closely and iteratively with teammates to create polished, client-ready deliverables - and concludes with the development of actionable options for decision makers, based on sound analytical findings, clear criteria, and good judgment, as well as potentially framing strategy implementation plans.
  • Relationship building, is an essential component of the role of the project leader and senior project leader. This entails building, developing, and growing business relationships vital to the success of each project, as opportunities arise, as well as adopting and fostering a collaborative approach to working with team members and across support team functions, consistent with Ropes & Gray's culture of teaming and collaboration. Desired experience, skills, and education

    You are the right person for the job if you:
    • Are, first and foremost, adaptable and flexible given the dynamic nature of the strategy team's work and evolving demands and priorities.
    • Have a strong aptitude for analytical work and demonstrated strengths and interest in problem solving.
      • Are able to work in a self-directed manner, take ownership of work, and contribute to the success of the team.
      • Are willing to receive and provide constructive feedback.
      • Possess superb project management and organizational skills.
      • Are capable of multi-tasking, sometimes under time-sensitive conditions.
      • Possess strong communication skills including written, verbal, and listening.
      • Like to collaborate, build relationships, and foster a positive work environment.
      • Have advanced Excel, PowerPoint, and Word skills.
      • Have an MBA, JD, or similar advanced professional degree.
      • Have a minimum six years of relevant professional experience, ideally in a professional services environment.

        Work conditions

        Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

        This list of responsibilities is not intended to be all inclusive and may be expanded to include other responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

        Ropes & Gray has been and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity in all its employment practices and thus reaffirms that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, handicapped or disabled status, or veteran status.

Keywords: Ropes & Gray, Boston , Strategy and Planning Project Leader, Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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