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The Hearst Corporation Office of General Counsel (OGC) functions as a full-service in-house boutique law firm for all facets of the Hearst Corporation’s roughly 360 businesses. Hearst owns dozens of daily and weekly newspapers, hundreds of global consumer magazines, 30 broadcast and radio stations, and has ownership stakes in leading cable networks, including ESPN, A&T and Lifetime. The fastest growing part of Hearst includes significant holdings in health care, automotive and financial services information companies, such as Fitch Ratings. Hearst also holds significant commercial real estate interests as well as forestry and solar operations and cattle and farming operations on ranches. Hearst has more than 15,000 employees, over a dozen offices internationally and is a Fortune 500 company by size on all metrics.

 

Key Job Responsibilities

The OGC seeks a highly-motivated team player to implement best-in-class management of our daily legal operations. This position will report to the Sr. Director of Operations and will serve as a key partner in managing the department's operational functions. The position will offer growth and experience-broadening opportunities to create best in class systems, policies and processes required for maximum efficiency and alignment within the department and cross-functionally. The role will work collaboratively with Hearst businesses and other support departments.  Candidates must have experience managing law firm pricing and billing practices. Willingness to participate in professional association forums to remain current in knowledge base required.  Experience managing Request for Proposal (RFP) processes preferred.

 

Outside Counsel Program Management

  • Manage outside counsel and other legal services supplier relationships.

  • Support Hearst users of the Matter Management System by providing training and responding to inquiries.  Maintain legal, business and finance user guides and supplier-facing rate and billing policies/guidelines.

  • Administer the Matter Management System. Maintain system administrator guide.

  • Partner with finance colleagues to ensure bills are paid in a timely manner and against the correct budgets.

  • Manage rate review processes, providing internal and external benchmark analytics and recommendations.

  • Provide guidance to attorneys and manage legal services procurement processes to coordinate selection processes, including RFPs, and to determine appropriate price range.

  • Generate invoice aging, accrual and other spend reports, as well as annual auditor report.

  • Analyze data and design dashboards and reports tracking efficiency and effectiveness indicators to facilitate resource allocation and other management decisions; develop and oversee Key Performance Indicators for monitoring and reporting of departmental performance.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Review and maintain optimal cost efficiency for department services such as Verizon mobile, Iron Mountain and Thomson Reuters’ subscription services.

  • Contribute to additional projects as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills

  • Minimum 4-5 years professional services management experience in an analytical, data driven, and entrepreneurial environment.  Experience in a corporate legal, big four accounting or another professional services environment required.

  • Prior experience in law firm pricing analytics and billing practices in a corporate legal setting, or vendor serving corporate legal clients, required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with major course work in business administration or management, finance, or operations preferred.

  • Active participation in Buying Legal Council, CLOC or similar professional development organization preferred.

  • Proactive, entrepreneurial approach to recognizing needs, solving problems, anticipating issues and developing solutions; excellent business judgment and strategic thinking.

  • Strong organizational skills and understanding of how to establish priorities and demonstrate flexibility as workloads fluctuate.

  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and the presence to partner with attorney professionals.  Must also be able to maintain good interpersonal relations and communications with support staff and other peer managers; proven aptitude to engage, influence and align internal and external stakeholders.

  • Strong written/verbal communications skills and good presentation/facilitation skills.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and advanced proficiency with Excel (v-lookup, pivot tables, charts, and formulas) required. Comfortable with technology.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be willing to work onsite in New York, NY. Occasional work travel may be required.

  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

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