This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to make a real difference to the development of the firm, and who enjoys the challenge of working for a firm with a team of people committed to the work we do and to making the firm a great place to work.
We are keen to continue to improve and are looking for someone to join our team, who will help us to do this, who is committed to our values & our aims, who can independently manage their own priorities and workload and who is constantly thinking about how things can be improved; someone who enjoys & understands the importance of team working; someone who hates unnecessary bureaucracy and is super organised, who can juggle short-term priorities of running 3 busy offices while contributing to and implementing long term strategic plans. This is a challenging and rewarding role with the opportunity to develop within the firm to a Chief Executive role, and to make a difference.
Our Office Manager works closely with the managing partner and is part of our friendly practice team. The role is based half the week in London Bridge and the other half in Islington with monthly visits to Bristol. We are aiming to move to one central London office within the next 3 years. The role may require some out of office hours.
We are committed to making DPG a great place to work and aim to retain our staff. This is a central value for us. We want to employ the best people we can, and therefore positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. Likewise we are keen to encourage applications from disabled people, including using positive action measures provided for under the Equality Act 2010. If you think you may need reasonable adjustments and would like to discuss this before applying, you can speak confidentially to Louise Whitfield, a partner here who is not involved in this recruitment process; you can contact her directly. We will also guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets the essential criteria – please complete the relevant section of the diversity questionnaire when applying. Unfortunately our current London offices are not wheelchair accessible.
Main duties and responsibilities:
This role is responsible for supervising the entire practice team who are central to the firm’s work, listening to all staff, and making sure that the firm is diverse, inclusive and collaborative organisation. The role involves making sure the administrative side of the practice runs smoothly, from Health and Safety, office procedures, external suppliers, to leading on the firm’s proposed office move, that ideas suggested by the staff and partners are taken forward, thinking about how the firm can work better, making sure that training, induction, and personnel issues are dealt with well, and dealing the day to day management of a busy firm.
Salary is £30,000 to £40,000 depending on experience.
- A commitment & enthusiasm for the firm’s aims.
- Experience of supervising and managing people and an ability to encourage people to reach their potential.
- An ability to innovate – to come up with ideas that makes things work better
- An enjoyment of being busy and working smoothly under pressure.
- Excellent time management and ability to prioritise tasks
- Excellent IT skills
Advantageous but not essential
- Experience of managing the recruitment of new staff including preparing job packs, advertising, shortlisting and inductions.
- Experience of administering the Health and Safety side of a firm
- Experience of managing a social enterprise / charity / not for profit / legal aid solicitors firm
- Experience of managing a successful team