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    Marketing Technology Coordinator (Chicago)

    General Statement of Duties:

    Locke Lord LLP, an international law firm, has an immediate opening for a Marketing Database Coordinator located in its Chicago office. This position reports to and works under the direct supervision of the Marketing Technology Manager. This position works with the Firm’s CRM database and email marketing software tools along with members of the Marketing Department, attorneys and secretaries across the Firm to ensure effective external outreach to clients/contacts.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Facilitates the delivery of electronic marketing content (articles, announcements, invitations) via email marketing software using the Firm’s contact management system.
    • Coordinates distribution lists, process undeliverables, tracks delivery analytics and generates reports.
    • Maintains quality and troubleshoots all database-related functions, features and issues. Liaises with trainers to develop training materials and assist with training/help desk tickets as needed.
    • Participates as a member of firm-wide marketing team and provides assistance to other members of the team on projects as needed.

    Education & Experience:

    • B.A in Marketing or related area.
    • 2+ years of experience in professional services firm or similar role.
    • Prior experience with CRM software a plus (such as Thomson Reuters Elite’s Contact Manager or InterAction); prior experience with an email marketing product a plus.
    • Strong attention to detail and strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to interact with Firm members at all levels.
    • Proficient in PC environment and Microsoft Office products specifically Microsoft Excel, with knowledge of formulas and pivot tables a plus.
    • Excellent written, verbal, communication, time management and organization skills.
    • Possess the ability to work cohesively with all positions with the Firm.
    • Ability to work in a professional environment.

    Locke Lord is not working with search firms on this position (no calls please).

    Locke Lord is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or veteran status.

    Interested candidates should submit their application to our Staff Recruiter: stephanie.myers@lockelord.com 


    Department Manager (Client Performance Analysis) (Dallas)

    Job Responsibilities

    Department manager and controller responsible for providing finance-related services to the business departments:

    • Explain, present and analyze the financial performance of the business verticals
    • Supports the Department Leadership and Practice Group Managers as they develop practice strategy and manage practice operations
    • Continuously monitor key performance indicators (e.g. billing efficiency, collection realization, days sales outstanding, revenue  and profit) by managing internal change initiatives as part of the Finance Operations team
      • Identify and prioritize business challenges, risks and opportunities while recommending action plans
      • Provide meaningful, actionable insights, advice, and recommendations on historic and the future financial performance to the Business’ leadership
      • Deliver timely financial analytics and business counsel to effectively measure business performance against strategic priorities
      • Support an efficient and effective long-term planning and forecasting process that produces accurate, achievable plans and forecasts that align with business’s strategic objectives
      • Serve as a catalyst to drive forward initiatives critical to delivering the business’ strategy
      • Support the business in protecting, growing and optimizing the assets of the Firm
      • Explain and analyze the business’ financials
      • Ability to draft clear and succinct written reports to explain validation methodologies, key risk areas and recommendations for improvement
      • Drive initiatives in support of the business in achieving its strategic objectives
      • Provide regular and actionable mentoring, feedback and professional development opportunities to their teams
      • Regularly communicates issues and progress to manager(s)
      • Liaises with others as necessary, including international team members.
      • Support and execute ad hoc management requests as they relate to the forecasting process
    • Tracks and analyzes underlying drivers of practice revenue growth
    • Participate in strategy development and planning, facilitate the long-term financial planning process and develop metrics to monitor the performance against strategic objectives

    Qualifications 

    Education

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or related subject
    • MBA or advanced degree preferred 
    • CMA/CFA a plus, but not required

    Experience Requirements

    • Minimum of 5+ years of relevant finance experience, preferably in a professional services firm
    • Minimum 2 - 3 years’ experience leading revenue and business performance analysis
    • Demonstrated accomplishments in the following areas:
      • Financial Reporting and Analysis
      • Team management
      • Managing virtual teams
      • Working with Senior Leadership
      • Problem solving skills
      • Project management
      • Change management
      • Business process improvement
      • Providing thought leadership
      • Formulating and delivering action plans for high profile strategic initiatives
      • Developing innovative solutions to business issues 

