Linklaters undoubtedly has one of the strongest brands in the legal market and is a committed, leading law firm of globally minded people with a strong culture and strong leadership. Having established its Shanghai office in 1998 and Beijing office in 2002, Linklaters is one of the largest and most successful international law firms in China, the reputation of which has been widely recognised with a number of awards. www.linklaters.com
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the firm who are recruiting a China Chief Operating Officer to be based in Shanghai. These roles have existed within the firm for many years and are an integral part of their operation and success.
Reporting directly into the China Managing Partner and also the COO for Asia, this role will be responsible for the following (but which will not be limited to):
- Guiding and assisting in the management of the firm’s China practice ensuring strategy formulation and effective implementation of agreed business priorities
- Assisting the China Partners to drive the development of business in their respective practice areas, ensuring that resources and expertise are available to meet their needs
- Together with the Asia COO, the China COO has responsibility for ensuring that the appropriate level of Business Services support is in place to meet the needs of each office
- Ensuring optimum management of costs and oversight of the financial performance within China
- Management of ongoing projects
In addition to managing the Shanghai and Beijing offices, this role also acts as the Business Manager for the Corporate practice for the whole of China. The role has a small team of direct reports as well as dual reporting lines from the heads of function based in Shanghai and Beijing.
This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who has the ability to drive change in a collaborative way. Someone who has a consultative approach and good strategic skills as well as operational/implementation ability will be successful in this firm. Experience within a similar role in a professional services firm would be ideal. It is not necessary for this person to be a qualified accountant, but financial numeracy is important. Mandarin skills are not required, although they would be an advantage. There will be frequent travel between the three offices in China.