Allen & Overy LLP
Guildford, South East, United Kingdom
Job type: fulltime
Job industry: I.T. & Communications
Job description We currently have an exciting opportunity within A&O's tech innovation space, Fuse. The Fuse Manager will work closely with the Head of Fuse on the day-to-day management of the tech space and its engagement with the Fuse cohort, internal and external visitors and for planning, tracking and driving forward opportunities that Fuse creates. The role offers the potential for the right individual to grow in the role and play a direct role in creating and winning client opportunities and engagements. Fuse by Allen & Overy In September 2017 A&O opened Fuse, a tech innovation space in our London office between Shoreditch and the City of London, as a working environment for a community of technology innovators. Fuse complements A&O's established profile in the fintech world and is an integral part of the firm's 'Advanced delivery' capability which includes its legal technology group, Project Management Office, Legal Services Centre, Peerpoint and aosphere. The community is made up of four groups: early stage technology companies; small teams from more mature tech companies; representatives from clients of the firm; and A&O technologists. The 8 month programme for the first cohort of technology companies has just ended and the second cohort started on 1 May 2018. In the short time since its opening, Fuse has come to be recognised as a leading global centre for innovative legaltech, regtech, and dealtech: technology to support work on law, regulation, and deal-making. It is unique among law firm offerings. The key benefits for A&O are: the insight it generates into the legal tech world; the impetus it gives A&O lawyers to adopt technology in their daily work; the positive impact on client relationships and the resulting work opportunities to which it contributes; and the branding impact on A&O and our tech profile in the market. In the 8 months of the first programme, over 5,500 visitors, comprising A&O people and external visitors, including many clients, visited Fuse. That creates a real buzz and also creates a need for a manager to manage and promote the Fuse space and its relationships within A&O and externally. Key responsibilities Managing the application process for each cohort (80+ applications); supervising the research and outreach to the tech market; organising the selection day and follow up. Managing the engagement with the cohort; on-boarding; induction; coordination of mentors; tracking and driving activity between clients / A&O and the cohort Managing all events in Fuse ie ensuring all admin related to every meeting, show and tell etc is professionally organised, including advance coordination with visitors, organising the programme for the event, attendance of relevant A&O and cohort people, catering, technology, slide decks etc) Confidence to host an introduction to Fuse, talking through the legal landscape and needs of our clients. Tracking and driving opportunities with clients arising out of interactions in Fuse, ensuring follow up etc. Explaining Fuse to external and internal visitors, introducing events, hosting visits. Key relationships Chairman and Head of Fuse Fuse Admin Assistant, who will report to the Fuse Manager Head of Legal Technology Group Other Fuse occupants Visitors to Fuse Support personnel within A&O. Key requirements Strong preference for someone with a legal qualification and experience. Strong organisational skills, coordinating inputs from various people around the firm Strong interpersonal and influencing skills Confident and effective communication skills Calm under pressure and able to assess and prioritise workload in a deadline oriented environment Knowledge of A&O and its business and personnel - or at least of a major law firm or other professional services firm. Interest in capturing, tracking and exploiting data about Fuse activities and opportunities Attention to detail and ability to problem solve Experience of managing events Willingness to work extra hours when required (eg breakfast seminars and evening events) Curiosity about how technology can transform modern law firms and their clients.