    Capability & Skillset Requirements

    • Accountability for Results: Holds self and others accountable for ensuring that results are achieved; Seizes opportunities to produce results without direct supervision; Takes action on items beyond formal job responsibility; Sets high expectations for self and others
    • Leadership:  Possesses strong leadership capabilities, strong executive presence and organized and able to drive the productivity of others
    • Communications: Strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written, and ability to create as well as deliver effective presentations.
    • Creating Quality Deliverable: Establishes deliverable structure and content to ensure high standards for quality deliverables; Reviews deliverables to ensure that they meet end-user expectations;
    • Developing thought leadership / innovative ideas:  Generates innovative ideas that are sound and progressive; Fosters creativity throughout area of responsibility
    • Problem Solving: Ability to work in a dynamic environment that requires critical thinking and strong analytical skills
    • Providing Exceptional Client Service: Manages self and others to provide exceptional client service by responding with a sense of urgency, practicality, accountability, and integrity
    • Motivating Others: Exhibits enthusiasm, positive professional attitude, integrity, reliability, and leadership
    • Building Rapport: Leads by example; actively listens; Respects the opinions and perspectives of others; Demonstrates strong personal commitment to others; clearly states thoughts, ideas, and expectations
    • Decision-making: Decision making skills, and ability to challenge, negotiate, and influence
    • Accounting: Understanding financial statements, financial ratios and billing cycles.

    Technology & Other Requirements 

    • Understanding and using an ERP/CRM system (SAP, Hyperion, Dynamics, etc.) and other financial applications
    • Strong proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
    • Writing and delivering formal communications and presentations 

    Locke Lord is not working with search firms on this position (no calls please).

    Locke Lord is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or veteran status.

    Interested candidates should submit their application to our Staff Recruiter: stephanie.myers@lockelord.com 


    Patent Filing Assistant (Hartford)

    General Statement of Duties:

    The IP Patent Filing Assistant in the Intellectual Property Department provides all aspects of practice-specific administrative support and patent filing support for the department. 

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal administrative support to patent client work.
    • Assist with domestic and international patent prosecution and trademark.
    • Preparing and filing US Patent Applications, Provisional Applications, Non-Provisional Applications, Continuation Applications, Continuation-In-Part Applications, National Stage Applications and Divisional Applications documents through the IPDAS software/database.
    • Preparing and filing of Preliminary Amendments, Responses to USPTO Office Actions, Notice to Respond to Missing Parts, Assignments, Information Disclosure Statements and, Notice of Allowance documents through the IPDAS software/database.
    • Creating reporting letters and, legal documents such as Declaration and Power of Attorney forms and Assignments through the IPDAS software/database.
    • Downloading foreign patents and publications as needed for the preparation of Information Disclosure Statements.
    • Maintaining a soft docket.
    • Electronic filing with the USPTO.
    • Scheduling and coordinating meetings including meals, A/V, and location planning.
    • Coordinating with other departments to process reimbursements utilizing Necho
    • Ability to perform time entry in Aderant and mailing of client bills, including, filing, mailing and transcription of monthly billing memos/letters.
    • File US Patent applications and related forms on-line through the USPTO website.
    • Handle all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution, including review of attorneys’ dockets to ensure proper docketing while maintaining and meeting all due dates.
    • Oversee creation, maintenance and, organization of files for all cases.
    • Manage multiple projects under time-sensitive guidelines.
    • Open new matter numbers and, request files through LegalKey.
    • Perform word processing duties as required.
    • Ability to work within in a team environment as well as independently.
    • Willingness to work overtime when requested and/or needed.
    • Perform all other duties as required.

    Education & Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in IP (Patents).
    • Must have experience in filing US Patent applications and related forms online, and handling all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution.
    • Strong skills with document preparation (styles, formatting, etc.), familiarity with docketing databases (CPI), EFS, IPDAS, and document management databases; FileSite, Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook, document conversion and PowerPoint software required.
    • Must be detail-oriented, solid proof-reading skills, possess strong written and oral communication skills, have excellent organizational skills and produce work with accuracy.  Must be able to function in a calm, professional manner in the midst of a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to be self-motivated with the ability to handle competing demands in a timely and efficient manner as well as prioritizing numerous projects.
    • Proficiency in Windows 7, Microsoft Office Suite 2010.

    Locke Lord is not working with search firms on this position (no calls please).

    Locke Lord is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or veteran status.

