Managing Director, eDiscovery

Ankura Consulting Limited

  • Full Time

Ankura is a team of excellence founded on innovation and growth.

Our eDiscovery team sits within the Data & Technology practice which is one of seven practices focused on client delivery services across the Firm.

Practice Overview:

The eDiscovery practice is commonly engaged to assist financial investigations, litigations and disputes, turnaround and process improvement engagements, and other critical business issues. The eDiscovery team specializes in designing and implementing processes that help clients reduce their data and review volumes. Our professionals provide workflow design and strategy for keyword search, workflow assignment setup, content analytics, conceptual search/clustering, and predictive coding, and work with clients to efficiently extract and effectively analyze client data.

We help businesses, government entities, and law firms to address their most complex and pressing concerns and make well-informed decisions, using some of the most advanced technology, tools, and techniques.

The team’s consulting experience involves large, diverse, and often incomplete data sets across client enterprises including email, servers, cloud storage, social media, mobile devices, instant messaging, and collaboration tools. The team collaborates with cybersecurity, computer forensics, data analytics, and investigatory experts to assess and respond to both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of problems.

Your role as an Associate will involve working collaboratively with and learning from our diverse and knowledgeable team that has a wealth of experience in delivering excellent service to our clients.

Role Overview:

As Managing Director, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on diverse teams with skilled, intelligent, driven, and successful individuals; the team collaborates with eDiscovery, cybersecurity, data analytics, and investigatory experts to assess and respond to both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of problems. Ankura is focused on hiring Managing Directors who will serve as the foundation of a growing firm dedicated to its people, culture, and delivering high-quality service to clients.

Responsibilities:

Your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Serve as client’s point of contact and Ankura’s day-to-day leader in the management and execution of projects and workstreams involving the identification, collection, processing, review, and production of electronic data relevant to litigation or regulatory investigations.  Specific functional Discovery tasks include:

Collections/Pre-Processing:

  • Assist clients with finding, documenting, and preventing deletion of data potentially relevant to litigation, regulatory matters, or critical business operations.

  • Develop solutions and strategies to collect data with special considerations for the unique environment and project-specific complexities of an engagement.

  • Coordinate forensic collections with client and Ankura’s forensics team and quality review collections documentation supplied by the forensics team.

  • Create and recommend pre-processing strategy to the client.

  • Coordinate forensic pre-processing work (deNIST, file filters, etc.) with Ankura’s forensics team, including documenting pre-processing workflow.

Processing:

  • Advise client on data reduction strategies including deNISTing, file extension filtering, date culling, and search term filtering.

  • Coordinate (provide instruction, obtain status reports, etc.) processing work with Ankura’s processing team.

  • Analyze exception reports, develop recommendations for handling each type of exception, and communicate the plan to the client.

  • Quality review search hit reports prior to sending to the client.

Review:

  • Assist clients with the selection of the appropriate technology to meet specific project objectives.

  • Assist with development of efficient work streams, batching strategy, and technology configuration for 1st, 2nd, 3rd tier review; as well as witness review, exhibit designation, and trial preparation.

  • Conduct customized Relativity training sessions for clients, emphasizing appropriate add-on features as necessary.

  • Advise clients regarding the efficient use of concept clustering, near duplicate identification, e-mail threading, and assisted review (predictive coding) within the Relativity tool.

  • Design customized reports for clients.

  • Troubleshoot Relativity issues with kCura and coordinate custom Relativity development work, as necessary.

  • Coordinate data loads to the review tool with the Ankura’s processing team.

Production:

  • Assist with written collateral to support production process, such as motions, orders, or proposals to courts and opposing counsel regarding the form of production.

  • Provide proactive guidance regarding format, strategy, and timelines for production of electronic data.

  • Work with client to develop production identification strategy.

Specific general managerial tasks include:

  • Assist in the management of finances of each engagement including developing, documenting, and tracking project budgets, adjusting budgets as appropriate, communicating changes in budgets internally and to the client, and managing the revenue forecasting and invoicing process.

  • Review and discuss expectations, anticipated scope of work, and project timeline with client and Ankura’s team

  • Manage project close-out process including data return and database archival, ensuring that clients understand the implications of ongoing data retention relative to their company’s policies.

  • Provide clients and Senior Managing Directors with periodic status updates, reports, etc. throughout the engagement.

  • Generate consistent and thorough documentation to support processes executed throughout the project lifecycle.  Specific tasks may include writing up interview notes and drafting emails, memorandum or reports that demonstrate specific processes followed.

  • Mentor, lead, and delegate tasks to junior grade colleagues to support their training and professional development with the goal of creating an exciting leveraged, team environment that offers challenging opportunities and support to all employees and is poised for continued expansion and success.

  • Assist in the recruiting process by screening resumes and interviewing candidates.

  • Supervise personnel including Associates, Senior Associates, Directors, Senior Directors, client personnel, clerical support, and others as appropriate.

  • Assist the business development team throughout the sales process by building relationships with current and potential future clients, demonstrating firm technology to potential clients, and providing supporting documentation, including proposals and cost estimates, regarding our offerings.

  • Demonstrate business development acumen via networking and other business development activities, showcasing the ability to convert networking relationships to sales leads and ultimately, new revenue.

  • Increase revenue on current engagements by identifying opportunities to cross-sell services offered by Data Analytics and Digital Solutions & Development teams

Requirements:

Technical skillsets

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Preferred degree in engineering, computer science, finance, accounting, economics, information technology, forensics, data analytics, or work experience in a related field.

  • Possess strong quantitative and qualitative research and analytical skills.

  • Familiar with the EDRM and experience in using eDiscovery products/tools:

  • eDiscovery Review/Processing Platforms: Relativity, Brainspace, Disco, Ringtail, Catalyst, Zylab, Everlaw, CasePoint, Nuix, Law, Eclipse, or comparable.

  • Forensic Software: EnCase, Cellebrite, Oxygen, BlackBag, FTK.

  • Database/Programming: Microsoft SQL Server, SQL, Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, Python, R.

  • Email Systems: Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes/Domino, eVault, email archive platforms.

  • System administration experience in Microsoft, Linux/Unix, or Macintosh;

Core consulting skills

  • Hold strong team-oriented personality characteristics: hard-working, thoughtful, and collaborative, with a positive outlook and confidence.

  • Strong people management skills with direct management experience.

  • Experience in generating new business in a professional services environment.

  • Significant client engagement experience.

  • Highly motivated, eager to learn, and able to motivate others.

  • Ability to utilize technology to solve complex problems.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills.

  • Ability to adapt quickly in handling multiple/evolving tasks as a result of new engagements and/or re-prioritized deadlines.

  • Ability to produce high-quality and/or final work product under strict deadlines.

Ankura is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where mutual respect and collaboration is paramount.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.

Ankura is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where mutual respect and collaboration are paramount.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.

Ankura is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters, if you have a disability and believe you need a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening, submit an online application, or participate in an interview/assessment, please email accommodations@ankura.com or call toll-free +1.312-583-2122. This email and phone number are created exclusively to assist disabled job seekers whose disability prevents them from being able to apply online. Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or technical issues unrelated to a disability, will not receive a response.

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