Janus Henderson Investors Legal Operations Manager in Denver, Colorado

Janus Henderson Global Investors is a leading independent global asset manager, dedicated to delivering the best outcomes for clients through a broad range of actively managed funds.

We provide our institutional, retail and high net-worth individuals with access to skilled investment professionals representing a broad range of asset classes including, equities, fixed income, multi asset and alternatives.

We are a team of independent thinkers who work tirelessly to help our clients achieve their goals – and we do it by fostering an energetic and collaborative culture that ensures our people love the place they work.

Headquartered in London, Janus Henderson is a truly global asset manager with a diverse geographic footprint, managing assets from 27 offices globally and employing more than 2,000 staff.

Overview of the Role

This is a strategic position reporting to the Group General Counsel. You will assist the GC and her leadership team in establishing strong procedures to maximize current legal budget spend and support human capital and staff development process, including engaging in significant project work.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will:

  • Under the direction of the General Counsel, develop and implement business plans and strategies. Translate business plans into actionable objectives and goals.

  • Use process improvement initiatives to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of practices and procedures.

  • Work with other departments to coordinate efforts to achieve both divisional and corporate goals and objectives.

  • Monitor budget compliance and achievement of department performance targets including expense report and invoice approvals.

  • Coordinate quarterly team meetings including preparation and distribution of agenda, preparations and logistics.

  • Responsible for office space management and floor plan assignments.

  • Manage special projects and other duties as necessary.

  • Survey departments effectiveness with relevant business partners

  • Manage relationships with external law firms

  • Carry out additional duties as assigned

Strategy and Mandate:

  • Support the General Counsel in executing strategy through a review of the department’s operating model including its communications and process flow, proposing new procedures to maximize efficiency and enhance communication

  • Oversee regional cost and headcount planning, monitor regional cost budget, approve staff expenses, and report on unusual items to the General Counsel, working closely with finance colleagues and department leadership team

  • Significant work expected on invoice process, ratings reviews, and rate challenges on company use of external counsel

  • Leverage experience and judgment to influence positive behaviors throughout the department

  • Significant project work to review current state and force process improvement, including but not limited to:

  • Review of contract process, including use of e-signatures, contract and legal entity database, and contract sign off process

  • Review current legal training opportunities and process

Human Capital:

  • Support the General Counsel in Succession Planning and Talent Development processes

  • Support the General Counsel in with the annual budget processes

  • Process/ Change Management/ Projects

  • Support the continuous improvement of departmental processes and facilitate change

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Technical Skills and Qualifications

  • Graduate, Post Graduate or professional qualification would be an advantage

  • Consistent track record in a similar role, supporting a global function in a similar environment

  • Experience interacting with and influencing a wide selection of senior leaders

  • Experience managing vendor relationships

Competencies Required

  • Ability to develop a deep understanding of the core business,

  • Ability to translate the needs of business departments into legal requirements,

  • Commitment to use the internal legal department to grow the company,

  • Ability to manage outside law firm performance

  • Ability to discuss with and present topics to senior level managers

  • Ability to operate and influence at all levels

  • Strong organizational and process skills

  • Strong interpersonal and management skills

  • Ability to make decisions and judgements in the face of complexity, conflicting pressures and ambiguous circumstances

  • Can do, get things done attitude

  • Strong research and analytical skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Problem solving skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and develop relationships internally and externally

  • Strong people skills and ability to develop a network

  • Able to set strategy and direction

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Overtime will periodically be required on short notice and may include weekend, holiday, and evening hours

  • Basic office equipment, including PC, telephone, copier, fax machine, etc.

  • PC usage up to 100% of the time

For those in scope of Knowledge & Competence (MiFID II)

  • Knowledge of financial markets, financial markets function and the impact of economic figures and national/regional/global events on markets

  • Understanding of issues relating to market abuse and anti-money laundering

Ongoing competence in the role to be assessed by:

  • Annual Performance Appraisal

  • Completion of all assigned Compliance training

  • Annual Attestation (Knowledge and Competence in-scope roles only)Compliance RequirementsAt a minimum the role will require you to:

  • Place the interest of Janus Henderson’s Clients first and always act in accordance with TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) principles

  • Understand and follow laws and regulations applicable for your role, seeking the help of your supervising manager or Compliance if you would like further explanation or direction regarding this

  • Understand and abide by all Janus Henderson policies applicable to your role, and ask for the support/guidance of the policy owner if you are unsure at any time

  • You are ultimately accountable for your actions and responsible for seeking further information on any or all of the above as necessary.

Janus Henderson Investors (including its subsidiaries) will not maintain existing or sponsor new industry registrations or licenses where not supported by an employee’s job functions (as determined by Janus Henderson Investors at its sole discretion).

All applicants must be willing to comply with the provisions of Janus Henderson Investors' Investment Advisory Code of Ethics related to personal securities activities and other disclosure and certification requirements, including past political contributions and political activities. Applicants’ past political contributions or activity may impact applicants’ eligibility for this position. Janus Henderson Investors is an equal opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. All applications are subject to background checks.