    Interested candidates should submit their application to our Staff Recruiter: stephanie.myers@lockelord.com 


    Senior Net Developer/Production Support Lead (Dallas)

    Development Technical Lead provides technical guidance and oversight to a mid-size group that designs, develops, maintains and troubleshoots web applications within the firm technology stack. This Lead is a member of our enterprise development team. As well as providing technical leadership, this individual will also be tasked with being an active developer in the group, configuring, coding, developing, maintaining, updating and documenting applications in an Agile (SCRUM) development environment. This person will report to the application development director who oversees this area.

    Primary Areas of Responsibility:

    • Provide technical leadership to a development team
    • Analyze and document business needs
    • Be able to multitasking working on development projects and production support
    • Provide detail-level development estimates for planning/budgeting
    • Work with Enterprise Architect to design compliant solutions
    • Design and develop solutions using .NET Framework
    • Maintain and enhance existing Web Service, Web Forms and MVC applications
    • Optimize processes in order to reduce ongoing IT Support costs
    • Troubleshoot IT related application issues

    Required Skills:

    • 1+ year experience as a Technical lead or Team Lead
    • 8-10+ years of experience with web development in .NET Framework 2.0+
    • Proficient in ASP.NET, C#, ADO.NET, HTML/XHTML, CSS, XML, SQL, WCF, WPF/XAML
    • Strong JavaScript front end development experience. Sencha Ext JS is preferred
    • Strong working knowledge on report tools like SSRS or RDLC
    • Experience in an AGILE development environment
    • Strong SQL Query, Stored Procedure, function and view development  knowledge
    • Solid OO design and development concepts
    • Understanding of Unit/Integration Testing
    • Relational database design concepts
    • MS Office expertise
    • Leadership/team building experience
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Ability to mentor and coach
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills

    Preferred Skills:

    • BS in Computer Science (or related field)
    • Exposure to MVC 2.0+, AJAX and jQuery, as well as Linq to SQL/Objects
    • Ability to “think outside the box” on solutions
    • MS Visio experience
    • Some Test-Driven Development Background

    Locke Lord is not working with search firms on this position (no calls please).

    Locke Lord is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or veteran status.

    Interested candidates should submit their application to our Staff Recruiter: stephanie.myers@lockelord.com 


    Foreign Filing Specialist (Boston or Stamford)

    General Statement of Duties:

    The Foreign Filing Specialist is responsible for supervising, administrating, and implementing the foreign filing support function. This includes foreign filing records, file management, and oversight of the foreign docket. The Foreign Filing Specialist is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of filing patent applications worldwide. Monitor critical due dates to insure all deadlines are met in order to preserve patent rights. Manage and supervise workflow. Prepare documents and attend to all formalities. Support special projects as needed.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work as a team member with other Foreign Filing staff in handling of all foreign filing related issues.
    • Assist attorneys and Foreign Filing Specialists in all phases of international patent prosecution.
    • Ability to assist the Foreign Filing Specialist in filing PCT Patent applications, National Phase applications, Direct Filings (i.e., non-PCT countries), Invitation to Correct Defects (i.e., drawings sequence listings), Formal Drawings (sending correspondence to draftsman to complete defects in PCT application), Country Law research, PCT updates (new rule changes), Formalities (POA’s Declarations, Certified Copies, Translations, Updated Inventor Information and Assignments), reporting letters.
    • Conduct web-based research when needed/required.
    • Draft correspondence to foreign agents/counsel regarding filing and maintenance of patents.
    • Work on special projects for IP Department Manager and Attorneys/Agents and provide them with ongoing status reports.

    Education & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree required.
    • Must have 3+ years of Foreign Filing Experience.
    • Must have excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
    • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and computer skills as well as a strong work ethic.
    • Working knowledge of iManage, CPi, Word/Excel, Outlook and CMS a plus.
    • Knowledge of the nature of the legal system and areas of legal practice.
    • Skill in researching legal issues, whether printer or electronic.
    • Ability to accurately and thoroughly document and file information.
    • Ability to work with others to accomplish goals.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with attorneys, management, and support staff, acting as a liaison with various internal departments as well as with outside agencies.
    • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines and conflicting demands.
    • Excellent organization skills.

    Locke Lord is not working with search firms on this position (no calls please).

    Locke Lord is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or veteran status.

    Interested candidates should submit their application to our Staff Recruiter: stephanie.myers@lockelord.com 


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