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Dentons Canada
Canada (remote)
20 days ago
Dentons Canada
20 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
6-12 Months
Min Experience
7-10 Years
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
Project Manager


Project Manager - 12 Month Contract Job Details | Dentons

Dentons is designed to be different. Our firm leads the way in a rapidly changing legal marketplace. We challenge the status quo and deliver consistent results as well as uncompromising quality and value to our clients. Our global presence is renowned with over 21,000 individuals in more than 200 offices across 80 countries.  
Dentons Canada is committed to its people and communities. We are consistently recognized as an employer of choice having received numerous awards including being selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2024); Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2024); and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2024).
This role is an opportunity for you to join the world’s largest law firm, a firm that offers opportunities to build your career while growing your skills and deepening your expertise.


Dentons Canada is seeking an experienced and self-motivated individual to join the Firm as Project Manager for a 12-month leave coverage position. This role is a hands-on position in a fast-paced environment that requires the successful candidate to be team-oriented with excellent communication, client service, prioritization and organizational skills. 
Reporting to the Senior Manager, National Operations, the Project Manager will drive business optimization and technical projects that will make valuable impact across the Firm. This role provides project management expertise and facilitates process improvement initiatives to drive positive sustainable change and optimize operational effectiveness.
Leveraging critical thinking skills, change management approaches, project management and lean/agile methodologies, the Project Manager will work with various functions and stakeholders across the Firm’s six Canadian offices to plan, design, and execute initiatives that support the Firm’s operational activities and enable the delivery of strategic and cross-functional projects. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the scope, risks, communications, change management and successful delivery and adoption of complex projects that may involve technical software evaluations and/or implementations, process mapping and optimization, and policy operationalization. 


The Project Manager will be responsible for enabling and supporting concurrent cross-functional change and optimization efforts led and supported by the National Operations Team. The successful candidate will:

  • Manage projects throughout its lifecycle by preparing plans and approaches, proactively tracking progress and budget, flagging issues and escalations, ensuring clear communications and reporting progress and outcomes.
  • Problem-solve and collaborate with stakeholders to develop right-sized innovative solutions to address business problems and goals, leveraging appropriate technology and tools to enhance quality, clarify protocols, streamline workflows, and realize objectives.
  • Navigate project teams through implementing change while fostering a collaborative team environment and data-driven culture.
  • Effectively communicate and manage project expectations to project owners, sponsors, team members, and other stakeholders in a clear and concise fashion.
  • Lead the development, testing, evaluation and/or roll-out of project deliverables and outputs (for example, evaluation frameworks, new tools/templates, training/supporting resources, reimagined processes/protocols, communications, etc.).
  • Capture, interpret and synthesize requirements and data to inform the development of solutions that address identified people, process and/or technology opportunities and challenges.
  • Lead or support cross-functional projects and process optimization efforts across the Firm, by leveraging lean/agile and change management tools, methodologies, and best practices.
  • Analyze and visualize data and relevant information, to offer insights and trends that inform business decision-making, problem-solving, and impactful discussions by leaders at the Firm, and drive and monitor performance improvements. 
  • Monitor and track progress of portfolios of projects, initiatives, and business-as-usual activities against strategic and operational workplans. This could include, but is not limited to, collaborating with a cross-functional team to identify and maintain efficient data collection processes to consolidate and track operational and strategic key performance indicators and metrics.
  • Support operational activities, including by not limited to preparing reports and presentations to communicate updates, raise issues/anticipated risks and facilitate discussions.


  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Planning, Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience leading and/or supporting change efforts, complex projects and/or business operations within a professional services setting, including but not limited to process and continuous improvement initiatives, data or technology transformations, change management and communications, and/or software evaluation and implementation.
  • Project Management Professional certification and/or Lean designations, or equivalent is an asset.
  • Curious with strong analytical and reasoning mindset, with an innate pursuit to learn and adapt to new/evolving concepts and tackle complex challenges. 
  • Strong overall technology knowledge and experience with technical projects.
  • Energized and self-motivated about optimizing and/or building new processes and enjoys bringing clarity and scoping the right problems to solve in ambiguous situations.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience gathering, managing and maintaining data to enable oversight and support progress tracking across a large portfolio of programs, projects, and initiatives. 
  • Ability to effectively visualize complex concepts and data insights to communicate to both technical and non-technical stakeholders, promoting a data-driven culture and data literacy throughout the organization.
  • Exceptional eye for detail, particularly in visual presentation elements.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Driven and results-oriented, with a proven ability to identify, research, validate and recommend innovative solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with colleagues, various levels of management, and other stakeholders within a virtual team environment.
  • Comfortable working on multiple concurrent priorities with effective time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Preferred experience leading process improvement and/or technology procurement and implementation projects.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Experience with Asana/Jira (or equivalent project management tools), Microsoft Project, Visio, PowerBI, Forms, and/or Power Apps considered an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and relationship management skills.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of confidentiality and a commitment to privacy and ethical conduct.

 *We thank all applicants who apply, however please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 At Dentons we are committed to offering equitable and competitive pay, we achieve this by aligning internal salary ranges for specific roles to similar positions in the external market. In the normal course, our practice is to hire, transfer and promote employees within the entry part of our range, adjusting as needed based on the prior experience, skills and competencies required for the role along with any market differentials.  Rest assured the full salary range is competitive and within the range paid for similar positions in the external market.  
Recognizing our exceptional talent means providing a comprehensive total rewards package beyond a competitive salary. We have prudently curated our employee benefits portfolio to offer inclusive and comprehensive wellbeing and developmental programs for our people. With extended benefits and mental health plans, paid time off, savings plans, fitness subsidy, parental leave top up and more, our benefits are flexible, aligned to our core values and supports the various needs of our people. Additionally, our personal and professional development programs include people networks, mentorships, and leadership series programming to help people grow their career. 
Note: Availability of the benefits and perks may be subject to your location and employment type and may have certain eligibility requirements. Dentons reserves the right to alter these programs and offerings in whole or in part at any time without advance notice.

Equal Opportunity Statement

At Dentons Canada, inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) are not just ancillary values, they are foundational to our business. We believe that ID&E is essential to the shared success of our team and our clients. Our forward-thinking and inclusive culture supports the professional development of all our people, enhances the leading services we offer to our clients, and informs our commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. As a testament to our commitment to ID&E, we have been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer’s for 14 consecutive years (2011-2024), as well as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2024) for the seventh time.

Dentons Canada is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome your application. All employment decisions, including hiring, will be made without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, creed, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender assigned at birth, gender identity, marital status, place of origin, race, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable human rights legislation.

We are committed to providing you with an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible workplace to support your success. Should you require accommodation during the recruitment process, for example as a result of a disability, please contact us at

Job ID: 73721619

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